Sandman, Esz, Swain, and Vesper Crowned Champions at
Mid-West Drag Racing Series US 131 Nationals
The Mid-West Drag Racing Series hosted its US 131
Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan,
in front of a crowd that exceeded more than 10,000 fans in
Keith Haney clinched the victory in Stroud Safety Pro Mod,
clocking an impressive 3.690, overshadowing Ed Thornton’s
red-light start and his 3.849-second pass. This win has
propelled Haney to reclaim the points lead in the Stroud
Safety Pro Mod class.
“We had our fair share of challenges,” remarked Keith
Haney, the Mid-West Drag Racing Series Founder and the man
behind the Pro Mod Camaro, “Black Mamba.”
Haney credits his team for the win after having to
basically rebuild an engine as soon as they arrived in
“Truthfully, the team did an amazing job,” said Haney.
“The racetrack, absolutely hands down, Jimmy Bradshaw,
Samuel Peterson, and Jason Peterson, are just hands down,
a great facility and a wonderful event. Also, thank you to
my wife [Misty], who always takes care of me. I couldn’t
do it without her.”
Notably, both Kyle Dvorak and Tony Sandman achieved career
bests during the event.
Other notable winners include:
• Pro Mod Slammers: Tony Sandman claimed the win.
• J&A Service Funny Car: Phil Esz triumphed over Steve
• ICON Forged Pistons Top Dragster: Bill Swain bested Rick
• Pat Musi Racing Engines Top Sportsman: John Vesper took
the win over Mike Badia.
It was a family affair as the Juniors raced, with
Oklahoma’s finest young talents making their mark. The
Kestersons, McClains, Kilee Blevins, Karlee Brundidge, and
Camden Teel all showcased their skills on the track.
In the Juniors category:
• Race Star Wheels Pro Junior Dragster: Alexis Kesterson
won over Austin Perrone.
• Zimmerman Sportsman Junior Dragster: Emma Vesper came
out on top against Klinger.
• Sportsman Junior Dragster: Ellie Vesper, proud daughter
of the Top Sportsman winner, took the prize.
Unfortunately, the event wasn’t without its tense moments.
Pro Mod drivers Steven Whiteley and Ron Muenks experienced
an on-track collision. Fortunately, both drivers emerged
unhurt. Whiteley of YNot Racing is set to race a backup
car in Tulsa.
The countdown is now on for the upcoming double-event in
Tulsa, Oklahoma, set for October 6-7 at Osage Tulsa
Raceway Park, with only three points races left to
conclude the season at Xtreme Raceway Park in Ferris,