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M&M Transmission Joins List of WSOPM Sponsors

With a penchant for being a part of big-time drag racing events, it only made sense for M&M Transmissions to become a partner for the DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod, which takes place Aug. 10-11 at Bandimere Speedway. Drag Illustrated officials announced the sponsorship today for a race that will pay $100,000 to the winner.

M&M Transmissions has become a force in the Pro Mod ranks over the last handful of years, which made being a sponsor at the biggest and richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe a natural fit.

“To me, this race has a premier feel to it and all the top Pro Mod guys will be there,” owner Mark Micke said. “That’s what we look for when we sponsor an event. We want to sponsor the best events out there, the ones with the most hype and the fastest cars. It falls in line with what we do and it’s going to be a big event, one of the top events of the year. As far as Pro Mod racing goes, this is the top of the food chain and for us it’s a no-brainer.”

Micke has become a star driver in the drag radial world, with his company becoming a powerhouse in that class as well. But M&M Transmissions has made an impressive move into the Pro Mod ranks as well. The company’s transmissions and torque converters have earned rave reviews in the class, with a number of WSOPM participants like defending champ Mike Bowman, Clint Satterfield, Shane Molinari, Marc Caruso, Sidnei Frigo and Derek Menholt running the automatic converter in their entries. It’s helped push the envelope in the class, leading to the type of marquee racing that will take place on Thunder Mountain in August for the WSOPM.

“Mark and the team at M&M are among the finest individuals I’ve encountered in over a decade working in drag racing,” Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck said. “They’ve rapidly become an industry status symbol, and they are well-known for being attached to cars and drivers that set records, wins races and earn championships. That makes them a perfect fit for an ultra-exclusive, elite race like the World Series of Pro Mod.”

A hands-on approach has served Micke and his team well. He had a number of strong seasons racing in Pro Mod in the 2000s, winning a championship in the NMCA before making the move to radial racing. In addition to a busy and successful racing career, that hands-on approach also includes working with customers at the track, using feedback and ideas from that real-world experience and applying it to M&M Transmission’s products. It ensures Micke and his team continue to evolve, something that will be evident at the WSOPM.

“I’m still a Pro Mod guy and I love the cars. It’s just a cool class,” Micke said. “It’s good to see a big-money Pro Mod race like this. It’s $100,000 to win and that’s a big deal. For us, we’ve been involved with some high-caliber Pro Mod guys the last 4-5 years, and that’s helped get our product up to speed. The results speak for themselves and the Pro Mod teams running our stuff are at the front of the class. Hopefully that continues and this is going to be a hell of an event.”

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Jerry Bickel Race Cars Added as Sponsor for World Series of Pro Mod

The list of successful Pro Mod customers from Jerry Bickel Race Cars is a lengthy one, and now the noted chassis builder will be sponsoring the biggest and richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe.

It was announced today by Drag Illustrated officials that Jerry Bickel Race Cars has been named an event sponsor for the upcoming DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod, which takes place Aug. 10-11 at Bandimere Speedway and will award $100,000 to the winner of the highly-anticipated race.

“With the success of the event last year, this year stands to be even better and it is exciting to be involved,” Bickel said. “Anytime there’s an event like this to benefit my customers, I like to be able to participate and help that event along. Right now, our main customer base is Pro Mod. It’s a very exciting and interesting class, and the $100,000 on the line at this race is, without a doubt, a huge deal.”

Jerry Bickel Race Car’s state-of-the-art facility in Moscow Mills, Mo., has created some of the most innovative and successful cars in Pro Mod, and is the chassis builder of choice for a number of the elite participants in the WSOPM, including defending champion Mike Bowman, Mike Janis, Todd Tutterow, Jim Whiteley, Shane Molinari, Chad Green and many more.

Bickel and his team have been successful in building top cars in Pro Stock and Top Dragster over the years, but the company and its “One Stop Chassis Shop” has made impressive developments in the Pro Mod world, developing standout cars for all three power adders in the class. That diversity has helped set Bickel apart and it’s been a thrill for the industry veteran in the process.

