FORCE INTRODUCES 25 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS, MEETS FANS AND GETS MEDIA FIRED UP FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY O’REILLY NHRA FALL NATIONALS

September 1, 2010 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 1, 2010) – John Force knows how to make the most of any visit to the DFW area.

The 14-time NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car world champion was in Dallas Monday to help promote the upcoming 25th anniversary O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, Sept. 23-26.

Force met with media at the beginning and end of his day. Force also toured the Dallas Cowboys’ training facility and helped launch a contest for fans.

Force spent 34 days of his life in a local hospital in 2007, mending severe injuries suffered in a racing crash at Texas Motorplex. Force developed a soft spot for the Cowboys during that time.

“I would be up all night because of the pain and at 4 a.m., you can watch football or football-related shows here,” Force said. “I hadn’t paid any attention to football since I played in high school and watching it for the month I was in the hospital got me back into the game.”

During the training facility tour, Force met with the Cowboys’ Strength and Conditioning coach, Joe Juraszek for some tips on how to continue and improve his rehabilitation. Force and Juraszek traded stories, talked about ways to stay motivated in a training program and how Force’s attitude was paramount when dealing with his rehabilitation.

“One of the most difficult parts of the rehab was depression,” Force said. “There were days when I would drive me to the gym and I just didn’t feel like going in there and doing the work. But the rehab was the most important part. Being in the gym made it possible for me to get back to racing.”

Once Force had completed the Cowboys tour, he went to a local O’Reilly Auto Parts store in Irving. Force gave away tickets to the upcoming race, high-fived fans and talked about his favorite moments of Texas Motorplex racing with his longtime friend and Motorplex owner, Billy Meyer.

“Force is one of those incredible competitors that draws fans in,” Meyer said. “We wanted to personally invite fans out to the 25th anniversary Fall Nationals and we wanted the biggest name in the sport to get fans excited and ready for the event.”

The 25th anniversary event will be a must-win stop for some NHRA professional drivers. It’s the third of six playoff events in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to 1 championship series. Force has logged seven victories at the all-concrete facility – a Motorplex record.

“We’ve been fortunate to have the two nitro points leaders visit the DFW area lately,” Texas Motorplex General Manager Gabrielle Stevenson said. “Larry Dixon took the time to visit a children’s hospital and media in July and now we’ve had Force launch a fan giveaway contest, meet fans and talk to media this week. The Fall Nationals is a special time of year for racers and fans and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the event that with the Top Fuel and Funny Car points leaders.”

The 25 Days of Giveaways has started! One lucky winner will be randomly selected each day to earn a prize package that could include signed merchandise, tickets and more. Go to www.texasmotorplex.com for more information.

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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JOHN FORCE KICKS-OFF MOTORPLEX FAN PROMOTIONS; ANNOUNCES SPECIAL TIX OFFER

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IRVING, TX (August 30, 2010) — Today at an O’Reilly Auto Parts store in Irving, Texas 14-time Funny Car champion John Force announced the kick-off of the 25th annual NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Fall Nationals. Force was in town today to talk with Dallas area media about his season as well as the upcoming Texas Motorplex NHRA Full Throttle Series national event scheduled for September 23-26. As part of the day the Motorplex announced a special one day ticket price, $25, to coincide with Force’s appearance. In addition to the special Force priced ticket the Motorplex also announced over the next 25 days fans will have the chance to win exciting prizes as well as ticket packages leading up to the historic event.

“The biggest point to Monday is making the 25th anniversary O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals more accessible and friendly to our fans. We want them to know we care. We want them to know our drivers – even the most famous and celebrated one in the sport – actually wants to personally invite fans to the event. We want our fans to consider this a media tour that personally invites Texas fans to see the best racing in Texas,” said Gabrielle Stevenson, Texas Motorplex general manager.

“We know that economically, times are tough. We want fans to know that NHRA Full Throttle racing is an event that should not be missed – and we are going to make it easy by offering a special discount on the day Force is in the market,” added Stevenson.

