ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 28, 2008) – Veteran event and facility manager Glenn Menard has been named President and General Manager of the Texas Motorplex, home of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Super Start Battery Fall Nationals in the fall as well as multiple other events throughout the year. Menard has been the track’s interim General Manager since August.
“Glenn was a valuable addition to the team during our largest event of the season and can be an even bigger asset leading the team permanently,” Meyer said. “He is someone that I have known for a long time and it means a lot to me that he comes to the job with extensive knowledge of racing along with an equal amount of passion for the sport.”
With a broad background in event and facility management for events ranging from top-tier, live entertainment to professional, collegiate and amateur sporting events, Menard has directed operations for more than 100 concerts, Super Bowl XXXVI and NFL regular season games, three NCAA Final Fours, BCS Championship, NBA basketball, Olympic tennis in Atlanta and World Cup soccer in Dallas.
Before coming to the Motorplex, Menard was the General Manager of the Louisiana Superdome and New Orleans Arena, where he led the team responsible for the reconstruction and reopening of the two facilities following Hurricane Katrina in time for the historic return of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets in 2006.
Menard’s racing experience includes opening the Texas Motorplex, where he served as VP and GM from 1986-1993, and managing Irwindale (Calif.) Raceway and Southland Dragway.
ENNIS, TX. - SNEAK PEAK AT THE 2009 MOTORPLEX SCHEDULE
2009 will be an exciting year for the Texas Motorplex as new events join some traditional shows to make this upcoming year the most exciting yet.
Just announced is the return of PINKS ALL OUT on March 21. Returning to its birth place, PINKS ALL OUT turns the national TV spotlight on the North Texas racer who can go all out to capture the $18,000—- in cash and prizes and the title of PINKS ALL OUT Motorplex champion. Texas Motorplex will also be hosting two PINKS: ALL OUT Qualifier events to give anyone who doesn’t get in during initial casting a second or third opportunity. For more info about PINKS: ALL OUT visit them here at Speed TV.
THE SUPER CHEVY SHOW, presented by its creator, Autostar Productions and Roger Gustin returns to the Motorplex on May 2 and 3. The lure of Super Chevy magazine and the drag racing titles up for grabs will jam the new Motorplex pit area with all forms of Chevy iron-from the wildest customs to the fastest Nitro Coupes. For more info about the Super Chevy Show visit them here at SuperChevyShow.com
The 24th Annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals September 24-27 anchors the exciting fall schedule, which includes the Division 4 Summit ET Finals October 15-18 and concludes with the 5th Annual ADRL World Finals.
The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will return in the spring the weekend of April 3-5.
But there is more!!!
Other favorites will also be returning in 09 but dates have not been set yet, these events include the Autobahn VW SW Championship Bug In, the Autobahn VW Big Bug Shootout, Texas Muscle Car Club Challenge XXXVII and XXXVIII, the 2nd Annual Mopars at the Motorplex and the 19th Annual Fun Ford Weekend.
News of the O’Reilly ET Bracket Racing Series, with dates and the entire program still being developed, will see an exciting return to Saturday night racing in the summer months, and will culminate with the return of the ET Champions Banquet. Racers should sign up now at the Texas Motorplex Racers Newsletter to be in on all of the racing news at the Texas Motorplex .
Please keep an eye out on Texas Motorplex.com for more information as dates get set and al
ENNIS, TX (Oct. 26, 2008) — Speed and thrills highlighted the running of the 4th annual LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals Oct. 24-25, at the Texas Motorplex, by the Flowmaster American Drag Racing League presented by the National Guard.
Day one featured the Speedtech Al Anabi Nitrous Battle for the Belts, in which the top-eight points earners in each ADRL pro class raced against each other in single-elimination “playoffs” that determined 2008 series champions. Pro Extreme Motorcycle rider Billy Vose successfully defended his 2007 title, as did Jason Scruggs in the almost unlimited Pro Extreme class, while Billy Harper prevailed in Pro Nitrous and Billy Glidden won the Extreme 10.5 championship.
With the 2008 season capped off, all points earned in qualifying and eliminations at the World Finals counted toward setting the Battle for the Belts fields for next year. So, leaving with the early lead after winning on the Ennis eighth mile were Quain Stott in Pro Extreme, Mike Castellana in Pro Nitrous, Glidden in Extreme 10.5 and Scott Gray in Pro Extreme Motorcycle.
A record 45 Pro Extreme entries showed up at the Motorplex, with 23 posting sub-four-second laps in qualifying for the 16-car raceday field. Travis Swearingen of Blue Springs, Missouri led the way with a 3.78-seconds pass at 199.40 miles per hour, while Toronto, Canada’s Ray Commisso anchored the field at 3.94 seconds and 192.11 mph, making it the quickest field in ADRL history.
Stott faced off against Scruggs in the Pro Extreme final, running 3.87 seconds at 183.59 mph in his ’63 Corvette, while Scruggs came oh-so-close to crashing. Straight off the start, his 2007 Dodge Stratus took a hard left, taking out an unmanned TV camera in front of the starting-line “tree” before Scruggs wrestled it back under control.
“The master (brake) cylinder let go just as I let the clutch out and brake fluid sprayed all over the rear tire,” Scruggs explained. “I don’t know how I managed to not hit anything more (than the camera), because I really should have.”
Earlier, in round two while racing fellow Texan Clyde Scott, Joshua Hernandez was not so lucky, as he crashed his National Guard-backed ’57 Chevy, slightly injuring his right arm after bouncing the car off both guardwalls before grinding to a halt beyond the finish line.
