ENNIS, Texas – Thunder Valley Raceway Park raced to the NHRA Summit Racing
Series South Central Division Team Championship at Texas Motorplex this
weekend while four scored individual championships and are heading to the
Summit National Championship in Pomona, Calif., next month.
Thunder Valley, Lexington, Okla., racked up 70 points in the team
competition led by Kyle White and Alvie Merrill who took home the trophies
in Super Pro and No Electronics Quick. The host team from Texas Motorplex
held on for second place with 57 points with Royal Purple Raceway, Baytown,
Texas, finishing in third with 56 points.
White, Moore, Okla., defeated Ken Mullen, Oklahoma City, in the Super Pro
final then went on to beat the Pro Champion Max McGlothin in the run off to
determine who will represent the South Central Division in Pomona. White’s
4.940 second pass at 140.34 was enough to hold off the quicker Mullen,
4.654, 147.89. McGlothin, Carrolton, Texas, drove his ’71 Camaro to the win
in Pro at 6.693, 77.69 over Joey Cram, Texas City, Texas, and his ’72 Nova,
8.959, 54.12 mph.
Merrill, Edmond, Okla., ran down Austin Williams in No Electronics Quick
running 6.323, 106.12 in his ’94 Camaro with Williams, Burleson, Texas,
clocking in at 6.777, 100.34 in his ’08 dragster.
Jeff Hefler will make his 4th trip to Pomona and the NHRA Summit Racing
Series National Championship taking the win in No Electronics Street. The
Ft. Worth, Texas, racer won over Jeremy Falkenbach, Ennis, Texas,
representing Texas Motorplex. Hefler went 7.648, 83.40 in his ’65 Impala to
Falkenbach’s 7.556, 89.16 in his ’81 El Camino. Hefler won the national
championship in 2010 having advanced to the national finals in 2006, 2010,
2012 and now in 2013. Both Hefler’s brother Jeromy and Dad Jerry have also
won division championships and raced for the national title in Pomona,
John Fitzpatrick, Park City, Kan., rode his ’95 Suzuki to the win in the
Motorcycle class and will join White, Merrill, and Hefler in Pomona to face
off with the champions from the six other NHRA Divisions. Fitzpatrick went
5.489 at 122.51 to defeat Thomas Klemme, Davenport, Iowa posting a time of
In the division’s Summit Race of Champions event held on Saturday is was
Jeff Riedel, David Olinde, and Hunter Patton taking the wins. The Race of
Champions pits the top point’s earners from each track against each other in
head to head competition.
Patton, Highlands, Texas, was pulling double duty competing in both the
Electronics and the High School ROC competition taking the win in High
School over Dillon Warren, Noble, Okla., in 8.539 seconds in his ’79 Mustang
to Warren’s 9.470 in his ’87 Mustang.
Dillon faced off with Riedel in the Electronics class for the double-up but
Riedel, North Richland Hills, Texas, would have nothing to do with it,
taking out Patton with a run of 6.446 seconds at just under 100 mph in his
Olinde, Lakeland, La., won in No Electronics when Robin Phelps, Owasso,
Okla., left early with a red-light foul start in a final that saw two Nova’s
match up against each other. Olinde ran it out to a 7.469, 91.45 mph lap
for the win.
In the Track Managers Race it was Cody Pollage scoring back to back wins out
of No Problem Raceway defeating Garry Crowley, Crowley, Texas.
The following are the final results from the NHRA South Central Division
Summit Racing Series event at Texas Motorplex:
1. Thunder Valley Raceway Park 70
2. Texas Motorplex 57
3. Royal Purple Raceway 56
4. Tulsa Raceway Park 51
5. Texas Raceway 49
6. Paris Dragstrip 32
7. No Problem Raceway 14
SUMMIT SUPER PRO
Kyle White, Moore, Okla., ’07 American, 4.940, 140.34 def. Ken Mullen,
Oklahoma City, ’07 dragster, 4.654, 147.89.
Max McGlothin, Carrolton, Texas, ’71 Camaro, 6.693, 77.69 def. Joey Cram,
Texas City, Texas, ’72 Nova, 8.959, 54.12.
NO ELECTRONICS QUICK
Alvie Merrill, Edmond, Okla., ’94 Camaro, 6.323, 106.12 def. Austin
Williams, Burleson, Texas, ’08 TNT, 6.777, 100.34.
NO ELECTRONICS STREET
Jeff Hefler, Ft Worth, Texas, ’65 Impala, 7.648, 83.40 def. Jeremy
Falkenbach, Ennis, Texas, ’81 El Camino, 7.556, 89.16.
John Fitzpatrick, Park City, Kan., ’95 Suzuki, 5.489, 122.51 def. Thomas
Klemme, Davenport, Iowa,
’87 Kawasaki, 5.583, 122.48.
The following are Saturday’s final results from the 2013 NHRA Summit Racing
Series South Central Division Race of Champions:
Jeff Riedel, North Richland Hills, Texas, ’77 Camaro, 6.446, 99.44 def.
