July 13, 2010 — The Texas Motorplex was well represented over the weekend as 10 Jr. Dragster racers traveled to Bandimere Speedway in Denver for the Jr. Dragster Western Conference Finals. The 2010 Texas Motorplex Legends team members competed in a week-long event. The racers were Manie Cantrell (8-9-year-old category), Samantha Ray (8-9), Rylan McClaskey (8-9), Alexis Longoria (8-9), Justin Hernandez (10), Raymond Longoria (10), Moriah Morado (11), Eric Vice (11), Dakota Boll (12), and Cody Ray (16-17).
Vice and Boll started the week off by going rounds in the Jr. Race Car Mile-High Shootout for the 11 and 12 year-old age groups. Ray raced his way through five rounds and earned a place among the final five cars in the 16-17 year-old Jr. Race Car Mile-High Shootout.
The 2010 Western Conference Finals kicked off Thursday with time trials as each racer had two time trial runs on Thursday and another on Friday morning before Round 1 of eliminations began. Advancing to Round 2 from Team Texas Motorplex was Cantrell, Boll and Ray.
Racing picked back up on Saturday morning with the 8-9 year-old class as Cantrell took the win and advanced to Round 3, while Ray had a little luck on his side when his opponent fouled on the starting line, giving Ray the victory. Round 3 wasn’t nearly as kind to Manie and Cody, as each was eliminated in the round.
Division 4 racers continued to advance in the later rounds of the day, while local racer Tori Greene runnered up in the 8-9 year-old class while both Aaron Philpot and Grant Snedeker earned runner-up finishes in the 10 and 16-17 year-old classes, respectively.
The racers did more than just compete at the track and represent the Texas Motorplex well. The teams took advantage of rain delays and toured the regional Colorado area, including trips to Pikes Peak, while others went and toured a local Air Force Base. Some racers made it through the Sky Coaster at Royal Gorge riding over an 1,200-feet gorge. Other racers got competitive at Dave & Buster’s arcade and even the dads got caught playing Guitar Hero and dancing away to “Dance Dance Revolution” and other games.
Wichita Raceway Park earned the 2010 Team Championship title, but the Texas Motorplex teams competed at a high level and the track would like to congratulate the Texas Motorplex Legends for a job well done! “It’s great to see families and race teams come together as one. On and off the track we all made memories that can never be replaced,” Texas Motorplex Competition Director Ashley Kellough said. Congratulations to all of the Division 4 racers who competed in this year’s Western Conference Finals.
NHRA officials announced today that final eliminations from the 23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals from Pacific Raceway Park in Seattle will be shown LIVE on www.ESPN3.com on Sunday, July 11 starting at 1 p.m. (CST). ESPN2 will air the tape-delayed version of the show at 10:30 p.m. that evening.
The NHRA Northwest National is the first of three consecutive weekends of NHRA Full Throttle racing that makes up the famed Western Swing – and will continue in Sonoma, Calif., and Denver.
Good Luck to Team Texas Motorplex and all North Texas Jr. Dragster teams during this week’s Jr. Dragster Western Conference Finals
Each season, racers from throughout the western United States and Canada compete to win special NHRA Wally trophies and a share of nearly $100,000 in savings bonds during the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League Western Conference Finals held at Bandimere Speedway in Denver. The event is open to racers in Divisions 5, 6, and 7, and select tracks in Division 4. Each NHRA member track may send up to three teams of 10 racers to the event. The 2010 Western Conference Finals will take place July 8-10 in mile-high conditions at Bandimere Speedway.
The Texas Motorplex would like to wish all of the Jr. Dragster teams competing at the 2010 Jr. Dragster Western Conference Finals a successful event and especially good luck to the Texas Motorplex Legends racers: Manie, Rylan, Samantha, Cody, Justin, Eric, Dakota, Alexis, Raymond and Moriah!!
The event awards a Wally and $5,000 savings bond to the winner in each of the eight age categories — 8-9, 10, 11,12, 13, 14, 15, 16-17 — and a Wally and $300 to each member of the winning team.
