With Major Championship Payouts, ADRL Will Now Use Points System To Determine World Champions

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O’FALLON, MO (March 17, 2011) – In a landmark move for the American Drag Racing League (ADRL), the world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing league is adopting a conventional points series to determine its World Champions. 
It can now also be considered the richest doorslammer drag racing series in history.
The ADRL announced on Thursday its plans for a traditional points series, which will also be accompanied by an incredible $356,000 points fund.
The World Championship will go to the competitor recording the most points throughout the 10-race series in each class (Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Extreme 10.5, Pro Extreme Motorcycle and Extreme Pro Stock).
The “Battle For The Belts” will now be an in-series shootout during the final race weekend, once again offering a championship belt and significant cash payout.
In all, the World Championships points fund will pay nearly $400,000 to ADRL competitors, which comes on top of the $330,000 increase in single-event purse payouts that was announced in February.
The points fund will pay the top 10 competitors in the points standings in each class at the conclusion of the 2011 season, marking a significant point in the ADRL’s history.
“We want to be a world-class organization and this is part of making that happen. This will help make the ADRL even better than ever,” ADRL Executive Vice President Jeff Fortune said.
“Working with more sponsors than ever, we’re introducing the biggest payouts and best broadcast options in our history, and we’re creating more and more opportunities for exposure for our drivers and teams. This shows the commitment we’re making and the direction we’re headed.”
Winning the World Championship in Pro Extreme and Pro Nitrous will award those drivers a remarkable $75,000, with the runner-up in points for each class netting $10,000.
In Extreme 10.5, the points champion will get $25,000, while the runner-up will get $7,000.
The Pro Extreme Motorcycle points champion will earn $10,000, with $3,000 going to the runner-up.
Extreme Pro Stock’s points champion will be awarded $50,000 and another $8,000 will go to the runner-up.
“With the support we’ve received, we’re trying to use the sponsorship, commitments and support we have in the best way for the sport, the drivers and teams, and to enable the series to grow,” Fortune said.
It will also make for a unique and innovative final race weekend during the 2011 ADRL Tour, as the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VII, which takes place Oct. 21-22 at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas, will be chocked full of storylines.
The “Battle For The Belts” will continue to take place on that Friday, with the top eight qualifiers in each class gunning for a championship belt in what will be a separate one-day shootout.
The next day, there will be final qualifying and eliminations for the World Finals, which concludes the 2011 season.
At that time, the event winners from that race, along with the World Championship will then be awarded on what will be one of the ADRL’s biggest racing weekends to date.
“That will be an amazing weekend, giving fans and teams three memorable moments over two days,” Fortune said. “You’ve got the ‘Battle For The Belts, which is always exciting, and the race on Saturday, which anyone can come in and win, and now the World Championship. It’s going to be a thrilling way to end what we believe will be the biggest year in ADRL history.”
There will no longer be a first-race carryover, meaning the ADRL will adopt a more traditional schedule, ending the 2011 season with the final race and points championship.
The Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags V in September will continue as the last race to qualify for the “Battle For The Belts.”
Points from last year’s World Finals event in Ennis will carry over to 2011, meaning the current points standings on www.ADRL.us are correct.
The increased payouts, points program and low qualifier programs will begin at the first race of the 2011 season, which begins on March 25-26 with CarSafe Dragpalooza VII presented by LenMar Motorsports at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.
For full World Championship payouts, visit www.ADRL.us.
ABOUT THE ADRL
Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the nation’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Pro Junior Dragster, Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2011 ADRL tour consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.

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BAKER, HOWARD AND ROGERS EARN VICTORIES AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX BRACKET RACING SEASON OPENER

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ENNIS, Texas (March 15, 2011) – Texas Motorplex kicked off the 2011 Bracket Racing series Sunday with the first of 15 events. The region’s best racers are competing for cash prizes and vitally important Texas Motorplex points.

Racers are earning points for the overall Texas Motorplex track championships as well as a place on the team that will represent the Motorplex at the Summit E.T. Bracket Finals, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

Don Baker opened the Electronics season with a victory in his 2000 Dodge Viper Roadster. Baker’s 5.938-second pass at 115.47 mph beat Chad Broom’s 4.683 at 145.38 in a dragster.
The No Electronics win went to Jake Howard, who drove his Trans Am to a 6.654 pass at 102.45, beating Michelle Riedel’s 9.185 at 75.07 in a ’71 Ford Maverick.

Jason Rogers took the win in Quick by beating Broom. Rogers turned in a 4.793 at 138.29 to take the win over Broom’s 4.679 at 148.62 in a between two dragsters.

The Jr. Dragster racers proved there are no offseason cobwebs to shake off this year. Samantha Ray earned the Jr. Modified victory with a 9.066 pass at 70.98 to beat Manie Cantrell’s 9.334 at 69.32 in his ’05 Motivational Jr. Dragster.

 Jr. Quick winner’s points went to Erin Scott, behind the wheel of her ’10 Hardens Jr. Dragster. Scott turned in a 7.964 pass at 82.81, beating Jimmy Sackuvich’s 7.991 at 83.41 in his ’10 1/2 Scale Jr. Dragster.

