NHRA COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD SET AS TEXAS AAA FALL NATIONALS NEAR
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 10, 2013) – The Countdown is on and the clock is ticking toward another spectacular AAA Texas Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex set for Sept.19-22.
In just over a week, all eyes will be on the Motorplex as the bell sounds for round two in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship.
After the U.S. Nationals on Labor Day Weekend, the field for the Countdown – the top 10 in the point standings in each division – was set. And two of the four competitors sitting atop their respective classes are former Texas Motorplex winners.
Matt Hagan, who captured the Texas AAA Fall Nationals Funny Car title in 2010, and Hector Arana Jr., who nabbed the 2009 Pro Stock Motorcycle win at the Motorplex, enter the Countdown in the top slot heading into the final six races.
Shawn Langdon, who earned his fifth Top Fuel win of the season at Indy, and also claimed the $100,000 NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout, comes into the Fall Nationals as one of the hottest drivers on the circuit while also holding down the No. 1 spot as the Countdown begins. Mike
Edwards tops the Pro Stock points after picking up his sixth win last weekend. Like Langdon, Edwards has never won at the Motorplex.
The rest of the drivers vying for the Top Fuel championship are Texan Spencer Massey, Tony Schumacher, Doug Kalitta, Khalid alBalooshi, defending NHRA and Motorplex champ Antron Brown, Clay Millikan, Morgan Lucas, Steve Torrence and Bob Vandergriff.
Funny Car drivers who join Hagan, a four-time winner this year, in the hunt for the Countdown to the Championship are Ron Capps, Johnny Gray, John Force, Cruz Pedregon, Jack Beckman, Courtney Force, Tim Wilkerson, Indy winner Robert Height and Del Worsham.
The Pro Stock field includes defending series champ and Texas Motorplex race winner Allen Johnson, Jeg Coughlin, Vincent Nobile, Shane Gray, Jason Line, Greg Anderson, V. Gaines, Erica Enders-Stevens and Rodger Brogdon.
Joining Arana Jr., who has four wins this season, in the Pro Stock Motorcycle championship run is Matt Smith, Michael Ray, who won the Texas AAA Fall Nationals a year ago, John Hall, Hector Arana Sr., Scotty Pollacheck, Eddie Krawiec, Adam Arana, LE Tonglet and Shawn Gann.
Heading to Charlotte for the first race of the Countdown this weekend, the points have been reset in each division with the No. 1 qualifier in the Countdown to the Championship starting with 2,110 points, 30 more than the driver/rider in the No. 2 slot. There is a 10-point margin between each driver after that, in descending order, meaning that a total of 110 points separates the top qualifier from the 10th-place qualifier.
Tickets for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals 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.
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.
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.