Victors at the 2009 event were Bailey Jones (8-9), Mikayla Greene (10), Jeremy Romero (11), Travis Thorsten (12), Taryn Greene (13), Brandon Seraphine (14), Dalton Dorsett (15), Chaysse Trimp (16-17), and SRCA Dragstrip (Team).
The 25th anniversary O’Reilly Fall Nationals is less than three months away. Are you ready? Do you know all about the professional and sportsman categories that will be blazing down the all-concrete quarter-mile facility of the Texas Motorplex, Sept. 23-26?
The NHRA Full Throttle series features the best-of-the-best in drag racing and championships will be on the line when the NHRA professional series makes its annual stop in Ennis, Texas. The Motorplex plays host to the third of six playoff events in the season. If a team wants to win a championship title, they have to perform well in Texas.
So check out the categories, get brushed up on the smallest of details, get your tickets and get ready to see the biggest names, the up-and-coming stars and the quickest and fastest cars in motorsports. Cement your place in history at the Texas Motorplex now!
NHRA Classes Overview
Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock are just three of the more than 200 classes of vehicles featured in NHRA competition. Those classes are grouped into 12 categories, or eliminators, each strictly governed by NHRA rule makers. Class eligibility is based on various requirements and specifications, including type of vehicle, engine size, vehicle weight, allowable modifications, and aerodynamics.
The four Professional categories are Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle. They, along with Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car and the three “Super” classes – Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street – feature a single class of vehicle in heads-up competition. The remaining categories – Comp, Super Stock, and Stock – are made up of a variety of classes and use a handicap starting system to equalize competition.
Among the fastest-accelerating machines in the world, 7,000-horsepower Top Fuel dragsters are often referred to as the “kings of the sport,” and with good reason. They are capable of covering a quarter-mile in 4.4 seconds at more than 330 mph. Powered by a supercharged and fuel-injected 500-cubic-inch adaptation of the famed Chrysler Hemi engine, Top Fuel dragsters can burn up to 15 gallons of nitromethane fuel during a single quarter-mile run. Constructed of chromoly steel tubing and carbon-fiber composite, Top Fuel cars are 25 feet long and weigh 2,250 pounds in race-ready trim.
Similar to their Top Fuel counterparts but with a shorter wheelbase and a carbon-fiber body that loosely resembles a production-based automobile, Funny Cars routinely run in the 4.7-second range and are capable of speeds in excess of 330 mph. Funny Cars are powered by the same supercharged and fuel-injected 500-inch engines as Top Fuel dragsters. Funny Cars are also similar to Top Fuel dragsters in that they do not use a transmission but rather transmit power to the huge Goodyear rear slicks through a multistage clutch assembly that is activated by timers.
Often called “factory hot rods” because of their resemblance to production-based automobiles, Pro Stock cars are some of the most technologically advanced machines in drag racing. Built around a sophisticated tube chassis and four-link rear suspension, Pro Stock cars must conform to precise measurements and weigh no less than 2,350 pounds. Pro Stock engines use two carburetors and spec gasoline and are restricted to a maximum of 500 cubic inches. They can rev to more than 10,500 rpm and make in excess of 1,300 horsepower. A competitive Pro Stock car can run in the 6.6s at more than 208 mph.
Pro Stock Motorcycle
These highly modified vehicles, which can run under seven seconds at more than 195 mph, feature a purpose-built tube chassis and a lightweight, aerodynamically enhanced replica of original bodywork. The class features a wide variety of makes, models, and engines, including V-Twin entries from Harley-Davidson and Buell and inline four-cylinder-equipped Suzuki and Kawasaki models. To ensure a level playing field, pushrod-equipped V-Twin engines are limited to 160 cubic inches, and the high-winding four-cylinder engines cannot be larger than 101 cubic inches. Fuel injection is permitted, and spec gasoline is the only fuel allowed.
