Fat Daddy’s Hosting LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VI Kick-Off Party

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MANSFIELD, TX (October 14, 2010) – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) and LenMar Motorsports will hold a LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VI kick-off party from 4 p.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 at Fat Daddy’s Sports & Spirits Cafe in Waxahachie, TX.  The World Finals take place on Oct. 22-23 at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX, and the kick-off party will be the perfect way to start what will be a memorable weekend.

LenMar Motorsports co-owner and Pro Extreme driver Gaylen Smith will be on hand, as will his “Bounty Hunter” PX car. Several other ADRL drivers will also be in attendance for the festivities, along with the Summit Racing Equipment Big Foot Monster Truck and the Police Interceptor Jet Car.  There will be live music from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., along with food and drink specials, door prizes and live giveaways.  Local radio station, 106.9 “The Ranch,” will also be doing a live remote at the spacious, 18,000 square-foot club. Complimentary tickets for the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VI will also be available at the kick-off party at Fat Daddy’s, which is considered one of the top sports bars in the Dallas area.  “It’s just going to be a great kick-off event for the weekend,” Fat Daddy’s Director of Operations John Paynter said. “It promises to be a good time for everyone.” 

Smith and the other ADRL drivers on hand will be available for pictures and autographs. In addition to the ADRL cars that will be displayed at the event, several different hot rods from the amazing “House of Hot Rods” will also be featured for fans.  “No doubt, it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Smith said. “Everyone there is going to have a good time.  “For people that haven’t been to a lot of cars shows or anything like that, this will be a good time for them to see all of this. Fat Daddy’s is such a cool place and it will be a great place to hang out and have a good time before the racing starts on Friday.”

ABOUT LENMAR MOTORSPORTS
Based in Mansfield, Texas, LenMar Motorsports was founded in 2006 by Gaylen Smith and Mark Eddins to provide a full-service race car building and maintenance shop. LenMar Motorsports operates out of an 18,000-square-foot facility that incorporates a full climate-controlled machine shop, engine dyno room, chassis shop, and engine building and tuning area. LenMar Motorsports also is an official VP Fuels and NOS nitrous oxide distributor. For more information on LenMar Motorsports, visit www.LenMarMotorsports.com.

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 Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2010 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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Motley Crue’s Vince Neil Set To Rock October’s LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VI in Texas

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O’FALLON, MO (September 20, 2010) – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) and Gabe Reed Productions (GRP) are pleased to announce that rock legend Vince Neil of Motley Crue will perform a free concert during the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VI on Oct. 23.

The LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals and the prestigious Speedtech “Battle For The Belts” takes place on October 22-23 at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX, and Neil will be performing a 75-minute set in front of the capacity crowd on that Saturday evening between the semifinal and final rounds of eliminations.

A veteran rocker of more than 30 years, Neil has been the boisterous front man for Motley Crue, one of the most well-known rock bands in history Neil’s latest solo effort, “Tattoos & Tequila,” has received rave reviews and his autobiography of the same title is a best seller.

Motley Crue has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide and Neil has been at the forefront of that extreme lifestyle while performing classic hits like, “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Kickstart My Heart,” and “Dr. Feelgood.”

Neil has long enjoyed a special relationship with the racing community and he jumped at the opportunity to perform in front of a huge audience at the Texas Motorplex.

“This is a perfect marriage between Vince Neil and the excitement of ADRL drag racing,” promoter Gabe Reed said. “Both are all about living life to the limit and having a good time.”

Now in its sixth year, the ADRL is widely recognized as the nation’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing thanks to its innovative business model.

Drag racing is regarded as one of the fastest growing sports in the world and the ADRL is at the forefront of that movement.

Its unique complimentary ticket approach has led to unprecedented growth and capacity crowds at each of the 10 events on its annual national tour, and mixing rock n’ roll and drag racing is sure to attract a raucous crowd.

