Midwest Drag Racing Series
Mid-West Drag Racing Series Crowns Winners at Thunder in the Valley
Tulsa, Oklahoma (June 6, 2023) - An adrenaline-fueled spectacle rocked the Thunder in the Valley event as the Pro Mods made their return to Thunder Valley Raceway Park after an almost 10 year hiatus.
In an exciting Pro Mod clash, Keith Haney emerged as the undisputed champion in the Stroud Safety Pro Mod category. Haney blazed through the eighth-mile besting his competitor, Steven Whiteley. The crowd cheered as Haney secured victory with a jaw-dropping time of 3.662 seconds, overshadowing Whiteley's valiant effort of 3.794 seconds. Haney was coming off a MWDRS Runner-Up at the season finale at XRP and the recent XRP make-up race in Tulsa in May.
The Pro Mod Slammers category witnessed an epic showdown, with local favorite Aaron Wells beating Keith Goolsby.
In one of the most exciting displays on the starting line, the J&A Service Funny Car battle culminated in Steve Macklyn's well-deserved win over Jim Whiteley. Macklyn left the line first, propelling him to victory. Both Steve and Jim suffered mechanical issues, but Steve prevailed due to his starting line advantage. This was the teams’ first Funny Car victory. The excitement was visible on the starting line as his sons, Mark and Ryan Macklyn, long-time friend Jerry Ostler, and new-to-the-team tuner Jeff Pierce celebrated the victory. This also was the first Funny Car victory for Jeff Pierce, who has two MWDRS Pro Mod Championships to his credit.
The United Engine and Machine Top Dragster event witnessed Cody Moore besting newly- licensed Nitro Top Fuel driver Jacob McNeal trailing in the final. Moore's focus catapulted him to a well-earned win.
Michael Chitty emerged as the champion in the fiercely contested Pat Musi Racing Top Sportsman race. With nerves of steel, Chitty outpaced Dave Pierce to claim victory.
In a nail-biting battle, Brody Zimmerman dominated the Race Star Wheels Pro Junior Dragster category, besting Alexis Kesterson in the final. The future of drag racing shines brightly with Zimmerman's remarkable talent on full display.
The Zimmerman Properties Construction Sportsman Junior Dragster category witnessed Jovee Brundidge outshining all competitors, including the current points leader Camden Teel in the final.
Local racer, Tyler Wells, son of Pro Mod driver Aaron Wells, emerged triumphant in the Junior Slammers category, with Jonathan McClain as the Runner-up.
Despite a forecast predicting an 80% chance of rain, the Thunder in the Valley event defied all odds, completing the entire program to the delight of passionate fans.
Adding to the excitement, the Thunder in the Valley event introduced a new track to the series, offering racers and spectators a fresh experience. Keith Haney, expressed his enthusiasm for the track and commended the exceptional staff who made the event possible. His victory showed the mastery of the Thunder Valley track prep from Samuel Peterson from US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan, which set the stage for record-breaking performances and electrifying head-to-head battles.
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As the dust settles on the Thunder in the Valley event, the excitement continues to build for the next race at the renowned Worldwide Technology Raceway Park on June 30 - July 1.
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