2010 O’Reilly Bracket Racing Series Kickoff

February 26, 2010 by  
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Texas Motorplex Bracket Racing Series Season Kickoff – SUNDAY MARCH 7, 2010

**SUPER PRO – 1/4th Mile – WIN:  $1,200,  R/U:  $600,  SEMI:  $200, ¼’S:  $100, ENTRY $70
**PRO – 1/8th Mile – WIN:  $950, R/U:  $450, SEMI:  $150, ¼’S:  $60, ENTRY $60
**NO ELECTRONICS – 1/4th Mile – WIN:  $900, R/U:  $400, SEMI:  $150, ¼’S:  $60, ENTRY $60

**NO ELECTRONICS- 1/8 Mile-
WIN:  $700, R/U:  $300, SEMI:  $125, ¼’S:  $50, ENTRY $50
**QUICK  16 – 1/8th Mile – WIN:  $500, R/U:  $300, SEMI:  $65, ENTRY $70
EXTREME STREET  -1/4th Mile- WIN & R/U:  TROPHY, ENTRY: $15

Run for the money (Open Bracket,No Cross Talk)- 1/8 mile- WIN: 50% of entry fees ENTRY: $10

**JR DRAGSTERS
TOP ELIMINATOR: 13-17 YRS OLD (7.90 Max ET)
MODIFIED: 10-12 YRS OLD (8.90 Max ET)
SPORTSMAN: 8-9 YRS OLD (12.90 Max ET)
WIN & R/U:  Trophy & Savings Bond
SEMI:  PLAQUE
ENTRY:  $15

Run for the Trophy (Jr. Dragsters only)- 1/8mile – WIN: trophy ENTRY: $10

**Points Earning Class.  $20.00 per class to register for points.

SPECTATOR ADMISSION PRICES:

(ALL PRICES INCLUDE PIT PASS)
ADULT:  $10.00
YOUTH (6-15):  $5.00
CHILDREN UNDER 6 ARE FREE.

Event Schedule-March 7th
Gates open 8 a.m.
RFC Service 9 a.m.
Time Trails begin at 10 a.m.
Eliminations to follow Time Trials

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2010 Fast Friday’s – NHRA Street Legal

February 26, 2010 by  
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Fast Friday’s are open to all racers, in street cars or race cars. Drivers can find out what elapsed times their cars run, making tuning runs, or grudge race other competitors.
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March 19, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10
EVENT SCHEDULE:
Gates open 7:00 p.m.
Racing 7 p.m. till 12 a.m. (Midnight)

ADMISSION:
Racer  $15.00
Spectator  $10.00

Discounts and Promotions:
Students - $3.00 OFF Racer or Spectator with valid school ID. (High School, College, & Tech School)
AAA Member – $5.00 OFF Spectator – must show AAA membership card at pit gate
Car Clubs – $5.00 OFF Racer or Spectator – Contact your car club leader. For more info on Car Club discounts e-mail ashleyk@texasmotorplex.com

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Texas Motorplex Drivers Meeting/Chassis Certification Feb 28!

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Join us for the annual Drivers Meeting at the Texas Motorplex, Sunday, Feb. 28.

9 a.m.: Gates open
10 a.m.: Drivers Meeting starts in the Champions Club

NOTE: The Test & Tune has been canceled due to cold conditions forecasted for Sunday. The next opportunity to race down the track will be Sunday March 7.

Chassis Certification by appointment only: Spaces are still available; you must CALL THE TRACK to reserve your spot for a Chassis Certification.  Please call 972-878-2641 to book your time slot.

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Stevenson named Texas Motorplex General Manager

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DALLAS — Long-time public relations and marketing specialist Gabrielle Stevenson, 35, was named Texas Motorplex General Manager today by owner Billy Meyer. Stevenson joins the Texas Motorplex after leaving her post at the United Way California Capital Region in Sacramento, California where she managed a broad range of marketing projects including donor relations, branding initiatives, marketing materials as well as Web site content. Stevenson has nearly 10 years of public relations experience working for both the Motorplex and the National Hot Rod Association sanctioning body.

“I am excited to bring someone with Gabrielle’s skill sets into the General Manager position. Her years of public relations and marketing experience will be a big asset for the Texas Motorplex in the North Texas region. She understands how critical public relations and marketing are to the growth of this facility and her positive, can-do attitude will make an immediate impact. We looked at a number of candidates and Gabrielle’s enthusiasm and ideas quickly moved her to the top of the list,” said Meyer.