“It’s going to be great for fans to experience all the memorable ADRL action and one of the greatest rock n’ roll legends during the same weekend,” ADRL President and CEO Kenny Nowling.

“By adding Vince Neil to the already amazing entertainment package the ADRL has to offer, this is sure to be one of the most sought after tickets in entertainment history, and they’re free!”

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 Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2010 ADRL tour consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.

ABOUT GABE REED PRODUCTIONS

Gabe Reed Productions (“GRP”) is a successful international concert promotion company who has promoted concerts for major artists such as KISS. GRP specializes in promoting concerts in South America, Mexico, China as well as the United States. GRP’s founder, Gabe Reed, is a successful entertainment attorney who has worked with KISS, Journey and members of ZZ Top, Motley Crue, Judas Priest and Guns N’ Roses amongst others.

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Drivers Steve Vick and Chuck Ulsch to Appear on ADRL’s “Big Head and Bret Radio Show”

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O’FALLON, MO (October 13, 2010) – Pro Nitrous driver Steve Vick and Extreme 10.5 driver Chuck Ulsch will be the featured guests at 9 p.m. EST on Thursday for the American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL) weekly online radio show, the “Big Head and Bret Radio Show,” which is two hours in length this week.

The “Big Head and Bret Radio Show” features two entertaining and energetic personalities in ADRL President and CEO Kenny Nowling (Big Head) and ADRL TV Personality Bret Kepner (Bret). Nowling also recently announced that this episode will be two hours instead of the usual 60 minutes, ensuring the most detailed preview of the upcoming LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VI.

The enjoyable show streams live every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on the ADRL website, www.ADRL.us, and at www.blogtalkradio.com. Every archived show is also available on-demand on the ADRL website immediately after each episode finishes.

With the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VI and the Speedtech “Battle For The Belts” just one week away, the hosts will talk to Vick and Ulsch and gather their thoughts on their respective classes before “Battle For The Belts” takes place from the Texas Motorplex in Ennis.

Vick managed to sneak into the last spot in the eight-car “Battle For The Belts” field in Pro Nitrous and will talk about his mindset heading into the ADRL’s biggest event of the year.

Ulsch, the XTF world speed record-holder (206.35 miles per hour), enters the World Finals in the sixth position. Ulsch recently won the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags IV, giving him three wins this year and two in the last three ADRL races. Big Head and Bret will also break down the Pro Extreme and Pro Motorcycle classes, along with XTF and PN, on a Thursday show that will be chocked full of content and insight.

The “Big Head and Bret Radio Show” is the only weekly show 100 percent devoted to ADRL racing and is the only weekly show that features the thoughts and comments of the colorful and outspoken Nowling. To listen live, go to www.ADRL.us at 9 p.m. EST on Thursday for the latest two-hour episode.
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 Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2010 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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Chance For First World Championship Driving Hungry Hernandez

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Joshua Hernandez finished first in the points standings in Pro Extreme, accomplishing half of his goals for the 2010 season in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL).  Throughout his highlight-filled career, the second part has always been a little harder to come by.  Hernandez has plenty of wins in his career and plenty of success, but one thing has always eluded him – a world championship.  Hernandez will get his next chance soon, when he competes at the Speedtech “Battle For The Belts” at the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VI in Ennis, TX.

It’s clear that one of the longtime class favorites is ready to end his drought.  “For me, it all comes down to I’ve raced in different leagues and set records and won. But I’ve always been the bridesmaids in the ADRL,” Hernandez said. “That’s always been frustrating.  We need that cherry on top. It’s an important deal.”  Hernandez finished second a year ago, the second time in his illustrious career that has happened. 

He recalled his first runner-up finish as an example of what is capable of happening at the “Battle For The Belts.”  Bubba Stanton wasn’t even qualified in the top eight in 2006, but jumped into the field as an alternate and met up with Hernandez in the final.  Hernandez laughed at the memory and the nonchalant approach both took into the final, but it was Stanton who got the final celebration.  “We were joking around in the staging lanes before the race and then he just edged me out,” Hernandez said.