 The next event will be Sunday, April 3. Gates open at 8 a.m. Check out www.texasmotorplex.com for photos and more information about the 2011 Texas Motorplex Bracket Racing series, including the complete schedule.

Watch all the Texas Motorplex bracket racing events and more on LiveTiming: http://www.1320go.com/texasmotorplex/livetiming.php

 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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HARRY “THE HAT” LEADS THE WAY IN SUPER CHEVY SHOW SWAP MEET AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX IN 2011

March 9, 2011 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (March 9, 2011) – The Super Chevy Show is the Smorgasbord of motorsports,  offering a little bit of everything for car enthusiasts, from the finest sportsman drag races to one of the best car shows around.
But for some, a Super Chevy Show is the perfect place to locate that hard-to-find part for their custom car, and for them, the vendor swap meet at Super Chevy Shows is a Godsend. And this season, they will feel like they’ve hit the mother lode as Super Chevy Show has brought in custom car guru Harry “The Hat” LaPlatte, who has organized swap meets at various racing events for more than 20 years. He will direct swap meets at six of the series’ 12 events – including the June 4-5 Super Chevy Show at Texas Motorplex.

“Last year, I started at Virginia and it sold out,” said LaPlatte. “It was amazing to be part of that energy. When I got the call from Texas, it was a great feeling. Billy Meyer, being one of my drag race heroes in the 1970s and 80s, well, it was a good phone call. I just want (everyone) to load up and come to the Texas Motorplex.”

The feeling is mutual for Texas Motorplex officials, who believe they have struck gold by bringing in LaPlatte, who also makes it fun for the fans, giving away a variety of products and show stickers.

“Having someone like Harry on board is a tremendous benefit for the Super Chevy Show series and especially the participants coming to Texas Motorplex,” said Gabrielle Stevenson, Texas Motorplex general manager.  “He has incredible amounts of knowledge and experience and that is going to be a huge advantage to our show participants and fans. In our first conversation I could tell how enthusiastic Harry was to join our team and make this the best Super Chevy Show ever at Texas Motorplex.”

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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TEXAS MOTORPLEX UNVEILS SUPER CHEVY SHOW SCHEDULE

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The event schedule for the Super Chevy Show June 4-5 , 2011 at Texas Motorplexhas been released.  Click here for a printable version or see the schedule below.

Super Chevy Show Schedule of Events

June 4-5, 2011

Friday, June 3, 2011 – FAST FRIDAY
6 p.m.:                 Fast Friday gates open
7 p.m.:                 Test-n-Tune
12 a.m.:                Secure track

Saturday, June 4, 2011
7 a.m.:                 Racer gates open / participant parking
7 a.m.:                  Meet at Soulman’s in Rockwall for cruise registration
8 a.m.:                 Cruise departs Soulman’s in Rockwall
8 a.m.:                 Spectator gates open
8 a.m.:                 Tech opens / Fuel opens
9 a.m.:                 Car show registration & Setup (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Autocross
10 a.m.:               Open Time Trials for all race classes
10:30 a.m.:        Quick Qualify #1
10:30 a.m.:        Car show judging seminar (10:30 a.m.)
11 a.m.:                True street challenge cruise
11:30 a.m.:         Quick Qualify #2
12 p.m.:                BONUS bracket race & 5th Gen Camaro Shootout
12-2 p.m.:           FREE Revell “Build a Car” for kids at the Texas Motorplex booth 
1-3 p.m.:             Live band “The Morticians” play in the car show tent area/ BBQ
3 p.m.:                 Pro show – featuring Texas Blown Fuel Association
Following Pro:  BONUS bracket finals
3:30 p.m.:          Car show special awards
4 p.m.:                 QUICK 8 bracket race (electronics class, no electronics class)
5 p.m.:                 Pro show – featuring Texas Blown Fuel Association
5:30 p.m.:          QUICK 8 finals 
6 p.m:                  Pro show – featuring Texas Blown Fuel Association
7 p.m.:                 Secure track

Sunday, June 5, 2011
8 a.m.:                 Racer gates open / tech for new arrivals
8 a.m.:                 Spectator gates open
8:30 a.m.:          RFC service in car show tent
9 a.m.-3 p.m.:   Autocross
9:30-11 a.m.:    Open Time Trials for all race classes
10:30 a.m.:       Car show judging seminar
11:00 a.m.:       “Run for the Money” – dial-in run
11:30 a.m.:         Bracket race round one (Elec, No/E, DOT, 5th Gen Camaro Shootout)
3:30 p.m.:           Car show series event awards
5 p.m.:                  Secure track

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Get FREE NHRDA Texas Diesel Nationals tickets at Soulman’s BBQ!

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Soulman’s BBQ will be distributing FREE tickets to the NHRDA Texas Diesel Nationals coming to Texas Motorplex April 2, 2011.   Visit any of the eight regional Soulman’s BBQ locations including: Royse City (818 East I-30), Garland (3410 Broadway Blvd.), Terrell (1081 FM 148), Rockwall (691 East I-30), Mesquite (1125 Gross Rd.), Dallas (1054 Regal Row), Van (2904 Interstate 20) and Greenville (3201 I-30 East).   Hurry these tickets are available only while supplies last.

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