ANOTHER YEAR OF QUICKEST AND FASTEST RACING ON TAP AS 25TH ANNIVERSARY O’REILLY NHRA FALL NATIONALS HEADS TO TEXAS MOTORPLEX

September 21, 2010 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 21) – What makes Texas Motorplex special? Is it the fact that it was the first all-concrete quarter-mile facility built to host NHRA national events? Is it the fact that it was the first super stadium built specifically for drag racing?

Is if the record-breaking performances logged by some of the biggest and most successful names in the sport of racing?

What makes Texas Motorplex special is all of those things, and more.

Fans can choose their own reason as to why Texas Motorplex will always hold a special place in racing’s heart when the 25th anniversary O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals kicks off Sept. 23-26 for the annual North Texas stop.

It’s the third of six NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to 1 championship playoff events. Everything is on the line when the quickest and fastest racers compete at Texas Motorplex.

“Texas Motorplex fans have been treated to some awesome events throughout the years and to be able to celebrate the 25th running of an NHRA national event is just incredible,” Texas Motorplex General Manager Gabrielle Stevenson said. “We have the best race fans and they know and respect the sport of drag racing. Every year we wonder what will happen next – whether we will see records, a legend-in-the-making or some other special performance. It’s always exciting at Texas Motorplex.”

Texas Motorplex Milestones
Nov. 1985: Billy Meyer signs an agreement to host an NHRA event the following September, before ground was broken on the facility.

Jan. 1986: Ground breaks for the Texas Motorplex – designed to be the first post tension, all-concrete, quarter-mile facility specifically created for drag racing.

Sept. 25, 1986: Darrell Gwynn runs 5.280 to set Top Fuel E.T. record with the first national event pass on the track.

April 1997: The Texas Motorplex becomes the first non-NHRA-owned track to host two national events.

1997: The Texas Motorplex opens the Divisional 4 Hall of Fame, becoming the only track to host a hall of fame.

1997: The Texas Motorplex becomes the first facility to build a permanent hospitality structure to host fans in a VIP atmosphere; originally known as The Top Eliminator Club and now known as the Champions Club.

April 9, 1988: Eddie Hill turns in the first four-second quarter mile pass – a 4.990 run.

Oct. 19, 1997: Cory McClenathan makes the first pass in the 320 mph-range – a 321.77 run.

Oct. 24, 1998: Gary Scelzi, John Force, Warren Johnson and Larry Kopp lead the quickest qualifying field in NHRA history.

Oct. 23, 1999: En route to his first, NHRA championship, Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher earns his first national event victory.

Oct. 23, 1999: John Force clinched his ninth NHRA Funny Car championship by defeating Tommy Johnson Jr. in the quickest side-by-side race in Funny Car history.

Sept. 23, 2004: The Texas Motorplex becomes the first NHRA track in the country to have starting line balcony seating in the tower suites.

Sept. 26, 2004: Greg Anderson clinches his second consecutive NHRA Pro Stock title at the Texas Motorplex. Anderson clinched the title faster than any other driver in NHRA history.

CURRENT TRACK RECORDS:
Top Fuel: 3.820 seconds by Larry Dixon (Sept. 2008); 316.60 mph by Tony Schumacher (Sept. 2009).
Funny Car: 4.063 seconds by Robert Hight (Sept. 2008); 305.56 mph by Hight (Sept. 2009).
Pro Stock: 6.597 seconds by Mike Edwards (Sept. 2009); 209.88 mph by Edwards (Sept. 2009).
Pro Stock Motorcycle: 6.908 seconds by Eddie Krawiec (Sept. 2009); 194.60 mph by Michael Phillips (Sept. 2009).

Gates open for the 25th anniversary O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 as sportsman qualifying runs between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Gates open at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 24 with sportsman qualifying starting at 8:30 a.m. and professional qualifying at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m.; Gates open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 with sportsman eliminations starting at 8 a.m. and the final two professional qualifying sessions running at 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Gates open at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26 with pre-race ceremonies starting at 10 a.m. and final professional eliminations starting at 11 a.m.

Call (800) MOTORPLEX for tickets or go online at www.texasmotorplex.com.

The Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, The 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 Champions Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

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EVERSON WALLS AND MEL RENFRO WILL REPRESENT GIFT FOR LIFE FOUNDATION DURING 25TH ANNIVERSARY FALL NATIONALS AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX

September 20, 2010 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 20, 2010) – It may be football season, but these former Dallas Cowboys players will be at the race track this weekend as Texas Motorplex plays host to its 25th anniversary O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, Sept. 23-26. Pro Bowl defensive back Everson Walls and Hall of Fame defensive back Mel Renfro will be on hand to sign autographs and sell items with all proceeds benefiting the Gift for Life Foundation.

The Gift for Life Foundation was created to promote the awareness, early detection and prevention of kidney disease and other illnesses and complications directly related to these life-threatening conditions.

The foundation began in 2007 when former Dallas Cowboys teammates, Walls and Ron Springs, shared an organ donation experience. Springs needed a kidney transplant because of diabetes. Walls donated a kidney and the two have been dedicated to educating the community about kidney failure and kidney disease ever since.

To find out more about the Foundation including their Camp Reynal for children who suffer from kidney failure and kidney disease, go to www.giftforlifefoundation.org.

The Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, The 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 Champions Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

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Things to know before you come to the Texas Motorplex

September 20, 2010 by  
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Are you ready?  The 25th anniversary O’Reilly Auto Parts Super Start Batteries NHRA FAll Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec is this weekend!.  Texas Motorplex wants to make sure all our guests are prepared to have a great time celebrating 25 years of drag racing at this historic event.   Here are some tips to make your race weekend even better:

  • Spectator parking is free in the main spectator parking lot located on the south side of Hwy 287. 
  •  We will be scanning tickets at the gates this year so please make sure that everyone holds their own ticket as you come up to the gates, also make sure everyone in your party has a ticket to get into the gate. 
  • If you are picking up tickets at Will Call please have your Picture ID, Confirmation Number and the credit card that you purchased the tickets with ready when you come to the box office. 
  • Follow us on Twitter! You never know when a special deal, free meal or signed merchandise will be announced!
  • No outside food or drinks are allowed into the facility.
  • ATMs are loacted in the Northside and Southside food courts.  
  •  Tickets are still available call 1-800-MOTORPLEX or order online at ticketmaster.com.
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Avoid the lines! Order your tickets at Ticketmaster and print at home with TicketFast

September 19, 2010 by  
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Avoid the lines! Order your tickets at Ticketmaster and print your tickets at home with TicketFast. Order your tickets at ticketmaster.com and you can print your tickets at home and skip the lines at the box office and go straight to the gate. Get in faster to see your favorite NHRA pro drivers battle it out on the world famous concrete Texas Motorplex. Click here to order!

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Baker’s Ribs to provide meals for Texas Motorplex hospitality guests

September 17, 2010 by  
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 ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 17, 2010) — Hospitality guests of the 25th anniversary O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals are in for a special treat this year. Texas Motorplex has teamed up with Baker’s Ribs to provide meals for hospitality guests. Baker’s will be serving up a traditional Texas-style BBQ, complete with their homemade cobbler. What could be better than watching the quickest and fastest racing in North Texas with the best BBQ?

Baker’s Ribs has become a critical success and family tradition by slow cooking the meats over hickory logs. Don’t ask Joe and Suzanne what they use to make the food so good… it’s a secret family recipe that’s been used at Baker’s Ribs for more than 25 years.

You can still buy hospitality tickets for groups by calling Greg Griffin at (972) 878-2641.

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