September 12, 2012 by  
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DALLAS, Texas – Select Dallas-area Wal-mart stores will be transformed this week to accommodate some of the world’s most powerful races cars including the 8,000 horsepower Castrol GTX “25th Anniversary” Ford Mustang John Force drove to the 2010 NHRA Funny Car Championship.

At each of five designated Wal-mart stores, from Thursday through Sunday, race fans will have access to a kiosk through which they can acquire information on the John Force Traveling Road Show, enter the Castrol sweepstakes and watch a looped DVD that includes Team Castrol racing highlights.

In addition, consumers can save $7 on the purchase of a minimum of five quarts of Castrol motor oil or save the same amount on a Castrol oil change and, in the process, enter to win special prizes including a 2012 Ford Fiesta.

Other prizes include a Fantasy Race Weekend to the NHRA Auto Club Finals in Pomona, Calif., in November, a Hawaiian vacation and racing apparel and memorabilia.

Cars from the John Force Traveling Road Show will be on display at Wal-mart stores at 400 N. Highway 67 in Midlothian, 951 Belt Line Road in DeSoto, 700 Ennis Avenue in Ennis, 150 N. Interstate 35E in Lancaster and 1200 N. Highway 77 in Waxahachie in advance of next week’s 27th annual AAA Texas Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

This week’s featured cars are Robert Hight’s Auto Club Ford Mustang and four of John Force’s Castrol-backed Fords: the 25th Anniversary Castrol GTX Ford Mustang that won the 2010 NHRA championship, the Castrol GTX “Warbird” Ford Mustang, Castrol GTX “Superman” Ford Mustang and the Castrol GTX HIGH MILEAGE Ford Mustang.

About the cars:

2010 Castrol GTX HIGH MILEAGE “American Warbird” Ford Mustang
Driver: John Force
Crew Chiefs: Mike Neff and Austin Coil
History: The “American Warbird” commemorative Mustang ran at Norwalk, Ohio, in 2010. It celebrated the 70th anniversary of the P-51 Mustang fighter plane from World War II. The paint scheme includes a riveted aircraft look. Force won the race.
Performance: 4.163 seconds at 275.84 mph @ 1,000 feet.

2010 Castrol GTX “25th Anniversary” Ford Mustang
Driver: John Force
Crew Chiefs: Mike Neff and Austin Coil
History: The “25th Anniversary” car celebrated John Force’s 25 years with Castrol GTX sponsorship. It won six times in 2010 to give Force his 15th NHRA championship. The car won the 50th annual O’Reilly Winternationals and the inaugural 4Wide Nationals.
Performance: 4.021 seconds at 316.22 mph @ 1,000 feet.

2011 Team Castrol/Auto Club Ford Mustang
Driver: Robert Hight
Crew Chief: Jimmy Prock
History: The 2011 Auto Club Ford won four of the season’s first nine races and shared with Mike Neff’s Castrol GTX Ford the distinction of winning more 2011 races than any other Funny Car – five – and set the national speed record of 316.45 mph.
Performance: 4.031 seconds at 318.92 mph @ 1,000 feet.

1999 Castrol GTX “Superman” Ford Mustang
Driver: John Force
Crew Chiefs: Austin Coil and Bernie Fedderly
History: “Superman” entry won the inaugural 1999 Winston Showdown at Bristol, Tennessee in which Funny Cars raced against Top Fuel dragsters. Force beat five Top Fuel dragsters to secure a $210,000 payday, the largest in history of the sport.
Performance: 4.879 seconds at 306.88 mph @ 1/4 mile

2011 Castrol GTX HIGH MILEAGE Ford Mustang
Driver: John Force
Crew Chiefs: Dean Antonelli and Ron Douglas
History: John Force won his 133rd NHRA tour event in this car, giving him at least one victory in 24 different seasons, breaking a record he shared with “King Richard” Petty. The car qualified No. 1 five times to make Force the career leader in that category as well with 139.
Performance: 4.011 seconds at 319.22 mph @ 1,000 feet



September 11, 2012 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 11, 2012) – Traxxas, the Fastest Name in Radio Control, is bringing the legendary Nitro Shootout to Texas Motorplex September 20-23 during the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, the annual Texas playoff stop for the Full Throttle NHRA Drag Racing series. The Traxxas Nitro Shootout is a race-within-a-race that pits pre-qualified drivers in a three-round battle for $100,000 and the title of Traxxas Nitro Shootout champion.

