FORCE INTRODUCES 25 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS, MEETS FANS AND GETS MEDIA FIRED UP FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY O’REILLY NHRA FALL NATIONALS

September 1, 2010 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 1, 2010) – John Force knows how to make the most of any visit to the DFW area.

The 14-time NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car world champion was in Dallas Monday to help promote the upcoming 25th anniversary O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, Sept. 23-26.

Force met with media at the beginning and end of his day. Force also toured the Dallas Cowboys’ training facility and helped launch a contest for fans.

Force spent 34 days of his life in a local hospital in 2007, mending severe injuries suffered in a racing crash at Texas Motorplex. Force developed a soft spot for the Cowboys during that time.

“I would be up all night because of the pain and at 4 a.m., you can watch football or football-related shows here,” Force said. “I hadn’t paid any attention to football since I played in high school and watching it for the month I was in the hospital got me back into the game.”

During the training facility tour, Force met with the Cowboys’ Strength and Conditioning coach, Joe Juraszek for some tips on how to continue and improve his rehabilitation. Force and Juraszek traded stories, talked about ways to stay motivated in a training program and how Force’s attitude was paramount when dealing with his rehabilitation.

“One of the most difficult parts of the rehab was depression,” Force said. “There were days when I would drive me to the gym and I just didn’t feel like going in there and doing the work. But the rehab was the most important part. Being in the gym made it possible for me to get back to racing.”

Once Force had completed the Cowboys tour, he went to a local O’Reilly Auto Parts store in Irving. Force gave away tickets to the upcoming race, high-fived fans and talked about his favorite moments of Texas Motorplex racing with his longtime friend and Motorplex owner, Billy Meyer.

“Force is one of those incredible competitors that draws fans in,” Meyer said. “We wanted to personally invite fans out to the 25th anniversary Fall Nationals and we wanted the biggest name in the sport to get fans excited and ready for the event.”

The 25th anniversary event will be a must-win stop for some NHRA professional drivers. It’s the third of six playoff events in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to 1 championship series. Force has logged seven victories at the all-concrete facility – a Motorplex record.

“We’ve been fortunate to have the two nitro points leaders visit the DFW area lately,” Texas Motorplex General Manager Gabrielle Stevenson said. “Larry Dixon took the time to visit a children’s hospital and media in July and now we’ve had Force launch a fan giveaway contest, meet fans and talk to media this week. The Fall Nationals is a special time of year for racers and fans and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the event that with the Top Fuel and Funny Car points leaders.”

The 25 Days of Giveaways has started! One lucky winner will be randomly selected each day to earn a prize package that could include signed merchandise, tickets and more. Go to www.texasmotorplex.com for more information.

The Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, The 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 Champions Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

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Texas Motorplex 2010 E.T. Finals Team Registration Information

August 17, 2010 by  
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With just two bracket races remaining in the 2010 season, Texas Motorplex is already thinking E.T. Finals! Bracket racers have been competing all season to earn their spot on a team for this year’s all quarter- mile racing event. Representing Texas Motorplex will be 50 different bracket racers from around the region. Racers must be signed up for points and spots will be determined by the 2010 Overall Points

If you will be competing on the Texas Motorplex 2010 E.T. Finals Team, please REGISTER as soon as possible to reserve your spot. If you are in the Top 50 Overall Points and will not be on the Texas Motorplex team, please notify AshleyK@texasmotorplex.com by September 27.

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Race Results 8-14-2010

August 15, 2010 by  
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TEXAS MOTORPLEX
Ennis, Texas (Aug. 14)

Super Pro
W: Austin Williams (’08 TNT) – 8.892, 155.09 (8.90 dial).
R/U: Kyle Copeland (’96 Undercover) – 7.545, 177.69 (7.56 dial).
Semi’s: Jeff Lopez; Shane Cox.

Pro
W: David Jones (’72 Nova) – 6.109, 112.02 (6.10 dial).
R/U: Dylan Lee (’05 Racecraft) – 5.019, 137.44 (5.02 dial).
Semi’s: Joe Peters; Tim Lee.

Quick 16
W: Gerald Haning (’10 Dragster) – 4.454, 155.84 (4.45 dial).
R/U: Shane Cox (’67 Camaro) – 5.522, 125.26 (5.51 dial).
Semi’s: Dylan Lee; Chad Broom.

No Electronics 1/4
W: Jake Howard (’76 Trans Am) – 10.600, 114.73 (10.55 dial).
R/U: Jimmy Falkenbach (’89 S-10) – 10.109, 127.51 (10.13 dial).
Semi’s: Max McGlothin.

No Electronics 1/8
W: Jake Howard (’76 Trans Am) – 6.681, 100.10 (6.69 dial).
R/U: Tim Baker (’68 Dart) – 6.804, 101.04 (6.83 dial).
Semi’s: Tommy Jenkins; LA Kahanek.

Extreme Street
W: Holly Ward (’96 GMC truck) – 16.328, 82.44 (16.34 dial).
R/U: Mike Moore (’99 Mustang) – 14.138, 98.10 (14.15 dial).
Semi’s: Daniel Flores.