“It was on a good pass, but just got a little loose and I tried to drive through it, just like I had last night (in qualifying),” Hernandez said. “This time, though, my right foot wrote a check my body couldn’t cash. I’m pretty sore right now, but what I really hate is that I tore up a great hot rod.”
No such violent results in Pro Nitrous, where Shannon Jenkins paced the qualifying field with a 3.93 at 191.02 mph and his teammate Castellana drove his ’68 Firebird to a 3.92-seconds win at 190.57 mph over the ’68 Camaro of Jim Halsey, who lost traction within about 60 feet of launching and had to shut off early.
“Once we got the car to go straight it got better every time out,” said Castellana, who made the best Pro Nitrous pass of the weekend in the final round. “It was really straight and smooth by the end there.”
The diverse Extreme 10.5 class (so named for the cars’ relatively narrow 10.5-inch-wide rear slicks), put on a great show at Ennis, as several drivers traded record-setting runs in a wide array of combinations on their way to a climactic finish.
Georgia’s Steve Kirk Jr. threw down the first gauntlet with a stellar 4.12-seconds run at 177.91 mph to earn the number-one starting spot with his nitrous-boosted, 820-cubic-inch ’63 Corvette. Then Glidden answered with a 4.11-second run in the semi-finals with his 404 c.i., small-block-Ford-powered ’06 GTO, while Gary White kept pace with his own 4.12 effort to advance the 186 c.i., turbocharged six-cylinder Team Titan ‘07 Scion to a final-round showdown with the new champ.
Along the way, Texas racer Todd Moyer officially set a new ADRL speed record of 180.45 mph with his twin-turboed, 622-equipped 2000 Firebird in his semi-final loss to White.
The Glidden-White showdown produced one of the all-time great ADRL pairings as the combatants laid down the quickest side-by-side pass on 10.5W tires ever—anywhere—with a pair of stunning 4.10s over the all-concrete Ennis strip. Glidden took the win, courtesy of a sizable .060 holeshot, but White at 4.101 earned the official elapsed time record by just two thousandths of a second.
“This class just keeps getting tougher and tougher,” Glidden said later. “It used to be you could run 4.30s and occasional 4.20s and be competitive, but everyone has really stepped up their game over the last five months or so and that’s a thing of the past.”
The record-setting continued in Pro Extreme Motorcycle, where Louisiana rider Charlie Prophit, aboard a 1570-cc, Suzuki-equipped, Timblin Chassis bike, went a precedent-setting 4.24 seconds to qualify on top in Texas.
It was left to Floridians Scott Gray and Matt Prophit to settle the final round, though, with Gray’s 4.37 at 165.09 taking the win after Prophit’s bike missed a gear shortly after launching.
“I just felt like it was my time to win today,” Gray said. “For sure it took a lot of hard work, but when it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.”
All four winners will be on top of the points lists when the ADRL’s 2009 campaign resumes next March in Houston, Texas.
American Drag Racing League
4th annual LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals
The 4th annual LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals, the last of eight national events this year for the Flowmaster American Drag Racing League (ADRL) presented by the National Guard. Includes four eighth-mile drag racing classes: Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest and fastest full-bodied, doorslammer class in the world. The ADRL World Finals opens with the Battle for the Belts on Friday night, in which the top-eight, season-long points earners in each class face off in a single-elimination tournament to determine the ADRL’s 2008 world champions. Points earned during qualifying and in Saturday’s national event by all entrants count toward setting the 2009 Battle for the Belts fields.
O’FALLON, MO (Oct. 23, 2008) — Unlike other racing series that follow NASCAR’s lead and arbitrarily reset their points order after a prescribed number of events, the Flowmaster American Drag Racing League (ADRL) presented by the National Guard employs a unique, end-of-year “playoff” amongst its top racers to determine each season’s world champions.
The top eight points earners in each of four professional ADRL classes will face off in the Battle for the Belts tournament this Friday night (Oct. 24) to open the 4th annual LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals at the Texas Motorplex, just south of Dallas. Only Belts contenders will race each other, eliminating the potential for non-qualifiers to play the role of “spoiler.”
It’s a format guaranteed to create excitement and tension and one that’s prone to upsets, as evidenced last year by 18-year-old Pro Nitrous driver Jamie Hancock rising from the eighth and final position to become the youngest major drag racing series champion in history. But the ADRL’s Battle for the Belts was born more out of necessity than the stroke of competitive genius it’s become, admits president Kenny Nowling.
“That first year (2005), we needed a way to convince the top guys to come all the way out to Texas for the final race,” Nowling explains. “Most of them were used to running these outlaw Quick 8 races wherever they lived, so I came up with the Belts idea for the top eight guys in points to battle it out, but I also needed some kind of incentive for everyone else to show up, too.”
That’s where the decision to apply all points earned by all competitors throughout the World Finals—including Battle for the Belts racers—toward establishing the fields for the next year’s Belts showdown. As added enticement, a 50-point bonus is paid to each driver that competes in all races leading up to the World Finals each year—which of course makes the last race of the season just as important to attend as the first race of the following calendar year.
“It’s a little confusing to describe at first,” Nowling concedes, “but it’s worked out better than I could ever have imagined. Our racers have really embraced the total concept and it’s become a real point of pride for them just to make it into the elite eight that gets to race for a championship on Friday night.”
So, ADRL fans in Texas will get to see world champions crowned Friday night after three rounds of racing each in Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest and fastest full-bodied, doorslammer cars in the world. Then they’ll get to see another complete race of 16-car (and bike) fields on Saturday, with all racing all weekend from a standing start over an eighth-mile distance (660 feet).
“The emotion on Friday during the Battle for the Belts is unbelievable,” Nowling says. “You can sense the tension and desire to win in every driver and crewmember you see. It truly is a championship atmosphere.”