MOTORSPORTS SALES POSITION OPEN

September 18, 2012 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 18, 2012) – Work in motorsports for one of the premier drag racing facilities in the country. Texas Motorplex is now hiring a regional sales manager.

If you or someone you know in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area is interested in working in the motorsports industry, please contact Texas Motorplex in Ennis.

Who we are: Texas Motorplex is the fastest track in Texas, featuring race and lifestyle events from February through November each year. Our premier events include the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, the ADRL World Finals, Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Weekend, NHRDA spring and fall events, concerts and much more.

Primary scope of projects: Sponsor prospecting through sales calls and meetings, event planning, on-site activation. Additional projects include social and traditional media outreach.

Candidate skill set: Motorsports and car industry knowledge, computer skills, strong work ethic, ability to work nights and weekends before and during events, outgoing, goal-setting individual who is a determined self-starter who fits well in a team environment.

Interviews for highly-qualified individuals with sales experience will take place starting Wednesday, Sept. 19 through Friday, Sept. 28.

CONTACT: Please send your resume for consideration to: sales@texasmotorplex.com

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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TEXAS NATIVE TORRENCE EMERGES AS TOP FUEL TITLE CONTENDER IN NHRA FULL THROTTLE COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP

September 18, 2012 by  
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ENNIS, Texas — Steve Torrence has used one philosophy to his advantage during his breakout season in NHRA Top Fuel competition and it has worked to perfection for the Kilgore, Texas native.

Torrence is determined to keep his focus centered in the moment and not start looking too far ahead.

He claimed three victories in five final round appearances, earned two No. 1 qualifying positions and finished the 17-race NHRA Full Throttle Series regular season fourth in the points standings. He’s hoping for a similar performance in the six-race Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

“Our approach to the Countdown is the same one we’ve used all year,” he said. “We won three races and were runners-up twice with it. We would definitely be in championship contention if we could do the same thing in the final (five) races. We want to maintain our consistency and momentum and take everything one race at a time.”

Torrence will try to earn his first playoff victory at the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Sept. 20-23, at the legendary Texas Motorplex. Defending winners of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event are Bob Vandergriff (Top Fuel), Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Michael Phillips (Pro Stock Motorcycle). The race, which is the second of six playoff races in the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, will be televised on ESPN2HD.

Torrence, whose home is just up the road from the Motorplex, is excited about having the chance to grab a victory in front of his family and friends.

“The second race of the Countdown is going to be very important for us . . . heck, they all are if you want to win the championship,” Torrence said. “But this one is very, very special because the Motorplex is my home track and we want to do well there. It’s where I started racing.”

A first round loss in the playoff opener in Charlotte has pushed Torrence to eighth in the standings, but there is plenty of time for the driver of the Capco Contractors dragster to make a rebound. He hopes the home track advantage works in his favor.

“It’s really cool to be contending for the championship and having one of the Countdown races there,” Torrence said. “We are looking forward to it because we will have a lot of Capco people, friends and fans there supporting us.”

As a former NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national champion in Top Alcohol Dragster, Torrence has competed plenty of times at the Texas Motorplex and is looking forward to racing there with so much on the line in the Full Throttle Series.

“I have a lot of good memories of racing at the Motorplex and I hope to add another one this time,” Torrence said. “The best one so far is when I clinched the 2005 Top Alcohol Dragster championship there. That was a big thrill.”

If Torrence is going to win the title, he’ll have to hold off points leader Tony Schumacher, a five-time winner at the Motorplex and a seven-time world champion. Other challengers include playoff top seed Antron Brown, Texas natives Spencer Massey and Brandon Bernstein, three-time season winner Morgan Lucas and Charlotte winner Shawn Langdon.

In Funny Car, Ron Capps is leading the way in his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger with a win at Charlotte and is being challenged by a host of talented Countdown contenders, including Mike Neff, Jack Beckman, Auto Club Ford Mustang driver Robert Hight, 24-year-old rookie Courtney Force, defending winner Pedregon and seven-time Motorplex winner John Force.

