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.”

Lazydays RV and Bandimere Speedway Launch Ultimate Race Day Tailgating Sweepstakes

Lazydays, The RV Authority™, and world’s largest dealership, announced today the Lazydays RV Ultimate Race Day Tailgating Sweepstakes for the upcoming 2018 Bandimere Speedway race season, which will mark the speedway’s 60th Anniversary.

Race fans and RV tailgating enthusiasts can enter for a chance to win the tailgating experience of a lifetime, which includes tailgating at track accommodations in a decked-out Lazydays RV luxury motor home, tickets to the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod race on Saturday, August 11th, and a special staring-line experience at the beginning of the race.

“Partnering the biggest, richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe with the World’s largest RV dealership shows the commitment of Lazydays RV to motorsports and entertainment fans, not just in Colorado, but from Arizona to Florida,” said John Bandimere III, Bandimere Speedway’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. “Lazydays RV is all about top-rated products and services and Bandimere Speedway is proud to connect our two brands through one of the most exciting promotions of the season.”

“We are proud to partner with Bandimere Speedway to enhance fans’ race-day excitement,” said John Lebbad, Chief Marketing Officer for Lazydays. “Tailgating gives race fans a fun and exciting way to enjoy this spectacular race event, and we’re honored to be providing the winner with a VIP RV experience as a part of the World Series of Pro Mod festivities.”

The Lazydays RV Ultimate Race Day Tailgating Sweepstakes runs through July 15th, 2018. Sweepstakes is open to all U.S. citizens 18 years or older as of 4/1/18. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited. Visit http://www.lazydays.com/racedayfor sweepstakes rules and details.

To purchase tickets for the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod and to learn more about the event, visit worldseriesofpromod.com or bandimere.com.

What You Need to Know Before Heading to the Track

Event Name: Inaugural Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod benefiting One Cure and presented by J&A Service

TRACK ADDRESS
Bandimere Speedway
3051 S. Rooney Road
Morrison, CO 80465
P: (303) 697-6001

Track frequency: 95.1 FM

Official event live feed: www.MotorManiaTV.com (presented by Strange Engineering)
Official event website: www.WorldSeriesOfProMod.com
Official event Facebook: www.Facebook.com/WorldSeriesOfProMod
Official event Twitter: www.Twitter.com/DI_WSOPM
Official event hashtags: #WSOPMRaceWeek #WSOPM #WSOPMMainEvent

Tickets
http://www.bandimere.com/tickets-schedule/2017/08/04/default-calendar/WSOPM

Event Merchandise
Bandimere Speedway will sell event t-shirts, hoodies, hats and other event merchandise at four different locations around the facility. Drag Illustrated merchandise and subscriptions will also be available for sale at a location in the Pro Mod pits.

#WSOPMRACEWEEK SCHEDULE
Friday, Aug. 4
Gates open – 2 pm

Aeromotive Wild Card Shootout
Shakedown 1 – 3:30 pm
Shakedown 2 – 5 pm

WSOPM Invitees
Shakedown 1 – 5 pm
Shakedown 2 – 7 pm
Shakedown 3 – 9 pm

Aeromotive Wild Card Shootout
Eliminations – 6:30 pm

MagnaFuel Top Sportsman/Top Dragster, JR Race Car 7.90, and Reverse Race qualifying to run between rounds of Wild Card Shootout

Saturday, Aug. 5
Gates open – 12 pm

WSOPM Invitees
Final Shakedown – 3:30 pm

Open Pits & Autograph Session – 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Pre-Race Ceremonies – 6 pm

World Series of Pro Mod Main Event
Show Time – 6:30 pm

WSOPM MAIN EVENT FIRST-ROUND PAIRINGS

Steve Matusek vs. Wild Card Runner-up
Stevie Jackson vs. Mike Janis
Mike Knowles vs. Steven Whiteley
Eric Latino vs. Danny Rowe
Michael Biehle vs. Clint Satterfield
Aeromotive Wild Card Winner vs. Mike Bowman
Shane Molinari vs. Harry Hruska
Pete Farber vs. Jim Whiteley

BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY FAQ

Bandimere Speedway has compiled a number of frequently asked questions and answers to help you better plan your day at the races. If the following still does not answer your question please feel free to contact us at info@bandimere.com.

Are there any specific items not allowed inside the facility?
Posted signs remind patrons that the following items are not allowed into the facility at any time:

No alcoholic beverages
No glass bottles or containers
No concealed weapons
Use of marijuana is prohibited
Children must be accompanied by an adult
No illegal drugs
No motorized/non-motorized vehicles through the spectator gates
Pets (except service animals assisting those with disabilities)

**Bandimere Speedway security staff reserves the right to prohibit any items that may pose a safety hazard or hinder the enjoyment of the event by other patrons.

