Drag Illustrated Issue 169, June/July 2021 - Page 22

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Here to Stay

From humble beginnings , the Mid-West Drag Racing Series has grown into something special

In 2017 , Keith Haney and the Mid- West Pro Mod Series showed up to San Antonio with seven Pro Mod cars and he received plenty of ribbing for an inauspicious debut .

Just a few short seasons later , Haney appears to be getting the last laugh . Now known as the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series presented by J & A Service , the average number of Pro Mods at a race has nearly quadrupled and the MWDRS has enjoyed steady growth in every measurable way .
They ’ ve added classes and racers – with the possibility of a gigantic addition for 2022 – kept and added sponsors , and built out an eclectic mix
Keith Haney
of track partners .
With a couple months off this summer after a pair of race postponements due to weather , it gave Haney the perfect time to reflect on how far the MWDRS has come , what the future holds and how the 2021 season is shaping up to have a big finish .
To get to this point , Haney and the series first had to attract the interest of racers , tracks and sponsors , and they took a decidedly different approach . It started with making sure the tracks the MWDRS visited would benefit right off the bat from hosting a race .
“ We want the tracks to make money because without them , we don ’ t have a place to race ,” Haney says . “ Co-owning Tulsa ( Raceway Park ),
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