MWDRS Season Coming Up
With a pair of tracks back on the schedule and eight total
races planned, the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag
Racing Series presented by J&A Service announced its
exciting 2022 schedule this week.
The new season opens with the MWDRS Xtreme Texas Nationals
at Xtreme Raceway in Ferris, Texas on March 18-19 and ends
with the MWDRS Xtreme Texas World Finals on Oct. 21-22 at
the same facility.
The MWDRS will compete at five additional tracks at the
other six events, bringing back stops at Memphis
International Raceway and World Wide Technology Raceway in
The series will have its customary stops at its home
facility, Tulsa Raceway Park, for the two Throwdown in
T-Town races, and also head to U.S. 131 Motorsports Park
in Martin, Mich. and SRCA Dragstrip in Great Bend, Kan.,
showcasing the incredible action and big-money purses in
Pro Mod, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Top Sportsman and Top
Dragster, as well as Jr. Dragster.
“I would say this is the best schedule we’ve put together
since we’ve started,” Mid-West Drag Racing Series Founder
Keith Haney said. “I truly love the schedule we’ve put
together for next year and the feedback has been amazing.
We’re all excited about this. Our marketing partners like
to be in different areas or areas they haven’t been in a
while, so they love this schedule as well.”
Another noteworthy aspect of the 2022 schedule is the
mid-year break the MWDRS will take. After starting in
Ferris, Texas, the MWDRS will race in Memphis for the
Memphis Nationals on April 22-23, the Throwdown in T-Town
on May 6-7 and the Great Bend Nationals at SRCA Dragstrip
on June 3-4. Two weeks later, on June 17-18, the MWDRS
will close out the first portion of the season with the
Summer Speed Spectacular in St. Louis. It will be the
first race in Memphis since 2019 and first in St. Louis
The series will take nearly three months off before
returning in the fall, something Haney believes will serve
the MWDRS well.
“Being off during the hottest months of the year in the
Midwest doesn’t hurt anybody’s feelings,” Haney said. “It
will allow everyone to regroup, restock and finish out the
year strong. We wanted to load up the first half of the
year and load the back half of the year.”
Due to weather cancellations this year, the MWDRS had an
extended absence in 2021, having a few months off before
returning to action in the late summer. It wasn’t planned
that way this year, but it worked out well for all parties
and MWDRS will repeat that in 2022, setting up a big
finish that includes the U.S. 131 Nationals on Sept. 9-10
in Martin, the fall Throwdown in T-Town on Oct. 7-8 and
the Xtreme Texas World Finals.
The MWDRS also worked closely with the PDRA and NMCA to
ensure there wasn’t an overlap of events on the same date,
something that took extensive planning from all parties.
That’s a huge positive for the MWDRS, which finished off a
thrilling 2021 season just weeks ago in Texas. With
remarkable side-by-side racing in all categories, the
MWDRS takes considerable momentum into the 2022 campaign.
Joey Oksas won the world title in Pro Mod and Sean
Bellemeur took the championship in Top Alcohol Funny Car
for the second straight year, and the series will look to
continue the same great action next year.
“There’s so many things to be excited about with this
schedule,” Haney said. “Picking back up in St. Louis, they
always do a great job and it’s been one of our best
attended races. Getting back on the roster at Memphis,
we’re looking forward to it. It’s a great facility. You
can’t beat the two Throwdown races, and Xtreme Raceway
Park is just a phenomenal facility. Great Bend, that’s a
great track and we’re excited to go back to U.S. 131 as
well. There’s a lot to be excited about.”