Mid-West Drag Racing Series adds Top Fuel Motorcycle class to June 17-18 Summer Speed Spectacular

Above: Larry McBride (Gary Rowe/ photo) 

Feb. 18, 2022 — The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series (MWDRS) presented by J&A Service will add its first two-wheel class when it welcomes Top Fuel Motorcycle to its class lineup at three races in the 2022 season. Pingel Enterprises, a long-time supporter of Top Fuel Motorcycle racing, has signed on as the presenting sponsor.

The nitro-burning motorcycles join the all-eighth-mile series’ classes: Pro Modified, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, and Jr. Dragsters.

“I think this addition is unreal for the tracks because now not only can they say they have Funny Cars and Pro Mods, they can now say Top Fuel on two wheels and that alone will bring more fans to the stands,” said Keith Haney, series founder, MWDRS. “It shows we are always striving to evolve to put on the best show for the fans and to provide a great place for racers to compete.”

Top Fuel Motorcycle presented by Pingel will compete at the June 17-18 Summer Speed Spectacular at World Wide Technology Raceway, as well as at Memphis International Raceway and Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.

Larry “Spiderman” McBride – a 20-time champion – will return to drag racing following a 14-month hiatus for medical reasons. During his time off, McBride underwent knee replacement surgery and an appendectomy, while facing other health challenges. Earlier this month, McBride was testing in Palm Beach and set a new track record of 5.724 seconds at 220.40 miles per hour. The 64-year-old McBride and his brother operate Cycle Specialists in Newport News, Virginia.

Another of the Top Fuel Motorcycle racers committed to running the MWDRS events is Mitch Brown, the two-time and defending Top Fuel Motorcycle champion.

“We’re excited to be in front of a lot of new race fans and a new racing organization,” Brown said. “These bikes make 1,500 horsepower and 1,500 foot-pounds of torque. They run 3.60s at 210-plus miles per hour in the eighth mile. That’s some pretty exciting stuff. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The eighth-mile format, combined with the MWDRS track prep, will allow the Top Fuel Motorcycle riders to pursue new eighth-mile world records. It’s also a unique opportunity for fans to see a wild, outlaw class with big-name riders. The lineup includes Sam Wills, Chris Hand, and Dave Vantine.

For more information on MWDRS Top Fuel Motorcycle presented by Pingel, please visit


About World Wide Technology Raceway

World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) is the home of NASCAR, INDYCAR, and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 600 acres, WWTR is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. WWTR’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, recently expanded 2.0-mile road course, the Gateway Kartplex (a state-of-the-art karting facility), and the adjacent Gateway National Golf Links. WWTR and owner Curtis Francois have been recognized with several awards, including: 2021 Comcast Community Champion of the Year; 2021 Jack Buck Award; 2020 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Track Award; 2018 Innovator Award from the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission; 2017 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award from the Race Track Business Conference; and the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from the St. Louis Attractions Association.


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The Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Drag Racing Series is an all-eighth-mile drag racing organization with headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The series is headlined by Pro Modified and Top Alcohol Funny Car, with additional classes including Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, and two Jr. Dragster categories. The 2022 MWDRS schedule consists of eight national events. For more information on the MWDRS, visit

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