This is a unique opportunity to experience the fanfare and the intensified competition as drivers lay it on the line for the Traxxas Nitro Shootout during a highly anticipated championship playoff event for all four NHRA pro categories.

“As a long time NHRA fan, I always enjoyed the intense competitive spirit that the large payout brings out in these drivers,” Traxxas President Mike Jenkins. “It’s fun and the winner gets a year’s worth of bragging rights. The fact that our own Courtney Force was able to qualify her Traxxas Ford Mustang for the shootout in her rookie year through the fan vote is just icing on the cake. I couldn’t be more excited that Traxxas is helping to bring up the next generation of pro drivers with new faces and talent like Courtney.

“Growing up in the Dallas area, we always marked our calendars for when NHRA came to town because we knew that the now legends of the sport were going to re-write the record books at Billy Meyer’s incredible Texas Motorplex. We are so fortunate to have this great venue essentially right in our own backyard. It’s a perfect fit for Traxxas and you can count on us bringing plenty of radio controlled fun for everyone to enjoy. ”

John Force, 15-time NHRA Funny Car champion, is one of the Nitro Shootout competitors along with all three of his teammates. He said his team will be ready to compete in the Nitro Shootout and the playoff event.

“Sure the venue matters,” Force said. “First, racing in Dallas is good for our sponsor, Traxxas, and second, I like to win but so do all of our drivers. When a company invests that kind of money they deserve to have a great crowd.

“Dallas is a key market for NHRA, and it is Traxxas’ home base. Every race track I take on with the same confidence, and I am going to go into Dallas swinging.”

Texas Motorplex is also very familiar with running all-star events at the first super-stadium of drag racing. The first ever all-star event – the Winston All-Stars – was held at the Motorplex in 1987. Legends ruled that first all-star event as famed driver and tuner Dick LaHaie earned all-star honors in Top Fuel, Texas icon Kenny Bernstein topped the Funny Car class and Pro Stock superstar Warren Johnson took the top honor in the door slammer category.

“Texas Motorplex has been the site of jaw-dropping iconic performances throughout NHRA history and we are proud that hosting the inaugural Funny Car Traxxas Nitro Shootout will be held in front of the best fans in racing,” Motorplex owner Billy Meyer said.

The Traxxas Nitro Shootout will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22. The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series points leader – Ron Capps – earned the top seed. The next six positions were filled by event winners and point standing positions –John Force, Robert Hight, Mike Neff, Jack Beckman, Johnny Gray and Jeff Arend.

The eighth and final spot was earned by Courtney Force after she earned 63 percent of the fan vote and then won a lottery drawing held in Indianapolis.

The NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootouts will award $100,000 to the winners in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car events. Fort Worth native and resident Spencer Massey already claimed his $100,000 for winning the Top Fuel Traxxas Nitro Shootout.

In addition to bringing back the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout, Traxxas is the Official Radio Controlled Performance Products of the NHRA and the primary sponsor for Courtney Force, who will make her North Texas debut in the Funny Car class at the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals in her Traxxas Ford Mustang.

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.

Traxxas is the number-one selling brand of high performance radio controlled vehicles with skill levels ranging from entry level to expert and top speeds that exceed 100mph. Traxxas products are built for years of high-speed fun and enjoyment and can found in hobby stores, online at, and at thousands of other retailers in the United States and worldwide. Products, videos, and store locator online at Traxxas is located in Plano, Texas. 1-888-Traxxas.



September 8, 2012 by  
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BROWNSBURG, Ind. – The NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car, scheduled for Saturday’s rain-delayed completion of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Auto-Plus, has been postponed until the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex on Sept. 22. Heavy overnight rains in the Indianapolis area forced NHRA officials to delay the start of racing and didn’t allow enough time to run the $100,000 specialty race.

The lucrative race-within-a-race will feature eight world class Funny Car racers battling for the $100,000 winner’s share. Ron Capps, Robert Hight, Jack Beckman, Johnny Gray, Mike Neff, John Force, Jeff Arend and Courtney Force are the qualified drivers for the inaugural event.

