YORBA LINDA, CA (September 30, 2011) — Dallas’ AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex produced two first time winners in the Nitro ranks as Bob Vandergriff won his first career Top Fuel title and Cruz Pedregon won for the first time in 2011 and made a major move up the Full Throttle point standings. A number of drivers also talk about heading to a swing race in Reading, Pennsylvania for championship aspirations The show, an internet based broadcast, is hosted by Bill Stephens and features interviews from Top Fuel and Funny Car NHRA competitors, is available on the NHRA’s YouTube channel after every NHRA national event.
“Being about to talk with Bob Vandergriff Jr. after his first Top Fuel win was great for Nitro Rewind plus as the Countdown heats up getting feedback and insight from the drivers on the inside battling for Full Throttle championships is really interesting,” said Ashley Force Hood, John Force Entertainment president.
Nitro Rewind talked with John Force about his induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame at Talladega Super Speedway in 2012 as well as his goals for getting his Castrol GTX HIGH MILEAGE Mustang turned around. Two of the drivers for Kalitta Motorsports, Jeff Arend and Doug Kalitta also give their thoughts on being in the heat of battle for the championship. For Arend this year is especially sweet since it is his first time in the Countdown.
Finally, Nitro Rewind regular Terry McMillen gives Nitro Rewind fans an update on his progress even though he is outside the top ten his Amale Oil Top Fuel team is racing like champions.
Every episode is posted on the NHRA YouTube channel the Thursday after each national event. This week’s episode can be found here: http://youtu.be/x8bFx3Z5ll0
Fans can check out all the episodes of Nitro Rewind by going to www.youtube.com and searching Nitro Rewind or they can go directly to the NHRA YouTube channel.
ENNIS, Texas (September 30, 2011) – More than 400 racers took to the track today at Texas Motorplex for the NHRA Summit Racing Series South Central Division Finals with tracks from across the region sending teams in search of both individual and team championships.
Competitors in Super Pro, Pro, No-Electronics Quick, No-Electronics-Street, and Motorcycle made time-trials today in preparations for eliminations set to begin on Saturday afternoon. Thunder Valley Raceway Park is looking to defend their Team Championship from a year ago as is Jeff Hefler who took home two trophies last year winning both the No-E Quick and the No-E Street classes. Also on hand to defend their titles are Sandra Marshall in Super Pro, Brad Young in Pro, and Tony Davis in Motorcycle.
Saturday gets underway at 9 a.m. with final time trials followed by the Race of Champions competition and High School class time runs. The Race of Champions pits the top points earners from each track in head to head competition. Round 1 of the South Central Division Championship will follow the Race of Champions final rounds.
Texas Motorplex is located on Hwy. 287, two miles west of Ennis between Interstates 35 and 45. For more information call the track (972) 878-2641 or visit www.TexasMotorplex.com
Fun Ford Weekend Kicks Off With Cruise from Sam Pack’s Private Car Collection Warehouse in Carrollton
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 26, 2011) – Get ready to celebrate the Blue Oval – Fun Ford Weekend is back at Texas Motorplex!
Fun Ford Weekend, presented by JE Pistons and RoushYates, will make its long-awaited return to Texas Motorplex, Oct. 8 and there isn’t a better way to kick off the celebration than by cruising to the track.
Sam Pack’s Automotive Warehouse in Carrollton will be the starting point for a cruise to Texas Motorplex on Saturday, Oct. 8. There will be plenty of Fords, coffee, donuts and an exciting chance to go through Sam Pack’s private collection of vintage vehicles at his warehouse which is not open to the public.
“The warehouse is a great place to start the cruise,” Brian Huth, manager of Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford Ltd., said. “Mr. Pack has a unique collection of cars from all eras inside this warehouse, so it’s a rare opportunity to get a peek behind the curtain, so to speak, at his private car collection.”
The cruise will leave the warehouse at 8:30 a.m. for the 50-minute cruise to Texas Motorplex. All participants who pre-register will receive a car flag that will allow them VIP entrance into the Motorplex through a private gate.
Call (800) MOTORPLEX or go online now for tickets or to register for the event as a participant. Fun Ford Weekend offers the best in Ford car show, drag racing, show-n-shine, live entertainment and more!
