BROWN LOOKING TO REPEAT AT AAA TEXAS NHRA FALL NATIONALS

July 15, 2013 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (July 16, 2013) — Heading into last year’s AAA Texas Fall Nationals, the second race of the Countdown to the Championship, Antron Brown wasn’t exactly feeling confident.
Not only had he just lost the NHRA Top Fuel points lead after a less-than-impressive effort in Charlotte, N.C., but he was heading to a track where he had never been able to move past the semifinals.

“Yeah, we had had some good runs at the Motorplex but for whatever reason we just weren’t able to get it done — until last year,” said the defending Top Fuel champ.

And now that Brown has broken through with that initial win in Ennis, he feels sure he can make it happen again during this fall’s Sept. 19-22 event.

“It’s going to feel great being back at the Motorplex,” said Brown. “I love that place and we always run good times there; if we have good weather we could put down some great runs. And, if it’s hot we can still make some good runs because it is such a good track.”

Brown got off to a slow start in last year’s event, but he and the team kept working on the car and it kept getting better and better.

“We had some trials there last year – it wasn’t easy,” he said. “But we kept pushing and pushing and we kind of snuck through the first round, had a little tire-smoker and ended up getting the win. Then, we had Shawn Langdon in the second round and we were able to take him out. We had a really good run in the semis (against Morgan Lucas) and in the finals against Spencer (Massey) we just took it from A to B and were able to get the win, which was really gratifying.

“That place was crucial in us going after, and winning, that championship. We had come out of Charlotte third in the points after we had been leading. That race really got us back into the game and set us up for the next race. It definitely built the morale on the team, and it really set us on the path to the title.”

Brown currently sits fifth in the Top Fuel standings, behind leader Langdon, Tony Schumacher, Massey and Doug Kalitta. Still, he’s upbeat about a return trip to Texas Motorplex.

“I absolutely feel like I can win it again this year,” he said. “It’s always been a good track for us and this year we know what it takes to win.”

Tickets for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals are available now, ranging from just $10 to $380 for weekend packages. Youth tickets for children 12 and under start as low as $5. For tickets or more information, please call the Texas Motorplex office at (800) MOTORPLEX or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.

Gates open at 10 a.m. Thurs., Sept. 19 with sportsman qualifying runs between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Two rounds of professional qualifying, at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m., highlight the Fri., Sept. 20 schedule, along with sportsman qualifying throughout the day. Sat., Sept. 21 is packed with sportsman eliminations and the final two rounds of professional qualifying at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Sun., Sept. 22, with pre-race ceremonies at 10 a.m. and championship final eliminations getting under way at 11 a.m.

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.

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JOHNSON HOPING MOTORPLEX MAGIC CATAPULTS HIM TO SECOND TITLE

July 11, 2013 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (July 11, 2013) — A year ago, Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson ventured into the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals knowing he was only five races away from what would be his long awaited first series championship.

Going rounds at Texas Motorplex was going to be crucial to his title hopes and a win, well, that would just give him an even bigger cushion in the Countdown to the Championship.

“I have always, always loved that smooth concrete surface at the Motorplex,” said the Tennessee native. “So going in to that race, I felt pretty good.

“And then when Jason (Line) went out in the first round, it just set things up for us. Him going out that early gave us a substantial lead in the points (93 over Line) and that win gave our whole team momentum in the Countdown and a lot of confidence. It was a big, big win for us because we knew we had a really good shot at the championship and after that we went more on defense than offense.”

With three wins to his credit in 2013, Johnson again is a contender for the Pro Stock championship, currently sitting third in the point standings, 130 behind Mike Edwards and just two points behind second-place Jeg Coughlin. He also knows he has some good tracks coming up and says his confidence is growing.

“Right now, I’d say my confidence level (for repeating as champion) is about 95 percent,” said. “I’ve got a little ways to go… but that just makes you work harder. And we’re not afraid of hard work.”

