Doug Stanley Quick Lane Tire Center Grand Opening

September 15, 2009 by  
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Doug Stanley Ford Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center will be hosting their grand opening on Thursday September 24 from 3pm-6pm..  The Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center will service all makes & models and is located at 515 N.  I-35E South, De Soto, Tx. 75115.   Doug Stanley Ford is a major supporter of the Texas Motorplex, and was the local presenter for PINKS All Out last March.

9523_1227700690313_1162926415_30674110_6837077_nSpecial appearances by:  Bob Tasca III, of the Tasca & MotorCraft/QuickLane Racing Team, 1968 428 Cobra Jet Mustang, originally driven & owned by Bob Tasca Jr.  Live KLUV Radio with Kathy Jones of the Jody Dean Morning Show.

Check the back of your ticket to the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals for more contact info for Doug Stanley Quick Lane or call 972-223-8050 or visit www.fords247.com

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McBride to ride for Karl Klement/Rush Racing at the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals

September 14, 2009 by  
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Pro Stock Motorcycle competitor Angie McBride will ride Karl Klement’s Buell at the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec.

McBride, fiancée of former world champion Matt Smith, has been competing sporadically on the tour this year aboard one of Smith’s bikes and hopes that the Dallas audition might lead to a more full-time role for 2010.

“I’m excited because this may be a stepping-stone to the future,” said McBride. “Hopefully it is.”

Smith built and mounted the engine in the bike that formerly was ridden by Peggy Llewellyn and Angelle Sampey.

“It’s going to be a challenge, but I am going to go to the track and ride Karl’s bike,” she said. “If I keep that focus, I think we will do well. You have to keep focused on the job at hand. It’s about getting the bike down the track. Thank you Karl and Kim Klement and Rush Racing for providing this opportunity.”

Although Klement, who parked his operation for this season due to business demands, still is undecided about 2010, he has been active this year in that he has provided some teams with engines to gauge the competitiveness of his parts.

“By the end of the year and January, I’ll know where I am at,” he said. “For Rush Racing and Doc’s Harley-Davidson, we’re really excited about getting out there again.”

Klement also is excited about having McBride on his team. “All she needs is a little opportunity and seat time,” he said. “She can win. She is very capable of being a winner.”

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Super Seats: Get the best seats in the house

September 14, 2009 by  
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The Super Seats at the Texas Motorplex offer one of the most unique drag racing experiences in the sport.  The Super Seat grandstands have seat backs with a unobstructed view down the track straight to the scoreboards with the afternoon September sun at your back.  Super Seat ticket holders have access to a dedicated Texas Motorplex Concession Stand located under the grandstands.  All Super Seat tickets come with pit passes included and have easy access to the Top Fuel pits and the Manufacturer Midway.  Super Seat packages come in Full Event, September 24-27,  for $225.00 and Weekend, September 26-27, for $190.  Click here to order you Super Seats NOW!


Want to up the ante a bit? Order Champions Club tickets and get the same benefits as the Super Seats you will also recieve meals, preferred parking, souvenir grab bag and access to the exclusive Texas Motorplex Champions Club.  Click here for more info about the Champions Club.

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Be prepared: The temperature is rising fast off the track too

September 11, 2009 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 10, 2009) – What else could you expect when prestige, Countdown positions and prize money are all on the line? The racing surface isn’t the only thing that will be heated over the next six races.

John Force and Tony Pedregon had a heated argument last weekend as the drama unfolded at the 55th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Tony and his brother, Cruz, both accused Force of cheating and manipulating race results to benefit John Force Racing’s four-car squad.

To say the least, Force didn’t appreciate being called a cheater. Force and Tony Pedregon battled it out during separate interviews during ESPN2′s coverage of the race before having a heated argument at the top end of the race track – just after Ashley Force Hood beat Tony Pedregon and Robert Hight beat Force. Hight’s win over his Ford teammate bumped Cruz Pedregon (the 2008 series champion) out of the coveted 10th place in the Countdown, ensuring Cruz Pedregon will not be in the playoffs for the final six events of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Ashley Force Hood went on to claim her first U.S. Nationals title, becoming the first female to claim a Funny Car victory at the event.

