NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES DRIVERS READY TO KEEP COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP MOMENTUM GOING AT THE AAA TEXAS NHRA FALLNATIONALS
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
WHERE: Texas Motorplex- Track is located at 7500 W. Highway 287 in Ennis,
WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 19-22
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.
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.
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
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.