The world championship has clearly driven Hernandez every year, and this may be one of his best chances.  The first-round bye as the top finisher in the points standings clearly helps but the Texas native doesn’t think any extra pressure comes with it, mostly because it’s already there to begin with.  “I don’t ever walk in not feeling there’s a target on my back,” said the PX points leader. “We’re all out there to do the same thing and that’s win the race.  “Being in the No. 1 seed, there’s at least a little comfort there where you get one pass before the race. Having that bye, it’s a little comforting, but there’s still six hungry competitors trying to take me out.” 

Hernandez is not really concerned about numbers – he simply wants results.  That may sound as if Hernandez is putting even more pressure on himself, but that seems to be where he thrives.  Hernandez has never tried to hide when the spotlight comes and, often times, it’s led to his best performances.  He went on a strong run after getting a major sponsorship deal with Fight Me MMA in May, advancing to the finals in the very first race before losing to KH Al-Thani. 

A month later, Hernandez broke through with a dominant performance at the Summer Drags in Michigan, beating Alex Hossler, who finished No. 2 in points, in the finals.  Hernandez also won at his hometown track, Houston Raceway Park, earlier this year, performing incredibly well in front of a big group of family and friends.   A huge number greeted him in the pits after his semifinal win against Al-Thani and he celebrated his second win of the season later that night.  A mini-slump made for a difficult time in St. Louis, but Hernandez got back on track with a finals appearance at Dragstock VII.

Now, Hernandez will be zoned in that much more at Texas Motorplex.  “You have to be that much more focused for this,” Hernandez said. “It’s a little bit different from other leagues. This definitely brings the excitement and challenge down to the last race.  “It all comes down to two rounds. You have to be that much more focused.  It’s zero mistake time. You have to get it together.”  If Hernandez does, he could be lifting the world title belt over his head for the first time.  “That’s the plan,” Hernandez said.

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THUNDER VALLEY TAKES TEAM TITLE; HEFLER DOUBLES

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ENNIS, Texas (October 10, 2010) – Thunder Valley Raceway Park dominated the team competition to take home the championship for the NHRA South Central Division Summit Racing Series at Texas Motorplex while Jeff Hefler scored a double taking home the trophies in both the No Electronics-Street and in the No Electronics-Quick category.  Thunder Valley Raceway Park, Noble, Okla., racked up 76 points for the Team Championship followed by North Star Dragway and Texas Raceway in second and third respectively.

Hefler, out of Fort Worth, Texas and racing for Wichita Raceway Park, held off fellow Texas racer Jamie Haines Deer Park, Texas, in the No Electronics-Street class running 12.118 seconds at 104.95 mph to Haines’ run of 12.036, 111.33 then went on to face off with Mike Griggs, Tuttle, Okla., in the final of No Electronics-Quick.  Hefler clocked in at 9.790 seconds at 129.58 mph to beat Griggs running 10.404, 120.19 in his ’68 Camaro.  Hefler drove matching ’67 Novas for his pair of wins.

In the Super Pro class it was Sandra Marshall, Newella, Okla., leading the team from Thunder Valley Raceway Park and taking the trophy in her ’99 dragster.  Marshall went 7.860 at 171.51 in defeating Chad Hankins, Winnsboro, Texas, at 8.606, 151.46.

Brad Young and Tony Davis rounded out the day’s winners making their way to the winner’s circle.  Young, Burleson, Texas (Texas Raceway), won in Pro over Joe Gitthens driving his ‘67 Chevy II to a lap of 10.725 seconds on a 10.72 dial at 132.02 mph to Gitthens’ 10.756, 120.93 loosing effort.  Houston resident, Davis, went 9.135 seconds on his ’86 Suzuki in ousting William Keel, San Antonio, Texas.  Keele, recorded a pass of 9.256, 138.22 mph on his ’82 Kawasaki.

