September 18, 2013 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 19, 2013) – Wild Bill will be back in winner’s circle this Sunday, crowning each of the sportsman and pro winners of the 2013 AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals the way any true Texan would: With black felt cowboy hats branded with the Motorplex logo.

Wild Bill has become a tradition in winner’s circle, taking each pro and sportsman winner and personally sizing, steaming, shaping and branding a hat to celebrate their victory at Texas Motorplex. It’s an added trophy that every racer wants to show off.

“If there is one question I get asked most by racers now, it’s always if we are going to have Wild Bill with the cowboy hats,” Texas Motorplex President and GM, Gabrielle Stevenson said. “I get asked dozens of times all year. Racers all want that black, felt hat. They all want the extra trophy to go with the Wally trophy and championship playoff points to go with those big checks.”

And this year, fans can WIN a FREE hat from Wild Bill, just like the one he will do in Winner’s Circle. He will give away one FREE hat each race day. Fans can go online here and enter to win and find out more about Wild Bill’s specialty hats and special offers for Texas Motorplex fans.

Racing starts TODAY with sportsman racers, and pro teams will be in the staging lanes tomorrow and Saturday. Championship Sunday starts with Top Fuel at 11 a.m. and ends with Wild Bill and his team steaming hats at the end of the day.

Heading into this weekend’s action, Texan Spencer Massey leads the way in Top Fuel with 2,174 points with Shawn Langdon sitting in second with 2,150 points while Morgan Lucas, who won last weekend in Charlotte, is third with 2,144 points. Doug Kalitta is forth with 2,131 and Tony Schumacher, who has five Texas Motorplex wins, is fifth with 2,112.

Matt Hagan, who won the 2010 Funny Car title at the Motorplex, leads the Funny Car standings with 2,214 points, followed by Ron Capps (2,132), Robert Hight (2,128), who has won the last two NHRA events, Jack Beckman (2,122) and 15-time world champ John Force (2,116).

Mike Edwards, who has only won the spring 1998 event at Texas Motorplex, sits atop the Pro Stock standings with 2,194 while Charlotte winner Jeg Coughlin is only 10 points back with 2,184. Jason Line is third with 2,147 points, followed by defending Motorplex and series champ Allen Johnson (2,134) and Shane Gray (2,110).

Hector Arana Jr. tops the Pro Stock Motorcycle class with 2,183 points, followed by Matt Smith (2,150), Hector Arana Sr. (2,147), last year’s AAA Texas Fall Nationals winner Michael Ray (2,135) and Scotty Pollacheck (2,095).

Weekend Notes:

 This is the last chance for FREE KIDS seats in the Super Seats section: Kids are free in the Super Seats section with promotion code: kidsfree13 when you go to the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals ticketing page here. All Super Seat guest get a free gift, courtesy of AAA Texas!

 The defending AAA Texas Fall National winners are Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Bob Tasca (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Michael Ray (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

 Texas Motorplex track records are: Top Fuel — Brandon Bernstein, 3.784 seconds (Sept. 2010), Spencer Massey 324.05 mph; Funny Car — Matt Hagan, 4.062 seconds (Sept. 2010); Jack Beckman, 309.63 mph (Sept. 2011); Pro Stock – Allen Johnson, 6.550 seconds (Sept. 2012); Allen Johnson, 211.99 mph (Sept. 2012), Pro Stock Motorcycle – Hector Arana Jr., 6.828 (Sept. 2011); Michael Phillips, 197.22 mph (Sept. 2011).

 15-time Funny Car champion John Force leads all drivers with seven wins at Texas Motorplex, followed by Tony Schumacher and Warren Johnson with five each.

 Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Steve Johnson is scheduled to make an appearance Thursday at 11 a.m. at UTI Worldwide in Grand Prairie.

 Alex DeJoria’s 36th birthday is Sept. 24 and dozens of family members and friends will be at Texas Motorplex this weekend for an early celebration.

 Any fan with a Sunday ticket can participate in the Track Walk at 9:30 a.m. Robert Hight and a number of other pro drivers will lead the walk.

 Kebin Kinsley, who drives the Toby Keith Foundation car, will compete in an exhibition run Saturday and Sunday against the Ronny Young Blue Max car.

 Jet cars will be on the track to close out action Friday night.

 Fans who purchase either a two-day or four-day package in the AAA Super Seats section at the Motorplex will receive a unique, limited edition seat cushion while supplies last.

 Texas Motorplex has partnered with Brookshire’s Grocery to present the “Brookshire’s Campground” this weekend. Race fans can visit participating Brookshire’s locations and pick up a voucher good for a $20 discount admission to the campground. The discount voucher offers a 67% savings on campground admission and is available exclusively at participating Brookshire’s locations in and around the Dallas Fort Worth area and are limited to while supplies last.

Tickets for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals are still available, 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

Gates open at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 with sportsman qualifying runs between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Two rounds of professional qualifying, at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m., highlight the Friday, Sept. 20 schedule, along with sportsman qualifying throughout the day. Saturday, Sept. 21 is packed with sportsman eliminations and the final two rounds of professional qualifying at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, with pre-race ceremonies at 10 a.m. and final eliminations getting under way at 11 a.m.


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