“We are disappointed for the fans at Lucas Oil Raceway that they aren’t able to take part in the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car,” said Graham Light, senior vice president of racing operations, NHRA. “We are excited that the Texas Motorplex can host the event which will now take place in the shadow of the Traxxas company headquarters and in front of the many Traxxas employees in the area.”

Traxxas, the fastest name in radio control, is based in Plano, Texas, just north of Dallas.

Traxxas Nitro Shootout first-round pairings include Ron Capps vs. Courtney Force, Robert Hight vs. Jeff Arend, Jack Beckman vs. John Force, and Johnny Gray vs. Mike Neff.



August 31, 2012 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Aug. 30, 2012) – Fall is a special time in Texas. Football stadiums are packed, the heat finally starts to retreat and everyone is looking for a reason to be outside.

Texas Motorplex has several reasons to be outside this September – a packed schedule with feature events from beginning to end.

Super September officially kicks off with the FORD VERSUS THE WORLD Fast Friday event for Fun Ford Weekend on Friday, Sept. 7. Fast Fridays are open to anyone with a street legal car and a valid driver’s license.

Are you a Ford owner who thinks the Blue Oval rules? Come out and prove it. Just $15 to make unlimited passes. Are you a die-hard Chevy parent? Then try and knock Ford owners out of contention. Mopars? Come on. Pontiacs? Bring it. Trucks? Motorcycles? All are welcome. Gates open at 6 p.m., racing will be held from 7 p.m. until midnight.

Fun Ford Weekend Saturday starts with a cruise from historic Downtown Waxahachie, right in front of the courthouse. Fans, racers and participants can have coffee, breakfast treats and chat before everyone cruises to the Motorplex at 9 a.m.

Fun Ford Weekend is a celebration of all things Ford with a car show, show-n-shine, racing, live music presented by Tony Ramey and much more.

Fun Ford Weekend isn’t the only thing going on that weekend, however. The second Muscle Car Club Challenge of the year brings all makes and models of pure hot rod muscle together for racing and camaraderie on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Have you ever craved mid-week racing action? This is YOUR year! The Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week starts on Monday, Sept. 10 and makes its way to the Motorplex for Day Two of the ultimate street racing event on Tuesday, Sept. 11. After a ceremony honoring all servicemen and women, street racers will battle the clocks and the track to see who can dominate five race tracks in five days. Think that sounds insane? There’s more…. They have to drive their race cars to each racing facility. Now THAT is commitment to racing!

Once the best street racers in the world depart for their next adventure, the focus shifts to nitro-burning playoff action. The 27th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals takes over Texas Motorplex, Sept. 20-23.

Fans get to enjoy the event with free rides and free pizza at Celebration Station (4040 Towne Crossing Boulevard, Mesquite, TX) on Thursday, Sept. 20. The FAN-tastic event will start with a live broadcast of The Rage show with Greggo and Richie from 105.3 FM. Professional NHRA racers battling for valuable Countdown to the Championship playoff points will be on hand 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. to sign autographs, play games with fans and more.

The first 100 fans through the autograph line will receive a wristband good for FREE rides and FREE pizza buffet.

Once autographs have been signed, bellies are full and paintball champions have been crowned, it will be time for the quickest and fastest racers in the world to compete at the fastest track in Texas.

Drag Racing is the quickest and fastest form of motorsport. Cars 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, Sept. 20-23.

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. The event is the second of six playoff events in the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship playoff system.

SCHEDULE: Gates open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, as sportsman qualifying runs between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Gates open at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, with sportsman qualifying starting at 8:30 a.m. and professional qualifying at 2 and 5 p.m.; Gates open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, with sportsman eliminations starting at 8 a.m. and final professional qualifying at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Gates open at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, with pre-race ceremonies at 10 a.m. and final professional eliminations at 11 a.m.

TICKETS: Tickets and merchandise are available 24 hours a day at . Adult tickets range from $10-$380. Youth tickets (12 years old and under) range from $5-$33. Call (800) MOTORPLEX for more information.

CONTACT: Texas Motorplex: (972) 878-2641, (800) MOTORPLEX or

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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