One of the major benefits to ordering your O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals tickets before September 14 is that we will mail the tickets to you and you will not have to wait in the will call lines at the box office to pick up your tickets. All tickets ordered on or after Monday September 14 will be held in will call to be picked up at the main spectator box office.
O’FALLON, MO (Sep. 9, 2009) — It takes time for any sporting event to develop historic and sentimental importance for competitors and fans, but the National Guard American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL’s) annual Flowmaster Dragstock is well on its way to achieving legendary status. This year’s Flowmaster Dragstock VI takes over Rockingham (NC) Dragway Sep. 11-12, and with record-setting car counts and spectator attendance expected, it promises to expand the event’s reputation and prestige.
As the literal jumping off point for the National Guard ADRL in 2004, Dragstock has played a pivotal role in shaping the series and already has become the one race every racer wants to see his or her name written beside in the win column.
“Winning any ADRL race is like hitting a home run, but if I could win at Dragstock, that would be my grand slam,” 36-year Pro Nitrous veteran Charles Carpenter said. “Rockingham is my home track and we expect literally hundreds of our fans, friends and customers to show up, so it would just be such a huge accomplishment for us to win there.”
As the final points-earning opportunity toward the championship-deciding Speedtech Battle for the Belts, Dragstock also can play a huge role in a team’s assessment of its year. With only the top eight in points in each of the National Guard ADRL’s five professional classes getting to race each other for the 2009 world championships this October in Ennis, Texas, each point gained or missed at Dragstock carries added meaning for certain drivers and teams.
For instance, with 100 points granted for each round win and bonuses offered for qualifying well and setting records, Pro Extreme racer Jason Hamstra enters Flowmaster Dragstock VI just over one round behind Frankie Taylor in eighth place, while in Pro Nitrous, Pat Stoken is in a similar position behind Steve Vick.
The eight-car Flowmaster Extreme 10.5 Speedtech Battle for the Belts field is already set, though plenty of room remains for contenders to shuffle their starting positions for the Battle in Texas. Pro Extreme Motorcycle remains wide open, however, again with the opportunity for current Belts contenders to improve their position and with no less than five non-qualifiers well within striking distance to break into the field.
And just four points behind Dragstock V winner Cary Goforth in the final Extreme Pro Stock Belts position is Robert Patrick Jr., with Jeff Dobbins also less than two rounds from inclusion.
“It’s always a tough race,” said Bubba Stanton, winner of Flowmaster Dragstock V’s Pro Extreme event and currently seventh in points. “It’s a big race and I’d love to defend our title, but I’m going in there this year just trying to be consistent and making sure we stay in the top eight.”
Flowmaster Dragstock at Rockingham Dragway also is known for offering record-setting conditions and was the site of the National Guard ADRL’s first 200-mile-per-hour pass over the eighth mile when reigning two-time Pro Extreme champ Jason Scruggs turned the trick during qualifying in 2007 before eventually leaving with both official elapsed time and speed records.
Last year’s Flowmaster Dragstock V also produced memorable on-track results, highlighted by Billy Glidden running a then-record 4.14 in the Flowmaster Extreme 10.5 final and Andy Jensen upsetting the Pro Nitrous world by seizing the E.T. record in what turned out to be the swan song appearance for turbocharged entries in the class.
Additionally, the debut of Puerto Rico’s Raymond Matos and Qatar’s Khalid Al-Balooshi in the Pro Nitrous ranks gave the 2008 event an international flair, with Matos even scoring the surprise win to write himself a storybook ending.
The fans, too, arrived in force for Flowmaster Dragstock V, with some 31,000 passing through the Rockingham Dragway gates on Saturday alone.
It all added up to an exciting, over-the-top event that prompted Extreme Pro Stock’s Patrick telling National Guard ADRL President and CEO Kenny Nowling, “I’ve raced a long time and I’ve been in a lot of important races, but I don’t get ‘goosebumps’ much anymore. At this event I get them every time I come to the line.”
Packed grandstands and tight racing are now the hallmarks of all National Guard ADRL events, but it all started with Flowmaster Dragstock, the O’Fallon, Missouri-based series’ oldest and most prestigious race, scheduled this year for Sep. 11-12, at North Carolina’s Rockingham Dragway (shown).
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ABOUT THE NATIONAL GUARD
The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation’s longest enduring institutions. The National Guard operates in all 50 states, three territories (Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia. For more information on the National Guard, visit www.NationalGuard.com.
