Mourns Loss of Pro Mod Driver Ronnie Hobbs at Great Bend
TULSA, Okla. (June 6, 2022) — The Mid-West Drag Racing
Series (MWDRS) is saddened over the passing of Pro Mod
driver Ronnie Hobbs following an on-track incident during
Friday night qualifying at the MWDRS Great Bend Nationals
at SRCA Dragstrip.
Hobbs, a recent winner in Stroud Safety Pro Mod, lost
control of his screw-blown “Texas Rattlesnake” ’17 GT350
Mustang, impacted the right-side retaining wall, and
exited the racing surface. He passed away at the scene.
“The loss of Ronnie Hobbs is a huge blow to us and the
drag racing world and everybody affected by it,” said
Keith Haney, founder and owner, MWDRS. “He was a total
advocate for MWDRS, period. Just a tremendous loss. He was
doing what he loved, that's for sure. He really loved drag
racing. Not that that makes it any easier or any better.
All of us at the MWDRS offer our deepest condolences to
Ronnie’s family, friends, and fans.”
MWDRS and SRCA Dragstrip officials postponed the rest of
the Great Bend Nationals following the incident out of
respect for Hobbs and his family. Officials and racers
spent Saturday morning remembering Hobbs.
“Jr. Dragster racers from the area and from Colorado went
and got flowers and put them outside his motorhome door
for Mara [Hobbs’ wife] and their family and crew,” Haney
said. “Then we held a great Racers for Christ service that
everyone attended the next morning.”
Another racer, Robert Gallegos, was in the other lane and
contacted Hobbs’ car. Gallegos wasn’t injured in the
“I'm glad Robert Gallegos is well and made it out
unscathed,” Haney said. “His car is not, but I'm glad that
he didn't get hurt as well.”
Between officials and fellow race team members, first
responders reached Hobbs’ car as quickly as possible, and
Haney commended those individuals for their efforts.
“The track staff did a good job handling a situation
they’ve never faced before,” Haney said. “I have to thank
the SRCA staff and Tim Davis, Andrew Alepa, Jimmy Boles,
Cale Hancock, and Todd Martin for being first on the scene
and making sure everything was handled professionally.”
MWDRS officials are working on a plan to handle the points
and competition aspect of the Great Bend Nationals and
will provide updates on the MWDRS Facebook page and
The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series
presented by J&A Service will race again in two weeks at
the Summer Speed Spectacular, June 17-18, at World Wide
Technology Raceway near St. Louis.
“Ronnie wouldn't want us to stop,” Haney said. “He loved
our series. We do what we do so racers like Ronnie have a
place to race. We have to move forward. My team is very
shaken up, but he wouldn't want us to not go forward.”
The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series is
an all-eighth-mile drag racing organization with
headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The series is headlined
by Pro Modified and Top Alcohol Funny Car, with additional
classes including Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, and two Jr.
Dragster categories. The 2022 MWDRS schedule consists of
eight national events. For more information on the MWDRS,