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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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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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Pro Mod Powerhouse Shane Molinari Talks Potential Six-Figure Payday at WSOPM 2018

There were a multitude of reasons why Shane Molinari quickly accepted his invitation to return to Bandimere Speedway for the DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod for a second straight year. But he couldn’t find a bigger one than the six figures written on the oversized check that goes to the winner.

“It’s a no-brainer. It’s $100,000 to win,” said Molinari, who advanced to the semifinals of the inaugural event. “Money talks. I wish they had 4-5 of them a year. It’s all I would do.”

Of course, the chance to win six figures at a miserable event with a subpar atmosphere may have changed Molinari’s tune.

But for the Pro Mod standout, that wasn’t a concern in the slightest at the WSOPM, which takes place this year on Aug. 10-11. In fact, Molinari considered the inaugural event in 2017 a massive success.

Despite the intense pressure of trying to win $100,000 on “Thunder Mountain” and staying focused to do so, Molinari had no problem enjoying himself, which is, ultimately, priority No. 1 when he attends a race.
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Jim Whiteley Locks In Support for WSOPM as Racer and Presenting Sponsor

There have been a lot of great racing moments recently for Jim Whiteley, including picking up his second career NHRA Pro Mod win less than a month ago. But there’s still one weekend the veteran keeps coming back to and that was the inaugural Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod. In fact, it was such a memorable weekend that Whiteley had no problem clarifying just how enjoyable it was.

“That particular race was the funnest race that I’ve ever been to in 20 years of racing,” Whiteley said on Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck’s Facebook Live show. “That’s what it’s all about, people hooting and hollering. It was a show, the fans had a great time (and) as racers, we’re ecstatic and we can’t wait to do it again. It’s an honor to open the door and say let’s do it again.”

Whiteley recently received – and then promptly accepted – his invitation to the second annual Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod, which again takes place at Bandimere Speedway on Aug. 10-11.

For Whiteley, who competed in the inaugural event with his son, Steven, it was a no-brainer to accept the invite, in part because of the $100,000 winner-take-all prize. But Whiteley, who received the first official invite, hinted that his reasoning went far deeper than that.

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