MISS TEXAS TO HIGHLIGHT AAA TEXAS NHRA FALL NATIONALS

September 15, 2011 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 15, 2011) – Miss Texas Kendall Morris will be the Grand Marshall at the 26th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex, Sept. 22-25, 2011.

The Ennis High School graduate is taking a year off from Texas Christian University – where she is a TCU Dean’s Honor List student in Broadcast Journalism – to travel the state as Miss Texas and help bring awareness to her platform issue: Leukemia.

Miss Texas will be at Texas Motorplex as the Grand Marshall on Championship Sunday, Sept. 25 and will help kick off another blazing quick day of 320-mph NHRA Full Throttle drag racing.

“We are honored to have Miss Texas help usher in another NHRA Championship Sunday especially since she is from this area and has made everyone so proud,” Texas Motorplex General Manager Gabrielle Stevenson said. “Once Miss Texas helps us get the event started, fans will have the opportunity to talk to her between pro rounds. It’s going to be a great Sunday.”

The AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals is the second stop in the NHRA Countdown playoff series. The top 10 drivers in each professional category – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle – will be eligible to compete for the NHRA Full Throttle championships in each category.

Gates open for the 26th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex
at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 as sportsman qualifying runs between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Gates open at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 with sportsman qualifying starting at 8:30 a.m. and professional qualifying at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m..; Gates open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 with sportsman eliminations starting at 8 a.m. and the final two professional qualifying sessions at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Gates open at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25 with pre-race ceremonies starting at 10 a.m. and final professional eliminations starting at 11 a.m.

Tickets and merchandise are available 24 hours a day at www.texasmotorplex.com . Adult tickets range from $10-$370. Youth tickets (12 years old and under) range from $5-$33. Call (800) MOTORPLEX for more information.

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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ADRL To Implement Electrimotion RF Safety Device Starting At Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags V

September 14, 2011 by  
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O’FALLON, MO (September 14, 2011) – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) announced on Wednesday that it has ordered the Electrimotion RF Safety Device and it will be in place and functional for the final two events of the 2011 season.

The safety feature, which is designed to automatically shut off the engine and fuel system, and deploy the parachutes, will be operational beginning with the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags V, which takes place Sept. 23-24 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. A receiver must be installed in a vehicle for the RF device to function.

It was recently instituted in the NHRA, and ADRL officials have also chosen to implement the device.

“After looking into all of the available options and discussing with the NHRA their success with the Electrimotion RF Safety Devices, we have decided to implement this device,” ADRL Director of Technical Services Chris Bell said.

“The transmitters have been ordered and are scheduled to be delivered for our upcoming race in Norwalk. We strongly encourage all of our teams and drivers to contact Electrimotion at www.electrimotion.com to purchase the receiver that easily mounts inside the car.

“We are all deeply saddened by what happened Friday at Rockingham. Extreme Pro Stock driver Bert Jackson was a great driver and an incredible person, and we will continue looking into everything to ensure that our drivers are as safe as possible.”

Designed by Electrimotion, a Delaware, Ohio-based company owned by Dave Leahy, the RF Safety Device includes two transponders that will be located past the finish line.

When a car enters the RF field past the finish line, the safety box will be wirelessly activated.

Should a car have an aborted run, the driver can turn off the 12v power on their vehicle and disable the system, which will allow the car to coast down the track without deploying the parachutes.

The ADRL is recommending its adoption and use for the final two events of 2011, but an RF Safety Device will be required for all ADRL competitors during the 2012 season.

For more information on Electrimotion, visit www.electrimotion.com, e-mail Dave Leahy at dave@electrimotion.com or call (740) 362-0251.

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2011 PROMISES TO BE A YEAR TO REMEMBER FOR FANS AS NHRA CELEBRATES ITS 60TH ANNIVERSARY

July 24, 2011 by  
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Fans will be Given a ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Pit Pass to Walk Through NHRA’s Storied Past at AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Sept. 22-25 at Texas Motorplex

GLENDORA, Calif. (July 24, 2011) – From the Swamp Rat to the Bud King, from the Snake to the Mongoose, from the first fans lining airport runways to those who today pack historic venues like Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas, NHRA’s rich and storied past will take center stage in 2011 as the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning body celebrates its 60th anniversary.