The promotion was announced via an e-mail that went out on Sunday telling fans to tune into The Fan 105.3 FM radio station or go online www.texasmotorplex.com for the ticket offer and promo code TM25. Shortly after 1 p.m. radio show hosts Richie Whitt and Greg Williams announced the ticket offer and told fans Force had more to say when he arrived at the O’Reilly Auto Parts store. The offer spread through a variety of social media networks. Force made the official announcement shortly after 3 p.m. in Irving. One name will be selected at the end of every day, with the winner announced daily for a special give-aways and ticket packages. There will be 25 winners in all.

Force has won more titles at Texas Motorplex than any other racer in NHRA history (7) and has connected with fans through the highest and lowest points of his racing career. Force is thanking the fans for team and drag racing support by kicking off 25 days of prizes, fun and excitement as they prepare for the quickest and fastest form of racing to come to North Texas

Texas Motorplex was built in 1986 and was the first super-track built specifically for drag racing. It was the first all-concrete quarter-mile facility and has been the place for records to break, championships to be won and lost and significant points in history made.

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25 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS TO KICK OFF THE CELEBRATION FOR THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY NHRA FALL NATIONALS STARTS TODAY!

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ENNIS, Texas (Aug. 30, 2010) – Texas Motorplex fans, get ready! The 25 Days of Giveaways starts today. NHRA legend and 14-time NHRA Funny Car world champion John Force will be in the DFW area today to kick off a 25-day celebration that will culminate in the 25th anniversary O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex, Sept. 23-26.

Fans can go to www.texasmotorplex.com and enter to win daily prizes. Fans must enter daily, and one random name will be chosen for each day’s prize pack. There will be autographed merchandise, limited edition items, tickets and more. There will be 25 packages given away between Aug. 30 and Sept. 23.

Force is the winningest NHRA driver in Texas Motorplex history, with seven national event victories. He also is celebrating his 25th season with his primary sponsor – Castrol – making him a perfect fit for celebrating the 25th anniversary event at Texas Motorplex. Force will kick off the 25 Days of Giveaways at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Irving location (3425 Belt Line Road, Irving) at 3 p.m. after he starts a day-long media tour.

Force also will make an announcement about a special ticket price. Check the website after 3 p.m. or tune into Greggo and Richie between Noon – 3 p.m. today on The Fan radio  to hear about the ticket offer.

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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NHRA announces Full Throttle Drag Racing Series 2011 schedule – Texas Motorplex will be the second race in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship

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Phoenix Event Moved to the fall; Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Last Race before NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship

GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2010) – NHRA announced its 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule today, featuring 22 national events. The most significant change to the schedule is the move of the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway to the fall where it will become one of the six-races that comprise the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship. The Phoenix event, which also will feature the Pro Stock Motorcycle class for the first time, will be held Oct. 14-16.

NHRA also announced that New England Dragway will join the NHRA member track network in 2011.  NHRA is currently working with the track on facility improvements with the goal to bring an NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event to New England Dragway as soon as possible.  Given the location of the facility, and NHRA’s well known desire to bring a national event to New England and near the metropolitan Boston market, it promises to be one of the most popular spots on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series tour.

NHRA will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2011, with a number of special events and activities planned throughout the season at all NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events. Plans for the celebration, which will be announced in greater detail in the coming weeks, will include showcasing many of the sport’s greatest moments from the last seven decades.

NHRA’s 60th anniversary campaign kicks-off with the 51st running of the Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Feb. 24-27, followed by the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway two weeks later, March 10-13. After the East Coast opener in Gainesville, the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will head west for the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, April 1-3.  

The second annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals, a spectacle unlike any other in motorsports, will take place at zMAX Dragway, April 14-17.  The 24th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals will take place April 29-May 1 at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston, followed by the 31st annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 13-15 at Atlanta Dragway. The O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Summer Nationals in Topeka, Kan. will be held May 20-22.  

