Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. Paul J. Meyer adopted these words of the great theologian John Wesley for his own and lived them fully. Paul, 81, longtime Waco civic leader, international businessman, philanthropist, loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to legions of people worldwide, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Oct. 26, 2009, at home surrounded in love by his family. Paul’s life will be celebrated at a memorial service 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Paul J. Meyer Arena, at the Baylor University Ferrell Center, with the Rev. Bill Hinson and the Rev. Mike Toby officiating. Immediately following the service there will be visitation with the family at the Ferrell Center. Paul was born May 21, 1928, in San Mateo, Calif. He was the son of the late August Carl and Isabelle Rutherford Meyer. His father was a first generation immigrant from Germany and master craftsman who instilled in Paul a standard of excellence in everything he did. Paul’s mother, of Scottish descent, was trained as a teacher and a nurse who nurtured his desire to learn, to teach others, and to practice the principles of good health. Paul took great pride in passing these time-honored values to his children and grandchildren. Commitment and exuberance for success in his hobbies matched those Paul exhibited in his business life. He enjoyed flying his yellow Piper Cub airplane, snow skiing, cycling, scuba diving, tennis, and hiking. His varied interests and hobbies also included photography and antique cars, especially 1936 Ford Cabriolets. Paul loved Scriptures; he lived by them daily, and he shared them frequently with family and friends. One of his favorites was Luke 6:38: Give, and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your hands. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. (Paul’s paraphrase) Until the day of his departure from this life, Paul was witnessing for Jesus Christ. He did indeed give “a good measure” of “gifts” to his family, his friends, and to more than 30 important charities, including Mission Waco, Friends for Life, Lead Like Jesus Ministry, Compassion Ministries, Haggai Institute, and the First Baptist Church of Woodway. In addition to tangible gifts, Paul leaves behind many wonderful memories with family, friends, and business associates. Paul was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Elizabeth Meyer; and granddaughter, Allison Bucy. Paul is survived by his wife, Jane Gurley Meyer, and five children and their spouses, including the Honorable Jim Meyer and Carolyn of Waco, Larry Meyer and Lynn of Austin, Billy Meyer and Deborah of Waco, Janna Slechta and Randy of Waco, Leslie Rhea and Kevin of Waco; and brother, Carl Meyer and Joyce of Port Isabel. Paul’s 15 grandchildren were a significant part of his life – Mike Meyer and wife, Nadine of Dallas, Brady Meyer of Dallas, Jessica Meyer of Austin, Jennifer Meyer of Chicago, Joshua Meyer of Austin, Adam Meyer and wife, Claire of Ft. Worth, Christie Johnson and husband, Barry of Waco, Morgan, Brooke, and Kelsey Slechta of Waco, Jordan, Jaden, and Ryan Rhea of Waco, Cole Bucy and wife Skye of Washington, D.C., and Jason Bucy of Los Angeles. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Armor, Steve Bright, Del Chesser, Gene Franklin, Ferrell Hunter, Terry Irwin, Joe Baxter, and Chuck Williams. Jane and the family wish to express their deep appreciation to all the doctors, nurses, and caregivers. These angels on earth helped Paul as he fought his battle with cancer. Memorials may be made to any of the ministries named above or any Waco charity of your choice.
The Division 4 Hall of Fame is excited to announce the Inaugural Division 4 Hall of Fame T-Shirt. This one of a kind “Heritage and Tradition” shirt includes the Hall of Fame logo with two race cars on the front. The back of the shirt contains a list of all of the people that have been inducted into the NHRA Division 4 Hall of Fame. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of drag racing history. This shirt can be purchased at all Texas Motorplex events or online at the Texas Motorplex Online Store.
The fastest, wildest doorslammers on earth compete on the quickest track on earth for the 2009 titles.
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*** No testing will be permitted at ADRL National Event Track on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Wednesday or Thursday during the week of National Guard ADRL National Events. ***
Thursday October 22, 2009 – Parking and Credentials
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Pit Gates open at 12 pm (Noon)
Event Parking (Includes competitors, manufacturers & vendors) from 12pm to 10pm
Tech Inspection & Registration for all classes from 12pm to 10pm
Friday October 23, 2009
Pit gates open at 8 am.
