NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES DRIVERS READY TO KEEP COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP MOMENTUM GOING AT THE AAA TEXAS NHRA FALLNATIONALS

August 19, 2013 by  
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ENNIS, Texas – The AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals returns to the Texas

Motorplex, Sept. 19-22, and Texas-based drivers Spencer Massey, Steve

Torrence, Alexis DeJoria and defending event Pro Stock Motorcycle champ

Michael Ray are ready to saddle up in their home state and give Lone Star

fans a Texas-sized helping of 8,000-horsepower, nitromethane-burning action,

Countdown to the Championship playoff style.

 

Everything is bigger in Texas, and the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

is sure to pack an extra-large dose of chest-thumping excitement when it

arrives at the Texas Motorplex. After all, the legendary facility is one of

four all-concrete dragstrips on the NHRA circuit, which provides crew chiefs

with an excellent opportunity to achieve national record performances. The

event, which is the second chance for Countdown to the Championship teams to

earn points, takes place just a week after the playoff series-opener in

Charlotte, making for a quick turnaround for the championship contenders.

 

The AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals is the 20th of 24 events in the 2013 NHRA

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the second of six races in the Mello

Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Last season, defending world

champion Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Bob Tasca III (Funny Car), Allen Johnson

(Pro Stock) and Ray (Pro Stock Motorcycle) earned victories at the event

that will once again be televised on ESPN2 HD.

 

In Top Fuel, five-time event winner Tony Schumacher and his U.S. Army

Dragster team wants nothing more than to seal a sixth race victory in Dallas

to help him finish off his season with an eighth series world championship

title. But there are several drivers with the same objective, including

points leader Shawn Langdon, who has four season wins in his Al-Anabi Racing

dragster and defending event winner and world champ Brown, who drives the

Matco Tools dragster.  Others to watch include 2012 event runner-up Massey

of Fort Worth, Texas, who has three season wins in his Schumacher Electric

dragster, Kilgore, Texas’ Torrence and former Texas Motorplex champs Brandon

Bernstein, Doug Kalitta and Bob Vandergriff.

 

In Funny Car, Virginia cattle rancher Matt Hagan leads the series standings

with four season victories at the controls of his Magneti Marelli Dodge

Charger and will be trying to earn his second victory at the Motorplex. He

will need to hold off a couple of determined veterans in Cruz Pedregon, a

three-time event champ, and Ron Capps, the ’98 winner there, if he’s going

to be successful. Others to watch include the Force powerhouse that includes

15-time world champion John Force, his youngest daughter Courtney, a

two-time winner this season, and two-time Motorplex winner and Auto Club

Ford Mustang driver Robert Hight. Second year driver DeJoria, who pilots the

Tequila Patron Toyota Camry, recently relocated to the Austin area and is

looking forward to racing at her new home track.

 

In Pro Stock, Oklahoma native and series points leader Mike Edwards aims to

bring his Interstate Batteries/I Am Second Chevy Camaro back to the

Motorplex winner’s circle as he did in ’98. But defending world champion

Johnson is determined to defend his 2012 title as he has earned four season

wins in his Team Mopar Dodge Avenger. His teammates, Jeg Coughlin and

Vincent Nobile have scored multiple wins as well this season in their

Avengers. Rodger Brogdon of Tomball, Texas and Chris McGaha of Odessa, Texas

are also local favorites seeking wins in front of a large contingent of

family and friends.

 

Pro Stock Motorcycle sensation Hector Arana Jr. is leading the way this

season with four wins aboard his Lucas Oil Buell while battling a tough

group of challengers in the two-wheel category, including two-time season

winner and New Braunfels, Texas rider Ray and his Sovereign-Star Racing

Buell. Former world champs Eddie Krawiec , Hector Arana Sr., Andrew Hines

and Matt Smith are all hungry to earn a Countdown playoff victory.

 

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series also will thrill the crowds during the

weekend with intense competition on the track.