Sunday’s winners will advance to the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship next month in Pomona, Calif., at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.

The following are Sunday’s final results from the NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals at Texas Motorplex:

SUPER PRO
Sandra Marshall, Newella, Okla., ’99 dragster, 7.860 seconds, 171.51 def. Chad Hankins, Winnsboro, Texas, ’66 Chevy II, 8.606, 151.46

PRO
Brad Young Burleson, Texas, ’67 Chevy, 10.725, 132.02 def. Joe Gitthens, Edmond, Okla., ’94 Camaro, 10.756, 120.93

NO ELECTRONICS – QUICK
Jeff Hefler, Fort Worth, Texas, ’67 Nova, 9.790, 129.58 def. Mike Griggs, Tuttle, Okla., ’68 Camaro, 10.404, 120.19

NO ELECTRONICS – STREET
Jeff Hefler, Fort Worth, Texas, ’67 Nova, 12.118, 104.94 def. Jamie Haines, Deer Park, Texas, ’99 Camaro, 12.036, 111.33

MOTORCYCLE
Tony Davis, Houston, ’86 Suzuki, 9.135, 132.87 def. William Keele, San Antonio, Texas, ’82 Kawasaki, 9.256, 138.22

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Thunder Valley Raceway Park      76
North Star Dragway                           60
Texas Raceway                                    54
Wichita Raceway Park                      51
Houston Raceway Park                    50
Texas Motorplex                                 43
Paris Dragstrip                                     27
Edinburg Int’l Raceway                    20
Hobbs Motorsports Park                 19
Tulsa Raceway Park                           17
No Problem Raceway                        15
Lubbock Dragway                               9
Rosewell Raceway Park                     2

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ENNIS, Texas (October 9, 2010) – Jeremy Maples led Saturday’s Race of Champions winner’s taking home the trophy in the Electronics class for the NHRA South Central Division Summit Racing Series Finals at Texas Raceway.

Maples drove his ’04 dragster past Jordan Echols, Plano, Texas, with a 7,129 second lap at 186.41 mph. Echols crossed the finish line at 132.67 mph in his ’67 Camaro.

In the No Electronics class, Jacob Pitt came away with the win over Rick Hudel.  Pitt, Manfield, Texas, went 10.254 seconds at 103.04 mph with his ’72 Challenger while Huydel, San Angelo, Texas, left early with a red light start handing the win to Pitt.

Cameron Fulfer, Weatherford, Texas, took the honors in the High School class and Tyler Horne, Valley View, Texas, won the Super Muscle category.  Fulfer clocked in at 13.040 seconds, 89.11 mph to beat JD McNeal, Paris, Texas, with the quicker loosing time of 12.785, 105.52.  Horne held off Robert Broom, Keller, Texas, in his ’67 Mustang running 13.229, 98.59 to Broom’s 13.143, 98.94.

Racing continues on Sunday with eliminations in all classes for the South Central Division Summit Racing Series.  Sunday’s winners will advance to the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship next month in Pomona, Calif., at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.

The following are Saturday’s Race of Champions final results from the NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals at Texas Motorplex:

ELECTRONICS
Jeremy Maples, ’04 dragster, 7.129, 186.41 def.
Jordan Echols, Plano, Texas, ’67 Camaro, 10.559, 132.67

NO ELECTRONICS
Jacob Pitt, Manfield, Texas, ’72 Challenger, 10.254, 103.03 def.
Rick Hudel, San Angelo, Texas, ’69 dragster, 9.384, 152.04

HIGH SCHOOL
Cameron Fulfer, Weatherford, Texas, ’68 Camaro, 13.040, 89.11 def.
JD McNeal, Paris, Texas, ’02
F-250, 12.785, 105.52

SUPER MUSCLE
Tyler Horne, Valley View, Texas, ’67 Mustang, 13.229, 98.59 def.
Robert Broom, Keller, Texas, 13.143, 98.94

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