And he’s anything but afraid of returning to Texas Motorplex for the 28th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Sept. 19-22, site of race No. 2 in the Countdown to the Championship.

“Any time you win some place, you love going back there,” Johnson said. “And knowing how important that win at the Motorplex was to us winning the championship makes it even more special.

“I feel like we’re on track to repeat as champions but it’ll be a knockdown, drag out. If we keep running well, going rounds and we get another win at the Motorplex, it would go a long way toward getting that second one (championship).

“I sure wouldn’t mind us leaving Texas in the same situation we were in a year ago – with another win and a good lead. That’s definitely going to be the goal.”
Tickets for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals are available now, ranging from just $10 to $380 for weekend packages. Youth tickets for children 12 and under start as low as $5. For tickets or more information, please call the Texas Motorplex office at (800) MOTORPLEX or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.

Gates open at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 with sportsman qualifying runs between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Two rounds of professional qualifying, at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m., highlight the Friday, Sept. 20 schedule, along with sportsman qualifying throughout the day. Saturday, Sept. 21 is packed with sportsman eliminations and the final two rounds of professional qualifying at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, with pre-race ceremonies at 10 a.m. and final eliminations getting under way at 11 a.m.

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.
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TASCA LOOKING FORWARD TO RETURN TO TEXAS MOTORPLEX

June 26, 2013 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Friday, June 28, 2013) – Ask Bob Tasca about his favorite moment from the 2012 NHRA season and without hesitation he’ll tell you it came at Texas Motorplex.

After a long, winless season, the 37-year-old Funny Car driver came into the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals hoping just to go rounds after failing to make the Countdown for the Championship. Three motors later he found himself in the finals.

“It was a wild day,” recalled Tasca. “It was hot — the race track was really hot. I had at holeshot win and two pedal job wins. Then I end up in the finals against Matt Hagan.”

Both Tasca and Hagan lost traction near mid-track but it was Tasca who skillfully pedaled his way to the finish line in front of the defending Funny Car champ to claim his lone win of the season.

“I had to pedal the car to win the race,” he said. “As a driver, it’s a great feeling to get out and win a race like that.  We went through a lot on the way to picking up that trophy.”

Elated, the first thing Tasca thought about was his parents.

“I remember calling my mom and dad,” he said. “I called my dad first, because of all the races he goes to, he wasn’t there for that one but he was following me every step as we went throughout the day.”

Needless to say, Tasca, who is currently 11th in the Funny Car standings, is looking forward a return trip to Texas Motorplex for the Sept. 19-22 AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, the second of six events in the Countdown to the Championship. He especially can’t wait to see his name on a Texas brick at the starting line, where one brick for each winner since 1986 honors all sportsman and professional event champions.

“To go back there, the place where you were the last one to pick up the trophy is a special thing,” he said. “I’ll be looking for my name on the brick.

“The competition (in Funny Car) now is unbelievable. It’s going to be exciting. The drama is going to be high. The cars that start to peak at the right time will have a real big advantage. I throw our car in that hat. We have a good car that goes up and down the track and can win on race day.”

Speaking of hats, Tasca, who hails from Rhode Island and isn’t really one to wear western gear, would welcome the chance to take home another of Texas Motorplex’s special “trophies.”

“I thought (the cowboy hat trophy) was great,” he said. “Those are the things that you just remember. I thought the hat really played on history and the area – and it sure would be nice to get another one.”

Tickets for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals are available now, ranging from just $10 to $380 for weekend packages. Youth tickets for children 12 and under start as low as $5.   For tickets or more information, please call the Texas Motorplex office at (800) MOTORPLEX or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.

Gates open at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 with sportsman qualifying runs between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Two rounds of professional qualifying, at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m., highlight the Friday, Sept. 20 schedule, along with sportsman qualifying throughout the day. Saturday, Sept. 21 is packed with sportsman eliminations and the final two rounds of professional qualifying at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, with pre-race ceremonies at 10 a.m. and final eliminations getting under way at11 a.m.

