GLENDORA, Calif. — (Dec. 8, 2010) – NHRA announced today that Suburban Chevrolet will sponsor the Top Sportsman class in 2011 for the NHRA South Central Division. The Suburban Chevrolet Top Sportsman class will run in conjunction with the division’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and make stops in Bell Rose, La., Houston (two stops), Ennis, Texas, Tulsa, Okla., and finish out the season in Noble, Okla.
Racers will earn points toward the South Central division Championship with the top three finishers receiving a share of the $3000 purse. The Champion will also be awarded the Suburban Chevrolet Top Sportsman champion’s jacket and a coveted NHRA Wally trophy.
“NHRA Drag Racing is our market,” said Keith Haney, co-owner of Suburban Chevrolet and three other dealerships throughout Oklahoma. “We sell cars to a lot of racers including new and used race cars. We’ve used the partnership as an opportunity to include some of our other companies as well.”
Suburban Chevrolet has also had a big presence at Tulsa Raceway Park for more than five years, with involvement in several of the track’s racing programs. Haney also competes in the Top Sportsman class where he finished No. 2 in the NHRA South Central division in 2009.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA has 80,000 members and 140 member tracks worldwide. As the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States, NHRA presents 22 national events featuring the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Two NHRA-sanctioned bracket racing series provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels: the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; O’Reilly Raceway Park 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.
O’FALLON, MO (December 1, 2010) – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) is pleased to announce that the new date for its 2010 Racer Appreciation and Awards Gala is Thursday, March 24 at the spacious Tower Club at Royal Purple Raceway (formerly Houston Raceway Park).
The casual dress event will take place from 7-10 p.m. in the Tower Club the night before the ADRL kicks off its 2011 racing season with the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Dragpalooza VIII presented by Safety-Kleen, which takes place March 25-26 in Baytown, Texas. The awards gala will serve as a fitting end to what was a memorable and record-breaking 2010 ADRL season just as the 2011 campaign prepares to begin.
The new location and date also allows for more cost-effective and convenient location for the ADRL’s talented competitors, teams and sponsors. Tickets are $30 and everyone must purchase a ticket to attend. Tables of 10 are also available for those who are interested.
ADRL World Championship rings and belts will be presented to Frankie Taylor (Pro Extreme), Burton Auxier (Pro Nitrous), Dan Millen (Extreme 10.5), Kim Morrell (Pro Extreme Motorcycle), John Montecalvo (Extreme Pro Stock) and Tyler Allen (Pro Junior Dragster), and the world’s top eighth-mile drag racing series will also announce a host of other awards, including its 2010 Competitor of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Employee of the Year and Track of the Year.
Additionally, the ADRL will present the Jim Oddy Award, which is given annually to the ADRL racer who best demonstrates sportsmanship in conjunction with competitive drive throughout the 2010 season.
Finally, the 9th annual Walter W. Henry Memorial Award, the most prestigious award in doorslammer drag racing, will be presented to a person or group of individuals who has made an important and significant impact on the sport over an extended period of time.
Last year’s winner was ADRL co-founder Tommy Lipar. Noted drag racing historian and ADRL television reporter Bret Kepner will serve as Master of Ceremonies for this year’s Gala.
Other 2009 winners were Brian Gahm (Competitor of the Year), Jason Hamstra (Rookie of the Year), Dave Koch and Dave Koch Jr. (co-Employees of the Year), Royal Purple Raceway, formerly Houston Raceway Park, (Track of the Year) and Kenny Doak (Jim Oddy Award).
The casual attire event begins at 7 p.m. with an upscale buffet dinner, and it will also feature drinks, door prizes and the awards ceremony. To purchase tickets, contact Connie Hull at the ADRL offices at (636) 255-4748. Tickets can be purchased by check, credit card or money order, but must be purchased in advance and no later than 5 p.m. CST on March 7. Tickets will not be available at the door. Seating is limited and each gala has welcomed nearly 400 attendees, so early ticket orders are encouraged.
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.
ADRL Racer Appreciation and
Awards Gala Fact Sheet
WHAT: The 2010 ADRL Racer Appreciation and Awards Gala
WHEN: Thursday, March 24, 2011, 7-10 P.M.
WHERE: The Tower Club at Royal Purple Raceway (formerly Houston Raceway Park), 2525 South FM 565, Baytown, TX 77523
SCHEDULE (Subject to change)
7:00 p.m.: Buffett Dinner
8:00 p.m.: Racer Appreciation and Awards Ceremony
ATTIRE: Casual dress
TICKETS: Cost is $30 for everyone interested. Tables of 10 can be purchased for $300. Tickets must be purchased in advance, payable by American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa by calling (636) 255-4748 or by mailing a money order to: ADRL, P.O. Box 430, O’Fallon, MO, 63366. Tickets must be purchased no later than 5 p.m. CST on March 7.
CONTACT: American Drag Racing League (636) 255-4748; Media requests contact ADRL Communications (740) 627-1423; Royal Purple Raceway (281) 383-7223.
Ticket renewals for the 26th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Sept. 22-25, 2011, are in the mail. Watch your mailbox this week for your renewal envelope that also includes a special offer to everyone renewing their ticket order before the Feb. 11, 2011 deadline.
When people come to Texas, they expect big things. The state is big. The signs are big. The drinks are big. The Texas Motorplex, however, is one giant contradiction.