What: Fun Ford Weekend Cruise to the Motorplex
When: Saturday Oct. 8; Warehouse opens at 7:30 a.m., cruise departs at 8:30 a.m. for Texas Motorplex
Where: Sam Pack’s automotive collection warehouse 1745 Hayden, Carrollton (Just north of Belt Line Road)
Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.
Top Fuel pilot Spencer Massey had a near perfect weekend as he returned to his home state of Texas for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex. With a second consecutive runner-up finish for the season and the points lead after he knocked off teammate Antron Brown in the semifinal round, Massey and his Prestone/FRAM dragster left Texas Motorplex in the exact spot he wanted to be in – the lead. “It was a great weekend,” said Massey. “Of course, that was a huge race against Antron. Beating him allowed us to take the top spot in the standings. When you face either of my teammates (Antron or Tony Schumacher), you know you have to bring your best up to the starting line.” Massey sits seven points ahead of Brown in a Top Fuel class that has already seen three different points leaders since the Countdown began. In Funny Car, a first round loss was not enough to kick Mike Neff off of the top of the point standings, though it did close the gap between he and the field. Neff currently sits only four points ahead of second-place driver Matt Hagan and after an impressive win Sunday in Dallas, two-time world champion Cruz Pedregon sits in the third spot seven points out of first-place. While the first and second spots in both Top Fuel and Funny Car are separated by less than a round win, Pro Stock is quite a different story. After making it to his second-consecutive final round for the Countdown to the Championship, Pro Stock points leader Jason Line defeated Kurt Johnson to score his fifth win of the season and strengthen his points lead over the competition. “I certainly appreciate being in the lead, but we’ve only completed two of the six Countdown events, so there is a lot of racing left before the title is decided,” said Line. “There are several drivers, including my own teammate Greg Anderson, who have stumbled a bit out of the gate, but you know they are going to turn it around very soon, so we definitely have our work cut out for us.” Line is currently 112 points ahead of second-place Anderson in the standings. Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Eddie Krawiec kept his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson in the top spot in the standings despite a second round loss to race winner Michael Phillips in Dallas. Krawiec currently holds a 63 point lead over second-place Karen Stoffer, while rookie rider Hector Arana Jr. moved into the third spot, 90 points out of first-place with his runner-up finish in Dallas. The NHRA Full Throttle Series will make its third stop in the NHRA Countdown this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway for the Auto-Plus® NHRA Nationals.
O’FALLON, MO (September 26, 2011) — The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) has released the matchups in all six classes for the Speedtech “Battle For The Belts.”
The innovative, one day, eight-spot shootout will take place in the following classes: Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Extreme 10.5, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme Pro Stock and Pro Junior Dragster on Oct. 22 at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX as part of the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VII.
ADRL drivers earned points during the 2011 ADRL Tour for their racing performance, record-breaking runs and event participation. Only the top eight drivers in each class advance to the shootout.
The points leader in each class also receives a first-round bye, while the No. 7 and 8 qualifier race to see who advances to face the No. 2 driver in the points standings.
To see the payout information for “The Battle For The Belts,” go to www.adrl.us/competition/purse.
The following is a list of the top eight qualifiers in each class and how the first-round matchups will stack up at Texas Motorplex.
No. 7 Qualifier Jason Scruggs will race No. 8 Qualifier Joshua Hernandez to earn a spot in the field.
No. 1 – Jason Hamstra is the current points leader and will receive a first-round bye
No. 2 – Joey Martin will face the winner of Scruggs and Hernandez
No. 3 – Mick Snyder will face No. 6 Qualifier Alex Hossler
No. 4 – Frankie Taylor will face No. 4 Qualifier Todd Tutterow
(both are currently tied for fourth in points, though Taylor holds the current tiebreaker with his one event win)
Hamstra will face the Taylor/Tutterow winner in the semifinals, while the Martin/Scruggs/Hernandez winner will meet the Snyder/Hossler winner in the semifinals. Those winners will then meet in the BFTB finals.
Notes: Hernandez cracked the field by advancing to the Ohio Drags finals. Hossler moved up to sixth by winning the Ohio Drags, while Scruggs is now seventh after being No. 15 in points as late as August.
