Easton ends Pro Mod season, readies for 2019

Over the course of the last month Australian Pro Mod racer Steve Easton and the Patriot Pro Mod team have made amazing strides, picking up two wins and running a career best elapsed time. On September 22 Easton picked up his second win of the season at D.A.D.’s Big Tire Outlaw at Quaker City Motorsports Park.


The last weekend in September at Dragway 42, the site of Easton’s first win this year, the young Australian powered the Pro Mod to its best run of the year, a strong 3.91-second run at 188 mph. It was an impressive run, ultimately standing as low ET of the event, but due to cold weather the event was called for safety.


The team has decided to park the car for the rest of the season and get ready for 2019.


“We made great strides with the Patriot Pro Mod team and I have to thank Cor (car owner Valentyn) as well as all our sponsors,” said Easton. “We picked up a lot of speed and ET as well as positive feedback from the fans at every track or appearance. I also feel like I learned a lot as a driver and tuner this summer so I’ll be even better in 2019.” 

Topeka to run No-Prep Nationals ‘backwards’

The inaugural No-Prep Nationals will take place at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, KS, on Oct. 19-20. The racing will begin at the finish line (that has never been prepped) providing a true “no-prep” asphalt surface.


Big Chief and the Murder Nova from TV fame are scheduled to attend.  

Gateway to host free BRAKES Driving School

The national free teen defensive driving program B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) will head to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL, on Saturday and Sunday, November 3-4. Sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days.


Utilizing vehicles provided by Kia Motors and with partial funding from the St. Louis Area Kia Dealers, the B.R.A.K.E.S. program offers teens extensive behind-the-wheel instruction by ex-law enforcement and professional racing drivers, teaching new drivers and their parents how to be safer on the road. Exercises include Distracted Driving Awareness, Panic Braking, Crash Avoidance, Drop Wheel/Off-road Recovery, and Car Control/Skid Recovery.

Raffle to celebrate ‘Bullit’ 50th and raise money for Parkinson’s research

With the support of the Ford Motor Company, Warner Bros. Studios, and Chad McQueen (Steve’s son) Drive Toward a Cure will honor Robert E. Kiernan Jr., owner of the original and recently rediscovered 1968 “Bullit” Mustang.


BRM Chronographe and motorsports designer Nicolas Hunziker have teamed to make a one-only hand-painted chronograph watch valued at more than $35,000 as a prize to raise funds for Parkinson’s Disease through a one-time raffle program with Drive Toward A Cure.


The car is still owned by the Kiernan family, however Robert succumbed to Parkinson’s in 2014. Drive Toward a Cure will provide all raffle proceeds to the Michael J. Fox Foundation in his name. Tickets are available for $25 each at www.drivetowardacure.org. The winner will be announced at the Grand National Roadster Show at the L.A. County Fairplex in Pomona, CA, on Jan. 27, 2019.

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