DARLINGTON, SC - CompetitionPlus.Com, Drag Racing's Internet magazine with an attitude, and Darlington International Dragway have reached an agreement as title rights sponsor for the 2000 Groundhog Warm-Up event, a preseason test/race event in mid-February. Last season, CompetitionPlus.Com editor Bobby Bennett and track manager David Johnson worked together to promote the inaugural event. By all accounts, that first event was a rousing success.
Johnson is excited about the new venture. He commented, "We had a real good turnout for last season's event. The racers needed the testing time as well as we needed the workout prior to the Prolong Winter Nationals. Our goal when we started this was to make it the largest preseason test event in drag racing. I think we are on a steady course to accomplish that. I think CompetitionPlus.Com stands as a great magazine that provides us with a great glimpse of what the future holds in store for us in terms of publishing."
He continues, "Majesty Homes and Roy Singleton will serve as the presenting sponsor for this event. Roy was one of our first sponsors to sign up last year. I am really excited about this whole deal. I don't think February can get here quick enough."
Bennett feels that this will be the perfect opportunity to showcase his magazine, which has attracted over 750,000 page views since its debut on September 15.
"If you look in the history of drag racing, a lot of major publications have achieved success out of sponsoring major events. I can say that I learned a lot from watching magazines like Popular Hot Rodding, Hot Rod and Super Stock & Drag Illustrated aligning themselves with major events. We want to be the largest e-zine in the world and we don't plan to stop until we get there. >From that point, we'll work hard to maintain that status."
There will be five professional divisions contested at the CompetitionPlus.Com Groundhog Warm-Up presented by Majesty Homes. The classes contested will be Pro Modified, Pro Stock, 500-inch Pro Stock and Nitro Harley. The defending champions are Ronnie Hood (Pro Modified), Chris Holbrook (Pro Stock), Jim Yates (500-inch Pro Stock) and Steve Moore (Nitro Harley). The Pro Stock Trucks are welcome to test as well.
The format is simple for this event. Darlington Dragway will provide free testing for any racer that competes in the aforementioned divisions on February 18 - 20, provided that they adhere to the following conditions. The racer must participate in a "Chicago Style" format on Saturday in which there will be three set sessions for runs. The first two attempts will determine the final round contestants, as the two quickest runs will qualify for the final round to determine the winner. The final round will be run during the third session. To qualify for the free testing, the racer must participate in all three days of the event.
CompetitionPlus.Com uses the International Hot Rod Association as their focal point as well as providing limited coverage of other racing entities. This publication thrives on their ability to provide the inside stories of drag racing, as well as in-depth race coverage complete with digital video highlights. The IHRA's largest PR firm, Harley Communications, publishes this bi-weekly e-zine.