Jason Line Talks About His Experience at Texas Motorplex and Winning One of the Coveted Cowboy Hats

September 2, 2014 by  
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Jason Line Talks About His Experience at Texas Motorplex and Winning One of the Coveted Cowboy Hats

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SCHUMACHER, BROWN RECALL GETTING FIRST NHRA WIN AT MOTORPLEX

September 1, 2014 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 1, 2014) – Ask an NHRA driver to name his or her favorite track and more often then not they’ll mention the place they’ve had the most success.

The other factor that makes a particular dragway a favorite with the drivers is if he or she managed to snare their first NHRA win there. When it comes to Texas Motorplex, that’s the case for several drivers, including Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown and Bob Vandergriff, just to name a few.

When the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, the second of six races in NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship, takes place at the famed all-concrete track Sept. 18-21, there’s not a chance Schumacher won’t remember his 1999 Top Fuel victory.

“Hey, it was my first win ever and that says it all,” said the seven-time NHRA Top Fuel champion who owns five wins at the Motorplex, the most by any driver in that class. “I went in there with the points lead and I was unheard of – a nobody at the time.

“And I remember that I was losing. Scott Kalitta was pulling ahead of me and then his car just disappeared and I remember thinking ‘Are you kidding me? Am I going to win this after nine finals?’ And we did. It was incredibly gratifying and one of the catapults that helped us hold on to win my first championship.”

Needless to say, returning to the Motorplex every year is something Schumacher, who has 74 wins to his credit, anxiously anticipates.

“That’s just been a great race for me,” he said. “I’ve won a lot of important races there when I’ve had to over the years. We’ve always run well there and it has a lot of meaning to me.”

Schumacher’s first win at Texas Motorplex just happened to come the same year that Antron Brown, now a teammate, won too.  Brown, a Top Fuel competitor who scored a win at the 2012 AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, was actually a winner in Ennis long before Schumacher, in the spring 1999 Nationals at the Motorplex, when he was riding a Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Fifteen years have passed since that initial trip to winner’s circle but it was definitely a big moment for Brown, the 2012 Top Fuel champ.

“When you win at the Motorplex, you’re definitely staking your claim to history,” he said. “And I remember I won that race…everyone red-lit against me. They were scared!”

Tickets for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals are available now, ranging from just $10 to $380 for weekend packages. Youth tickets for children 12 and under start as low as $5.   For tickets or more information, please call the Texas Motorplex office at (800) MOTORPLEX or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.

The first ever PreStage Fan Fest in Downtown Ennis will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17 between 5-10 p.m. with food trucks, music, driver appearances and more.

Gates open for the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 with sportsman qualifying runs between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Two rounds of professional qualifying, at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m., highlight the Friday, Sept. 19 schedule, along with sportsman qualifying throughout the day. Saturday, Sept. 20, is packed with sportsman eliminations and the final two rounds of professional qualifying at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Gates open at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, with pre-race ceremonies at 10 a.m. and final eliminations getting under way at 11 a.m.

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GAS MONKEY GARAGE JOINS HENNEN MOTORSPORTS TOP FUEL TEAM AS SPONSOR FOR AAA TEXAS NHRA FALL NATIONALS

August 28, 2014 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 1, 2014) – Dallas-based Gas Monkey Garage, owned by well-known television star of Discovery Channel’s Fast n- Loud, Richard Rawlings, will sponsor the Hennen Motorsports Top Fuel team at the upcoming AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at iconic Texas Motorplex Sept. 18-21.

The AAA Texas Fall Nationals, the second event in the six-race Countdown to the Championship, will be the debut event for the Gas Monkey Garage ride, driven by Texan Kebin Kinsley and tuned by John Smith.

Rawlings, a self-described gear head who loves the extreme horsepower and unmatched excitement of NHRA drag racing, is thrilled to be joining forces with Hennen, both of whom are looking forward to developing a rewarding and successful partnership.

“I’m really stoked to be involved with Roger Hennen Motorsports and NHRA Championship Drag Racing,” Rawlings said. “We’re going to do this Gas Monkey Garage style so you know it will rock!  Top Fuel is the elite class in drag racing and we’re anxious to hit the strip with the kings of the sport. Look out Dallas, here we come!”

Gas Monkey Garage has become a household name for automotive enthusiasts across the country and worldwide, specializing in the restoration and customization of just about anything that has an engine and wheels.

Rawlings, along with Aaron Kaufman, has managed to build quite an impressive following, not just because of the duo’s remarkable mechanical skills but also because of their creativity and comedic talents that have earned them a worldwide fan base.

Thanks to this new partnership, Rawlings, who often makes commercial appearances and is featured on television shows, and also is now in the restaurant business, will be seen frequently at NHRA events, running with the kings of the sport in the Top Fuel ranks under Hennen Motorsports.

They say everything is bigger in Texas and this partnership is no different as Rawlings and Hennen have big plans for the future. The focus, however, will remain on the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals as the team anxiously anticipates their Top Fuel debut in a few weeks.

The plan is to play spoiler to the Countdown to the Championship contenders by running hard and going rounds.  Fans can get a sneak peak at the Gas Monkey Garage Top Fuel Dragster at the Pre-Stage Fan Fest on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

The Pre-Stage Fan Fest, which is free, takes place from 5-10 p.m.  Streets in the N. Dallas/Knox area will be blocked off so fans will be able to take full advantage of all the activities, which include music, food trucks and plenty of NHRA professional and sportsman cars. Fans also will have the opportunity to meet drivers and get autographs.