Top Alcohol Dragster
Top Alcohol Dragsters may look like Top Fuelers, but they have ¬significant differences. Whereas Top Fuelers use supercharged, nitro-burning engines, Top Alcohol Dragsters may use a supercharged methanol-burning engine or an injected nitromethane combination. The injected nitro cars do not use a transmission, and the supercharged cars have three forward speeds. Weights vary according to combination but are generally between 1,975 and 2,050 pounds. Like Top Fuelers, Top Alcohol Dragsters are restricted to a maximum wheelbase of 300 inches. A typical run is in the 5.2s at more than 270 mph.
Top Alcohol Funny Car
Similar in physical appearance to their nitro-burning Funny Car counterparts, Top Alcohol Funny Cars are restricted to the use of methanol fuel and have a three-speed transmission. Top Alcohol Funny Cars feature basically the same chromoly steel chassis as the nitro cars and are fitted with the same carbon-fiber replica bodies, though the Top Alcohol Funny Car bodies do not need as much downforce and use a much smaller rear spoiler. Top Alcohol Funny Cars are capable of performances in the 5.5s at more than 260 mph.
No category in NHRA competition features more variety than Comp. Dragsters, altereds, street roadsters, coupes, sedans, front-engine nostalgia dragsters, sport compact cars, and trucks race in 87 classes. The engine combinations are just as diverse as the vehicles, from turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines to Pro Stock-style ¬V-8s and nitrous-oxide-equipped mountain motors. Most cars are classified using a formula that divides total car weight by cubic inches. Each class is assigned an index based on what a well-built car should run, and races are handicapped according to those indexes.
Super Stock vehicles may look like ordinary passenger vehicles, but they are highly modified race cars. The category features primarily late-model sedans and vintage muscle cars, and entries are classified using a system that divides factory shipping weight by NHRA-factored horsepower. Significant engine modifications are permitted, but the vehicle must retain the correct engine block, cylinder heads, and carburetor. The top class is SS/AH, which is exclusively for ’68 Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda factory race cars. Cars are handicapped using an index system, and the breakout rule is enforced.
Stock cars are similar to their big brothers in Super Stock, but the rules regarding everything from engine modifications to body alterations are much stricter. Virtually any car is eligible to compete, and entries are classified using a system that divides factory shipping weight by NHRA-factored horsepower. Bodies must be unaltered and retain a full factory interior. Tires are limited to a maximum nine-inch-wide rear slick. Engines must be correct for the make and model vehicle and must retain stock cylinder heads, intake manifold, and carburetor or fuel injector. Modifications are limited to a basic balancing and rebuild with only a few performance enhancements.
The quickest of the heads-up Super classes (8.90 index), Super Comp is composed primarily of dragsters. Engine, chassis, and body modifications are virtually unlimited, though all entries must adhere to NHRA safety standards. Four- and six-cylinder-powered entries may have a minimum weight of 1,000 pounds; all others cannot weigh less than 1,350 pounds. Most Super Comp cars are capable of running well under the 8.90 index but use a number of electronic aids, including a timer and adjustable throttle, to run close to the index without running quicker than it, or breaking out.
Super Gas entries, which run on a 9.90 index, are primarily full-bodied cars and street roadsters. No dragsters or altereds are permitted. Rules regarding engine and chassis modifications are extremely liberal, though the use of exotic fuels is prohibited. The minimum weight is 2,100 pounds except for four-cylinder-powered cars, which may have a minimum weight of 1,200 pounds. As in Super Comp, competitors use electronic timers and throttle stops to run as close to the class standard without going under. Also as in Super Comp, races are staged using a four-tenths Pro start.
At NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series races and select NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events, Super Street racers compete on a fixed 10.90-second index. All vehicles must be full-bodied cars and weigh no less than 2,800 pounds except for six-cylinder cars, which may have a minimum weight of 2,000 pounds, and four-cylinder- and rotary-powered cars (1,200 pounds). Engine and chassis modifications are virtually unlimited. Racers compete on a five-tenths Pro Tree.
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