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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.

 

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AAA TEXAS NHRA FALL NATIONALS KEY IN DECIDING SERIES CHAMPIONS

June 21, 2013 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (June 20, 2013) – In less than three months the 28th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals will take center stage in the world of drag racing as Texas Motorplex again becomes the focal point of the Countdown to the Championship.

The second race in the Countdown, the Sept.19-22 AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals play a crucial role in determining the season’s champions — just ask defending Pro Stock titleholder Allen Johnson.

“We had a heck of a season a year ago,” said Johnson, who picked up his first championship, as did fellow Fall Nationals winner Antron Brown, who snagged the Top Fuel title. “But I can tell you, coming to Texas in September and getting out of there with that win was a big part of the reason we were able to end up with that trophy. That win padded our lead and gave us a lot of confidence heading in the last four races.”

One of only three all concrete drag strips on the NHRA circuit, Texas Motorplex, which opened in 1986, boasts a rich history. To no one’s surprise, 15-time Funny Car champion John Force, who salivates at the thought of competing at the Motorplex, leads all drivers in wins, with a total of seven.

Seven-time series champion Tony Schumacher leads all Top Fuel drivers with five victories at Texas Motorplex while Warren Johnson’s five wins leads the Pro Stock class. It’s a different story in Pro Stock Motorcycle, however, as no rider has ever been able to repeat in the 10 years that motorcycles have competed at the world-class facility.

Top Fuel winner and Fort Worth native Spencer Massey is among the drivers looking to make their mark in Ennis, along with rookie Brittany Force, who would like nothing better than to follow in her father’s ultra-successful footsteps at the Texas strip.

Gates open at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 with sportsman qualifying runs between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Two rounds of professional qualifying, at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m., highlight the Friday, Sept. 20 schedule, along with sportsman qualifying throughout the day. Saturday, Sept. 21 is packed with sportsman eliminations and the final two rounds of professional qualifying at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, with pre-race ceremonies at 10 a.m. and final eliminations getting under way at 11 a.m.

Tickets are available now, ranging from just $10 to $380 for weekend packages. Youth tickets for children 12 and under start as low as $5.   For tickets or more information, please call the Texas Motorplex office at (800) MOTORPLEX or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.

90 reasons why you should be at the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex, Sept. 19-22. 2013-06-21-90-reasonsTN

 

1.       Texas Motorplex was the FIRST super-stadium of drag racing

2.       John Force has won more races here than any other professional racer: 7 wins in a Funny Car

3.       NHRA drag racing is the quickest and fastest form of Motorsport

4.       The AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals is the second of six playoff events in the NHRA Championship race

5.       The beer is ice cold!

6.       Billy Meyer, listed as one of the top 50 legends in NHRA history, owns the Motorplex

7.       Top Fuel dragsters use 8,000 horsepower

8.       Tickets are as cheap as $20!

9.       Funny Cars go more than 309 mph

10.   Fans can go through the professional pits and meet drivers

11.   Fans will have a tough time choosing between the Fried Pickles or Cheesy Fries during the break between pro rounds

12.   More than 400 race teams show up to compete

13.   The all-concrete quarter-mile has produced record times and history-making moments

14.   No one has ever repeated a victory in Pro Stock Motorcycle…. Will that change in 2013?

15.   Tony Schumacher has five wins at Texas Motorplex – no other active driver has ever repeated at the Motorplex

16.   The parking is free!

17.   Fans get to celebrate in Winner’s Circle with the winning teams and racers

18.   You can smell the nitro fuel used in Top Fuel and Funny Cars from the parking lot

19.   There is a campground so you can stay all weekend!

20.   We have 42-ounce souvenir cups shaped like a Top Fuel dragster!

21.   No other sport shakes your body the way two nitro-burning cars thundering down the track

22.   There are motor home spaces available on both sides of the track, giving you the closest seat possible to the competition