No. 7 Qualifier John Decerbo will race No. 8 Qualifier Bob Rahaim to earn a spot in the field.
No. 1 – Mike Castellana is the current points leader and will receive a first-round bye
No. 2 – Khalid Al-Balooshi will face the winner of Decerbo and Rahaim
No. 3 – Mahana Al-Naemi will face No. 6 Qualifier Jeff Naiser
No. 4 – Stan Allen will face No. 5 Qualifier Burton Auxier
Castellana will face the Allen/Auxier winner in the semifinals, while the Al-Balooshi/Decerbo/Rahaim winner will meet the Al-Naemi/Naiser winner in the semifinals. Those winners will then meet in the BFTB finals.
Notes: Decerbo and Rahaim both slipped into the field and will make their first BFTB appearance, as will Al-Naemi. Allen made a considerable move over the last two races.
No. 7 Qualifier Todd Moyer will race No. 8 Qualifier Eric Stubbs to earn a spot in the field.
No. 1 – Dan Millen is the current points leader and will receive a first-round bye
No. 2 – Frankie Taylor will face the winner of Moyer and Stubbs
No. 3 – Billy Glidden will face No. 6 Qualifier Grant McCrary
No. 4 – Chuck Ulsch will face No. 5 Qualifier Lamar Swindoll Jr.
Millen will face the Ulsch/Swindoll Jr. winner in the semifinals, while the Taylor/Moyer/Stubbs winner will meet the Glidden/McCrary winner in the semifinals. Those winners will then meet in the BFTB finals.
Notes: McCrary jumped into the field and made a huge move by winning the Ohio Drags. Stubbs stayed in the top eight, while Taylor moved to second with his Ohio Drags performance.
PRO EXTREME MOTORCYCLE
No. 7 Qualifier Dave Vantine will race No. 8 Qualifier Casey Stemper to earn a spot in the field.
No. 1 – Ashley Owens is the current points leader and will receive a first-round bye
No. 2 – Kim Morrell will face the winner of Vantine and Stemper
No. 3 – Terry Schweigert will face No. 6 Qualifier Billy Vose
No. 4 – Carlos Wilkerson will face No. 5 Qualifier Eric McKinney
Owens will face the Wilkerson/McKinney winner in the semifinals, while the Morrell/Vantine/Stemper winner will meet the Schweigert/Vose winner in the semifinals. Those winners will then meet in the BFTB finals.
Notes: Vantine secured his spot at the Ohio Drags, while Stemper slipped into the field by gaining participation points at the race. Vose has made a big move over the past two races as well.
EXTREME PRO STOCK
No. 7 Qualifier Brian Gahm will race No. 8 Qualifier Richie Stevens Jr. to earn a spot in the field.
No. 1 – Cary Goforth is the current points leader and will receive a first-round bye
No. 2 – Pete Berner will face the winner of Gahm and Stevens Jr.
No. 3 – John Montecalvo will face No. 6 Qualifier Elijah Morton
No. 4 – Dean Goforth will face No. 5 Qualifier Scott Hintz
C. Goforth will face the D. Goforth/Hintz winner in the semifinals, while the Berner/Gahm/Stevens Jr. winner will meet the Montecalvo/Morton winner in the semifinals. Those winners will then meet in the BFTB finals.
Notes: Stevens held onto the final spot at the Ohio Drags, while Berner and Montecalvo swapped places at the race.
PRO JUNIOR DRAGSTER
No. 7 Qualifier Kaley Allen will race No. 8 Qualifier J.C. Gloyd to earn a spot in the field.
No. 1 – Trevor Wilson finished atop the points standings and will receive a first-round bye
No. 2 – Tia Tutterow will face the winner of Gloyd and Allen
No. 3 – Kendall Thiesse will face No. 6 Qualifier Alexander Oppen
No. 4 – Kyle Dvorak will face No. 5 Qualifier Morgan Benfield
Wilson will face the Dvorak/Benfield winner in the semifinals, while the Tutterow/Gloyd/Allen winner will meet the Thiesse/Oppen winner in the semifinals. Those winners will then meet in the BFTB finals.