Drag Racing Series kicks off the 2023 Season in Tulsa
(May 24, 2023) Tulsa, Oklahoma – The Summit Racing
Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series started off with
some beautiful days at the track despite a rainy forecast.
“It had been a long break, but everyone was fired up to
get back to the action”, as stated by series founder,
Keith Haney. “The long break for the series always makes
us more eager. As driver’s, we only want so much time away
from the track!”
In the J&A Service Funny Car showdown, Annie Whiteley took
the victory over Mike Doushgounian a first-time MWDRS
racer from California.
The Stroud Safety Pro Mod race was intense, with Brandon
Snider driving Steven Whiteley's car and defeating none
other than series owner Keith Haney himself. Brandon
started from the sixteenth qualifying spot but powered
through Ron Muenks, Ed Thornton, and Todd Martin in the
Moving on to the Pro Mod Slammers, Ron Muenks showcased
his skills by defeating Chris Juliano in a thrilling race.
In the Icon Forged Pistons Top Dragster category, it was
Chanse Bullock who emerged victorious over Cody Moore.
Chanse had quite the journey to the finals, overcoming
Rich Moline, Bob Henry, and Jimmy Sackuvich.
The Pat Musi Racing Engines Top Sportsman race witnessed
an incredible comeback story. Cody Draper, who had been
away from the track for two years to support his wife
during her health battle, made a triumphant return. Cody
defeated Doug Woody in the finals after beating Mark
Griffin, Randell Reid, and Rod Moore in the earlier
rounds. The team’s excitement was filled with many tears
and well-wishes from everyone on the starting line!
Let's not forget the Race Star Wheels Pro Junior Dragster
showdown. The local hero, Jonathan McClain, took down
Alexis Kesterson. Jonathan faced tough competition from
defending class champion Tyler Wells, Colt Saum, Kale
Moberly, and a competition bye. Impression day!
In the Zimmerman Properties Sportsman Junior Dragster
race, it was Camden Teel who came out on top, defeating
Turner Houser. Camden had to overcome challenges from
Haven Moberly and Jovee Brundidge to secure the victory.
We were thrilled to complete the first two days of racing,
especially considering the terrible forecast we had. Event
director Ellen Eschenbacher stated “I’m very happy about
getting this make-up event in, despite the odds. The Tulsa
Raceway Park staff as well as MWDRS Staff worked together
so well and made it happen, even finishing by 6pm
"I really want to thank my track partner Todd Martin for
working with us on this double event. It's not easy for a
track to make money on this with it being Wednesday and
Thursday, but Todd didn't hesitate, even though he had to
leave Friday for his son Gage's awards presentation.
Family is everything", states Haney.
After the completion of the first race, we had little time
to spare before diving into race two. Friday morning
started with our usual testing, followed by qualifying for
the second race. We managed to complete two rounds on
Friday night, providing fans with plenty of excitement.
However, Mother Nature had other plans. Severe storms hit
Tulsa Raceway Park overnight, causing lightning damage and
even ripping apart some awnings. Our eighth-mile timing
sensor took a hit too. It took countless hours of
troubleshooting, assistance from electricians and IT
professionals, as well as the dedication of the entire TRP
staff to fix the damage by mid-afternoon.
During the downtime, the MWDRS staff got creative to keep
the crowd entertained. They organized an impromptu car
show in the staging lanes, giving fans the opportunity to
sit in Pro Mods, Funny Cars, and Top Sportsman cars. There
were also Q&A sessions with racers and fans, exciting
giveaways, and engaging interviews. And to top it all off,
we invited everyone in the grandstands to take a track
walk and learn about the behind-the-scenes aspects of
track preparation and surface maintenance. Needless to
say, it was a massive hit!
Following a meeting among the racers, a decision was made
to gather the racers and a vote was taken, the decision
was made to skip the third qualifying session and go right
into eliminations. Sadly, just after an abbreviated
opening ceremony and seven pairs of Pro Mods, heavy rains
A meeting of racers once again was held. Sadly, at this
point in the evening, the decision was made to call the
event. As a series that does not typically race on
Sundays, we definitely weren’t going to race on Mother’s
All six of the MWDRS classes along with Champion Auto
Lifts Pro 4.20 will contest eliminations prior to the fall
Throwdown in Tulsa October 5-7, 2023 at Tulsa Raceway
“I wanted to let folks get packed up and get on the road
home to their families. I hate this. The forecast looked
terrible on Monday but we completed one-and-a-half races.
I’m proud of the track staff, the MWDRS staff, and the
racers and fans. We stuck together”, states Keith Haney
The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series
heads across Oklahoma to Thunder Valley Raceway Park in
the OKC suburb of Noble June 1-3, 2023 for the exciting
“Thunder in the Valley” at a new-to-the-series venue.
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