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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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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