What began with a simple signature by Wally Parks in March of 1951 has evolved over the last six decades into the fastest, most powerful and fan-friendly motorsport in the world. And NHRA will be marking the 60th anniversary of Parks’ formation of NHRA with a year-long celebration that will pay homage to the evolution of the hot rod, the impact of the sport’s legendary racers, and the lifeblood provided by the many millions of loyal and passionate NHRA fans.

“Wally created NHRA for the hot rod enthusiasts and the 2011 season, our 60th Anniversary, will be a year-long celebration in their honor,” said NHRA President Tom Compton. “Fans, accustomed to the up close and personal experience through our open pit environment, will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the stars and see the cars from throughout the 60-year history of the sport.”

So in addition to presenting John Force and Larry Dixon and the nitro-fueled thunder of their modern-day machines at each of the 22 events on the 2011 schedule, NHRA officials also promise to showcase the sport’s rich history with vintage car shows, Cacklefests, tribute-car races and meet-and-greets with the legends of drag racing.

The virtual tour through the first 60 years of NHRA drag racing will extend beyond the track to the desktops, laptops and handheld devices of NHRA fans via the NHRA Facebook page. Throughout the 2011 season, NHRA will enlist the expertise of the fans of the NHRA Facebook page to help determine the greatest moments from the first 60 years of NHRA drag racing.

The 60th Anniversary celebration will make its only North Texas stop at Texas Motorplex, Sept. 22-25, 2011, with the 26th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals. NHRA drag racing fans will be treated to special events designed to give them the chance to touch and feel and in many cases personally interact with the men, women and vehicles that have made the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series the great sport that it is today.

Race fans can frequent NHRA.com or simply ‘like’ the NHRA Facebook page to receive updated news regarding details of the many 60th-themed ticket promotions being offered, and specific activities planned for each of the 22 events on the 2011 schedule.

Tickets for the 26th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals are now available. Call (800) MOTORPLEX or go online at www.texasmotorplex.com to pick your seats and be part of this historic event.

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 NAMED TITLE RIGHTS SPONSOR OF NHRA FALL NATIONALS AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX

November 15, 2010 by  
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GLENDORA, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2010) – NHRA announced today that AAA Texas will become the title rights sponsor of the 26th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex, Sept. 22-25, 2011.

The AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals is the second of six races in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s playoff-style format to determine the world champions in each of its four Full Throttle Series classes.

“AAA Texas has been associated with the Texas Motorplex since 1998, and we have enjoyed reaching out to race fans at such an iconic location,” said Tom McKernan, CEO of Automobile Club of Southern California and President and CEO of AAA Texas. “There is a close alignment between the objectives of our organization and those of NHRA and the Texas Motorplex. We each place a premium on quality service, and leverage our brand and resources to promote automotive safety. It is because of these shared objectives that we are proud to have AAA Texas join Billy Meyer and his team to help bring exciting NHRA racing to Texas fans for many years to come.”

The commitment strengthens AAA Texas’ participation in NHRA championship drag racing and provides expanded visibility in the Texas market. Its sister motor club and AAA’s largest affiliate, the Automobile Club of Southern California, is title sponsor of the annual NHRA Finals each November, as well as title sponsor for historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, host of the season-opening and season-ending races in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. The company also sponsors the Auto Club “Road to the Future” award, annually recognizing the sport’s professional rookie of the year, is presenting sponsor of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, and presenting sponsor of the popular California Hot Rod Reunion held at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif. In addition, Automobile Club of Southern California is presenting sponsor of the NHRA Safety Safari and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA.

“We are pleased that AAA Texas continues to strengthen its involvement with NHRA through its entitlement of the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals,” said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. “We look forward to continuing to build upon our great relationship.”

Texas Motorplex debuted as the sport’s first super track in the late 1980s and continues to operate today as one of the fastest facilities in the NHRA Full Throttle Series. The all-concrete dragstrip is owned by former Funny Car driver Billy Meyer.

“AAA Texas has an amazing presence in the state and I couldn’t be happier with our new partner,” said Gabrielle Stevenson, Texas Motorplex general manager. “Texas Motorplex has an incredibly loyal fan base that has supported NHRA championship drag racing for 25 years and now we are partnered with an organization that has proven to be a champion supporter of motorsports in Texas and will only add to the excitement of this event for years to come.”