23.   Texas Motorplex is a family-friendly facility that is great for kids

24.   Midway display vendors like to give away free stuff

25.   If you get a souvenir program signed by Top Fuel champion Antron Brown, you get FREE tickets to next year’s event

26.   The Motorplex is the FASTEST track in Texas

27.   Our online ticketing system allows you to choose the exact seats you want to watch the heart-pounding action from

28.   We offer special ticketing discounts to active military and veterans!

29.   You can take pictures and videos of the action and share it with your friends to make them jealous

30.   Drivers all have FREE hero cards that fans can take home

31.   There is a band in the campground to give live, free music on Friday and Saturday!

32.   Champion’s Club has a catered meals and a cash bar with air conditioning and flat-screen TVs

33.   Super Seat and Champion’s Club sections have comfy seat-backs!

34.   With hundreds of cars on site, there are more than 5,000 pairs going down the track in four days

35.   We host the DRAW Auction on Saturday night, giving fans a great chance to mingle and bid against the fastest drivers in the world for unique and one-of-a-kind items

36.   Nitro the only thing guarantees to make a grown man cry – no really, some wear gas masks so they can get EVEN closer to the cars during warm-ups.

37.   Fletcher’s Corn Dogs – need we say more?

38.   Three full days of professional racing with hundreds of regional racers means no downtime during your weekend

39.   We have a Harley-Davidson ticket package that includes lunch, a free gift and a meet-n-greet with Harley’s champion riders Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines

40.   Opening Ceremonies on Sunday morning with an airplane jumper and the national anthem serves as another reminder why we live in the greatest country in the world – U.S.A.!

41.   Texas Motorplex prides itself on offering exceptional customer service that defines Southern Hospitality

42.   Fans are allowed to walk on the racing surface WITH pro racers before the action starts on Championship Sunday morning

43.   The Motorplex has been the site for first career wins for champions including Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown and more!

44.   Traxxas has the best remote controlled cars in the world and they have a display where you can test out the cars before you take one home

45.   There are no second chances on Championship Sunday in drag racing – teams either win or pack up and go home!

46.   Women are racing – and winning – in every professional category

47.   AAA Texas members can save up to 25% on tickets AND get VIP parking!

48.   While the series is carried on ESPN, nothing is better than watching drag racing LIVE and in real time so you can FEEL the action

49.   Every winner – in each of the 11 categories – gets a special black Cowboy hat celebrating their big TEXAS win

50.   Texas Motorplex hosts the ONLY stop for NHRA Championship drag racing in North Texas

51.   NHRA’s Safety Safari is on site during every single run during the event – making it one of the safest forms of extreme sports

52.   Alan Reinhart is a ridiculously funny announcer that travels with the NHRA professional tour and tells the best stories on the microphone

53.   The Snake & Mongoose movie is coming out in early September and you never know when you will run into Mongoose at his home track, Texas Motorplex

54.   The AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals signals the end of the summer, ushering in fall – which in Texas means… FOOTBALL!

55.   The VIP suites offer a view overlooking the track with the comforts of leather sofas, kitchen amenities and catering

56.   Turkey legs are a fan favorite item in the food court

57.   Texas Motorplex started the trend of painting their walls a color other than white 10 Years ago. What color will it be this year?

58.   There are Multiple Texans returning home to compete in the Pro classes

59.   Every seat is a great seat – and close to the action

60.   The AAA stage has tons of contests and great prize giveaways

61.   You just never know when you will be seen on ESPN during the full weekend of coverage

62.   Race teams tend to give away used or blown up parts to fans as souvenirs, which explains why you see people walking around with Top Fuel ties rolling by their side

63.   We think VHT – the traction compound used to help the nitro-burning monsters stick to the track – smells like strawberries

64.   There are two ADA platform to give our accessible-needs fans the best view possible

65.   Texas Motorplex was the first drag racing facility to put outside balconies on the suite tower

66.   We have fans that have been sitting in the same two seats for the first 27 years of NHRA racing at Texas Motorplex. What will your tradition be?