Final Event parking, tech inspection and registration for all classes from 8 AM to 6 PM
Spectator gates open at 9 AM
Mandatory Drivers / Riders meeting for all classes 11 AM (National Guard tent)
Qualifying Round 1 at 12 PM (Run order: XPS, PXM, XTF, PN, PX, PJD)
Qualifying Round 2 at 3:00 PM (Run order: XPS, PXM, XTF, PN, PX, PJD)
Pre-Qualifying Ceremonies at 6:00 PM
Qualifying Round 3 at 6:30 PM (Run order: XPS, PXM, XTF, PN, PX, PJD)
Monster Trucks run at 9:30 PM
Jet Car to run after Monster Truck
Secure Track at 10:00 PM
Saturday October 24, 2009
Pit gates open at 8 AM
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Tech Inpection for PRO Catagories 8am – 12pm (Noon)
ADRL Top End Ministries chapel service at 10 AM (National Guard tent)
Qualifying Round 4 at 12 PM (Run order: XPS,PXM, XTF, PN, PX, PJD)
Pre- Race Ceremonies at 3:00 PM
Eliminations Round 1 at 3:30 PM (Run order: XPS, PXM, XTF, PN, PX, PJD)
Monster Trucks at 9:30PM
Jet Car runs after Monster Trucks
Winner’s Circle Party after Jet Car & Monster Trucks
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Race teams from all over the South Central NHRA Divisional 4 will converge on the Texas Motorplex the weekend of October 8-11 to battle it out to see which team will be the best in the division.
Thursday October 8, 2009 – Parking & Credentials
Gates open 12:00 pm (Noon)
***Racer Gate open all night long***
Friday October 9, 2009
Spectator Gates open 9:00 am
Time Trials open 9:00 am
Secure Track 6:00pm
*** Team Spirit Competition will follow Time Trials ***
***Racer Gate open all night long***
Saturday October, 10, 2009
Spectator Gates open 9:00 am
Time Trial 9:00 am
High School Race, Managers Race, and Race of Champions 1:00 pm
Round #1 of Eliminations to follow
***Concert following Racing***
Sunday October 11, 2009
Spectator Gates open 9:00 am
Eliminations 9:00 am
***No one under 14 allowed in the Staging Lanes or the Starting Line at any time***
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Children 12 & under are free with paying adult
Weekend – $40
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ENNIS, Texas – Robert Hight continued his impressive post-season performance by racing to the Funny Car victory Sunday at the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec.
Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel); Greg Anderson (Pro Stock); and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners in their respective categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.
Hight, who barely advanced to the Countdown to 1, has now won the first two of the six championship playoff events. He defeated Jack Beckman in the final-round at the Texas Motorplex, after outrunning Leif Helander, Tim Wilkerson and Ashley Force Hood in earlier rounds. Last weekend he beat Matt Hagan in the final-round to win the NHRA Carolinas Nationals near Charlotte, N.C.
“The first two weeks of the Countdown couldn’t have been any better for us,” said Hight, who posted a 4.218 second run at 296.44 mph in his Auto Club Ford Mustang, to hold off Beckman’s Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger in the final, which finished in 4.271 at 292.58. “We won them and went from worst to first, so it’s very exciting for me. It’s something I never thought was going to happen. I never lost faith in my team. You dream big, but this is huge.”
With the win, Hight moved into the series lead for the first time this season. Entering the final race of the regular season, Hight was 12th in the point standings and in jeopardy of not making the playoffs.
“This is probably the best race car I’ve ever had,” Hight said. “We’ve won races and been close to winning the championship, but we’ve never been this dominant, this consistent, this steady; it’s going down the racetrack every run.”
Schumacher defeated rival Larry Dixon in the Top Fuel final. Schumacher finished in 3.944 at 312.86 in his U.S. Army dragster for his fifth win of the season and 61st of his career, while top qualifier Dixon trailed with a 4.232 at 225.18 in his Al-Anabi Racing dragster. With the victory, Schumacher, who has won the last five Top Fuel season titles and six overall, moved back into the points lead.
“This was huge,” said Schumacher, who advanced to the final by outrunning T.J. Zizzo, Antron Brown and Spencer Massey in the first three rounds. “Beating Larry Dixon and Alan Johnson and my old team is just special; if you can’t rise to the occasion against guys like that who you know are great like that, you don’t belong in here racing cars.”
Anderson claimed his first playoff victory and second win of the season in Pro Stock by driving his Summit Racing Pontiac GXP to a 6.684 at 207.11 to hold off former Funny Car racer Johnny Gray, who earned his second runner-up finish this season with a 6.713 at 206.64 in his Johnny Gray Racing Dodge Stratus.
