Lizzard Racing Engines named presenting sponsor

DINWIDDIE, VA. - It was a month ago that Lizzard Racing Engines stepped aboard with the sponsorship of live Internet coverage for the Spring Open. This time the West Babylon, NY.-based engine builder has upped the ante and ...

DINWIDDIE, VA. - It was a month ago that Lizzard Racing Engines stepped aboard with the sponsorship of live Internet coverage for the Spring Open. This time the West Babylon, NY.-based engine builder has upped the ante and secured the rights as presenting sponsor for the official IHRA test session to be held at Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Va., during the weekend of March 8 - 11. The event now becomes the Spring Open presented by Lizzard Racing Engines.

Grillo adds that his initial involvement with the event is what has provided the inspiration to take his participation to the next level.

"These guys believe in what they are doing and they are busting their butts to make it the best possible pre-season event," explained Grillo, who is also planning to participate in Pro Modified at the event. "I just want to support this event and make it a successful venture. I have nothing but good things to say about the staff at They have helped us with our business tremendously and I think that our support will only help them out. Let's just say that I'm very pleased to be involved with anything they do." Publisher Bobby Bennett, who also serves as the Internet magazine's editor, is glad that there are people like Grillo in the racing world.

"Matt is an awesome guy," explained Bennett. "He's believed in our e-zine from the time that he first saw it. He had a vision for us and that was this magazine producing an incredible diehard readership. When we topped 150,000 readers, I realized that Matt believed in what we were doing as much as we did. At the time when major racing publications are falling by the wayside, we need to band together as a sport and support one another. I'm pleased to say that we have new advertisers coming aboard in March and that it will make a difference."

In addition to the presenting sponsorship of the event, Lizzard Racing Engines ( will also sponsor the live Internet coverage presented by the Fastnews Network, the up-to-date results provider for Summit and

The event promises to bulge at the seams with professional participation. The majority of pre-entries remain in the doorslammer ranks where there are now 34 Pro Modifieds pre-entered and nearly 16 Pro Stocks. There are also a handful of Funny Cars as well as a healthy contingent of Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley committals. While there are no solid committals from Top Fuel entries, several have announced

Vendor spots are also available and for more information, potential attendees can contact Brian Pierce at (804) 862-3174.

Nearly 50 professional Pro Mod, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley-Davidson's have been pre-entered for the Spring Open.

Virginia Motorsports Park hosts their first IHRA Summit Drag Racing national event, the ACDelco Nationals, presented by Chevrolet, April 20-22, 2001.

For ticket information, call Virginia Motorsports Park at (804) 862-3174 or the race preview on the top of's home page.

<pre> Current Pre-entry list as of February 28, 2001:

Pro Modified 1. Alan Pittman 2. Paul Athey/Johnny Rocca 3. Jimmy Detrick 4. Gary Ellis 5. Marc Hayes 6. Tim McAmis 7. Harry Raynor 8. Troy Critchley/Roy Singleton 9. Steve Cossis 10. Mike Ashley 11. Matt Grillo 12. Mike Castellana 13. Shannon Jenkins 14. Steve Vick 15. Harold Martin * 16. Paul Rocco 17. Scott Ray 18. Chip King 19. Ronnie Hood 20. Ron Kammes 21. Dale Brinsfield 22. Ed Burnley 23. Ed Hoover 24. Vinny Budano/Scott Shafiroff 25. Noel Felton 26. Roy Wasko 27. Todd Howard 28. Wayne Torkelson 29. Carl Moyer 30. Frank Vlahadamis 31. Mike Lockwood 32. Marc Hemling 33. Ronnie Siders 34. Mike Janis

Pro Funny Car 1. Terry McMillan 2. Mike Stoll 3. Dave Rowe 4. Gerry Thalacker 5. John Vouros 6. Mark Thomas 7. Laurie Cannister

Pro Stock (IHRA Mountain Motor) 1. Ed Machecek 2. Richard Clark 3. Angelo Alesci 4. Chris Holbrook 5. John Montecalvo * 6. Gene Wilson/Charlie Hunt 7. Tom Lee/Charlie Taylor 8. John Yoak 9. Terry Walters 10. Jerry Yeoman 11. John Kongshofer 12. Elijah Morton 13. Randy Moore 14. Tony Fox

Nitro Harley 1. Jay Turner 2. Jim McClure 3. Stan Verheijen

Sportsman 1. Troy Stone 2. Jeff Dobbins 3. William Brown III 4. Dickie Allen 5. Duane Eiskant II


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Series Drag
Drivers Laurie Cannister , Mike Janis , Mark Thomas , Johnny Rocca , Alan Pittman , Paul Athey , Ronnie Hood , Chip King , Gene Wilson , Scott Ray , John Vouros , Angelo Alesci , John Montecalvo , Ed Hoover , Shannon Jenkins , Mike Ashley , Tim McAmis , Troy Critchley , Mike Lock , Harold Martin , Richard Clark , Troy Stone