Direct 1 Worldwide to sponsor Vandergriff at Winston Showdown

Alpharetta, GA - - Bob Vandergriff, Jr., from Cumming, Ga., announced today that he has finalized a one race marketing agreement with Direct 1 Worldwide – Computer Systems Division, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. This sponsorship will enable ...

Alpharetta, GA - - Bob Vandergriff, Jr., from Cumming, Ga., announced today that he has finalized a one race marketing agreement with Direct 1 Worldwide – Computer Systems Division, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. This sponsorship will enable Vandergriff to compete in the Winston Showdown, July 7-9, at Bristol Dragway, in Bristol Tenn.

“We are excited to have Direct 1 on board. We couldn't go to the Winston Showdown without their support,” said Vandergriff. “Direct 1, the one source for all your computer system solutions, is recognized as a top 100 personal computer supplier and has had their business achievements acknowledged by both Microsoft and Intel. We hope to add a win in Bristol to their list of achievements.”

“Direct 1 is looking forward to our involvement with Bob Vandergriff, Jr.,” said Paul Nestor., president and CEO of Direct 1 Worldwide. “We are pleased that we can help his team to continue to compete on the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. From a business standpoint we feel the exposure from the association with both Vandergriff Motorsports and the NHRA will be of major benefit to Direct 1. Hopefully, this will lead to a greater involvement with Vandergriff and the sport of drag racing. If anyone is interested in finding out more about Direct 1 they can access our website at http://www.directone.com.”

The Winston Showdown is unique in that it matches Top Fuel against Nitro Funny Cars in head-to-head competition. This year's edition will feature two days of eliminations in the nitromethane categories. This format change makes the Winston Showdown the only event on the 2000 NHRA schedule to offer professional eliminations on both Saturday and Sunday. The winner's share of the Top Fuel versus Funny Car purse is $200,000, with $50,000 going to the runner up.

The fuel categories will be made up of a 24 field consisting of the 10 predetermined spots for each category - - 10 for Top Fuel and 10 for Funny Car. Additionally, each category will have two open spots, open to teams that do not qualify for the predetermined seeds. This gives each category - - Top Fuel and Funny Car - - a total of 12 cars.

Selection for the 10 predetermined (or seeded) positions are in the following order of priority: 1999 NHRA Winston champion, most recent 2000 event winners, 1998 NHRA Winston champion, most recent 1999 event winners, 1997 NHRA Winston champion, most recent 1998 event winners, etc.

The quickest two Top Fuel qualifiers and the quickest two Funny Cars qualifiers of the non-seeded competitors will fill the final two positions for eliminations. Vandergriff, who qualified number one among Top Fuel driver last year, will be vying for one of the two open spots.

“Last year I was a non-seed also and took the top qualifying spot in Top Fuel to get into the show. My crew gave me a car capable of winning and we went to the final round against John Force. Unfortunately, we smoked the tires and Force took the win and bragging rights for the year. This year it's my turn. First, I want to put the Direct 1 dragster into the show. Once in, I want that win!” added Vandergriff.

Vandergriff also confirmed that he will soon finalize additional marketing agreements that will enable him to make the three-race western swing: Denver (July 13-16), Seattle (July 28-30) and Sonoma, Calif., (August 4-6).

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Drivers John Force , Bob Vandergriff