Anderson qualified fifth and beat former employer Warren Johnson, Allen Johnson and top qualifier and series points leader Mike Edwards in a critical semifinal round.
“I can’t remember stealing one like we did today,” said Anderson of his 59th career victory. “I didn’t exactly wake up this morning brimming with confidence because Mike Edwards is making us all look bad. We like to be the performance leader and we’re not, and it’s driving us nuts. It certainly wouldn’t have been a big shock to exit early today. We just fought and clawed and found a way to win all four rounds and, honestly, if we had another first-round loss today we probably would have been done for the Countdown.”
Despite beating Edwards in the semis, Anderson only earned 26 points on the leader since Edwards earned the 12 maximum bonus points during qualifying, giving him 90 points for the weekend in his A.R.T. / Young Life GXP.
“We found a way to win today and bought ourselves a little time to try to find some performance in this car and get to where Mike Edwards is, or get closer to him,” Anderson said. “It feels good to win the race because, even though you can’t win the Countdown in the first race or two, you certainly can lose it.”
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Arana raced to his third consecutive victory and fifth of the season with a final-round performance of 6.979 at 190.67 on his Lucas Oil Buell to hold off championship rival and defending world champ Eddie Krawiec, who finished in 7.005 at 190.43 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. With the win, Arana increased his series lead to 27 over Krawiec.
“I’m really pleased with the performance of the bike and this S&S motor,” said Arana, who defeated Joe DeSantis, David Hope and three-time world champ Andrew Hines in the first three rounds. “It’s a helluva piece, and (Pro Stock driver) Larry Morgan’s guys are working hard to keep me winning rounds and races and the title, something we’ve always dreamed of. My team never slowed down, even in 90 degrees of heat. They just worked so hard. I have to thank Lucas Oil for sticking with me and believing in me, and allowing me to grow with them. It’s amazing how everything has turned around for me to win five races this season; now I just need to win three more and I’ll be good. I really don’t want to focus on the championship, just about getting the motor ready and going to Memphis.”
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series championship playoffs continue next weekend (Oct. 2-4) with the O’Reilly Mid-South Nationals at Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park.
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ENNIS, Texas — Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at Texas Motorplex. The race is the 20th of 24 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
1. Tony Schumacher; 2. Larry Dixon; 3. Spencer Massey; 4. Shawn Langdon; 5. Brandon Bernstein; 6. Antron Brown; 7. Cory McClenathan; 8. Morgan Lucas; 9. Bob Vandergriff; 10. Terry Haddock; 11. Clay Millican; 12. Mike Bowers; 13. T.J. Zizzo; 14. Doug Kalitta; 15. Steve Torrence; 16. Mike Strasburg.
1. Robert Hight, Ford Mustang; 2. Jack Beckman; 3. Jerry Toliver; 4. Ashley Force Hood; 5. John Force; 6. Tim Wilkerson; 7. Mike Neff; 8. Bob Tasca III; 9. Tony Pedregon; 10. Del Worsham; 11. Ron Capps; 12. Cruz Pedregon; 13. Jeff Arend; 14. Grant Downing; 15. Matt Hagan; 16. Leif Helander.
1. Greg Anderson, Pontiac GXP; 2. Johnny Gray; 3. Jeg Coughlin; 4. Mike Edwards; 5. Ron Krisher; 6. Allen Johnson; 7. Rodger Brogdon; 8. Matt Hartford; 9. Kurt Johnson; 10. Greg Stanfield; 11. Warren Johnson; 12. Jason Line; 13. Tom Hammonds; 14. Steve Spiess; 15. Larry Morgan; 16. V. Gaines.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:
1. Hector Arana; 2. Eddie Krawiec; 3. Andrew Hines; 4. Matt Smith; 5. David Hope; 6. Douglas Horne; 7. Angie McBride; 8. Michael Phillips; 9. Karen Stoffer; 10. Junior Pippin; 11. Steve Johnson; 12. Mike Berry; 13. Redell Harris; 14. Craig Treble; 15. Shawn Gann; 16. Joe DeSantis.
ENNIS, Texas — Sunday’s final results from the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at Texas Motorplex. The race is the 20th of 24 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:
Top Fuel — Tony Schumacher, 3.944 seconds, 312.86 mph def. Larry Dixon, 4.232 seconds, 225.18 mph.
Funny Car — Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 4.218, 296.44 def. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.271, 292.58.