In the 200-mph Pro Stock class, Tennessee Mopar driver Allen Johnson continues to be at the top of the standings, but his lead is only three points over defending event winner Line. Charlotte top qualifier Vincent Nobile has emerged as a title threat, along with three-time season winner Erica Enders, from Houston. You can never count out past champs Greg Anderson, Mike Edwards and Jeg Coughlin.

Andrew Hines has the Countdown momentum in Pro Stock Motorcycle after winning the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals and the playoff opener in Charlotte. His Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson teammate Eddie Krawiec continues to lead the points standings after posting a runner-up finish at Charlotte. Together they have won all 11 bike races this season, with Krawiec taking six and Hines five. Other challengers in the two-wheel category are the Lucas Oil Buell team of Hector Arana Jr. and Hector Arana Sr., GEICO Suzuki rider Karen Stoffer and past world champs LE Tonglet and Matt Smith.

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ENNIS MAYOR PRO TEM, LONG-TIME COMMUNITY SUPPORTER BOB TAYLOR TABBED AS GRAND MARSHAL FOR AAA TEXAS FALL NATIONALS

September 18, 2012 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 18, 2012) – Ennis Mayor Pro Tem Bob Taylor will be the Grand Marshal during Sunday’s final eliminations of the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex.

Taylor, a longtime community servant, will start the second of six playoff events in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the championship. Once Taylor gives the go-ahead, two nitro-methane-burning Top Fuel engines will start each of their 8,000-horsepower engines.

Taylor was born and raised in Longview, Texas and graduated from East Texas State University with both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education. Taylor dedicated his career to being a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal at various schools across Texas before settling in Ennis.

Taylor has been honored for his work in the classroom and in the community before and since his retirement in 1990. Taylor has been a member of the Ennis Noon Lions club for more than 35 years and continues to commit his time to Ennis and the surrounding communities.

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THE PONTIAX SCHEDULED TO PLAY AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX DURING FEATURED AAA TEXAS NHRA FALL NATIONALS

September 17, 2012 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 18, 2012) – AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals fans who are spending the weekend in the Texas Motorplex campground will be treated to FREE live music on Friday and Saturday night. The Pontiax will be the headline act on Saturday.

This year’s Fall Nationals is one for the record books as the Motorplex plays host to the second of six Countdown championship playoff events and the Traxxas Nitro Shootout all-star event for Funny Car.

The quickest and fastest form of motorsport makes its annual stop at the fastest track in Texas, featuring cars that exceed speeds of 320 mph. Engines roar with 8,000 horsepower. Flames blast out of the pipes, propelling drivers as quickly as 0-100 mph in less than half a second. All that can be seen at Texas Motorplex this weekend. Professional qualifying starts Friday and continues on Saturday before the Traxxas Nitro Shootout. Final eliminations start at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

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 27th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals will feature some of the biggest names in racing, including John Force, Fort Worth native and Top Fuel winner Spencer Massey, Tony Schumacher, Greg Anderson 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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VANDERGRIFF SEEKING MORE SUCCESS AT FAMED TEXAS MOTORPLEX

September 17, 2012 by  
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ENNIS, Texas — NHRA’s most prolific Top Fuel driver, Tony Schumacher, is known for his famous 2006 final round championship winning performance known simply as “The Run.” Another NHRA Top Fuel driver, Bob Vandergriff, winner of last season’s AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, has also become a fan-favorite for “a run,” but that one happened outside of his 8,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragster.

After beating Spencer Massey in the final round last season at the Texas Motorplex, an overjoyed Vandergriff emerged from his C&J Energy Services dragster and started to run. And run. And run. He kept running, back down the dragstrip, toward the starting line.

An ESPN pit reporter finally caught up with him at mid-track for an interview. A bit winded, Vandergriff said he wanted to do something completely different to celebrate his first victory. The Georgia based driver had been to 13 final rounds without earning a win in his career prior to grabbing his very first NHRA Wally trophy on that very hot day in Texas.