Hunter Patton, Highlands, Texas, ’79 Mustang, 4.773, 139.93.
David Olinde, Lakeland, La., ’72 Nova, 7.469, 91.45 def. Robin Phelps,
Owasso, Okla., ’69 Nova, foul.
Hunter Patton, Highlands, Texas, ’79 Mustang, 8.539, 73.89 def. Dillon
Warren, Noble, Okla., ’87 Mustang, 9.470, 75.28.
Cody Pollage, Plaquemine, La., ’87 Monte Carlo, 9.838, 62.75 def. Garry
Gilland, Crowley, Texas, Chevy P/U, 10.101, 67.70.
MUSTANG VERSUS CAMARO BY DAY, ULTIMATE STREET NIGHT WHEN THE SUN SETS AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX – ALL HAPPENING OCT. 5
WHAT: DRAG RACING is the quickest and fastest form of motorsport. While the kings of the sport, Top Fuel, exceed speeds of 320 mph with 8,000 horsepower, drag racing is inherently a sport that starts at the grass roots, street racing level. All that can be seen at Texas Motorplex!
The first ever Manufacturer’s Shootout will be held all day, Oct. 5, at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. The Motorplex is an all-concrete quarter-mile drag racing facility that opened in 1986, becoming the first super-stadium built specifically for drag racing. The Motorplex has hosted national event racing since 1986 and has been the site of record-breaking passes, championship-clinching performances and jaw-dropping performances.
The Mustang vs. Camaro, Ultimate Street Party event will feature drag racing, auto cross and more. It will be a day of Ford vs. Chevy before the track is opened to all makes and models for the Ultimate Street Night featuring the Texas 275 cars and the Texas Triple Threat. Both the Texas 275 and the Texas Triple Threat feature a full range of full-bodied cars that blast down an eighth-mile in less than five seconds. Pro Mod Motorcycles will also be on site during this marathon of drag racing and autocross.
WHERE: Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas. Track is located on Hwy. 287, two miles west of Ennis, between Interstates 35 and 45.
WHEN: Oct. 5, 2013
SCHEDULE: MUSTANG VERSUS CAMARO: Gates open at 8 a.m. and qualifying begins at 9 a.m. Both brands will have qualifying opportunities in autocross and drag racing before being paired against each other. Awards and prizes will be given to the most successful brand.
ULTIMATE STREET NIGHT: Open time trails start at 6 p.m. for the Texas 275, and Texas Triple Threat clubs. At 7 p.m., Ultimate Street Night will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Anyone with a street legal vehicle and a driver’s license can race for just $15.
PRICING: MUSTANGE VERSUS CAMARO: Drag racing only is $35; Autocross only is $35; Doing both drag racing and autocross is $45; Spectator tickets are $10. ULTIMATE STREET NIGHT: $10 to watch, $15 to race.
CONTACT: Texas Motorplex: (972) 878-2641, (800) MOTORPLEX or www.texasmotorplex.com
DRAG RACING MOVIE BASED ON NHRA LEGENDS SNAKE AND MONGOOSE OPENS IN NORTH TEXAS TONIGHT IN HURST AND MESQUITE
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 27, 2013) – The true story of one of NHRA drag racing’s biggest rivalries hits the big screen in North Texas starting TONIGHT as SNAKE & MONGOOS$E opens at the North East Mall 18 theater in Hurst and the AMC Mesquite 30.
The Funny Car legends, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom McEwen “Mongoose” revolutionized the sport of drag racing when they brought their high-octane form of competition into the boardrooms that made their cars and their sport household names. Their rivalry continues to be talked about as one of the fiercest in more than 60 years of NHRA drag racing.
The Snake earned 49 wins in Top Fuel and Funny Car competition in a career that spanned more than 30 years. Snake earned three wins at Texas Motorplex – two in Top Fuel (1991, 1994) and one in Funny Car (1989). McEwen never hoisted a winner’s trophy at the Motorplex.
The movie trailer can be seen at: www.snakeandmongoosemovie.com and tickets can be purchased at: www.snakeandmongoosemovie.com/tickets.
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.
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 26, 2013) – If any racing series knows their fans and knows how to put on a great show, it’s the NHRDA. They have taken their diesel drag racing series all over the United States and Canada and created legions of loyal fans who love the thundering roar of diesel engines as plumes of black smoke bulge through pipes of all types of diesels.
Texas Motorplex is proud to host the NHRDA World Finals this weekend, complete with country concert and sled pull.
Qualifying for the 2013 NHRDA World Finals at Texas Motorplex starts at 5 p.m. Friday.
Racing continues at 9 a.m. on Saturday in a day packed with events and activities for fans. Diesel racing will be on the track all day featuring Top Diesel, Pro Stock, Pro Street, Super Street, Super Diesel and Sportsman. Eliminations begin at 11 a.m.