Pro Stock — Greg Anderson, Pontiac GXP, 6.684, 207.11 def. Johnny Gray, Dodge Stratus, 6.713, 206.64.
Pro Stock Motorcycle — Hector Arana, Buell, 6.979, 190.67 def. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 7.005, 190.43.
Top Alcohol Dragster — Marty Thacker, 5.372, 265.43 def. Shawn Cowie, 5.418, 265.74.
Top Alcohol Funny Car — John Lombardo Jr., Chevy Camaro, 5.691, 252.61 def. Alexis De Joria, Ford Mustang, 5.861, 242.54.
Competition Eliminator — Bruno Massel, Chevy Cobalt, 7.455, 145.66 def. Tom Schmidt, Chevy S-10, 9.291, 110.41.
Super Stock — Bryan Chaney, Chevy Camaro, 10.207, 124.43 def. Bobby Dennis, Olds Calais, 10.949, 114.38.
Stock Eliminator — Monty Bogan, Pontiac Firebird, 10.331, 126.96 def. Kevin Helms, Chevy Camaro, 10.574, 124.67.
Super Comp — Lloyd Parfait, Dragster, 8.887, 168.70 def. Mark Powers, Dragster, 8.876, 172.83.
Super Gas — David Jones, Pontiac Firebird, 9.906, 157.76 def. Roger Warren, Olds Cutlass, 9.892, 153.20.
ENNIS, Texas — Final round-by-round results from the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at Texas Motorplex, the 20th of 24 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:
ROUND ONE — Brandon Bernstein, 3.948, 275.56 def. Steve Torrence, 5.376, 44.62; Spencer Massey, 3.931, 305.42 def. Bob Vandergriff, 3.911, no speed; Shawn Langdon, 3.911, 309.13 def. Clay Millican, 4.051, no speed; Antron Brown, 3.911, 312.78 def. Terry Haddock, 3.985, 300.20; Larry Dixon, 3.884, 308.64 def. Mike Bowers, 4.170, 234.78; Morgan Lucas, 4.188, 215.20 def. Mike Strasburg, 5.625, 124.56; Tony Schumacher, 3.884, 316.60 def. T.J. Zizzo, 4.627, 173.65; Cory McClenathan, 4.127, 265.95 def. Doug Kalitta, 5.150, 147.65;
QUARTERFINALS — Massey, 3.942, 304.67 def. Lucas, 4.758, 161.96; Langdon, 4.236, 237.96 def. McClenathan, 4.403, 190.14; Dixon, 3.938, 308.85 def. Bernstein, 3.954, 309.70; Schumacher, 3.915, 315.49 def. Brown, 4.113, 266.00;
SEMIFINALS — Dixon, 3.957, 308.28 def. Langdon, 5.037, 154.92; Schumacher, 3.960, 310.91 def. Massey, 4.363, 219.44;
FINAL — Schumacher, 3.944, 312.86 def. Dixon, 4.232, 225.18.
ROUND ONE — Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.241, 292.77 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, 5.704, 124.03; Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 4.177, 297.22 def. Tony Pedregon, Chevy Impala, 4.300, 266.69; Jerry Toliver, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.277, 290.38 def. Jeff Arend, Toyota Solara, 4.920, 211.06; Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.202, 297.75 def. Leif Helander, Chevy Camaro, 5.889, 131.65; John Force, Mustang, 4.250, 300.53 def. Grant Downing, Monte Carlo, 5.008, 160.50; Ashley Force Hood, Mustang, 4.197, 296.89 def. Del Worsham, Solara, 4.631, 232.87; Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.294, 286.50 def. Cruz Pedregon, Solara, 4.772, 179.28; Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.212, 288.64 def. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.685, 222.33;
QUARTERFINALS — Beckman, 4.219, 294.11 def. Force, 4.271, 289.63; Hight, 4.224, 295.01 def. Wilkerson, 4.311, 283.49; Toliver, 4.354, 289.45 def. Tasca III, 4.588, 261.17; Force Hood, 4.245, 296.83 def. Neff, 4.582, 199.26;
SEMIFINALS — Beckman, 4.546, 218.55 def. Toliver, 4.555, 214.01; Hight, 4.270, 288.46 def. Force Hood, 5.984, 108.80;
FINAL — Hight, 4.218, 296.44 def. Beckman, 4.271, 292.58.
