Memphis Nationals Eliminations Postponed to Throwdown in
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (April 25, 2022) — Moisture on the
racing surface prevented the Summit Racing Equipment
Mid-West Drag Racing Series (MWDRS) presented by J&A
Service from completing Saturday eliminations at the MWDRS
Memphis Nationals at Memphis International Raceway (MIR).
Eliminations will be contested at the next race on the
series’ eight-race schedule, the spring Throwdown in
T-Town, May 6-7 at Osage Casino & Hotel Tulsa Raceway
“At the end of the day, it just isn’t safe in one lane,”
said Keith Haney, series owner and founder, during a
driver’s meeting Saturday night. “We have to think of all
you guys. We’re racers for racers. We have to do what’s
best for you guys – and for myself. I’m a racer too. I’m
just as disappointed right now. But we worked our butts
off. We did get qualifying in and we got a ladder set.
We’ll finish it in Tulsa.”
The MWDRS Memphis Nationals, taking place in conjunction
with MIR’s 35th annual Memphis Chevy Show, was one of the
final major events to take place at the historic track
before it closes later this summer.
“I want to thank Memphis and IRG, the company that owns
the track,” Haney said. “They really enjoyed that we put
on a wonderful show. The two qualifying sessions we did
run, the fans loved every second of it. I also want to
personally thank each and every racer who came out to
support us and be a part of this organization.”
Drivers will have to wait just two weeks to run
eliminations during the Throwdown in T-Town, May 6-7 at
Tulsa Raceway Park. In addition to being one of the most
popular events at Tulsa, it’s also the next points race
for the MWDRS.
“We’ve done this before,” said Haney, who co-owns Tulsa
Raceway Park with fellow Pro Mod racer Todd Martin. “We’ve
done it before at Tulsa where we ran two races in one
weekend. People didn’t think we’d get it done, but I think
we were done by 10:30 Saturday night.”
In Stroud Safety Pro Mod, recent first-time winner Dustin
Nesloney drove his ProCharger-boosted ’17 Camaro to the
No. 1 spot with a 3.712-second pass at 204.45, leading a
list of 20 cars on the qualifying order.
YNot Racing driver Annie Whiteley jumped to the top spot
in J&A Service Top Alcohol Funny Car, recording a 3.694 at
211.00 in her J&A Service Camaro.
Nashville, Tennessee’s Mark Conners was the low qualifier
in Top Fuel Motorcycle presented by Pingel and Bumpus
Harley-Davidson with his 4.265 at 184.70.
Rich Smith qualified No. 1 in Voss Wheelie Bars Top
Sportsman with a 4.185 at 171.03 in his ’68 Camaro.
Defending Race Star Wheels Top Dragster series champion
Anita Strasburg took the No. 1 spot, handily topping the
list with a 3.792 at 195.48 in her supercharged J&A
MWDRS race officials will provide additional updates on
the Memphis Nationals eliminations postponement on the
MWDRS Facebook page and at www.MidWestDragRacingSeries.com.
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,