NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TO HIGHLIGHT 2015 NHRA SUMMIT RACING SERIES
With NHRA Member Tracks across the country kicking off their seasons, the long-running NHRA Summit Racing Series is once again officially underway. As has been the case since 2000, the season will culminate with the crowning of four NHRA Summit National Champions at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona during the Auto Club NHRA Finals.
The series, which boasts more than $1,000,000 in payouts throughout the year — with more than $600,000 up from grabs between the division finals and national championship – will provide the chance for four grassroots racers to earn the biggest title of their career and be crowned NHRA Summit Racing Series National Champions.
In 2015, the number of racers competing at and vying for a national championship title will increase to 32 as an eighth spot has been added to each of the four classes (Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Motorcycle). A special drawing will take place later this year to determine which division will send the additional racer in each class.
The winner of the drawing, chosen from among the Race of Champions winners from Divisions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, as well as the event winners from Divisions 6 and 7, will advance to the national championship as the eighth competitor. As always, each of the division champions (the Race of Champions winners in Divisions 6 and 7) will advance and set the eight-car field.
This true grassroots program is open to virtually anyone with a car, truck, or motorcycle who wants to try their hand at drag racing at one of approximately 120 NHRA Member Tracks across North America.
More than 300,000 racers nationwide compete in a variety of classes at their local NHRA Member Tracks for points leading to track championships and the right to represent their track at one of seven division finals, with winners advancing to the national championship and the chance to earn the title of NHRA Summit Racing Series National Champion.
Nearly 3,500 racers will compete at the division finals, with 32 advancing to the national championship hosted at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona which includes a dinner banquet for them and their families at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum prior to the racing action on the track. Eliminations are held on Sunday in conjunction with final eliminations for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the Winner’s Circle celebration.
2015 NHRA Summit Racing Series Division and National Championship Schedule
Northeast Division 1 Atco Raceway, Atco, N.J. Sept. 17-19
Southeast Division 2 Atlanta Dragway, Atlanta, Ga. Oct. 9-11
North Central Division 3 Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis Sept. 18-20
South Central Division 4 Texas Motorplex, Dallas, Texas Sept. 25-27
West Central Division 5 Heartland Park Topeka, Topeka, Kan. Sept. 18-20
Northwest Division 6 Firebird Raceway, Boise, Idaho Sept. 4-6
Pacific Division 7 Auto Club Dragway at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif. Oct. 2-4
Summit National Championship – Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Pomona, Calif. Nov. 12-15
DALLAS (Feb. 17, 2015) – NHRA’s Division 4 has announced a new Season Pass/ Hard Card program for all crew members attending Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events in 2015.
Five of the six Lucas Oil Divisional host tracks in Division 4 will participate in a new Season Pass for crew members and the hard cards are available now. The program will allow crew members to pay a discounted fee before the season starts and receive a hard card good for entry at all Divison 4 Lucas Oil Divisional events starting at Texas Motorplex, April 16-19, and going through the rest of the season.
Participating tracks include:
Texas Motorplex April 16-19, 2015
No Problem Raceway May 29-31, 2015
Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park June 12-14, 2015
Thunder Road Raceway Park September 18-20, 2015
Thunder Valley Raceway Park October 9-11, 2015
The normal crew pass at the gate, is $55 for the event. With the new Season Pass Hard Card program the price drops $10 to $45 per event. For a onetime fee of $225(+ $10 processing & shipping fee), a $50 discount from the gate price, you can purchase your Season Crew pass for the year. Crew Member Season pass must be worn and be visibly displayed while crewmember is in any restricted areas.
If you would like to use this new program please click HERE to submit your order. All payments and hard card requests must be received by March 25 for processing. Passes will be distributed at the Texas Motorplex Lucas Oil Event April, 16-19, 2015.
**Policy and Exclusions-
Waiver process must be executed at each member track upon arrival. This program is for Crew Entry into the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Events Only. This program does not include extra vehicle pass charges, or other fees associated with vehicle access to the facility. This Program does not include access to any other events i.e. Sports Nationals, ET Summit Series, etc. There are no refunds. Only one crew ticket per event, per Hard Card provided by host track. Does not include Royal Purple Raceway event. All crew pass holders must sign waiver at pit gate upon entry to the facility.
NHRA’s Division 4 is the historic South Central Division home of “The Good Guys”. Division 4 features tracks from Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Division 4 facilities host NHRA-sanctioned competitions throughout the year along with countless other events for the heartiest of drag racing competitors and fans. For more information including schedules, point standings and more, go to the Division 4 website: www.nhradiv4.com
Get Ready for a Wild Ride with PDRA in 2015
Season Opener at Texas Motorplex Just Weeks Away!
PITTSBORO, N.C. February 10, 2015: The countdown is on to the Professional Drag Racers Association 2015 kickoff. The series inaugural season was full of historic wins, wild rides, blown records and incredible, side-by-side, professional eighth mile drag racing. Excitement is building for their second year – which promises even greater car counts and the best outlaw drag racing action in the country.
The season kicks off at the world famous Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Tx. on March 19-21 with the Inaugural Texas Nationals. All of the exciting PDRA classes will be there including Pro Extreme – the quickest and fastest doorslammers on the planet. Plus, fire-breathing Pro Nitrous and Pro Boost – the class where blowers and turbo-powered machines go head to head. For two-wheel fans, Extreme Pro Motorcycle is sure to deliver the best Pro Mod bike racing in the country.