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NHRA Top Fuel Points Leader Visits DFW Children’s Hospital

July 30, 2010 by  
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NHRA TOP FUEL POINTS LEADER VISITS DFW CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Larry Dixon spends off day in Dallas preparing for Fall Nationals

ENNIS, Texas (July 30, 2010) – Larry Dixon is a two-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion. Dixon also is the current points leader in the NHRA Full Throttle professional series. If that wasn’t enough, Dixon has claimed eight victories in eight final round appearances behind the wheel of his Al-Anabi Racing dragster in just the first 16 events of the 2010 season.

Larry Dixon, however, needs to brush up on his video game skills.

Dixon trailed Lankan, one of the many children he met during a visit to Dallas’ Children’s Hospital, while playing the Cars video game on Thursday. Dixon was in town to help promote the 25th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, a race he has won twice (2001, 2007) at the Texas Motorplex. But the highlight of his trip was visiting one of the largest pediatric health care providers in the nation.

Dixon didn’t think twice about taking the time to pass out Texas Motorplex pencils, make Play-Doh cookies, sign his Al-Anabi dragster Hero Cards and chat with the kids and their families.

“One of my sons was in the hospital for three days earlier this year and you realize how important the children’s hospitals are to helping them heal,” Dixon said.

It won’t be long before Dixon is back in the DFW area to battle for the victory at the Texas Motorplex. The Motorplex is the third stop in the six-race playoff series that caps the 2010 season. Dixon and his team locked in first place going into the playoffs, which starts at the Sept. 1-6 U.S. Nationals before moving on to Charlotte (Sept. 16-19) and then the Texas Motorplex.

Dixon finished in second place in 2009, losing to seven-time NHRA champion Tony Schumacher by just two points. Once the final standings for the 2009 season were announced, Dixon said the team had a party at the season finale event unlike any other.

“We had a great party, the best second-place party ever,” Dixon said. “We were already looking forward to the 2010 season. Our team learned a lot and came together last season and just like last year, I like our chances going into the playoffs.

“I think I have the best crew, the best crew chief and the best car out there. You have to win rounds in the playoffs to earn the championship and I like our chances of being able to compete and win rounds.”

The Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, The 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 Champions Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

Tickets for the 25th annual O’reilly Auto Parts Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals can be purchased by telephone at (800) MOTORPLEX, online at www.texasmotorplex.com or at Ticketmaster.com. Call the track (800) MOTORPLEX or (972) 878-2641 for more information.

MEDIA CONTACT: Christie Johnson, 254-744-0270, cjohnson@texasmotorplex.com.

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Race Results 6-5-2010

June 7, 2010 by  
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TEXAS MOTORPLEX
Ennis, Texas (June 5)

Super Pro
W: Chad Hankins (’66 SS) – 8.702, 125.41 (8.69 dial).
R/U: Rick Crumpton (’65 Plymouth ) – 10.770, 122.05 (10.75 dial).
Semi’s: Gerald Haning.

Pro
W: David Winn (’02 Mullis Dragster) – 5.067, 136.37 (5.06 dial).
R/U: Mike Bailey (’96 RED) – foul.
Semi’s: Chad Hankins; Joe Peters.

No Electronics 1/4mile
W: Wayne Pratt (’67 Camaro) – 10.351, 123.29 (10.32 dial).
R/U: Lane Britt (’72 Nova) – 10.826, 120.26 (10.83 dial).
Semi’s: Jason Kizlinski.

No Electronics 1/8mile
W: Jake Howard (’78 Trans Am) – 6.640, 97.75 (6.63 dial).
R/U: Jeremy Casey (’81 Chevy) – foul.
Semi’s: Max McGlothin; Jesse Cervantes.

Quick 16
W: Daryl Hamlin Jr (Dragster) – 4.715, 145.28 (4.71 dial).
R/U: Gerald Haning (’10 TNT Dragster) – 4.471, 155.94 (4.47 dial).
Semi’s: David Winn.

Extreme Street
W: Doug Hickman (’08 Challenger) – 13.395, 104.65 (13.35 dial).
R/U: Tim Baker (’68 Dart) – 18.892, 66.12 (19.00 dial).
Semi’s: Carly Parker.

Jr Top Eliminator
W: Cody Ray (Jr Dragster) – 7.929, 76.59 (7.90 dial).
R/U: Will Winn (’08 RPC) – 8.024, 80.62 (8.00 dial).
Semi’s: Hailey Strnad; Renee Rhinefort.

Jr Modified
W: Regan Jordan (’06 Hardens) – 9.109, 73.21 (8.95 dial).
R/U: Dakota Boll (’04 1/2 scale) – 9.309, 70.97 (9.33 dial).
Semi’s: Eric Vice; Justin Hernandez.

Jr Sportsman
W: Manie Cantrell (’05 Motivational) – 13.013, 49.99 (12.94 dial).
R/U: Rylan McClaskey (’07 1/2 scale) – 12.900, 47.97 (12.90 dial).
Semi’s: John Strnad Jr.

Jr Consolation
W: Lori Rhinefort (Jr Dragster) – 9.075, 71.41 (9.05 dial).
R/U: Alex Sullivan (’06 Jr Dragster) – 8.029, 81.45 (7.96 dial).
Semi’s: Renee Rhinefort.

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