Columbus: Fan fest

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 31, 2001 -- The 37th annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing returns to National Trail Raceway on June 14 -17. To help kick off this year's event, Dave Gill Pontiac-GMC in Columbus, Ohio, will be ...

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 31, 2001 -- The 37th annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing returns to National Trail Raceway on June 14 -17. To help kick off this year's event, Dave Gill Pontiac-GMC in Columbus, Ohio, will be holding their annual Pontiac-GMC Racing NHRA Driver Fanfest on Wednesday, June 13.

The festivities will take place at the dealership from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature NHRA drivers, racecars and team transporters from the Pontiac-GMC Motorsports contingent. Five-time Winston Pro Stock champion Warren Johnson, two-time Winston Pro Stock champion Jim Yates and Summit Racing's Mark Pawuk will be on hand for the festivities. Other drivers at the Fanfest will include Tom Martino, Bruce Allen, Richie Stevens Jr., Al Hofmann, Del Worsham, Frank Pedregon, Bruce Sarver, Jerry Toliver, Whit Bazemore, Tony Bartone, Scotty Cannon and Top Fuel Yankees/GMC driver Mike Dunn. GMC Sonoma Pro Stock Truck drivers also scheduled to sign autographs will be Summit Racing's John Lingenfelter and Jeff Gracia.

The Dave Gill Pontiac-GMC open house has become an annual tradition during Pontiac Excitement Nationals week and this year another large crowd is expected to attend.

"This is the most exciting promotional event that the dealership does all year," said Dave Gill. "There are a lot of drag racing fans in Columbus, so from our standpoint, it's an opportunity we can't pass up.

"This is a program that we get behind 100 percent because of the tradition that it has become at our dealership along with the prestige of the race at National Trail Raceway. It's a very relaxed atmosphere, and a lot of fun for the drivers as well and lets them open up a little bit more than what they normally would at the track."

This year's motorsports Fanfest includes customer giveaways, a radio remote, a raffle for a pair of autographed helmets signed by 43 NHRA drivers and other NHRA motorsports activities that race fans will enjoy.

The 37th Annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing on June 14 - 17 at National Trail Raceway in Kirkersville, Ohio, is the 11th race on the 24-event NHRA Winston championship tour.

--GM Racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bruce Sarver , Frank Pedregon , Richie Stevens Jr. , Mark Pawuk , Warren Johnson , Tony Bartone , Del Worsham , Jeff Gracia , John Lingenfelter , Scotty Cannon , Bruce Allen , Tom Martino , Jerry Toliver