DARLINGTON, SC - Show me the money. The catchy phrase from the movie Jerry McGuire uttered by actor Cuba Gooding, Jr., has made its way into drag racing and will be executed at the 2nd annual, CompetitionPlus.Com Groundhog Warm-up presented by ...
DARLINGTON, SC - Show me the money. The catchy phrase from the movie Jerry McGuire uttered by actor Cuba Gooding, Jr., has made its way into drag racing and will be executed at the 2nd annual, CompetitionPlus.Com Groundhog Warm-up presented by Majesty Homes during the weekend of February 18 - 20 at Darlington Dragway. Four of drag racing's well known craftsmen have stepped forward with contingency programs to reward their customers. Veteran engine builders Sonny Leonard and Mike Hedgecock as well as chassis wizards Jerry Haas and Tommy Mauney have stepped forward to produce a bonus for those that support their business.
CompetitionPlus.Com editor Bobby Bennett says the racers that participate in this major test session/race should be proud of those that they do business.
"In a world that always asks what a person has done for them lately, this is a refreshing show of appreciation from these manufacturers," explains Bennett. "When we asked these companies about posting a contingency, they never hesitated to step forward and show that they appreciate the business that the drag racers afford them. The drag racing world should have more people like these two individuals."
Leonard, who was recently featured in an issue of CompetitionPlus.Com, has built racing engines since the late-Seventies. The former Pro Stock racer currently holds the honor of producing the first 6.5 second engine in the class and he earned this accolade when John Montecalvo ran a 6.599 in December of 1999. Montecalvo carded this history making pass during a test session at Darlington.
Hedgecock, whose engine building prowess has attracted such names as the legendary Pro Modified racer Scotty Cannon and Robbie Vandergriff, needs no introduction in the business. His frontrunner customer is non other than the Ironhorse 1949 Mercury that set the Pro Modified World Record at a 6.227.
Haas, who is a 12-time Craft Craft All-Star chassis builder, started building race cars in the mid-Eighties. The former AHRA Pro Stock champion built a solid reputation by producing quality machinery that pushed the edge of the envelope with stunning results. Haas recently vacated the driver's seat in his Pro Stock Truck after finishing in the NHRA/Winston Top Ten points standings.
Mauney, who recently inked a deal to be the official chassis provider for the Jeg Coughlin team, has bult the majority of Pro Modified cars in existence. The two-time professional world champion first began chassis work in the early-Eighties.
All four companies will post a potential $300 total contingency for each class. Winner's will receive $200 to win and $100 for a runner-up, provided that they are running the product and running a decal.
All contingecy posting companies will be published in CompetitionPlus.Com magazine.
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.