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COMP invests in youth with junior dragster series sponsorship

Midwest Lyons 2015 076Recognizing the need to promote drag racing among youth and provide an opportunity for their growth in the sport, COMP Cams has signed on as a sponsor of the Protect the Harvest Midwest Junior Super Series (MJSS).

“COMP Cams is happy to support the next generation of racers and enthusiasts,” Billy Carroll, COMP Cams contingency coordinator, says. “Drag racing is a great way to teach kids mechanical skills and show how what they’ve learned in school can be applied in the real world, no matter their future career choice.”

The MJSS is open to children as young as 6 and features 11 classes, with COMP Cams as sponsor of the Pro Sportsman class for the 2016 season beginning May 27 at Lyons Raceway Park in Indiana and running through October.

Antron Brown, the 2015 NHRA Top Fuel world champion and volunteer marketing director for MJSS, said the junior dragster series is designed with both family participation and individual growth in mind. He often leads seminars during race weekends to offer tips on securing sponsors, communicating with media and race officials, and racing, of course. Sportsmanship, team work and camaraderie are staple topics.

“We want to help prepare our family of racers for futures in drag racing if that’s the path they choose, and many of those lessons will help them should they decide not to continue to race.” Brown says.

In 2015, the MJSS had its most successful season in eight years with an average of more than 400 entries per race. Racers traveled from as far away as Canada, California and Pennsylvania to participate in the series’ August race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, for a season-high 475 entries.

This year’s MJSS schedule again includes a stop at Indy. Other races will be in Terra Haute, Indiana; Hebron, Ohio; Martin, Michigan; and Madison, Illinois. Payouts to winning youth range up to $1,000, with “Big Daddy” (Don Garlits) trophies also awarded.