ABOUT THE ADRL
Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the nation’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous, and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2009 National Guard ADRL series consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.
The Texas Motorplex FREE Campground offers race fans an inexpensive and one of a kind experience at the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals by staying at the facility, you will not have to worry about sitting in traffic coming to and from the track and there is also an entrance gate to the track in the campground that puts you in the pits when you come in through the gate.
The administration offices at the Texas Motorplex were painted over the Labor Day weekend in preparation for the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals coming September 24-27. The powerpacked NHRA Fall National weekend is 20th event of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and is the 2nd stop in the Countdown to 1 championship. Tickets are on sale now online at TexasMotorplex.com or by phone at 1-800-Motorplex (800-668-6775)
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 1, 2009) – Texas is truly a magical place to be in the fall. Football fields are in use by local, regional and national talent. The weather cools down each night a little more, reminding us that winter is right around the corner. And the sound of the world’s quickest and fastest dragsters blazing down the track rattles the senses and tickles our love of fierce competition.
It just wouldn’t be the fall without the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event rolls into the Motorplex for its annual stop, Sept. 24-27.
Texas Motorplex General Manager Glenn Menard said few places rival the Motorplex when witnessing the intense competition displayed by NHRA racers.
“The Motorplex is the original stadium of drag racing and it was meant to reward the fans with stunning views of the track,” Menard said. “Everyone is sitting where the action happens. The stands are angled so the person standing next to you isn’t blocking your view. We think everyone in the stands should have a clear view of the amazing side-by-side racing that is on display by some of the best racers in the world.”
The track surface itself, Menard said, fosters consistent competition.
“Because our track is held by post-tension cables all the way down the track, we know the conditions are the same in both lanes,” Menard said. “We have a super slab of concrete and it helps create close racing in both lanes so the teams can worry more about having the best tuneup and spend less time concerned with lane choice.”
The 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals is one of the final six races in the Countdown to the Championship. Only the top 10 racers in each of the four professional categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle – will earn the right to compete for the 2009 NHRA championships. All professional racers have 18 events to battle their way into the top 10.
J.R. Todd earned the 2008 Top Fuel victory at the Motorplex while Tim Wilkerson will be defending the Funny Car title, Greg Stanfield will be defending Pro Stock and Chris Rivas will defend the Pro Stock Motorcycle title.
Jason Line knows how vital the Texas Motorplex stop can be in terms of battling for a championship title. Following 17 events in 2009, Line is second in the Pro Stock point standings, winning four races in the Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GXP. Line, the 2006 champion, is just 65 points away from the category leader, Jeg Coughlin.
“The points are reset just one race before we go to the Motorplex and that means there are going to be 10 very anxious competitors in each category, trying to do whatever it takes to earn some valuable points,” Line said. “Even before the Countdown points system began, there has always been something special about racing at the Motorplex that makes you want to dig deep and go for the win.”
Menard said he likes the position the Texas Motorplex has in the Countdown schedule.
“Once the racers earn a spot in the Countdown, you can’t predict too much because we’re early enough in the Countdown schedule where everyone is still in it and everyone is fighting for a championship,” Menard said. “If a racer does well at the first Countdown event (in Charlotte), you want to do well at the Texas Motorplex to keep that momentum going. If a racer doesn’t do well in Charlotte, the Motorplex can be the story of their season. It can be the site where they rebounded back into championship contention.”
Eddie Krawiec leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle point standings following the first 11 of 17 Pro Stock Motorcycle events, followed closely in second place by his Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson teammate, Andrew Hines. Krawiec, the 2008 Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, had the event low elapsed time with a 6.970-second run in ’08 but lost in the semifinal round.
Krawiec is aiming to go at least one round further at the Motorplex this season.
“The goal going into every race is always to do better than you did the last time,” Krawiec said. “That’s especially important in those final Countdown races. The competition is so good and if you make a mistake, nine other racers are going to try and take advantage of the situation. We want a great showing at the Motorplex so we can have some positive momentum going into the final few races of the season.”
Sportsman qualifying begins at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24. The first of four rounds of professional qualifying is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sept. 25, continuing at 4:45 p.m. that evening. Qualifying wraps up with sessions at 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 26. Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. on Sept. 27.
Tickets for all four days of racing can be purchased by phone at 800-MOTORPLEX (800-688-6775) at TexasMotorplex.com or at the track.