ROUND ONE — Ron Krisher, Chevy Cobalt, 6.681, 207.53 def. Greg Stanfield, Pontiac GXP, foul; Johnny Gray, Dodge Stratus, 6.673, 207.30 def. Larry Morgan, Stratus, 6.723, 207.27; Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.691, 206.95 def. Kurt Johnson, Cobalt, 6.688, 207.27; Greg Anderson, GXP, 6.680, 206.89 def. Warren Johnson, GXP, 6.695, 207.66; Allen Johnson, Stratus, 6.666, 207.40 def. Tom Hammonds, Cobalt, 6.699, 206.32; Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.629, 208.14 def. V. Gaines, Stratus, 6.751, 204.23; Matt Hartford, Stratus, 6.751, 205.04 def. Jason Line, GXP, 6.697, 205.98; Jeg Coughlin, Cobalt, 6.681, 206.76 def. Steve Spiess, Cobalt, 6.705, 206.13;
QUARTERFINALS — Coughlin, 6.676, 207.40 def. Brogdon, 6.692, 206.83; Gray, 6.699, 207.08 def. Hartford, foul; Anderson, 6.676, 207.40 def. A. Johnson, 6.668, 206.99; Edwards, 6.626, 208.65 def. Krisher, 6.662, 207.69;
SEMIFINALS — Gray, 6.719, 207.02 def. Coughlin, 10.181, 91.82; Anderson, 6.689, 207.37 def. Edwards, 13.595, 54.40;
FINAL — Anderson, 6.684, 207.11 def. Gray, 6.713, 206.64.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:
ROUND ONE — Angie McBride, Buell, 7.130, 185.61 def. Shawn Gann, Buell, foul; David Hope, Buell, 7.119, 184.85 def. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 7.102, 185.66; Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 7.041, 190.92 def. Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.266, 184.02; Douglas Horne, Buell, 7.094, 186.38 def. Mike Berry, Buell, foul; Matt Smith, Suzuki, 7.071, 187.63 def. Junior Pippin, Buell, 7.134, 186.36; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 7.038, 188.67 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.144, 184.02; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 7.024, 187.78 def. Redell Harris, Buell, 7.200, 181.13; Hector Arana, Buell, 6.949, 190.75 def. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki, 10.978, 76.93;
QUARTERFINALS — Smith, 6.997, 189.34 def. Horne, 7.068, 191.35; Hines, 6.985, 192.17 def. Phillips, foul; Krawiec, 6.997, 190.51 def. McBride, 7.083, 186.74; Arana, 6.954, 192.47 def. Hope, foul;
SEMIFINALS — Krawiec, 7.004, 188.86 def. Smith, 7.069, 186.74; Arana, 7.037, 188.44 def. Hines, foul;
FINAL — Arana, 6.979, 190.67 def. Krawiec, 7.005, 190.43.
ENNIS, Texas — Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at Texas Motorplex, the 20th of 24 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series -
1. Tony Schumacher, 2,272; 2. Larry Dixon, 2,245; 3. Cory McClenathan, 2,218; 4. Antron Brown, 2,207; 5. Shawn Langdon, 2,188; 6. Brandon Bernstein, 2,155; 7. Spencer Massey, 2,152; 8. Morgan Lucas, 2,124; 9. Doug Kalitta, 2,074; 10. Clay Millican, 2,062.
1. Robert Hight, 2,241; 2. Ashley Force Hood, 2,228; 3. Jack Beckman, 2,196; 4. Tony Pedregon, 2,182; 5. Bob Tasca III, 2,170; 6. Ron Capps, 2,147; 7. John Force, 2,131; 8. Tim Wilkerson, 2,129; 9. Mike Neff, 2,099; 10. Del Worsham, 2,085.
1. Mike Edwards, 2,288; 2. Jeg Coughlin, 2,223; 3. Greg Anderson, 2,208; 4. Allen Johnson, 2,179; 5. Jason Line, 2,177; 6. Greg Stanfield, 2,169; 7. Johnny Gray, 2,146; 8. Kurt Johnson, 2,113; 9. Ron Krisher, 2,093; 10. Rickie Jones, 2,020.
Pro Stock Motorcycle
1. Hector Arana, 2,318; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 2,291; 3. Andrew Hines, 2,207; 4. Matt Smith, 2,170; 5. Douglas Horne, 2,156; 6. Michael Phillips, 2,139; 7. Karen Stoffer, 2,127; 8. Shawn Gann, 2,125; 9. Craig Treble, 2,104; 10. Matt Guidera, 2,020.