Pro Modifieds to fly at Darlington

DARLINGTON, SC - Pro Modified aficionados will be in heaven this weekend at the CompetitionPlus.Com Groundhog Warm-up presented by Majesty Homes. Drag racing's largest preseason test session for full-bodied machines and Nitro Harleys in...

DARLINGTON, SC - Pro Modified aficionados will be in heaven this weekend at the CompetitionPlus.Com Groundhog Warm-up presented by Majesty Homes. Drag racing's largest preseason test session for full-bodied machines and Nitro Harleys in Darlington, SC., could produce the quickest and fastest Pro Modified runs in history. One Pro Modified car owner even went as far as to suggest that we could see a legal run that could dip into the 6-teen range.

As many as twenty Pro Modified teams are expected to make the trek for this annual February test session. Last season, Troy Critchley led the program with a 6.39 in Johnny Rocca's Tin Indian, '33 Willys machine. Rocca, who is part owner of Darlington Dragway, expects that the air should produce some incredible laps.

"You'll see some incredible laps this weekend," explained Rocca. "We're going to go out there with our race set-up and let it do what it's going to do. Let's all be careful to note that the times that we produce will be in optimum conditions and there's no way we will duplicate them in mid-season or when it gets hot."

Don't expect the supercharged cars to steal all of the limelight, as many prominent nitrous-injected cars will be in attendance. The quickest of those cars at the inaugural event was Steve Vick. The veteran clutch specialist from Mocksville, NC., pushed his 1968 Camaro to an impressive 6.4 second run, which fell behind the pole-sitter Critchley.

Vick used this performance to jump start an impressive season, which culminated in a third-place finish in the points standings on the IHRA/Snap-on Tools tour. The three-time finalist in 1999 expects the nitrous entries to step into a new arena this year.

"I expect to see the nitrous cars running 6.20s this year," explained Vick. "The nitrous cars were right on the door last year and they very well could step up at the event in Darlington." 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 aforementioned categories are the only ones allowed to participate.

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.

Gates will open for the Saturday show beginning at 10 am with the first blast off at 11 and admission only $10.

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Series Drag
Drivers Johnny Rocca , Ronnie Hood , Troy Critchley