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA has 80,000 members and 140 member tracks nationwide. As the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States, NHRA presents 23 national events featuring the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Two NHRA-sanctioned bracket racing series provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels: the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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Schumacher, Hagan, Anderson and Tonglet Claim Victory

September 26, 2010 by  
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ENNIS, Texas – Tony Schumacher continued his impressive run at the Texas Motorplex by racing to the Top Fuel victory Sunday at the 25th Annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec.

Matt Hagan (Funny Car); Greg Anderson (Pro Stock); and L.E. Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners in their respective categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.

Schumacher claimed victory at the Texas Motorplex for the fifth time, including a victory last year. He defeated Shawn Langdon in the final-round at the Texas Motorplex, after outrunning Cory McClenathan, Steve Torrence and Mike Strasburg in earlier rounds. Schumacher posted a 3.838 second run at 320.43 mph to hold off Langdon who finished with in 3.908 at 298.67.

Matt Hagan defeated crowd favorite John Force in the Funny Car final. Hagan finished in 4.155 at 294.63 in his DieHard Charger for his third win of the season and 5th of his career, while Force trailed with a 4.491 at 203.74 in his Castrol GTX Mustang. Hagan had to get past Ashley Force Hood, Cruz Pedregon, and Jeff Arend after entering the day qualified 14th. With the victory, Hagan, took sole possession of second place in the point standings.

Anderson claimed his second straight victory at this event and second straight win of the season in Pro Stock by driving his Summit Racing Pontiac GXP to a 6.595 at 209.39 to hold off points leader Mike Edwards, who finished with a 6.612 at 208.46 in his Penhall/K&N/Interstate GXP.

Anderson qualified ninth and beat Shane Gray, Allen Johnson and Ronnie Humphrey. With the win Anderson closes the gap with current points leader Mike Edwards to just 16 points.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, L.E. Tonglet raced to his third consecutive victory of the season with a final-round performance of 6.972 at 187.94 on his Nitro Fish Suzuki to hold off former world champ current points leader Andrew Hines, who left early with a -.006 red-light on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. With the win, Tonglet narrowed the gap with Hines to 44.

Tonglet who has defeated Hines in the last three event finals reached this final by getting wins over Eddie Krawiec, Karen Stoffer, and Angie Smith.

The racing action will continue at the Texas Motorplex with the Summit ET Bracket Finals on October 7th through the 10th and the ADRL World Finals VI on October 22nd through the 23rd. For more information log on to texasmotorplex.com.

Final Results

Top Fuel — Tony Schumacher, 3.838 seconds, 320.43 mph def. Shawn Langdon, 3.908 seconds, 298.67 mph.

Funny Car — Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger, 4.155, 294.63 def. John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.491, 203.74.

Pro Stock — Greg Anderson, Pontiac GXP, 6.585, 209.39 def. Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.612, 208.46.

Pro Stock Motorcycle — LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.972, 187.94 def. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, foul.

Top Alcohol Dragster — Chase Copeland, 5.239, 275.84 def. Marty Thacker, 5.377, 253.23.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Mickey Ferro, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.575, 257.04 def. Steve Harker, Monte Carlo, 5.595, 254.57.

Competition Eliminator — Bruno Massel, Chevy Cobalt, 7.726, 130.14 def. Clark Smiley, Pontiac GXP, 7.629, 150.75.

Stock Eliminator — Austin Williams, Plymouth Duster, 11.004, 111.36 def. Slate Cummings, Pontiac Firebird, 10.328, 125.27.

Super Comp — Steve Evans, Dragster, 8.911, 176.97 def. Scooter Choate, Dragster, 8.894, 172.45.

Super Gas — Tommy Phillips, Chevy Corvette, 9.909, 150.11 def. Charlie Stewart, Corvette, 9.925, 157.26.

Super Street — Trevor Land, Ford Mustang, 10.909, 138.57 def. Charlie Owens, Chevy Camaro, 10.887, 143.96.

Top Sportsman — Steve Benoit, Chevy Camaro, 6.762, 187.63 def. Joshua Vettel, Dodge Stratus, 6.916, 196.19.

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