“Obviously it was huge,” Vandergriff said. “We had so many losses in final rounds and honestly we should have won about half of them, that it was becoming comical. The consolation speeches had really begun to wear on me and like I said after the race, I don’t think I could have given another one saying that it was OK, because it certainly wasn’t.”

Vandergriff’s post-victory run became an instant sensation with fans. He says he’s not certain if that will become his signature celebration routine.

“Based on the response I’ve received from the fans I am somewhat torn,” Vandergriff said. “So many have told me what a highlight it was for them, and how it is something that they will never forget and one of their best memories in drag history and that they expect me to do it again makes me want to do it again, but on the other hand, it was such a special moment for me that I am not sure that it can be duplicated. I guess we’ll just have to see what happens when the moment occurs.”

Vandergriff will be trying to win his second career race and improve his position in the points standings at the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Sept. 20-23. Joining Vandergriff as defending winners are Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Michael Phillips (Pro Stock Motorcycle). The race, which is the second of six playoff races in the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, will be televised on ESPN2HD.

It will be the first time that Vandergriff will take on a new title that he’s always dreamed about.

“After such a long career being able to hear ‘defending champion’ all weekend is going to be pretty exciting,” Vandergriff said. “It’s also a home race for my sponsor and were going to have over 500 guests this year, so it’s really going to be a great weekend for our team.”

Vandergriff, who has been racing in NHRA Top Fuel competition since 1994, says he will always cherish that special day at the Motorplex.

“Definitely having my family members there,” Vandergriff said. “My wife and son were there to greet me as well as my father (Bob Sr.). He has been there for this team since the beginning in any way our team has needed help, so to have him there to share in the win was great. The only downside was that the CEO from C&J (Josh Comstock) who is a huge supporter of our program had a family emergency and had to leave halfway through the race and missed the celebration, as well as my two daughters, Ashley and Sydney, who have been there for a lot of their dad’s losses couldn’t share in our win because of school being in session. Hopefully we can get another win soon that they can be part of it.”

This season Vandergriff survived a gut-check at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals to qualify for the Countdown to the Championship, holding off Clay Millican and Khalid alBalooshi for the final playoff spot in Top Fuel. A semifinal finish at Houston and a season-best qualifying position of third at the season-opening Winternationals are the highlights for his team this season. In the first playoff start at Charlotte he advanced to the second round and moved up to ninth in the standings. He hopes to continue to build on his team’s recent progress at the Texas Motorplex.

“I feel fortunate to have an opportunity to resurrect our season,” Vandergriff said. “We got pretty lost in our direction midway through the season and pretty much limped into the Countdown, but our car has been returning to form the last two races and really started to fly again in Indy, so I’m very excited about being granted a ‘mulligan.’ We’ve already seen a back of the pack qualifier win the championship in the Countdown, so with our car’s performance returning, I’m really looking forward to the last five races.”

Other pre-race favorites in Top Fuel include playoff top seed Antron Brown, Doug Kalitta, Massey, new points leader Schumacher, Morgan Lucas, recent Charlotte winner Shawn Langdon and Steve Torrence.

In Funny Car, former Motorplex winner Ron Capps leads the way following his win at Charlotte, followed by Auto Club Ford Mustang driver Robert Hight, Charlotte runner-up Mike Neff, rookie sensation Courtney Force, and her father, John Force, a seven-time winner at the Motorplex. The NHRA Traxxas Shootout for Funny Car also will be held on Saturday and will award $100,000 to the winning driver in the eight-car specialty all-star race.

Allen Johnson is the top seed in Pro Stock for the playoffs, and hot on his heels are defending world champ and Charlotte winner Jason Line, four-time champ Greg Anderson and three-time season winner Erica Enders, a native of Houston.

The Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson team of top seed and defending world champ Eddie Krawiec and three-time world champ Andrew Hines won all 10 races during the regular season and Hines opened the playoffs at Charlotte with a win. They are looking to continue their domination of the two-wheel class throughout the playoffs and will be challenged by Hector Arana Jr. and Hector Arana Sr. on the Lucas Oil Buells, in addition to Karen Stoffer, Scotty Pollacheck and LE Tonglet.

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