Built in 1986, the Texas Motorplex was drag racing’s first super track and has hosted NHRA national events since its inception. The first all-concrete drag racing specific race track has consistently led the sport in both on-track performance records and innovative marketing and sponsorship promotions. This year the Motorplex in Ennis, Texas will host the 25th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, September 23-26.

“This is an unbelievable opportunity and a challenge that I am looking forward to tackling. The Dallas and particularly the North Texas region is one of the most competitive markets when it comes to sporting events and marketing. We have a great team here at the Texas Motorplex as well as a strong history. I am looking forward to continuing to grow our business, welcoming hundreds of thousands of fans through our turnstiles and developing strong marketing partnerships with our current and future sponsors in 2010 and beyond,” said Stevenson.

Stevenson joins a growing list of female executives and professionals rising to the top tiers of the motorsports industry. Currently Gillian Zucker is the President of Auto Club Speedway, Gill Campbell is CEO/GM of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Kim Isemann is GM of Daytona 500 Experience and Kim Walters is President of Universal Technical Institute.

The Texas Motorplex has a history of hiring women for management positions. In 2009 Meyer hired Ashley Kellough as Competition Director to oversee the weekly racing program. Kellough has grown the weekly racing program and developed a positive relationship with a number of racing promoters and race teams as the facility’s Competition Director.

“I reached out to Billy when the position became available and really didn’t consider the fact that there weren’t any other women in this kind of position in motorsports. I knew I could do the job and I was looking to get back into motorsports. This was the perfect opportunity and I appreciate Billy taking a chance on me,” added Stevenson.

Stevenson, a 1999 graduate of California State University in Sacramento started her career at the Contra Costa Times as a sports writer before joining the National Hot Rod Association as a media relations manager in 2001. While at the NHRA Stevenson managed all sports information duties for the largest motorsports sanctioning body in the world and expanded their media reach across all media platforms.

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NHRA Tech Bulletin

February 22, 2010 by  
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NHRA’s Technical Department made two announcements Friday effective at this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix regarding the Electrimotion Safety Shutoff Controllers and Alan Johnson Performance Engineering Superchargers.

Electrimotion Shutoff Receiver

NHRA has temporarily suspended mandatory use of the Electrimotion Shutoff Receiver while NHRA works with the manufacturer to meet driver requests.

Top Fuel and Funny Car teams, after the just-concluded Pomona event, raised certain concerns about the automatic shutoff process, including potential wear on certain engine components, and a desire among some drivers to keep their traditional routine in place at the end of the track and manually shut down the car when they were fully capable of doing so. As a result, NHRA and Electrimotion are working to develop an override to the Shutoff Receiver when both parachute handles have been enabled. When both chutes have been pulled, the driver will be able to shut down according to his or her normal procedures rather than having the automatic device shut off the vehicle. The override kit is expected to be available prior to the Gainesville event, which begins March 11.

The automatic shutoff procedure was implemented as a safety measure to stop a vehicle in the event of driver inability to do so. NHRA still encourages the use of the automatic shutoff even during this time period when its use is not mandatory. Therefore, NHRA will install Electrimotion Shutoff Transmitters to accommodate those teams wishing to continue to use the shutoff receivers.

The Electrimotion Safety Shutoff Controllers on Top Fuel and Funny Car vehicles, activated in the case of burst panel rupture, fire bottle activation or activation by the driver, will remain mandatory.

Alan Johnson Performance Engineering (AJPE) Superchargers

The NHRA Technical Department impounded superchargers on Top Fuel and Funny Car vehicles at the Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals last weekend at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. This week in Phoenix, NHRA inspected each impounded supercharger with a representative from the applicable team. It was determined that certain AJPE Superchargers do not meet certain NHRA specifications. In addition, the NHRA Rulebook states that all engine component development, including superchargers, must be submitted to the NHRA Technical Department for review. The subject AJPE Superchargers were not submitted to the NHRA Technical Department for review. Therefore, AJPE Superchargers that do not meet the current specification cannot be used in competition. This information has been conveyed to all affected teams and to the manufacturer, and NHRA is informed that they are working to resolve the issue.

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