COMP CAMS MILLION DOLLAR RACE
What is being called the “biggest payday in drag racing” will play out to hundreds of bracket racers over the September 27-30 weekend at Memphis Motorsports Park and has become known by many as simply “the Million.”
The Comp Cams Million Dollar Race, 12th edition, is once again being presented by Alabama racing promoter Comp Cams and George Howard, who came up with the idea of paying $1,000,000 to one winner of a special bracket race for electronics-equipped cars that is based on the total number of cars entered. If there are 500-plus cars entered, the full million bucks will be awarded to the winner on Saturday, September 29. Entry fee for the Million is $2,000, with $500 buy backs available first or second round.
“This race is my biggest ever,” Howard said. “I’ve lined up more sponsors and more ‘little’ races than you can shake a camshaft at.” Indeed, a winning racer can walk away with a whole pocket full of cash and prizes without entering Saturday’s Million Dollar Race – although one might not want to do that. Included in the September 27-30 weekend are door prizes, surprises, special guests and fun, such as a special 64-car shootout where both the winner and runner-up receive a Mullis dragster AND a Reher-Morrison engine with SpeedTech Nitrous, plus another 64-car shootout wherein both winner and runner-up win a Race Tech dragster with a Shafiroff and Eagle Racing engine.
A special run-for-the-money race to be held on Friday will award the winner a free entry into the Million, and a “money machine” and “spin-and-win” wheel will give participants cash and merchandise. There will be a $10,000 gambler’s race on Thursday, September 27, plus Howard’s regular “Twin 30s,” two races held Friday and Sunday for a $30,000 winner’s prize. TCI and Comp Cams will hold a racer’s barbecue on Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m., and there will also be best-engineered, best-appearing and oldest racer awards given out.