“These cars are all so different and it allows so much more engineering and design,” Bickel said. “It makes it anything but boring and makes the field wide open, and I’m sure that will be the case in Denver. That allows you to try things and all of these guys are willing to try new things. That’s just really cool, and it’s that combination of us and our customers that has helped us have success.”

That innovation and massive growth in Pro Mod set the groundwork for epic events like the WSOPM, where the Pro Mod class will get the spotlight at scenic Bandimere Speedway with a six-figure payday on the line. Having event partners like Jerry Bickel Race Cars adds even more to the significance of the event, according to Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck.

“Jerry is one of those guys whose name has been synonymous with fast doorslammers for as long as I can remember,” Buck said. “He’s an industry icon and a trendsetter, and I couldn’t be more proud to have Jerry Bickel Race Cars involved with the World Series of Pro Mod. He’s a world-class fabricator and has produced many of the cars lining up to do battle on Thunder Mountain.”

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MagnaFuel Delivers Championship Payouts to Top Dragster & Top Sportsman at WSOPM

Impressed with the success of the inaugural DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod, MagnaFuel is back as a sponsor for the second year of the event, and it is bringing big Top Dragster and Top Sportsman purses with them.

Drag Illustrated officials announced today that MagnaFuel has been named the title sponsor for both the Top Sportsman and Top Dragster classes at the DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod, which takes place Aug. 10-11 at Bandimere Speedway. The winners in both the MagnaFuel Pro Star 16 for Top Dragster and Quick Star 16 for Top Sportsman will receive $4,000, an impressive purse that has already gotten the attention of racers in both classes.

“We’re very excited to again be part of the World Series of Pro Mod,” MagnaFuel’s Robbie Ward said. “We had a great response from Top Dragster and Top Sportsman racers a year ago, and it was a neat deal seeing how competitive they were at altitude. To a lot of these guys, Pro Mod is the next level for them, and it was great to see them run at a race where they are kind of the show, too. It’s going to be really exciting this year.”

Along with the $4,000-to-win purse, the entry fee for both classes is just $150, presenting a massive opportunity for racers to compete at a world-class event that is one of the most highly-anticipated in 2018.

“It shows how important these cars are to this race, and to have a great company like MagnaFuel have the same belief as us when it comes to these classes means the world to us,” Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck said. “These two classes are the fastest sportsman cars out there, which makes it a perfect complement to the Pro Mod class and the event.”

MagnaFuel, a Colorado-based company, has been an industry leader when it comes to high-performance fuel systems for more than 20 years. Working closely with racers, the company has continually developed premium and long-lasting products, becoming a trusted name in the Top Dragster and Top Sportsman classes in the process. Ward has seen a massive increase of interest in the class and has been thankful those racers have trusted their cars with the brand.

“There’s been a lot of growth in the class and that’s been great for us,” Ward said. “It’s still an affordable deal, and they get to go fast and now kind of be the star. It’s very good and it’s nice to do this for the second year. It’s a lot of excitement for us and it’s big for the racers. They’re being treated as pros. We’ve got some customers coming to it, and some are running their program just to run this race, so it’s going to be really exciting.”

The cars and drivers in the class put on an entertaining show at Bandimere Speedway a year ago, and Buck expects more of the same in 2018. The scoreboards will be shut off during qualifying for both classes as well, adding another thrilling layer to the must-see event.

“It is really big for us to have local companies support a new event, and I love that MagnaFuel is associated with the World Series of Pro Mod,” Buck said. “They have recognized the importance of Top Dragster and Top Sportsman. These classes are exploding and they put on a killer show, so it only makes sense to have them be part of this.”

Bringing the biggest and richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe to Bandimere Speedway also was an important factor for MagnaFuel. The company has strong roots at the first-class facility, and Ward enjoys that there is now a marquee Pro Mod-based show at the track.

“We’ve already seen a lot of buzz for the event, so it’s going to be very good,” Ward said. “Having Pro Mods here, it’s huge for us. That stigma of the altitude and cars will be slow, they showed up and showed it’s not that. It’s a great show and it’s nice to have it at our home track.”

Racers interested in competing must pre-register before July 14 at www.Bandimere.com.

Denver-Based Quick Drive Racing Named Sponsor of World Series of Pro Mod

Quick Drive, LLC, sensed the excitement of the inaugural DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod a year ago, and now the Denver-area based company is officially part of the 2018 World Series of Pro Mod, which takes place Aug. 10-11 at Bandimere Speedway.

Drag Illustrated officially announced the partnership today, as Quick Drive, a top creator of torque converter drives, will serve as a sponsor for the highly-anticipated race, which features 32 of the top Pro Mod drivers in the world vying for a $100,000 winner-take-all prize.

“I’m really glad that they chose Denver to host the event,” said Brock Graves, who is the owner of Quick Drive, along with his father, Steve, and his brother, Blayne. “Denver has such a large racing community, and each and every year it grows even more, so an event like this is definitely big for us and the area. I think it’s awesome to have the race in Denver, and for a race of this magnitude to be right in our backyard, it’s priceless.”

Quick Drive, LLC, has quickly become a major name in the Pro Mod world, producing high-quality, high-performance solutions to transmission system needs. That means developing top-notch torque converter drive units for some of the top names in Pro Mod, all with a motto of “built by racers for racers.”

A hands-on approach and a close relationship with racers has also paid dividends for Graves and his family, something that has become imperative with the strong growth of the Pro Mod class in recent years. It makes for an exciting time for Graves, and that includes what he expects to be a memorable environment during the WSOPM at Bandimere Speedway.

“A majority of our business comes directly from door cars and specifically Pro Mod, and that’s what our bread and butter is,” Graves said. “To be involved in a race like this with this level of competition and competitors, it’s huge. There’s a lot of challenges, but we want to be the best. The more the sport grows, the more interest it creates and the more opportunity it gives us to develop a better product. There’s a huge level of passion in our product.”

That passion for Pro Mod has led to partnerships with the NHRA Pro Mod Series and the PDRA, and now the WSOPM, which lays claim to being the biggest and richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe. Adding first-year sponsors like Quick Drive also indicates the impressive growth, awareness and increased excitement for the Pro Mod extravaganza on Thunder Mountain.

“Steve and Brock Graves are the salt of the earth, and it’s an absolute pleasure to have them involved with the World Series of Pro Mod,” Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck said. “It’s also a great honor to be working with high-integrity, dedicated people like the team at Quick Drive. Being that they are a Denver-area business, this is a match made in heaven, and we’re genuinely excited to help shine a light on the tremendous work they are doing in fast doorslammer racing.”

“SPORTY” BANDIMERE DISHES ON DRAG ILLUSTRATED WORLD SERIES OF PRO MOD

John “Sporty” Bandimere sees a changing sport and he also sees a changing fanbase that comes to Bandimere Speedway.

John “Sporty” Bandimere Jr. and his son in Bakersfield, California.

But witnessing those changes, he felt his fan-favorite facility was the perfect location for the biggest and richest Pro Mod race in drag racing history.

With a penchant for creativity and innovation when it comes to drag racing events and promotion, the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod was right up Bandimere’s alley, and the popular Denver-area track will play host to the highly-anticipated race, which takes place Aug. 4-5 and includes a $100,000 winner-take-all prize.

“People today love that extreme sport, in your face action, that unpredictable kind of thing,” Bandimere said. “What’s more unpredictable and extreme than Pro Mod? You look at the drivers, look at the performances, these guys letting it rip, that’s exciting and people love that kind of feel. That’s what they thrive on and that’s what makes this unique. We’re always looking for something new and different, and this just happened to be perfect timing.”

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Breakout Star Shane Molinari Enters Aeromotive Wild Card Shootout

A breakout season working with a noteworthy tuner has Shane Molinari thinking big. Like, $10,000 to win and a chance for a $100,000 prize big. Molinari has thrown his name into the hat for the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod and its Aeromotive Wild Card Shootout, which takes place Friday, Aug. 4 and awards the winner $10,000.

Of course, it also gives that driver an automatic berth into the next day’s main event, where $100,000 will be on the line at Bandimere Speedway. It’s more than enough to catch Molinari’s attention and he’s not going just to have a good time.

“We’re not going there to practice and play around, you know,” Molinari said. “We’re looking forward to it and we’re going there to win on Friday. It’s going to be a cool race so we’ll see how it goes.”

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