received as of January 15
(1-15-2004) - The following pre-entries
have been received for the 4th annual CompetitionPlus.com Spring
Open at Virginia Motorsports Park.
Pre-entries for CompetitionPlus.com Spring Open
as of January 15, 2004
1. Scotty Cannon
2. Joe Boniferro
3. Ralph Andreacchi
4. Mike Johnson
5. Carl Bullock
6. Steve Vick
7. Kasey Janzen
8. Joe Buckley
9. Steve Cossis
10. Pat Musi
11. Mike Ashley
12. Danny Rowe
13. Raymond Commisso
14. Scott King
Mountain Motor Pro Stock
1. Robert Patrick
2. Frank Gugliotta
3. Mike Bell
4. John Montecalvo
5. Floyd Cheek
6. James McDunnah
7. Mike Bruno
1. Mike Moran
2. Pat Musi
3. Tony Christian
Nostalgia Pro Street
1. Kevin Parent
Top Alcohol Funny Car
1. Mick Snyder
1. Frank Jonkman – Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car
1. Carlos Wells (Top Sportsman)
2. Gene Kinch (Top Sportsman)
3. John Langer (Real Street)
Virginia Motorsports Park begins track preparation
for fourth annual CompetitionPlus.com Spring Open
(1-15-2004) – Virginia Motorsports Park
has taken the first steps toward preparing for the official IHRA
preseason test session during the weekend of March 11-14 in Dinwiddie,
Va., located outside of Richmond. The award-winning drag racing
facility, which hosts the IHRA ACDelco Nationals in late-May, is
undergoing improvements to its existing record-setting surface.
Freeburn Track Grinding was retained to grind the entire quarter-mile
and work began this week.
“It’s all about staying ahead of the game,” explained
Pierce. “We take pride in our racing facility and it’s
our objective to always keep Virginia Motorsports Park better than
it has to be. This week’s work is laying the groundwork for
a velvety smooth track surface. With that said, we expect even quicker
times and faster speeds.
“In a little over sixty days, we will open our gates for
the official IHRA preseason test event – the CompetitionPlus.com
Spring Open, and we are going to make sure that the top professional
and sportsman drivers have the necessary testing they need headed
into the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals in San Antonio.
“Of course, it won’t hurt them when they run the ACDelco
Nationals here a couple of months later. Each week that we run on
this surface makes it even better.”
IHRA’s master track prepsman Jim Weinert is quick to point
out that VMP is taking steps to make a good track even better. He
is expected to be on hand at the CompetitionPlus.com Spring Open
where 6.0s in Pro Modified and 6.4’s in Sunoco Pro Stock are
expected to be common.
“The work they are doing will help in getting rid of some
of the grooves on the top end,” explained Weinert, who track-prep
prowess is largely regarded in the sport.
“This will help in getting a better glue application on the
top end. There’s a very good chance that we’ll see some
In 2002, the CompetitionPlus.com Spring Open yielded tremendous
elapsed times in the Pro Modified and Sunoco Pro Stock ranks. Pro
Modified racer Al Billes recorded a 6.112 and former IHRA Pro Stock
World Champion Gene Wilson blasted out a 6.51 in Charlie Hunt’s
Cannon and Patrick plan new season with an appearance
at 4th annual CompetitionPlus.com Spring Open
(1-5-2004) – Pro Modified’s winningest
Pro Modified driver Scotty Cannon and veteran Pro Stock runner Robert
Patrick are among the early pre-entries for the 4th annual CompetitionPlus.com
Spring Open hosted by Virginia Motorsports Park located outside
of Richmond, Va. Both drivers are returning to familiar territory
during the weekend of March 11 – 14 after branching off into
new areas of competition.
Cannon, of Lyman, SC, left the Pro Modified ranks after claiming
his 6th IHRA World Championship in 1998 to pursue a career behind
the wheel of a Nitro-burning Funny Car. At the conclusion of the
2003 season, he announced his intentions to return to the class
that he helped to pioneer in the late-Eighties. Oakley will sponsor
his Hemi-powered 1953 Studebaker.
Cannon is excited about returning to VMP, this time behind the
wheel of a doorslammer.
“I’ve wanted to run this event for the last few years,”
explained Cannon. “Bobby Bennett has been on me for a few
years to come down and run, but it never worked out with our Funny
Car schedule. Our schedule will be pretty full for the next few
weeks with testing and match races. This will be our final warm-up
before headed to Gainesville and then on to San Antonio.”
