It began as somewhat of a joke, but for all the years Paul Burruss and Dylan Griffey have been friends, they’ve traveled together and very easily been known as Mutt & Jeff in relation to the long-running comic strip characters, two mismatched gamblers. This week, for the fifth year in a row, the pair are gambling with their Mutt & Jeff Promotions Race, this year moved north from its original home in Maryland to Beaver Springs Dragway in central Pennsylvania.
“Each year,” says Burruss, “the race has grown bigger and we wanted to move it to a new venue in order to give our customers a better experience. We had a good relationship with Beaver Springs new owner Mike McCracken and he’s made a lot of improvements to the facility; improvements which will only make the already great facility better.”
Beginning on Thursday of this week, race rigs will begin moving into the central Pennsylvania facility in preparation for the weekend’s activities. On Friday morning, qualifying and time trials will begin at 11:00 followed by eliminations later in the day with one person walking away with a $7,500 check for their winning effort.
On Saturday, the ante is upped with $15,000 going to the winner, and on Sunday, the action resumes with a $5,000-to-win race. Saturday night a Racer Appreciation Party will take place, feeding all in attendance along with a DJ providing music.
While only one class of cars; Super Pro; will be run, Footbrake racers will run separate from the Super Pro cars with the last remaining Footbraker will be awarded bonus money and then advanced into the following round of the Super Pro class.
“We’re pretty excited to get this going,” said Burruss, “and we have a whole list of sponsors already signed up to award random and round prizes.”