 

As always, every ticket purchased for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals is a

pit pass, which offers an extraordinary look behind the scenes in the world

of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. This unique opportunity in

motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see

firsthand the highly skilled mechanics service their high-horsepower

machines between rounds, and enjoy some cherished face time and get

autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.

 

Fans will also want to check out NHRA Nitro Alley and the popular NHRA

Manufacturers Midway where manufacturers and sponsors create a carnival

atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise,

food and freebies. Fans will also want to take advantage of Championship

Sunday featuring driver introductions and a special Track Walk at 9:30 a.m.

It’s free to all Sunday ticket holders.

 

The AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals qualifying opens on Friday, Sept. 20, with

sessions at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m. The final two qualifying sessions will take

place Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Final eliminations are

scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22.

 

Tickets for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals are available now, ranging from

just $10 to $380 for weekend packages. Youth tickets for children 12 and

under start as low as $5.  For tickets or more information, please call the

Texas Motorplex office at (800) MOTORPLEX or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.

For more information about NHRA, please visit www.NHRA.com.

 

AAA TEXAS NHRA FALLNATIONALS FACT SHEET

 

WHAT: 28th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, the 20th of 24 events in the

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the second of six races in the NHRA

Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Drivers in four

categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle – earn

points leading to 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world

championships.

 

 

WHERE: Texas Motorplex- Track is located at 7500 W. Highway 287 in Ennis,

Texas.

 

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 19-22

SCHEDULE:

 

THURSDAY, Sept. 19- LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying

 

 

FRIDAY, Sept. 20 – LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying

 

MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m.

 

 

 

SATURDAY, Sept. 21 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations

 

MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

 

 

 

SUNDAY, Sept. 22 – Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.

 

MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

 

TELEVISION:

Saturday, Sept. 21, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD TBA (ET).

Sunday, Sept. 22, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise three hours of coverage

starting at 8:30 p.m. (ET).

 

2012 EVENT WINNERS: Antron Brown, Top Fuel; Bob Tasca, Funny Car; Allen

Johnson, Pro Stock; Michael Ray, Pro Stock Motorcycle.

 

MOST VICTORIES: John Force, FC, 7; Tony Schumacher, TF, 5; Warren Johnson,

PS, 5; Greg Anderson, PS, 4.

 

TRACK RECORDS:

Top Fuel – 3.784 seconds by Brandon Bernstein, Sept. ’10; 324.05 mph by

Spencer Massey, Sept. ’11

 

Funny Car – 4.062 seconds by Matt Hagan, Sept. ’10; 309.63 mph by Jack

Beckman, Sept. ’11

 

Pro Stock – 6.550 seconds by Allen Johnson, Sept. ’12; 211.99 mph by

Johnson, Sept. ’12

 

Pro Stock Motorcycle – 6.828 seconds by Hector Arana Jr., Sept. ’11; 197.22

mph by Michael Phillips, Sept. ’11

 

NATIONAL RECORDS:

 

Top Fuel – 3.701 sec. by Antron Brown, Oct. ’12, Reading, Pa.; 332.18 mph by

Spencer Massey, April ’12, Charlotte, N.C.

 

Funny Car – 3.986 sec. by Jack Beckman, Oct. ’12, Reading, Pa.; 320.58 mph

by Beckman, Oct. ’12, Reading, Pa.

 

Pro Stock – 6.471 sec. by Mike Edwards, April ’13, Charlotte, N.C.; 214.35

mph by Jason Line, Oct. ’12, Reading, Pa.

 

PS Motorcycle – 6.728 sec. by Andrew Hines, Oct. ’12, Reading, Pa.; 199.26

mph by Eddie Krawiec, March ’11, Gainesville, Fla.

 

TICKETS: For tickets call (800) MOTORPLEX (668-6775). Tickets also are

available at www.texasmotorplex.com.

 

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