The action continues with the PDRA Sportsman divisions. In Top Sportsman and Top Dragster, it’s the baddest of the bad dialing in their machines and judging the finish line while going over 170 MPH in four seconds or less. Also catch the next generation of professional pilots getting their experience in Pro and Top Junior Dragster.
The PDRA’s own brand of thrilling entertainment will descend on Texas Motorplex in just a few weeks. Affordable tickets for family fun are available now at www.pdra660.com.
“Hosting the season opener for PDRA is thrilling,” Texas Motorplex President/GM, Gabrielle Stevenson, said. “This is going to be the biggest Pro Mod race in Texas this year and our fans are going to love this event. We can’t wait to finally have a big PDRA event for our fans, partners and anyone who wants to see a blazing hot event with tons of speed and excitement.”
“We were extremely pleased with our first season and got rave reviews from fans,” added PDRA Race Director Bob Harris. “We’re looking forward to even bigger and better things this season. Kicking off the year at Texas Motorplex is exactly the statement we need to say that 2015 is going to be an incredible year for professional eighth mile drag racing!”
There is also a bonus for the first driver in the famous Pro Nitrous class who breaks into the 3.60s in 2015. With so much on the line, the world class engine builders and teams will be letting it all hang out in Texas! Will it happen there or will they crush it at the ROCK?!! “You can buy the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge!!!”
ABOUT THE PDRA
Based in Pittsboro, North Carolina, the Professional Drag Racers Association is the top sanctioning body in the United States for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The PDRA’s professional categories include Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Pro Boost, and Pro Extreme Motorcycle along with Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Pro Jr. Dragster, and Top Jr. Dragster. The 2015 PDRA schedule consists of ten national events. For more on the world’s premier eighth mile drag racing organization visit www.pdra660.com. Follow the PDRA: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube.
AN EVENING WITH AMERICAN HEROES TO BENEFIT ENNIS HOME FOR THE BRAVE PROJECT AND MARINE CPL. CODY JONES
ENNIS, Texas (Feb. 10, 2015) – Veterans and the greater community will be serving one of its own on Saturday, April 4 as the Ennis Home for the Brave will be hosting An Evening With American Heroes at the Texas Motorplex Champion’s Club.
The Ennis Home for the Brave is raising money for a custom-built home for a disabled American veteran. The mission is to provide a mortgage-free home for Marine Cpl. Cody Jones and his wife Alexis. Jones joined the Marine Corps in 2009. In December 2012, while on deployment in Afghanistan, a command detonated IED exploded beneath his M.R.A.P. vehicle, resulting in injuries that led to the amputation of his left leg below the knee and right, mid-foot amputation.
Jones has been honored with many awards, including the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct, National Defense Medal and more.
The gala fundraiser at Champion’s Club will help get the home built and ready for move-in by the middle of 2015.
The evening will feature a live DJ, musical entertainment by The Reveille Sisters and Casey Needham, a live auction and special appearances by Marine Corps veterans Jeff Kyle and Jacob Schick, respective brother and friend of Navy Seal Chief Chris Kyle.
Tickets are available NOW and feature the entertainment, speakers and dinner, drinks and dessert. Ticket options are attached and range from single buffet dinners/seats starting at $75 per person going up to a full package of two tables (holding 16 people total) including meals, bar tickets, reserved parking, wine at the table and more for $3,500. TICKET ORDER FORM
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.
GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2015) – El Paso Motorplex is joining the NHRA Member Track Network it was announced today by NHRA officials.
Built in 2008, El Paso Motorplex will become a member of the NHRA South Central Division. The track is located on the western edge of the South Central Division borders of Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. The facility will host several new and exciting NHRA programs for 2015 and beyond.
“The El Paso Motorplex racers are the big winners by the track switching to the NHRA Member Track family,” said Trey Capps, NHRA South Central Division director. “With the extensive list of programs offered to the NHRA Member Tracks, it only adds more prestige to the events for the racers.”
As an NHRA-sanctioned track, the facility will be eligible to offer racers a variety of NHRA racing opportunities, including the NHRA Summit Racing Series, the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, NHRA Jr. Street and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. Additionally, the track has the opportunity to host NHRA’s specialty events including the National DRAGSTER Challenge, NHRA Summit King of the Track, and NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge.
“El Paso Motorplex is proud to become one of NHRA’s newest tracks,” said Jay Byrum, El Paso Motorplex general manager. “We believe the NHRA will help expand racing for the racer and spectators in El Paso and the Southwest.”
El Paso Motorplex is an all-concrete quarter-mile drag racing facility. With scheduled eighth-mile and quarter-mile events there is something for every fan and racer. In addition to having a quarter-mile of concrete for drag racing events, El Paso Motorplex also is home to the area’s best Sand Drags Drag Racing facility. With a seating capacity of more than 2,500 for spectators, there is not a bad seat in the house. The facility boasts a new restroom and full service concessions stand building as well. El Paso Motorplex is one of the most fan and family friendly venues in the Southwest.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Street program and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on toNHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.