Billy Meyer, owner of the Texas Motorplex and 1982 Funny Car winner at the U.S. Nationals, is pleased to see the racers’ personality showing their true competitive colors.

In fact, as the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex readies for the Sept. 24-27 stop, Meyer hopes to see the racer’s intensity heat up even more.

“I think it’s great to see such personality coming out,” Meyer said. “It shows how much passion they have for the sport.  They are in fuel Funny Cars going 300 mph, and they should be fired up and passionate about what they do. No one wants a corporate bobble head in the cockpit of those cars. It’s about time we get to see their competitive personality.”

The Motorplex is one of the final six events of the 2009 season – which make up the Countdown to 1 playoff schedule. 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 had 18 events to battle their way into the top 10.

Meyer said having the U.S. Nationals as the final event for racers to bump into the top 10, therefore be eligible to race for the championship title, just set the stage for heated moments.

“I am one of the lucky drivers who can say they battled and won a U.S. Nationals title,” Meyer said. “I know what it takes to win that event. It’s
a marathon and everyone is throwing everything they have at the track to win. I don’t know a driver who would give up that trophy because you don’t just stumble upon a U.S. Nationals victory. You have to fight for it.

“I also know that every team has sponsors to answer to and everyone wants their team to be in the Countdown.  Force Racing accomplished that goal and now have four cars in the Countdown.”

J.R. Todd earned the 2008 Top Fuel victory at the Motorplex while Tim Wilkerson is defending the Funny Car title, Greg Stanfield will be defending Pro Stock and Chris Rivas will defend the Pro Stock Motorcycle title.

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 (800-668-6775) or at the track.

TOP FUEL COUNTDOWN RACERS:

1. Antron Brown 2110 Hadman
2. Larry Dixon 2080 Hadman
3. Tony Schumacher 2070 Hadman
4. Brandon Bernstein 2060 Hadman
5. Cory McClenathan 2050 Hadman
6. Spencer Massey 2040 Dragster
7. Morgan Lucas 2030 Hadman
8. Shawn Langdon 2020 Hadman
9. Doug Kalitta 2010 Attac
10. Clay Millican 2000 Hadman

FUNNY CAR COUNTDOWN RACERS:

1. Tony Pedregon 2110 Chevrolet
2. Ron Capps 2080 Dodge
3. Ashley Force 2070 Ford
4. Bob Tasca III 2060 Ford
5. Jack Beckman 2050 Dodge
6. Tim Wilkerson 2040 Ford
7. John Force 2030 Ford
8. Del Worsham 2020 Toyota
9. Mike Neff 2010 Ford
10. Robert Hight 2000 Ford

PRO STOCK COUNTDOWN RACERS:

1. Jeg Coughlin 2110 Chevrolet
2. Jason Line 2080 Pontiac
3. Mike Edwards 2070 Pontiac
4. Greg Anderson 2060 Pontiac
5. Allen Johnson 2050 Dodge
6. Greg Stanfield 2040 Pontiac
7. Ron Krisher 2030 Chevrolet
8. Kurt Johnson 2020 Chevrolet
9. Richard Jones 2010 Dodge
10. Johnny Gray 2000 Dodge

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE RACERS:

1. Ed Krawiec 2110 Harley-Davidson
2. Andrew Hines 2080 Harley-Davidson
3. Hector Arana 2070 Buell
4. Matt Smith 2060 Suzuki
5. Douglas Horne 2050 Buell
6. Craig Treble 2040 Suzuki
7. Michael Phillips 2030 Suzuki
8. Matt Guidera 2020 Buell
9. Shawn Gann 2010 Buell
10. Karen Stoffer 2000 Suzuki

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Order early and skip the wait at the box office

September 10, 2009 by  
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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.

Beat the wait and order your O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals tickets NOW by clicking here or by calling 1-800-Motorplex (800-668-6775).

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