Tickets for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals are still available, ranging from just $10 to $380 for weekend packages. Youth tickets for children 12 and under start as low as $5.   For tickets or more information, please call the Texas Motorplex office at (800) MOTORPLEX or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.

The first ever PreStage Fan Fest in Downtown Ennis will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17 between 5-10 p.m. with food trucks, music, driver appearances and more.

Gates open for the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 with sportsman qualifying runs between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Two rounds of professional qualifying, at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m., highlight the Friday, Sept. 19 schedule, along with sportsman qualifying throughout the day. Saturday, Sept. 20, is packed with sportsman eliminations and the final two rounds of professional qualifying at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Gates open at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, with pre-race ceremonies at 10 a.m. and final eliminations getting under way at 11 a.m.

For more information on the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals visit www.texasmotorplex.com and be sure to check out Gas Monkey Garage online at www.gasmonkeygarage.com.

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FORCE SISTERS LOOKING TO MAKE HISTORY AT 29th ANNUAL AAA TEXAS AAA FALL NATIONALS

August 28, 2014 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Aug. 28, 2014) – When your job entails driving super fast cars and your last name is Force it goes without saying that expectations for success are rather lofty.

That tends to happen when the reason for those expectations is the legendary John Force, who owns 16 NHRA Funny Car championships and also just happens to be the proud patriarch of drag racing’s most famous and successful dynasty.

The fact that the family dynasty consists of all daughters, well, that just makes it all the more remarkable. While oldest daughter Ashley was the first to follow in dad’s footsteps, earning four NHRA Funny Car wins before stepping away from the sport to have a family, Courtney and Brittany are currently making plenty of waves on the racing circuit.

And that’s exactly what they hope to continue doing when they take on Texas Motorplex at the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, the second race in the Countdown to the Championship, Sept. 18-21. No female has ever won at the iconic all-concrete track in Top Fuel or Funny Car and the Sisters Force are looking to change that.

Already this year, the pair has made history by becoming the first two women to qualify first in the same event in Funny Car (Courtney) and Top Fuel (Brittany). And they’ve done that twice, at Topeka and Sonoma. Courtney’s fifth career win at Topeka was the 100th professional win by a female and Brittany’s top qualifying spot at Sonoma was the first-ever by a woman at that track.

What would it mean to be the first woman to earn a Wally in Funny Car at Texas Motorplex? Courtney plans to find out.

“It would be huge to accomplish that, being the first female Funny Car winner at the Motorplex, because that would be a win to remember,” said the 26-year-old. “I have always loved coming to the Motorplex because it’s such a great track to run on and the fans are always so awesome.

“There are a lot of great female drivers competing this season so I think this could be the year for one of the girls to get it there.”

Big sis Brittany, who is looking to notch her initial Top Fuel win, sure wouldn’t mind if she was the first woman to claim a win in the class in Ennis.

“Becoming the first female pro Top Fuel winner at the Texas Motorplex would be such a very proud moment,” said the 28-year-old. “The Castrol EDGE team is still in the hunt for our first win and to be able to get both all at one event would be a huge accomplishment.”

Courtney definitely would like to have the Force luck turn around at the Motorplex.

“Ever since my dad’s crash there in ’07, I’ve been looking to make better memories there and I think a win could do it,” she said. “I’ve always loved watching my dad race there and have always loved being part of such a fun atmosphere at the track.

“Now that I’m racing, it’s great being out there on the track next to dad as we both fight for wins. I can’t wait to get back there, especially after he took me out in the first round last year. I’m looking to get some revenge.”

Brittany feels that the fans at the AAA Texas NHRA Nationals are a special breed.

“I’m excited to back there and take my dragster down the bright green track,” she said. “Everything is bigger in Texas, including the energy of the fans. I remember last year signing (autographs) at the ropes and having the chance to meet so many great people. The Texas fans always found a way to pump me up before heading to the starting line and that’s something I can’t wait for this year.”

Both sisters are currently on track to make the Countdown to the Championship and naturally, a win at the Motorplex would provide a bit of a bump since it is a playoff race.

“Getting a win, at the Motorplex, especially, would be great being that it’s in the middle of the Countdown to the Championship,” said Courtney. “This is the race that can really give you that extra early jump up in the points that we all need, being that it is only the second race in to the Countdown. This race can really set the mood as our Traxxas team goes forward, throughout the Championship chase.”

Brittany also knows the importance of leaving Texas with a win.
“Taking home a win at the Motorplex and at the start of the Countdown would only help push the Castrol EDGE team in the right direction,” she said. “A win early on in the Countdown will pump up the team and motivate us going into the final races. Any points, any rounds and any wins we can get will only move us up in points and help us claim a spot.”
Tickets for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals are available now, ranging from just $10 to $380 for weekend packages. Youth tickets for children 12 and under start as low as $5. For tickets or more information, please call the Texas Motorplex office at (800) MOTORPLEX or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.
The first ever PreStage Fan Fest in Downtown Ennis will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17 between 5-10 p.m. with food trucks, music, driver appearances and more.
Gates open for the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 with sportsman qualifying runs between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Two rounds of professional qualifying, at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m., highlight the Friday, Sept. 19 schedule, along with sportsman qualifying throughout the day. Saturday, Sept. 20, is packed with sportsman eliminations and the final two rounds of professional qualifying at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Gates open at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, with pre-race ceremonies at 10 a.m. and final eliminations getting under way at 11 a.m.

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Spencer Massey Invites YOU to the AAA Texas Fall Nationals to Experience the Countdown to the Championship

August 26, 2014 by  
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Spencer Massey Invites YOU to the AAA Texas Fall Nationals to Experience the Countdown to the Championship

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