NHRA Sportsman Racer Advisory Council advisors announced for 2014-2015

March 26, 2014 by  
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The NHRA Sportsman Racer Advisory Council (SRAC) advisors have been selected
following online polling. The SRAC which is entering into its seventh year
is designed to maintain the level of communications between participants and
NHRA. The SRAC provides a means for discussing and evaluating rules and race
policies and procedures pertaining to Sportsman racing at all NHRA events.

The advisory council consists of drivers, owners or crew chief
representatives from each NHRA region or division in five eliminator
sub-committee groupings including Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car,
Competition, Super Stock / Stock, Super Comp / Super Gas / Super Street and
Top Dragster / Top Sportsman.

“The SRAC representatives input on sportsman related items is an integral
part of NHRA’s decision making process,” said SRAC Chairman Josh Peterson.
“The SRAC Representatives help NHRA with current challenges and help define
the future of NHRA Sportsman racing.”

Mike Rice will serve as Chairman and Matt Levonas will serve as Co-Chair of
the Top Alcohol committee.  Jay Hullinger will serve as Chairman and Trey
Capps as Co-Chair of the Super categories committee.  Rob Park will remain
Chairman of the Competition Eliminator committee, Dave Mohn will remain
Chairman of the Super Stock/Stock Eliminator committee and Rich Schaefer
will remain the Chairman of the Top Dragster and Top Sportsman committee.

The first 2014 meetings and conference call for the SRAC will be announced
in the coming weeks.

2014-2015 NHRA Sportsman Racer Advisory Council

2014-2015

SRAC

Top Alcohol Dragster/

Funny Car

East

Mike Kosky

East

Chuck Anderika

North Central

Marty Thacker

North Central

Andy Bohl

Central

Randy Meyer

Central

Kirk Williams

West

Joey Severance

West

Steve Gasparrelli

Chairman

Mike Rice

Co-Chair

Matt Levonas

 

2014-2015

SRAC

Competition Eliminator

Super Stock/

Stock Eliminator

Super Comp/

SuperGas/

Super Street

Top Dragster/

Top Sportsman

Division 1

Frank Aragona Jr

Kent Hanley

Jack Sepanek

Ken Moses

Division 2

Lee Sharp

Mike Crutchfield

Greg Brannon

Ronnie Davis

Division 3

Brian Browell

Brad Zaskowski

Scotty Richardson

Rich Forish

Division 4

Craig Bourgeois

Gary Emmons

Craig Anderson

Mark Jones

Division 5

Clint Sallee

Monty Jones

Steve Dominques

Tom Schmidt

Division 6

Aaron Strong

Jody Lang

Ken Harkema

Moe Trujillo

Division 7

Mike Depalma

Jimmy DeFrank

Steve Williams

Joe Roubicek

Chairman

Rob Park

Dave Mohn

Jay Hullinger

Rich Schaefer

Co-Chair

Trey Capps

 

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NEW TEENAGER CLASS CREATED BY NHRA ALLOWS 13-YEAR OLDS TO DRIVE STREET CARS

March 19, 2014 by  
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NHRA YOUTH RACING WILL FOCUS ON RACING KNOWLEDGE AND CAR SAFETY

GLENDORA, Calif. (March 19, 2014) – Pop culture observers who think young people’s interest in cars is somehow waning seem to have difficulty explaining a growing interest in motorsports among America’s youth.  In fact, to help meet the demand for teenagers wanting to drive fast, the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) today announced a new racing program for 13-16-year-olds that combines racing and car safety.

NHRA Youth Racing will give teenage boys and girls the opportunity to race against their peers in full-bodied street vehicles with an adult co-driver as their teammate.

Competitors will go through an orientation/licensing procedure on an eighth-mile dragstrip in their vehicles, which must meet program requirements.  Approved vehicles must be registered, insured, street-legal vehicles with mufflers and street tires and limited to 10 seconds and slower.

“This is an inexpensive program but, best of all, it’s a way for families to use drag racing as a learning tool and a conduit for family bonding,” said Josh Peterson, NHRA vice president of racing administration.

All of NHRA’s member tracks are eligible to conduct NHRA Youth Racing activities at their tracks.  Those interested in competing should contact a member track by using the Member Track Locator atwww.nhra.com.  Program rules can be found at www.nhraracer.com.

NHRA Youth Racing is the latest program in NHRA’s youth racing segment that also includes the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA and the NHRA Summit Racing Series.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway 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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IMPORT FACE-OFF RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 27

March 10, 2014 by  
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IMPORT FACE-OFF RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 27

All Import Drag Race, Car Show and More

ENNIS, Texas (March 10, 2014) – Import Face-Off has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 27 as the first of two feature events at Texas Motorplex was originally canceled because of cold and wet conditions.

Now, the celebration of all things Import has been rescheduled, allowing all import makes and models a chance to show off racing, drifting and stereo skills long before the season finale Import Face-Off on Nov. 9. Cars, trucks and motorcycles each have their own car show and the test-n-tune racing is open to all makes – foreign and domestic.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. and car registration will be held until noon; car show judging starts at 11 a.m.; racer registration begins at 9 a.m. with head up qualifying at 11 a.m. and noon; Racing eliminations start at 1 p.m.; Awards ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m.

EVENT ACTIVITIES:

Car/truck/bike show, ¼-mile drag racing, Drifting hosted by FabricatedMotorsports.com, Usaci double points stereo crank it up contest, burnout contest (time permitting), vendors, pit midway, and live DJ.

PRICES:

All spectator tickets and competitor registration forms can be bought on the day of the show at the front gate. Visit the link below to purchase your tickets in advance. Use promo code “IFO” to receive $3 off spectator admission and $5 off competitor registration (race or show). All who purchase tickets in advance will also receive a free trial subscription to Performance Auto and Sound magazine: http://tickets.thefoat.com/ImportFaceOff

Spectator $20 ($17 with flier at gate) *fliers printed off computer OK to use – right click on flyer image, print (B&W OK). The coupon is good for spectator admission only.

Children 10 and under FREE

Car Show Entry $30 (does not include free passenger pass). *Note, IFO only charges $30 per car show entry, not $50 to $60 like other events that claim to give a “free” passenger pass.

Test and Tune Drag Racer $30 (open to any make/model)

Competition Drag Racer $30 (imports and sport compacts only)

Burnout Contest FREE

Stereo Crank It Up Info: 479-365-8722 or www.SoundOff.org

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 TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE! TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC FOR NHRA CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFF EVENT

AAA TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE! TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC FOR NHRA CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFF EVENT

Mopars at the Motorplex, Great Bull Run, Super Chevy Show and Lucas Oil NHRA also on sale

ENNIS, Texas (March 5, 2014) – Tickets for the second of six NHRA Championship Mello Yello Drag Racing events – the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Sept. 18-21 at Texas Motorplex – are now on sale to the public.

Fans can not only choose which day – or all four – of hot NHRA action they want to witness, but they can also choose exactly which seats they can see and feel the thundering power of 8,000 horsepower vehicles blazing down the concrete Motorplex surface.

Tickets for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals are now on sale. Get your first choice for the Fall Nationals by ordering now. Fans can also split their entire ticket order into three payments when you order tickets before April 15 by calling (800) MOTORPLEX or by going online here for the fastest race in Texas.

Fans who place an order for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals before March 31 will also receive two FREE tickets to the Super Chevy Show featuring the NAPA Pro Mod Shootout, May 17. All AAA Texas members can save even more by going to www.texasmotorplex.com/AAA

While fans have to be patient and wait for the quickest and fastest form of motorsport to come back to North Texas in the fall, there are marquee events lining up at the Motorplex for the early spring.

Mega Mopar Action’s Mopars at the Motorplex is a celebration of all things Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler. The car show, bracket race (for points), street legal race, swap meet and more will be held March 29. Tickets and car show registration is available by calling the Motorplex or by going online here and using promo code: 14M@TM.

The NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional Series will make its annual stop at Texas Motorplex May 1-4 featuring the best regional racers in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Racers can pre-register with a discount and spectators can buy weekend or single day tickets by clicking here. Friday night will feature racing and a special Pro Mod show. Saturday will feature a concert with the Pontiax and the Midtown Playboys Band. Concert admission is included with each race ticket.

Super Chevy Show tickets are also now on sale! The Bowtie Bonanza includes a car show, Pro Mod Shootout, bracket racing, swap meet and much more and has been expanded to a two-day show, May 17-18 at the Motorplex. Car clubs can call the track for group discounts. Car show participants and fans can earn a discount by purchasing tickets and registering in advance here by using promo code: 14SCS.

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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NOW HIRING: Competition Director

Competition Director – Job Description and Responsibilities

The competition director is responsible for maintaining the safety and integrity of all events at Texas Motorplex, with particular emphasis on all competition aspects. The competition director oversees all aspects of on-track functions including staffing, safety, rules and overall control of the event format.

The competition director must be willing and able to comply with Texas Motorplex safety regulations above all else and be willing and able to maintain the high standards pursuant to the instructions handed down by the General Manager but do so without being managed throughout each decision.

The competition director is also directly responsible for maintaining all communication with racers and our event partners, sponsors and participants. The competition director must also be able to secure sponsorship and funding for Texas Motorplex race events and will be expected to set and reach all annual sales goals.

The competition director will be given a budget and will not exceed that budget without written approval from the GM at any time.

Daily and weekly responsibilities are to include:

  • Reach all sales and sponsorship goals, creating a positive cash flow for the Competition Department
  • Maintain regular office hours at Texas Motorplex, attend weekly manager meetings and contribute to the overall function of the facility
  • Must have computer skills; basic knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • MUST have Compulink Timing System experience and knowledge
  • Recruit, train and manage track crew
  • Create new events; seek out new events; contract all events for enhanced Motorplex schedule
  • Work with facility manager to maintain the equipment to safety and operational standards
  • Conduct safety seminars and regular training with track crew
  • Staff ambulance for events
  • Staff fire trucks for events
  • Create run sheet for events (classes, lane assignments, time frame, etc.)
  • Create pit layout for all feature events, maintain the facility map
  • Create, order and maintain event trophies, awards, prizes
  • Staff the fuel station
  • Maintain fuel station inventory and MUST be able to reconcile weekly fuel inventory and sales sheets as well as submit a monthly inventory for the GM and CFO
  • Staff and train all announcer booth talent
  • Work with accounting to have payouts ready for each event
  • Work with ticketing to ensure all tech cards are ready for each event
  • Communicate with racers via phone calls, Facebook and e-communication
  • Maintain a clean and organized Race Control that is prepared and stocked for all events
  • Maintain the track supplies, handling all ordering once approved by the GM
  • Ensure the racing surface is ready and properly maintained to Texas Motorplex highest standards of competition preparedness
  • Maintain the radios ensuring they work and are being used properly
  • Calculate and manage all the bracket points
  • Submit points and results to National Dragster and to GM for posting each Monday following events
  • Manage the budgets for supplies, staffing and all other financial needs of the Competition Department
  • Maintain a list of necessary capital improvements for the overall track safety and integrity
  • Other duties as assigned

TO APPLY: You MUST have racing experience, CompuLink experience; MUST be able to work nights and weekends. Submit a cover letter and resume to news@texasmotorplex.com. No calls please. Applications without a cover and resume will not be considered. Applications submitted anywhere but the email above will not be considered.

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