67.   There is an entertainment team trackside that gives away free stuff including tickets to other Motorplex events!

68.   Super Seat ticket package holders get a special gift from AAA Texas during the event

69.   Champion’s Club tickets include VIP parking!

70.   We have one of the largest box offices to ensure fans get tickets and get into the gates QUICK!

71.   Harley-Davidson has a huge display with dozens of bikes you can sit on to get your Biker on!

72.   NHRA has more than 80,000 members around the world, making it one of the largest motorsports sanctioning  bodies in the world

73.   Two of the 2012 NHRA Mello Yello Series Champions – Antron Brown (TF) and Allen Johnson (PS)  – captured event glory at the Motorplex before going on to win series titles

74.   It’s the only track where you can get an icy cold beverage in a 32-ounce mason jar

75.   You can print your tickets at home so you get into the pits quicker

76.   The Motorplex is located between I-35 and I-45, right on highway 287, so it’s easy to find!

77.   Where else can you see a Zamboni outside in the Texas heat?

78.   The best burnouts in the world are done by drag racers at Texas Motorplex

79.   This is a drag strip in Texas! Wearing a long-sleeve camouflage shirt under your Ron Capps team shirt is normal!

80.   John Force is the most respected, wildly outspoken, popular and winningest driver in all of motorports… And he spends hours signing autographs at the Motorplex

81.   We play text-to-win games that give winners the opportunity to meet drivers IN THEIR pit areas next to the cars and crew

82.   The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series puts on national events at just 21 tracks in the world – Texas Motorplex is one of them

83.   People just like saying: Funny Car

84.   Some of the Motorplex staff are paid to be BEER GUARDS (no, seriously)

85.   Drag racing has some of the most loyal and exciting fans in any sport; Texas Motorplex has the best fans in the world

86.   The AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals features ALL FOUR pro categories and SEVEN sportsman categories meaning there is a category for all race fans!

87.   Texas Motorplex opened its gates in 1986 and will play host to the 28th NHRA Fall Nationals event in 2013… It’s tradition in North Texas and you don’t mess with tradition (or Texas!)

88.   You never know what future star will make their professional debut at the Motorplex. Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria made her pro debut at the Motorplex in 2012 – one of many to do so over the years.

89.   Two nitro-burning monsters battling an all-concrete surface IS the ultimate reality show. No DVR required!

90.   Hey, this is Texas Motorplex! The original is still the best place to watch drag racing… PERIOD!

                                                          

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.

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JOHN SHEFFIELD TAKES TOP HONORS AT JUNE ULTIMATE STREET NIGHT

June 18, 2013 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (June 18, 2013) – John Sheffield topped Tommy O’Donnell during Saturday’s Ultimate Street Night event featuring the Texas 275 class at Texas Motorplex.

Sheffield not only took the win, but set the track record with a 4.82-second pass shortly after Mike Kelly had turned in a 4.86 to lead the way.

Odie Spurgen ran in the 4.8-second range all night as the Texas 275 racers continue to go quicker and faster at the fastest track in Texas.

“There was a lot of great racing and it just seems like these guys are turning in quicker and quicker times each time they come out to the Motorplex,” Texas Motorplex Competition Director, Eric McClelland, said. “We want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting the Texas 275 racers. We had a lot of racers from all over Texas and even a few from Oklahoma. This event is more fun every time we open the gates.”

Ultimate Street Nights feature the best in street racing, grudge matches and more. Gates open and racing starts at 8 p.m. and racing will go until 2 a.m. one Saturday each month continuing through November.

Ultimate Street Nights continues July 20, followed by events on August 17, October 5 and November 16. It’s just $15 to race and $10 to watch.

All NHRA safety rules will be in effect and Ultimate Street Nights are open to any make and model – whether the car is street legal or a race car.

Check www.texasmotorplex.com for more details, special offers and announcements regarding unique appearance and more.

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.

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