The Show-n-Shine area, always a fan favorite, will start at 10 a.m. with plenty of room for fans to wander around the jaw-dropping aray of diesel entries.
The only place more crowded than the show-n-shine is the Diesel Dyno, open to the public. Fans can bring their vehicles and drive on to the dyno trailer and see just what kind of power they pack under the hood.
Once racing is over, Sonny Burgess will be performing a country music concert as the track staff readies the sled pull competition. Sled Pull featuring Super Stock, 3.0 Diesel and 2.6 Diesel starts at 5:30 p.m.
Spectators pay just $25 for a weekend pass good for Friday and Saturday racing, concert and sled pull. Kids 6-12 are just $10 for the weekend and children 5 and under are free. Call (972) 878-2641 for more information.
KALITTA, C. PEDREGON, LINE AND KRAWIEC EARN AAA TEXAS NHRA FALLNATIONALS VICTORIES AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX
ENNIS, Texas – Doug Kalitta ended a 71-race winless drought by racing to the Top Fuel victory Sunday at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex near Dallas.
Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the second of six events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Kalitta claimed his first victory of the season and first since 2010 in Top Fuel, and moved into a tie for the NHRA Mello Yello Series points lead with the driver he beat in the final round, Shawn Langdon. Kalitta powered his Mac Tools dragster to a run of 3.842 seconds at 320.42 mph to hold off Langdon’s Al-Anabi Silver dragster, which finished in 3.896 at 291.32.
“This is huge,” Kalitta said. “It’s a good day for us. I’m really proud of Jim [Oberhofer, crew chief], Troy [Fasching, assistant crew chief], and the whole Mac Tools team. We were qualifying good and going rounds. I was just trying to make sure I didn’t screw it up. At the end of the day, we prevailed.”
Kalitta outran two-time Dallas winner Larry Dixon, rookie Brittany Force and Texas favorite Spencer Massey, who entered the event as the points leader, to advance to the final round and score his second career victory at Texas Motorplex. Kalitta was impressed with his team’s efforts, giving a special win to crew chief Oberhofer, who is a Texas native.
“They say, ‘To be the man, you’ve got to beat the man,’ and that was the case in the semifinals versus Spencer,” Kalitta said. “Hopefully this is a good precursor for the rest of the Countdown.”
Funny Car featured a final round battle between two veteran multiple world champions, as Pedregon prevailed in a thrilling duel with 15-time world champ John Force. Pedregon guided his Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry to his fourth win of the season and 34th of his career with an incredible performance of 4.106 at 312.06 to finish ahead of Force’s Castrol GTX Ford Mustang, which ran 4.22 at 270.27.
“A couple months back, I thought about how cool it would be to sweep the Texas races,” said Pedregon, who also won at Houston in April. “Lo and behold, here we are.”
Pedregon, who picked up his fourth win at Texas Motorplex, outran Blake Alexander, Bob Tasca III and defending world champion Jack Beckman to advance to the final round. With the victory, Pedregon moved to second in the Mello Yello Series points standings.
“It was an uphill battle,” Pedregon said. “I wasn’t feeling like our motor was running right, but we made the right adjustments every round. It was a great way to put an exclamation point on this event. It’s great for our team. We kind of hung around and built momentum as the race went on.”
Two-time Mello Yello Pro Stock world champion Line earned his second victory of the season and first in the Countdown by outrunning Shane Gray in the final round. Line powered his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro to his second Texas Motorplex win with a performance of 6.590 at 211.16 to hold off Gray’s Camaro. With the victory, the 31st of his career, Line claimed the Pro Stock points lead for the first time since 2011.
“I’m happy to get a cowboy hat,” Line said, referencing the prize winners at Texas Motorplex receive. “The points lead is definitely a big deal. From where we were two months ago to leave here as the points leader is a small miracle for sure and a testament to all the Summit folk.”
Line outran Texas native Rodger Brogdon, reigning world champ Allen Johnson and veteran V. Gaines in the first three rounds.
“It was definitely a strange final but we won,” Line said. “Timing is everything and this is a big win being that it’s my 31st. You have to be willing to go backwards sometime in order to go forward. We have a great car and we’re going the right way.”
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, reigning world champion Krawiec claimed his first win of 2013 and first victory at Texas Motorplex, riding his Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a holeshot victory of 6.951 at 191.87 in the final round to hold off Matt Smith’s Viper Motorcycle Company Buell.
“A lot of luck went my way this weekend,” Krawiec said. “I’m just happy to be here. This is a huge win for the Harley-Davidson team. It’s easy to show up to a race but it’s hard to be competitive. There’s a lot of great motorcycles and racers.”
Krawiec beat teammate Andrew Hines, Texas fan-favorite Michael Ray and H. Arana Sr. to advance to the final round.
“This weekend, I was riding great but I wasn’t racing great,” said Krawiec of his first victory at Texas Motorplex. “If we can continue and improve, I think you’re going to see our Harley’s sitting up front.”
The NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs continues with the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, Sept. 27-29 at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis.