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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.”


Two-Time Pro Stock World Champion Erica Enders Joins WSOPM Field

A year ago, Erica Enders was drawing names out of a hat and making bets with her team on who would win the inaugural DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod.

This year, she’s betting on herself.

The two-time Pro Stock world champion has officially thrown her name into the hat as a participant in 2018, as Enders will compete Aug. 10-11 in the World Series of Pro Mod at Bandimere Speedway.

Enthralled with the high-stakes, winner-take-all Pro Mod action of the inaugural race in 2017, Enders, who made her NHRA Pro Mod debut earlier this year, literally jumped at the opportunity when handed the invitation by Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck.

“I was so excited. I was jumping up and down like a little kid. I’m super stoked,” Enders said on Buck’s Facebook Live show. “It was so exciting watching the live feed and the craziness that the race was, and to now be a part of it, I’m so excited and so honored.”

Oddly enough, Enders drew WSOPM winner Mike Bowman’s name out of the hat during her team’s friendly wagers a year ago, though her prize fell well short of the $100,000 Bowman took home in 2017.
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Harry Hruska on WSOPM: “It’s the Race of the Year”

Harry Hruska has seen big-time races, been a part of them and, since jumping behind the wheel of his turbocharged HPL Oil Camaro in 2017, has now raced in them.

For him, though, there’s one that stands above the rest and Hruska is headed there for a second straight year.

It’s the DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod at Bandimere Speedway, where Hruska will compete alongside 31 other Pro Mod stars for the $100,000 winner-take-all prize on Aug. 10-11. In Hruska’s mind, it’s simply the marquee event of 2018.

“It’s the race of the year,” Hruska said.

Hruska, who started Precision Turbo & Engine nearly 30 years ago, started his NHRA Pro Mod career a season ago, deciding to start driving after years of fielding a car and putting others drivers in it.

That changed in 2017 and it also meant Hruska’s first time racing on Thunder Mountain, where he competed in the inaugural WSOPM event, falling to Shane Molinari in the opening round.
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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 in the MagnaFuel Shootouts can pre-register at

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.”

Clint Satterfield: ‘The WSOPM is the Highlight of Our Entire Year’

Clint Satterfield might have lost in the first round of the inaugural DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod a season ago, and his 2018 NHRA Pro Mod season hasn’t gone according to plan thus far.

But good luck convincing the Pro Mod veteran that the $100,000 check going to the 2018 winner of the WSOPM, which takes place Aug. 10-11 at Bandimere Speedway, won’t be coming home with him.

“I’m just saying I’m going to win,” Satterfield said. “After I started looking at time slips last year, I believe I had the fastest car there. I know I had faster time slips. Plus what we learned last year, we’ve got some tricks for them. I know the car hasn’t shown a lot of promised on the track yet, but I promise you, it’s one bad ass hot rod.”

It’s a brand-new “Turbo Pig” ’69 Camaro that Satterfield debuted this year, working with Larry Jeffers Race Cars and Xtreme Racing Engines by Carl Stevens, and Satterfield is anxious for its potential to be unleashed.

It hasn’t happened yet, but Satterfield knows it is there and he has a little more than a month to figure it out before he makes the trek to Denver.

He isn’t wasting any time, either, as Satterfield is spending this weekend at his hometown track in Albuquerque working on building boost in elevation.

That is how serious he is taking the WSOPM, especially after believing he had a car capable of winning a season ago. He fell to Michael Biehle in the opening round, but Satterfield suffered a broken intake valve during the run, leaving him wondering what might have been.
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‘Stevie Fast’ Jackson Promises Biggest, Longest, Stinkiest, Nastiest, Smokiest Burnout of All Time at WSOPM 2018

Big burnouts, a big payday and big excitement.

If Stevie “Fast” Jackson had to sum up his thoughts and his plans for the DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod that would be it.

Yes, things have not gone according to plan the last two months on the NHRA Pro Mod circuit. But with a month to work until the biggest and richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe takes place on Aug. 10-11 at Bandimere Speedway, Jackson is daring you to bet against him at the $100,000 winner-take-all event.

Just make sure you bring cash.

“I’m up for any type of shenanigans that cause anyone to talk trash,” Jackson said on Wes Buck’s Facebook Live show. “If somebody wants to call me out for Denver, they can call me out now. (But) I wouldn’t bet against us in the long-term.”

Jackson may seem ripe for the taking at the moment.

Since a crash at the finish line during the finals of the NHRA Pro Mod Four-Wide race in Charlotte in late April, it has been a struggle for one of the most popular and outspoken drivers in the sport.
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NHRA Pro Mod Rookie Jeremy Ray Bringing ‘Carolina Kingpin’ to WSOPM

Jeremy Ray is decidedly old-school. From the “Carolina Kingpin” nickname on the side of his orange ’63 Corvette to his “own it, drive it, tune it” approach, Ray is a throwback to the Pro Mod drivers he grew up watching.

He lives close to Pro Mod legend Scotty Cannon, had his Corvette built by Tommy Mauney and wildly respects the approach of veteran standout drivers like Todd Tutterow and Rickie Smith. That old-school demeanor is also why Ray has his sights on competing at the DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod, which takes place Aug. 10-11 at Bandimere Speedway.

The South Carolina native has never raced at the Denver-area track, but taking on considerable challenges is what Ray considers one of the hallmarks of old-school Pro Mod racing. Racing on Thunder Mountain qualifies as a considerable challenge, so count Ray invested on trying to tackle it.

“I’m always up for a challenge,” Ray said. “I do race because of a challenge and this will be one I’ve never been involved with before. I think this is where Pro Mods need to be, getting the main spotlight. It’s always good to go somewhere where you’re the main attraction. It’s going to be a cool deal and I’m really looking forward to it.”
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FuelTech USA Added as Partner for World Series of Pro Mod

The sponsor list for the second annual DRAG ILLUSTRATEDWorld Series of Pro Mod continues to grow, as race officials announced today that FuelTech USA has been added as a partner for the highly-anticipated event, which takes place Aug. 10-11 at Bandimere Speedway.

Specializing in developing and manufacturing state-of-the-art performance engine management systems, FuelTech USA is the company of choice for many top drivers who will be competing for the $100,000 prize at the WSOPM, including defending event winner Mike Bowman and other standouts Shane Molinari, Michael Biehle, Sidnei Frigo and Derek Menholt.

“We’re very excited to sponsor and be a part of such a huge race for Pro Mod drivers,” FuelTech USA COO Matt Petka said. “This race goes hand-in-hand with a large part of our customer base. It was a big thrill to see Mike win it last year and we’re proud to have him as a customer running our FT600 EFI and FTSPARK-8 CDI ignition system this year when he goes to defend his championship!
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Doorslammer Racing Hero Todd Tutterow Confirms Spot in World Series of Pro Mod

Todd Tutterow has had success in almost every situation in what has been a spectacular Pro Mod career. But when it comes to big-money, high-stakes races, Tutterow has been elite.

He won the $50,000 North vs. South Big Dog Shootout in 2004 and was a runner-up two other years, oozing cool and thriving when others might wilt under the pressure.

Now, he’s locked in on the $100,000 up for grabs at the DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod, accepting his invitation for the biggest and rich Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe on Aug. 10-11 at Bandimere Speedway.

The bigger the stakes, the more excited “King Tutt” gets and it doesn’t get bigger than racing on Thunder Mountain for a six-figure payday.

“I like running for the big money and I seem to do well at that type of race,” Tutterow said. “We always go to win. If you just want to qualify and go a couple of rounds, that’s not for me. To race for $100,000 and a big check, that’s what we like. It’s very, very exciting.”

Tutterow is the latest marquee name to commit to an event that has captured the attention of the Pro Mod and racing world since the debut race a year ago.

The talent pool is even deeper for the 2018 race, with everyone gunning for the $100,000 prize that Mike Bowman took home in 2017.
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