PITTSBORO, N.C. (March 1, 2018): There’s no arguing that the creation of junior dragsters has greatly increased participation in the sport, providing an easy entry and often growing into either a serious hobby or a lifetime profession. Some of today’s top drivers got their start in the junior ranks. Despite their inherent value for the future of the sport, the classes can often get overlooked. For Joe and Betty Edwards of Door Slammers Plus, quite the opposite is true. The couple believe strongly in junior dragster racers, supporting the PDRA Top and Pro Junior Dragster classes in impactful ways.
“Juniors are our next Pro Mod drivers,” emphasized Betty Edwards. “We need to support them because they’re the future of our sport. They work just as hard. They put their heart and soul into it, too. They’re just like anyone else; they want to win. It takes a lot for these kids to go to school and keep up with that and come out and do this, too.”
Just like last season, Door Slammers Plus will, at each event, provide the driver with the best reaction time during the third qualifying session of both junior classes with $25 and a t-shirt. At the PDRA World Finals, Door Slammers Plus (DSP) ups the ante, giving a tablet to the best reaction time during the third qualifying session. Additionally, at the end of the year, names of drivers in each of the classes are put into a hat. DPS will choose a fan to draw a Top and Junior name. Those two winners will each receive a computer.
“PDRA is like our family,” added Edwards. “PDRA is our main focus. We started Door Slammers Plus about the same time the PDRA got started and we’ve been to every event. We love supporting the PDRA and their great group of junior racers.”
A new Top Junior Dragster racer will be joining the PDRA this season, Blake Toler. Door Slammers Plus is backing Toler, and continuing their sponsorship of Top Sportsman racer Henry Dogay as he debuts a brand new car this season.
Door Slammers Plus started in November of 2013 and quickly rose to become one of the most-followed and trusted news sources in racing with over 123,000 fans on Facebook
“We’ve been in racing a long time. When I met my husband 33 years ago we were going to Sumerduck Dragway near where we lived. We supported Sumerduck and then we got into national-level racing when we got older. My cousin races in the bracket division with the PDRA. We’ve always had lots of friends in racing.”
Beginning Door Slammers Plus was a natural fit for the couple who recognized the need for a news site that encompassed all door car classes. They now cover every PDRA event and other events as requested across the country.
Racing can often be a thankless job and while that rarely deters those who are passionate about the sport, support like Door Slammers Plus shows junior racers can go a long way in shaping the future of the sport.