2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Schedule Released

August 27, 2009 by  
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Ennis, Texas (Aug. 27, 2009) – NHRA released the 2010 schedule Tuesday and Texas Motorplex fans can continue to make the Motorplex their racing destination in the fall of 2010. Less than a month before the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals comes for the 2009 stop (Sept. 24-27), plans for the 25th anniversary event are already in the works.

Waco resident and legendary drag racer Billy Meyer opened the Motorplex in 1986. Meyer had the benefit of a Funny Car racing career to help create the sport’s first super stadium that rewarded fans with some of the best seating in racing while equally benefiting the competitors with an all-concrete racing surface.

“The inaugural event was held the weekend of Sept. 25-28 so it was great to see us get the same date for our 25th anniversary in 2010,” Meyer said. “We’re excited to be able to celebrate 25 years of giving our fans the best racing at a great facility and to be able to do it on the same weekend as the first race makes it even more special.”

NHRA President Tom Compton said he was pleased to see the Texas Motorplex staying on the Countdown to 1 schedule. In 2009 the Motorplex is the second of the final six playoff races where the top 10 competitors in each professional category have a chance at earning the category championship. In 2010, the Motorplex will be the third of six Countdown playoff races.

“We are excited to return to the Texas Motorplex for the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals in 2010,” Compton said. “This event will continue to be one of the six races in the NHRA playoffs, the Countdown to 1. One of the first super tracks on the NHRA circuit, the Motorplex definitely has a reputation for delivering some of the most spectacular moments in the history of the sport and will certainly be a critical stop in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series as our teams pursue important world championship points.”

Texas Motorplex General Manager Glenn Menard said keeping the fall date in 2010 was especially important because of the anniversary.

“The Motorplex will be celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2010 and it’s great that we can keep our fall tradition of hosting some of the quickest and fastest racing in September,” Menard said. “We have fans that have been to all of our NHRA events and it’s something they plan for. We love our position in the Countdown to 1 schedule and we can’t think of a better way to say goodbye to summer in Texas and usher in the fall than with some ultra quick side-by-side racing by some of the fiercest competitors in the sport.”

The big news of the schedule release is NHRA’s commitment to add a second NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event at the zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C. in 2010. The second event is one of several exciting changes NHRA announced today as the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning organization revealed its 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule. The state-of-the-art dragstrip in the Charlotte, N.C. metro region will be the setting for two events: one in the spring and one in the fall, with an inaugural event added to the schedule on March 25-28, and the third annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals set for Sept. 16-19.
“Charlotte is quickly becoming a motorsports capital in the United States, rivaled only by Indianapolis, and the reception we have received from the fans and the number of major sponsors and teams that use the area as a base lead us to believe that it will provide the market foundation for those two races to evolve into among the two biggest events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series,” said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. The inaugural race in September last year featured special guests, packed stands and significant corporate hospitality.

The 56th Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Sept. 1-6 at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, will represent the first race in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to 1, NHRA’s championship playoffs. The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the world’s largest and most prestigious drag racing event, is scheduled for its traditional spot on the calendar — Labor Day weekend.

The 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule remains a 24-race schedule. NHRA will kick off the season with a significant milestone event, the 50th Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona (Feb. 11-14). NHRA will pay tribute to its past throughout what figures to be one of the most memorable and nostalgic race weeks in the sport’s history as many of the legendary cars, drivers and magical moments will be honored. The hot rod culture runs deep in Southern California and its roots deepest at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, where in February of 1961 NHRA founder Wally Parks hosted the first-ever running of the now-historic and iconic Kragen O’Reilly Winternationals.

As is tradition, the season concludes right back where it started in Pomona, Calif. with the 46th running of the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals (Nov. 11-14). The event has become “championship” weekend as most of the NHRA Full Throttle world championships in the four professional categories have been crowned at the event since the beginning of the playoff-style format in 2007.

The Motorplex will be in good company when it comes to milestone events in 2010. In the middle of May, the series stops at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga. to celebrate the 30th running of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals (May 14-16), scheduled as a three-day event in 2010.

ESPN2 and ESPN2HD, a part of the ESPN network, the worldwide leader in sports, will once again provide exclusive television coverage, on a same-day basis, of all 24 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events featuring action from qualifying rounds on Saturday and Sunday’s race.

Sportsman qualifying begins at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24. The first of four rounds of professional qualifying is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sept. 25, continuing at 4:45 p.m. that evening. Qualifying wraps up with sessions at 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 26. Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. on Sept. 27.

Tickets for all four days of racing can be purchased by phone at 800-MOTORPLEX (800-688-6775); www.texasmotorplex.com; or through Ticketmaster.

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This Week: Super Chevy Show Blasts into Texas Motorplex May 15-17

May 14, 2009 by  
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** The line for the Super Chevy Show Participants will begin in the Main Spectator Parking Lot, all participants coming to the Super Chevy Show prior to the gates opening should go directly to the Main Spectator Lot and begin forming two lines on the main road. Those participants coming into the Super Chevy Show at or near the posted gate times should be prepared to go to the Main Spectator Parking Lot and pull in at the end of the line.

The gate times for the Super Chevy Show are as follows: Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 8am-5pm; Sunday 8am-5pm **

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jegs2Texas Chevy lovers – load up! It’s almost time for the popular Super Chevy Show presented by JEGS at TEXAS MOTORPLEX! The Super Chevy Show brings the 29th Annual “Feel the Power” Tour to Texas Motorplex, May 15-17, 2009. The 2009 Super Chevy Show tour brings high-powered Chevy racing excitement and beautiful classic Chevy Show Cars to Texas. The Super Chevy Show also boasts one of the nation’s finest Performance & Restoration Midways and AutoTrader Class Swap Meet / Car Corral at many of our events.

golgotha-hearseWeekend racing action at the Super Chevy Show includes the Nitro Coupe Challenge, featuring the short wheelbase, “Ground Pounding” Nitro Coupes, found only at Super Chevy Show. The “King of the Wheelstanders,” – Bob Hall thrills the crowd with his Airborne Express Astrovan, as he runs the ¼ mile on his rear wheels – steering the 10-second pass with only his brakes. Danchuk Jet Wars take off with two ear-shattering performances on both Saturday and Sunday with some of the fastest Jet Car drivers in the country.

bad-dude-burnoutSee hometown racers in the Bracket One Brawl, JEGS Bracket 2 Battle and the DOT Street Fight. The Super Chevy Show Bracket Racing series is open not only to Chevy bodied or powered cars, but all GM brands. GM brand means you can also race your Saab, Saturn, Hummer or even your Cadillac! Plus, Super Chevy will run the TREMEC True Street Challenge at all events throughout the 2009 Season!

Incredible show cars take center stage in the TREMEC Transmission Car Show Series – the nation’s largest single-make car show series. Chevy fans will be treated to two separate shows Saturday and Sunday! Don’t want your car to be judged? Then join your friends in the non-judged Show ‘n Shine Class. Don’t miss the Super Chevy Show presented by JEGS! For more information on our Texas event, check out www.superchevyshow.com or call AutoStar Productions, Inc. at 800.692.6230. See you at Texas Motorplex!’


** The line for the Super Chevy Show Participants will begin in the Main Spectator Parking Lot, all participants coming to the Super Chevy Show prior to the gates opening should go directly to the Main Spectator Lot and begin forming two lines on the main road. Those participants coming into the Super Chevy Show at or near the posted gate times should be prepared to go to the Main Spectator Parking Lot and pull in at the end of the line.

The gate times for the Super Chevy Show are as follows: Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 8am-5pm; Sunday 8am-5pm **

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Latemodel Restoration 10th Anniversary Celebration

May 5, 2009 by  
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Please check back for more information.

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Texas Muscle Car Club Challenge XXXVIII

May 4, 2009 by  
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Visit TMCCC.org for info and club rules

Gates open at 8am
Racer $30
Spectator $12

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Doug Foley’s Drag Racing School

May 4, 2009 by  
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Visit DougFoley.com or call (856) 753-8000 for more info.

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