Patrick, of Fredricksburg, Va., will be making the trek to VMP
in order to put a new Jon Kaase powerplant residing between the
fenders of his Ford Escort through its paces. Almost a decade ago,
the former multi-national event winner crossed the tracks into the
500-inch Pro Stock arena. He recently made the announcement to return
to the Sunoco Pro Stock ranks.
“The testing time will no doubt help us out a lot,”
explained Patrick, who campaigns the team along with his father
Eli Patrick. “I’ve always loved Virginia Motorsports
Park and I’m really happy for the chance to run down there
The mountain motor division has also received entries from former
Pro Stock world champion Mike Bell, Frank Gugliotta and John Montecalvo.
In Pro Modified, Cannon will be joined by local favorite Mike Johnson,
Joe Boniferro and Ralph Andreacchi. Also testing that weekend will
be nitro flopper driver Frank Jonkman and Pro Street racer Mike
Pre-Entry Opened For CompetitionPlus.com Spring Open
(12-14-2003) - In an effort to give attending drivers as much publicity as possible, the CompetitionPlus.com Spring Open is open to pre-entry registration. The third annual event will be held at Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie Va., during the weekend of March 11-14, which is two weeks before the IHRA Texas Nationals in San Antonio, Texas.
This unique gathering will feature everything from Pro Modifieds to mountain motor Sunoco Pro Stocks to various sportsman entries in test mode. Also on hand will be a couple of Top Fuelers, Funny Cars and Nitro Harley-Davidsons. There will be a special Chicago style eliminations program on Saturday in the professional divisions in exchange for the test time.
The Spring Open will provide professional drivers the opportunity to test provided that they participate in a special "Chicago Style" eliminations program on Sunday. Pre-entry is encouraged for the professionals as it not only assists the VMP crew with determining parking space as well as publicity for the event. If you have a sponsor, this would be a great way to garner publicity for them. Professional teams that pre-enter will be given free entry for three crewmen.
Sportsman drivers that wish to test and tune during the event can receive a cost break by pre-entering. The standard fee for the CompetitionPlus.com Spring Open will be $75 at the gate for the entire weekend and $25 per day if a driver does not wish the entire program. However, if they pre-enter, the fee drops to $65 for the entire event.
Checks or money orders must be made payable to Virginia Motorsports Park.They may be sent to the following address:
Virginia Motorsports Park
8018 Boydton Plank Road
Petersburg, VA 23803
Deadline for pre-entry is March 4, 2004
A special e-mail address has been set up for those that wish to pre-enter online. Online pre-entries can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following information must be included with each pre-entry.
Team Owner Name:
City, State & Zip
Phone Number You Can Be Best Reached At:
Sponsor (if applicable):
Days you plan on attending - NOTE - If you plan on attending the complete
event, please list - COMPLETE EVENT
The FastNews Network and DragRaceCentral.com will provide daily coverage of the event.
CompetitionPlus.com Spring Open returns to Virginia Motorsports Park for fourth annual running as official IHRA pre-season test event
(12-13-2003) – For the fourth consecutive season, drag racers will get their shot at preparing for the upcoming season courtesy of the CompetitionPlus.com Spring Open hosted by Virginia Motorsports Park located outside of Richmond, Va. The event will provide four days of testing for professional and sportsman drivers beginning on March 11th and concluding on March 14th. Details on special programs and sponsors will be released in the coming weeks.
One of the trademarks of the event has been the Chicago Style eliminations format featuring Pro Modified, Sunoco Pro Stocks and alcohol-burning Funny Cars. Previous winners include Alan Pittman, Mike Ashley and Steve Vick in Pro Modified and Chris Holbrook, Gene Wilson and Carl Baker in Sunoco Pro Stock.
Event coordinator Bobby Bennett is pleased that the event is returning to its original date and will be contested before the season begins.
“I really have to thank Bill Bader for giving us the chance to present a real pre-season event,” explained Bennett. “Last year’s scheduling conflicts provided an obstacle, but this year things have returned to normal. This event promises to be even larger than in year’s past and I am very thankful to be aligned with Brian Pierce and the hard-working staff at Virginia Motorsports Park.”
VMP’s Brian Pierce is excited with the potential that this event provides.
“Over the last four years we have created a good event designed to both help the racers and give race fans a chance to get out of the house after a long winter,” Pierce said. “We are looking forward to working with the staff at CompetitionPlus.com and the racers that plan to attend. This is going to be great.”
Last year, the event was held the week before the IHRA national event in Rockingham. This season the CompetitionPlus.com Spring Open will be contested two weeks before the IHRA season opener in San Antonio, Texas.