Pro Mod drivers won’t be the only ones racing for big money at the 2023 Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod, March 3-5, at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Event promoters announced today the $25,000-to-win $hameless Racing Mountain Motor Pro Stock Invitational presented by Seminole Paving, with 16 drivers getting invited.
“My passion for Pro Modified drag racing is no secret, but I’m also very passionate about Mountain Motor Pro Stock,” said Wes Buck, Drag Illustrated founder and WSOPM promoter. “Like Pro Mod, this class has a rich history and a rabid fanbase. With massive, naturally aspirated engines, hood scoops, clutches, and hard-leaving launches, what’s not to like? The $hameless Racing Mountain Motor Pro Stock Invitational presented by Seminole Paving is the perfect complement to the $100,000 winner-take-all World Series of Pro Mod.”
The MMPS Invitational was spearheaded by longtime class enthusiast and media member Scott “the Limo Guy” Soucy. He’s covered MMPS extensively over the last few seasons through his Real Pro Stock series, showcasing the action and the unique personalities that make the class so special. He worked with multiple racers and sponsors to put together the funding and participation for the MMPS Shootout.
“This is almost uncharted territory for these guys,” Soucy said. “It brings us back to a day when Pro Stock was in its heyday and so many folks were talking about it. I’m just so excited for the MMPS guys. To be involved with the World Series of Pro Mod, to do it at that level, to have these guys in front of all the fans that are going to be there, it’s just a very exciting time. I’m very thankful, honored, and blessed to be a very small part of it and to have wonderful people around me to help make this happen. $hameless Racing and Seminole Paving really stepped up. It’s just an absolutely unbelievable feeling.”
The once-dying Mountain Motor Pro Stock class has found a stable home in the sport over the last several years in the PDRA’s Extreme Pro Stock class. With the commitment of the PDRA and the passionate racers who compete in the class, it’s grown to include nearly 30 active drivers and teams, with more on the way.
“I think it’s really important that Judy and Tommy Franklin and the PDRA get the recognition they deserve,” Soucy said. “There’s an amazing movement going on in the MMPS ranks right now. I hope this is the very beginning and we’re just scratching the surface.”
The sponsors of the Mountain Motor Pro Stock Invitational are no strangers to the class. $hameless Racing is the primary sponsor on Johnny Pluchino’s 2013 Mustang that won the 2020 and 2022 PDRA Extreme Pro Stock world championships. $hameless Racing also fields a Pro Nitrous entry driven by two-time PDRA Pro 632 world champion Wes Distefano, as well as a Pro 632 entry driven by Walter Lannigan Jr. Seminole Paving owner Kenny Floyd owns the Pro 632 entry driven by Alan Drinkwater and tuned by Pluchino. Drinkwater, who won in his PDRA Pro 632 debut earlier this season, will make his Extreme Pro Stock debut in 2023.
“When we put on big races like the World Series of Pro Mod and the Mountain Motor Pro Stock Invitational, it’s important that we work with partners who share our vision for these events and for the sport in general,” Buck said. “The folks at $hameless Racing and Seminole Paving get it. They’re going above and beyond, making a big statement about their belief in the Mountain Motor Pro Stock class.”
The $hameless Racing Mountain Motor Pro Stock Invitational presented by Seminole Paving will utilize PDRA Extreme Pro Stock rules, including an eighth-mile format.