The Texas Motorplex was the first super-stadium ever built specifically for drag racing. To say the least, it was a very big deal when Texas Motorplex owner Billy Meyer opened its gates in 1986.
The Motorplex tradition of hosting big events continues in 2011 as it plays host to the 26th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Sept. 22-25,
2011 on the original all-concrete quarter-mile surface just south of Dallas.
The biggest names in drag racing will again battle for bragging rights, Texas-sized prize money and the highly coveted Wally trophy when the Full Throttle tour makes its only stop in North Texas.
It’s big. Really big.
The margin for error, however, is, decidedly small.
Not only is the event on one of the quickest surfaces on the tour, it’s also the second of six Countdown to One championship playoff events. Win at the Motorplex to earn a chance at glory. Lose at the Motorplex and hope of earning the series title starts to fade quickly.
Champions are made at Texas Motorplex. Three of the four 2010 professional winners at Texas Motorplex went on to earn the NHRA Full Throttle series championship.
The 2011 event will feature highly motivated racers competing for the Texas Motorplex victory as well as a chance at the NHRA Full Throttle World Championship in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. The top 10 drivers in each of the four categories –– as well as seven sportsman categories – will bring the world’s most competitive drag racing teams to Texas, Sept. 22-25, 2011. Don’t miss the action!
Fifteen-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force and three-time NHRA Top Fuel champ Larry Dixon have been announced as two of 11 finalists for the Economaki Champion of Champions award. The winner of the award, presented by National Speed Sport News, will be announced in its year-end issue due Dec. 15.
“This is a huge honor. Anytime your name is mentioned along with a name like Economaki, that is a big deal,” said Force. “I am excited to be nominated with Larry Dixon. I know he had a great season, so did Jimmie Johnson, who just won his fifth NASCAR championship in a row. I saw Jimmie in Homestead, and I wished him luck before the race. He is a great champion, and when you look at the list of finalists, National Speed Sport News has a tough call to make. I am glad they are making the decision and not me,” said Force.
The award is annually given to the North American racing champion judged to have had the best season on and off the track. It is named after legendary motorsports journalist and publisher Chris Economaki, who began editing National Speed Sport News in 1950. National Speed Sport News is often and accurately described as “the bible of motorsports.” It is a weekly must-read for serious fans, drivers, and crew, and industry leaders alike.
The NSSN staff selected 11 deserving finalists for this year’s honor, which goes to the champion who is judged to provide the best combination of on-track success and dedication to the sport.
NASCAR 2010 Sprint Cup champion Johnson is the only former winner of the award nominated this season. NHRA Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher is the only two-time winner of the honor; other winners are J.J. Yeley, Steve Kinser, Donny Schatz, and Kyle Busch.
The other eight finalists are Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas (Grand Am Rolex Series), Tim Shaffer (O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions), Jason Meyers (World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series), Scott Bloomquist (Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series), Dario Franchitti (Izod IndyCar Series), Levi Jones (USAC Sprint Car, Silver Crown Series), Bryan Clauson (USAC Mopar National Midget Series), and Chip Ganassi (Izod IndyCar, NASCAR, Grand Am).
Spencer Massey, the 2009 NHRA rookie of the year, will join Don Schumacher Racing to drive the Prestone/Fram Top Fuel dragster for the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and provide a three-driver challenge for the championship.
According to Schumacher, the addition of Massey gives his Top Fuel program three legitimate candidates for a championship in the coming season. Massey strengthens a potent DSR program that features Tony Schumacher, seven-time world champion in the U.S. Army dragster, and Antron Brown, who finished fourth in 2010 driving the Matco Tools dragster.
“Spencer is one of the most talented young Top Fuel drivers and a perfect addition to DSR,” said Schumacher. “We expect him to battle Tony and Antron for the 2011 championship from the first race and to be a great representative for the Honeywell team of Fram, Prestone, and Autolite.”
In his inaugural NHRA nitro campaign, the Fort Worth, Texas, native won two national events in 2009 (Chicago and the second Las Vegas race) on his way to a sixth-place Top Fuel finish and receiving the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award.
“This is a great opportunity,” said the 28-year-old. “I got hooked on nitro and tire smoke as a kid; growing up in Texas, Eddie Hill was my idol.”
His father worked on friends’ dragsters as Massey hung around the shop, learning whatever he could about the cars. He eventually worked for his own friends and moved up to crew for Scott Palmer’s NHRA Top Fuel team (2001-03), Ashley Force Hood’s Top Alcohol Dragster (2004), and Morgan Lucas’ Top Alcohol Dragster (2005).
Massey began his driving career as a 13-year-old in Jr. Dragster, then progressed through local bracket racing into Top Alcohol Dragster (2006-08) and IHRA Top Fuel, in which he won the 2008 championship (including four victories in five final rounds at 10 events).
His 2009 NHRA team shuttered its operation following the season, leaving Massey without a ride, so he spent this season competing in IHRA Top Fuel match races and looking for an NHRA nitro ride.
“This is a great opportunity,” he said. “I am driving for a drag racing legend in Don Schumacher on a team with an incredible list of accomplishments. I know I can learn a lot from teammates like Tony and Antron, and just being around them will make me better.
“And I am representing legendary names in automotive products – Fram, Prestone, and Autolite, names which I intend to put on display in the winner’s circle on a regular basis.”