Can I bring an umbrella?
Umbrellas are permitted; however, an umbrella may only be used if, when open, it provides protection only to the Guest holding it and does not interfere with other Guests’ enjoyment of the event. Personal umbrellas larger than 15”, when collapsed, and/or golf umbrellas are not permitted. Guests may be asked to close their umbrella if it is obstructing the view of other Guests.

Can I bring a cooler into the race?
No coolers larger than six-pack size (approximately L 20″x W 13″x H 14″) are permitted into the facility. All coolers are subject to inspection by speedway security.

Can I bring alcoholic beverages into the facility?
No alcoholic beverages may be brought into the speedway facility.

Can I smoke at the facility?
Smoking is allowed in designated areas. Smoking is not allowed in the grandstands. Contact a Bandimere employee to find the designated smoking areas.

Can I bring a backpack into the facility?
As long as they are no larger than a six-pack size L 20″x W 13″x H 14″. All backpacks are subject to inspection by speedway security.

Are there special handicap parking areas?
Handicapped Parking is located in the front of the Main Ticket Center, via Gate B. Shuttles are available at all events. Contact a Bandimere employee for a shuttle.

Can I bring my pet to the race?
No pets are allowed at any Bandimere Speedway events (except service animals assisting those with disabilities).

Do I have to buy passes to get into the pits?
This is part of what makes drag racing so special. Every ticket to a Bandimere Speedway event includes a pit pass, allowing you and your family the opportunity to get close to the drivers and their cars.

Can I get drivers’ autographs?
During the Mopar Mile High Nationals, NAPA Auto Parts Night of Fire & Thunder, CARSTAR Thunder on the Mountain, and Brakes Plus Jet Car Nationals, many drivers will sign autographs in their pit area. At all other Bandimere Speedway events the drivers are often available at any time for autographs to anyone that asks.

Can I use my cell phone at Bandimere Speedway?
You are permitted to use your cell phone at any place at Bandimere Speedway, but please keep in mind those around you when making calls.

Are there check-cashing services available?
There are no check-cashing services at Bandimere Speedway.

Are there ATM machines at the Speedway?
Yes, there is an ATM available for use in Bandimere’s official souvenir store Competitive Threads.

Where do I pick-up tickets?
Bandimere Speedway has two spectator box offices. Both are easily visible upon entering the facility and placed next to the spectator entrances. Will Call tickets can be printed up at any open window at all box office locations by showing your ID. The main spectator walk-in entrance is the northern of the two entrances.

Can I buy tickets in advance?
You may purchase tickets for all events on-line, at all front range King Soopers locations or by calling the box office at 303-697-6001. You will have the option of printing your tickets at home, or for an additional fee you can leave them in will call or have them mailed to you.

What food concessions are available?
A wide variety of foods are available from the Bandimere Speedway concessions such as Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Nachos, Ice Cream and much more. There are two main concession stands at the Speedway one located conveniently near each of the two main grandstands. Bandimere concessions also proudly serve a full line of ice-cold Pepsi and Budweiser products. At larger events a number of independent vendors including pizza, barbeque, kettle corn and more is available.

Is there a place to buy souvenirs?
Official Bandimere Speedway merchandise is available at the Speedway souvenir store Competitive Threads, during all Bandimere events. At larger events multiple sales locations will be available throughout the facility.

What facilities are available if I have a medical problem?
Mobile First Aid teams patrol the facility at all times during an event. In the event of needed medical assistance contact any speedway personnel and give them location/situation and first aid assistance will be contacted immediately.

What dining, lodging facilities, and entertainment facilities are available in the area?
There are many local dining and entertainment facilities available in the area. For a complete list of Bandimere Speedway preferred lodging partners check the hotel listings page by clicking here.

Are cameras (video or still), allowed in the races?
You are allowed to take video or still pictures of the vehicles at anytime. However video and/or still pictures taken at Bandimere Speedway are for personal use only and may not be sold or marketed without a licensed arrangement from Bandimere Speedway or the NHRA.

Are unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, allowed in the races?
To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all our guests, Bandimere Speedway strictly prohibits the operation of or use of any unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as “Drones,” on, from, or above the Bandimere Speedway Complex premises. This includes all UAVs regardless of size, weight, or purpose. Only the facilities official photographer company has specific written permission from Bandimere Speedway to use such vehicles.

Precision Racing Suspension, Penske Shocks Named Title Sponsor of WSOPM Private Test Session

The Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod announced today that Precision Racing Suspension and Penske Shocks have been named the title sponsors for the private test session for the biggest and richest race in Pro Mod history.

