Memphis, TN – In 2015 COMP Cams will return for the second year of a four-year agreement to serve as the title sponsor of the Doug Murphrey Memorial. It is one of the nation’s most prestigious Dirt Modified races, held each May at Ark-La-Tex Speedway in Vivian, Louisiana.
Known as “The Land of Three-Wide,” Ark-La-Tex Speedway is regarded around the dirt racing scene as one of the nation’s most exciting tracks. The 2014 edition of the Doug Murphrey Memorial lived up to the facility’s high standards, with Springfield, Missouri’s Terry Phillips taking home a $10,000 payday by besting Chris Brown and Cade Dillard in the 50-lap race on owner Gene Boyter’s ¼-mile, high-banked clay oval. Despite the weekend being plagued by rain and muddy conditions, 87 cars signed in for a shot at the top prize. Even more vehicles are expected for this year’s two-day show.
The race was founded in 2007 by Dougie Murphrey in memory of his father Doug, a Modified devotee. Since the first race at Louisiana’s Chatham Raceway, the event has grown into a grand multiple-day affair at Ark-La-Tex that every top Dirt Modified competitor has circled on the calendar. This type of devotion to the sport led COMP Cams to its current level of involvement with the race, as the valve train leader prides itself on supporting passionate racers utilizing the built engines Dirt Modified racing is known for.
As part of its entitlement package through 2017, COMP Cams and its sister brands supply over $4,000 in contingency awards to racers and teams throughout the race weekend. COMP provides fifteen $100 certificates to non-qualifiers after the event’s unique double-qualifying format that rewards passing points in Friday night’s preliminary action and finishing position during the Saturday night heats. Quarter Master and Driven Racing Oil each hand out five $100 certificates to the same group of teams that did not qualify for the main event. For the A-Main COMP Cams presents $500 in certificates to the race winner, $250 to second and $125 to third. Quarter Master and Driven also provide certificates in the amounts of $250, $125 and $75 to the podium finishers. Decals from the three brands are required on each race car, and fans and competitors see banners and other signage around the track throughout the weekend.
“Landing COMP Cams as a sponsor of the Doug Murphrey Memorial last year was just what this event needed,” said Ark-La-Tex Speedway announcer and PR manager Bill Kitchen. “The COMP Performance Group made the event better in every way in 2014. Thanks to them, lots of racers, even those who didn’t make the main event, left Louisiana happy. All the 9th Annual COMP Cams Doug Murphrey Memorial needs now is more cooperation from the weather in 2015. We all remember walking through the mud for two days last year, but we had fun and saw a whale of a race anyway.”
(Main image by Scott Burson)