Gearing Up for Double Event at Tulsa’s Fall Throwdown in
TULSA, Okla. (Oct. 3, 2022) — A big weekend is on tap for
the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series (MWDRS)
presented by J&A Service, as the series will crown event
champions for two different events at the fall edition of
the Throwdown in T-Town, Oct. 6-8, at Osage Casino & Hotel
Tulsa Raceway Park. Eliminations from the MWDRS Great Bend
Nationals in June will be completed Thursday before
kicking off the Tulsa race, adding another exciting
element to the historic event.
“We’re coming up on our 30th edition of the Throwdown in
T-Town,” said Keith Haney, founder of MWDRS and co-owner
of Tulsa Raceway Park. “We do two a year, one in the
spring and one in the fall. The fan turnout is always
amazing. Everybody looks forward to racing at the
Throwdown just because of the atmosphere itself. Todd
[Martin, track co-owner] does a great job interacting with
the fans. Having Al Tucci and Luke Clevenger on the mic
and all of them interacting together is pretty cool too.”
Over 20 drivers, including Haney and Martin, have signed
up to compete in Stroud Safety Pro Mod, joining J&A
Service Top Alcohol Funny Car and the series’ newest
class, Jerry Bickel Race Cars Pro Street, which made its
debut at the spring Throwdown.
The fall Throwdown is the final race of the season for the
Pingel Top Fuel Motorcycle class. Drag bike legend Larry
“Spiderman” McBride won the most recent even aboard his
Pingel-backed entry, while Sam Wills is the points leader.
“They've added a lot to the show,” Haney said. “Any time
you can see fire coming out the side of a motorcycle is
cool. Those suckers are crazy going over 200 mph to the
eighth on, really, one wheel. The fans love it. Overall,
it’s been a great addition to the exciting show that’s
The MWDRS sportsman classes, Pat Musi Racing Engines Top
Sportsman and Race Star Wheels Top Dragster, will also
compete at the Throwdown, along with the Jr. Dragster
categories, B&C Trailers Pro Jr. Dragster and Zimmerman
Properties Sportsman Jr. Dragster.
Before kicking off Throwdown qualifying on Friday evening,
the series will complete eliminations from the MWDRS Great
Bend Nationals that started at SRCA Dragstrip in Great
Bend, Kansas, in June. The event was postponed following
an on-track accident in qualifying that claimed the life
of Pro Mod driver Ronnie Hobbs. Taking place on Thursday,
this event will stream live on the MWDRS YouTube channel
“We definitely miss Ronnie and we’ll be thinking of him
and his family this weekend,” Haney said. “We’ve done
quite a few of these double races, so we’re prepared to do
whatever it takes to get them done. We want to get all the
races in. We owe it to our sponsors and our racers. We
basically have three races left: the Great Bend makeup
race, the Throwdown, then Xtreme [Raceway Park for the
Xtreme Texas World Finals, Oct. 21-22].”
For the second consecutive race, track prep specialist
Jimmy Bradshaw will handle track prep to help Jimmy Boles,
the MWDRS track prep manager and race director.
“Jimmy Boles is also our track manager at Tulsa and he's
had to concentrate on the racetrack with special events
and upgrades we've done to the track, so he's had to put
most of his time in there,” Haney said. “Being able to
relieve him a little bit from track prep at Tulsa will be
good for everyone involved. I think [Bradshaw] proved
himself at the last race. Not one person complained about
the racetrack. There was not one complaint.”
MWDRS Great Bend Nationals competitors will get one pass
starting at 3 p.m. before starting eliminations at 5 p.m.
MWDRS competition at the Throwdown will start Friday with
qualifying sessions at 6 and 8 p.m. Qualifying will
continue Saturday with one final session at 10 a.m.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 4 p.m.
Fans can watch the action live through MAVTV on FloRacing
on Friday and Saturday.
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,