The Precision Racing Suspension/Penske Shocks World Series of Pro Mod Private Test will take place Tuesday, Aug. 1 and Wednesday, Aug. 2, leading into the highly-anticipated race on Aug. 4-5 at Bandimere Speedway. The WSOPM will release official times for the test sessions soon.

The two-day test session will give the all-star lineup of Pro Mod drivers the chance to get their cars acclimated to competing at an altitude of nearly 6,000 feet. With a winner-take-all prize of $100,000 being awarded, the test session is also an opportunity to make sure the cars are locked in to deliver thrilling performances during Saturday’s main event.

“When the stars and cars roll into Bandimere, we want the fans in attendance to see them at their absolute best,” Drag Illustrated Editor-in-Chief Wes Buck said. “Precision Racing Suspension and Penske Shocks have stepped up to make this test session a reality and we’re super excited about it. Very few of these competitors have raced on the mountain (at Bandimere) and with all this on the line, you want to see all of them making great runs. With this pressure and on this kind of stage, you want everyone to perform at their best, and we’re happy to put on this test session and let our racers get ready for the biggest and richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe.”

Penske Shocks and Precision Racing Suspension are a major name in both the Pro Stock and Pro Mod ranks, with top names in both classes relying on them for continued success. Seeing the massive growth of the Pro Mod class and the impressive momentum the World Series of Pro Mod event has built, both companies jumped at becoming a sponsorship partner for the inaugural race.

“The class has never been stronger and the competition level shows that, and we’re definitely excited to see this kind of event come together,” said Adam Lambert of Precision Racing Suspension. “We like seeing Pro Mods get the recognition they deserve and we’re definitely happy to be a part of this event. A bunch of the cars competing have never driven in altitude like that and the test session will open up a lot of eyes. But by the second day big numbers will start to get put up and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the really big numbers on Friday.”

Of course, in continuing with the theme of the weekend where the scoreboards will be turned off during qualifying, they will be off during testing, giving no indication of what others are running during the test session. Race control will also be closed, ensuring no testing numbers will be leaked prior to the event.

“With this much money on the line, that’s something we take very seriously,” Buck said. “Being that we’re announcing the first-round pairings on July 5, you can bet your butt competitor A will be watching competitor B and vice versa during testing. I think having this test session may actually intensify things for the race.”

The intensity level is already expected to be at a fever pitch, starting with Friday’s Aeromotive Wild Card Shootout, which awards the winner $10,000 and the final spot in Saturday’s main event. The first 14 spots were invite-only, with the 15th spot coming via fan vote.

“I think what the test session does is ratchet up the intensity,” Buck said. “I think when you allow teams to test for two days, it just makes the racing even better. Everyone is going to roll up on Friday with bad-to-the-bone hot rods, knowing what it takes to make a good run. With stakes this high, you want to see everybody going to the starting line fully prepared. You want to see great side-by-side action with everyone pushing their cars to the limit.”

Lambert, for one, can’t wait to see the action unfold, especially if competitors take full advantage of the two days of testing.

“I think it’s going to be an absolute slugfest,” Lambert said. “It’s going to be exciting to see everyone battle it out for that big stack (of $100,000).”

If interested in taking part in the test sessions, please contact Nate Van Wagnen at (440) 986-1480 or e-mail wes@dragilustrated.com.

“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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Aeromotive Named Title Sponsor of $10,000-to-Win Wild Card Shootout

Steve Matusek will have his own chance to win $100,000 after receiving an invitation for the main event of the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod, which takes place Aug. 4-5 at Bandimere Speedway. But the longtime Pro Mod standout took his enthusiasm for the race a step further.

Matusek’s Aeromotive, Inc., the company he founded more than 20 years ago, will sponsor Friday’s special race – now titled the “Aeromotive Wild Card Shootout” – that awards the winner $10,000 and a berth in Saturday’s main event that pays out six figures to the winner. With that much on the line and Friday’s race open to anyone in the Pro Mod ranks, Matusek knows it should make for a wild evening.

“It’s a really cool concept and an interesting format,” Matusek said. “We’re hopeful there’s 30-plus cars for the Friday night race. We want to do whatever we can to keep the momentum going and continue to grow the class. It’s going to be an interesting race and anyone has an opportunity to win, and we wanted to be a part of it.”

That’s the ultimate draw for Friday’s race – it’s open to any legal Pro Mod car out there. That means the possibilities are nearly endless, and the payout and berth into Saturday’s main event adds the ultimate draw. Seeing drivers from all levels and locations leave it all on the line for one evening was certainly a major factor for Matusek and Aeromotive wanting to be involved.

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