Darlington Test and Tune Session

Darlington International Dragway Names Annual Test & Tune Session, "The Groundhog Warm-up" DARLINGTON, SC--- Behold the legend of Punxsutawney Phil. The famed groundhog, whose legendary shadow witnessing prowess scores within certain circles of...

Darlington International Dragway Names Annual Test & Tune Session, "The Groundhog Warm-up"

DARLINGTON, SC--- Behold the legend of Punxsutawney Phil. The famed groundhog, whose legendary shadow witnessing prowess scores within certain circles of the region, has made his way into drag racing. It was only fitting that a drag strip that uses a dog as a mascot and entertains a pet alligator would use the tunnel-dwelling creature as the basis for one of the quicker test sessions in the doorslammer realm.

The event was previously known as the U.S. Mountain Motor Showdown. Newly appointed track publicist Bobby Bennett, Jr. admitted the name had to go. Track General Manager David Johnson agreed heartily and between the two they came up with "The Groundhog Warm-Up."

Bennett explained, "I heard the name and I immediately became bored. Besides, we all know where the real Mountain Motor Race is at and that's at Budds Creek, Md. As we all know, the groundhog legend is one that goes along with the prediction of either warmer or cooler weather to come. In our case, the racing surface at Darlington International Dragway traditionally yields some killer performances. Many base their potential for the upcoming season on what they are able to accomplish during these sessions.

The Groundhog Warm-Up will feature unlimited testing runs on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Drivers are given free testing under the condition that they compete in an open race on Saturday. Qualifying for the race will begin with sessions on Saturday at 10 AM and at Noon. Eliminations are scheduled to begin at 1:30 PM

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Drivers David John