Junior national event obtains sponsor

DARLINGTON, SC. - On the heels of one of the richest junior dragster paydays ever, during the CompetitionPlus.com Spring Open, the quickly-progressing Internet drag racing magazine has stepped up to the plate once again, this time offering junior...

DARLINGTON, SC. - On the heels of one of the richest junior dragster paydays ever, during the CompetitionPlus.com Spring Open, the quickly-progressing Internet drag racing magazine has stepped up to the plate once again, this time offering junior dragster racers the dream opportunity to run at a national event. The first annual CompetitionPlus Junior Dragster Nationals will take place on Memorial Day weekend, May 26 and 27, in Darlington, SC. There will be two separate days of eliminations, and one lucky young racer could take home $1,200 for the weekend. As if that's not enough, CompetitionPlus.com will throw in an additional $200 for any driver that can make a clean sweep of both days.

CompetitionPlus.com editor Bobby Bennett, Jr. admits that he's a fan of the juniors, and this is the e-zine's way of supporting the next generation within the sport.


Photo: CP

"I will wholeheartedly testify that junior dragster racing is one of the greatest things that ever happened in our sport," explained Bennett, whose son Kelli is an avid junior competitor. "I saw the outpouring of the fans in Dinwiddie, and the look on the kid's faces when we did our impromptu shootout was enough to convince me that I wanted to try and put something together for the junior racers."

Bennett continued, "I think the adults had more fun than the kids did, and that's okay, because we like it when everyone has a good time. When Larry Hensley approached me about doing the Junior Dragster event and I discussed it with my staff, they looked at me like I was crazy for asking if they'd like to do it. I guess they figured it was an understood thing. They love the juniors too."

Darlington Dragway operator Larry Hensley says that he's wanted to do a junior event for a long time, and he knew that CompetitionPlus.com was the group to make it happen.

"I'm an avid reader of the magazine, and I saw how they put together the deal for the kids at VMP, and I wanted to be a part of that kind of magic," explained Hensley. "We're going to treat the kids just like they're professionals, and show them what it's like to live that kind of life at the track. I kind of look at it as investing in the future of the sport."

Full coverage of the event will appear in a future issue of the e-zine.

There will be a $30 entry fee each day for car and driver. That fee includes two crewpersons. The winner will take home $600 to win with the runner-up securing $300. The number of entries that attend the event will determine additional round money. There will be one class of competition and the format will be that of a large bracket race. All entries will be certified on terms of safety before they are allowed to compete.

Stay tuned to www.ihra.com and www.competitionplus.com for details on the first annual CompetitionPlus.com Junior Dragster Nationals.

-IHRA-

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