Drag Racing Series Crowns Two Sets of Winners in St. Louis
Amid Points Shake-Ups
Tulsa, Oklahoma (August 22, 2023) – The Summit Racing
Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series completed a
double-event at World Wide Technology Raceway, shaking up
the Championship points.
After a destructive wind and rainstorm invaded the track
just outside of St. Louis on July 1st, the MWDRS returned
to sunny skies and somewhat cooler temperatures on August
18-19. The “Back to School Bash” featured two full days of
“We knew early on that Saturday in July that a significant
storm was coming. We told the racers after the first
round, listen for updates and when it gets close, pack up
quick. Sure enough, we had high winds and torrential rain,
with even the track suffering some damage”, states Series
Founder Keith Haney.
The July event, that had completed qualifying and first
round of eliminations, resumed action in Stroud Safety Pro
Mod. Mark Micke, owner of long-time series sponsor M&M
Transmission, picked right up where he left off, beating
Brandon Snider’s 3.669 with an impressive 3.641. Micke had
a semi-final bye along with a second-round victory over
Preston Tanner’s 3.716. Mike Labbate took home the
Slammers trophy over Mark Werdehausen.
J&A Service Funny Car saw Canada’s Ulf Leanders take the
victory over point-leader Steve Macklyn. Jim Whiteley was
awarded the Rocycle Hardest Working Crew honors for the
teams’ bad luck after suffering engine damage.
In ICON Pistons Top Dragster, Dan Phelps took home the
victory over KC Ingram in the finals when Ingram lit the
dreaded red light. Dan’s path took out Jimmy Sackuvich,
Rich Moline, Christopher Menapace, before reaching Ingram.
Pat Musi Racing Engines Top Sportsman found Mark McDonald
in “the rental” taking it all the way to the Winner’s
Circle. McDonald beat Charley Whittenburg, Rich Smith, and
Tina Pierce enroute to victory.
In Race Star Wheels Pro Junior Dragster, multi-time Series
Champion Tyler Wells beat Brody Zimmerman in the finals
and Noah Taylor in the semis. Zimmerman Sportsman Juniors
saw series Newcomer Juliet Reed beat Jacob Phillips in the
finals. Juliet took out Kenzie Wells in the first round
and had a bye in the second round.
As quickly as the first race was complete, we pivoted into
the second event.
“It was important to complete the first race in a timely
manner to give the racers time to prepare for the second
race,” states Event Director Ellen Eschenbacher. “Sadly,
we feel like experts on the double-doubles! Points are so
important at this time of the season as well.”
The Stroud Safety Pro Mod class was a spectacle with
fantastic side-by-side passes all day. Steven Whiteley
piloted his blown Camaro to win 3.628 over Mark Micke’s
3.663. In a dramatic final, Micke was ahead through
half-track when he suffered engine damage in a cloud of
smoke where all he could do was watch Steven pass him by.
Whiteley took his number two qualifying effort to the
finals over Robbie Vander Woode, Blake Housley, and
Preston Tanner. Aaron Wells took the victory in the
Slammers class over Ed Thornton. The Derrol Hubbard owned
team of driver Thornton took home the series “Hardest
Working Crew” award for their perseverance throughout the
weekend, battling the car all day. Whiteley’s Ynot Racing
team leads the points by 71 over Keith Haney.
J&A Service Funny Car welcomed Phil Esz back to the Series
and saw him take the number one qualifier honors with a
3.633. Jim Whiteley took the victory over Steve Macklyn,
however, it allowed Macklyn to lengthen his points lead.
Anita Strasburg took her Top Dragster to the number one
position. Greg Rice proved too much for the competition,
securing the win in the finals over Jimmy Sackuvich. Rice
beat Calvin Minnick, Dan Phelps, and Bob Henry enroute to
the win. Jimmy Sackuvich leads the points by a razor-thin
one point over Cody Moore with Bob Henry a close third.
In Pat Musi Racing Engines Top Sportsman, Tim Paap
rocketed to the top with his newly-purchased Corvette. Rod
Schaeffer piloted his Camaro to the win over the previous
days’ winner Mark McDonald. 2022 Champion Rod Moore leads
the current points by 22 over Michael Chitty.
Race Star Wheels Pro Junior Dragster saw 2022 Champion
Alexis Kesterson take the win over Cohen Hale in the
finals, giving her a 60-point lead over Brody Zimmerman in
the 2023 Championship chase. Alexis beat Kilee Blevins,
Noah Taylor, and had a competition bye en route to the
The Zimmerman Sportsman Junior class crowned Camden Teel
in the Hulk the win over race one winner Juliet Reed.
Camden beat Cayden Duell and Ella Grace Gibbons on the way
to the win. He also holds the points lead by 80 over Jovee
Brundidge. Kilee Blevens got her first competition win in
the Slammers class over Cayden Duell.
With just a brief two-weeks hiatus, the Series heads to
perennial favorite US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin,
Michigan for the Funny Car Nationals event.
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