The month of June will once again take the Full Throttle Series teams to three tradition-rich venues, beginning with the 42nd annual NHRA SuperNationals in Englishtown, N.J., June 2-5, followed by the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn., June 17-19, and concluding with the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, June 23-26.

Another change to the schedule sees The United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago moving to July 7-10.   In 2011, the start of the Western Swing will begin with the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver, July 22-24, followed by the 24th annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals, July 29-31 in Sonoma, Calif., and conclude with the NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Aug. 5-7.

The other race scheduled during the month of August, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn., Aug. 18-21.

If the stakes weren’t already high for the most famous of all drag racing events – the traditional Labor Day weekend running of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil -   they will be increased ten-fold in 2011 as the prestigious event will represent the final chance for teams in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series to earn a top 10 position and qualify for the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship.  The nearly week-long event will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 5 at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis.

The six-races that will make up the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship include the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, Sept. 15-18 at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte; O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas, Sept. 22-25; and the 27th annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa.

The season concludes with the last three events of the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, starting with the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, Oct. 14-16, the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals, Oct. 27-30, and the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Nov. 10-13.

The Pro Stock Motorcycle class will compete in a 16-race schedule, with six of those races in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship.
          
ESPN2 and ESPN2HD, a part of the ESPN network, the worldwide leader in sports, will once again provide exclusive television coverage, on a same-day basis, of all NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events featuring action from qualifying rounds on Saturday and Sunday’s race.
          
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 23 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.
2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Schedule
“60th Anniversary Celebration”

51st annual Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals               Feb. 24-27
Pomona, Calif.

42nd annualTire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals                               March 10-13
Gainesville, Fla. (PSM)

12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals                               April 1-3
Las Vegas

Second annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals                                       April 14-17
Concord, N.C.

24th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals                     April 29-May 1
Houston (PSM)

31st annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals               May 13-15     
Commerce, Ga. (PSM)

23rd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Summer Nationals                     May 20-22
Topeka, Kan.

42nd annual NHRA SuperNationals                                           June 2-5
Englishtown, N.J.  (PSM)       

11th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals                                 June 17-19
Bristol, Tenn.

Fifth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals                       June 23-26
Norwalk, Ohio   (PSM)

14th annual United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals                    July 7-10
Chicago   (PSM)

32nd annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals                                July 22-24
Denver   (PSM)

24th annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals                                  July 29-31
Sonoma, Calif. (PSM)

24th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals                                      Aug. 5-7
Seattle

30th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals                                      Aug. 18-21
Brainerd, Minn. (PSM)

57th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil               Aug. 31 – Sept. 5
Indianapolis   (PSM)
Countdown to the Championship

Fourth annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals                          Sept. 15-18
Concord, N.C. (PSM)

26th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals            Sept. 22-25
Dallas (PSM)

27th annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals                                     Sept. 29 – Oct. 2
Reading, Pa. (PSM)

27th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals                                        Oct. 14-16
Phoenix (PSM)

11th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals                                      Oct. 27-30
Las Vegas   (PSM)

47th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals            Nov. 10-13
Pomona, Calif.  (PSM)

(PSM) – Event will include Pro Stock Motorcycle

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JOHN FORCE TO KICK – OFF 25 DAY FAN PROMOTION FOR TEXAS MOTORPLEX

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DALLAS (Aug. 25, 2010) — John Force has won more than any driver in the history of NHRA drag racing. With 130 career wins, more than 1,000 round wins, 14 Full Throttle Funny Car world championships Force has rewritten the record books throughout his legendary career. Many of his record setting and his most terrifying performance occurred at the storied Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas.

Force will be in Dallas on Monday, Aug. 30, to kick-off the 25th annual O’Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals with a full day of media events including announcements about the fan promotions counting down the final 25 days before racing action takes to the track at the Texas Motorplex Sept. 23-26. Force will make the announcement at 3 p.m. along with Motorplex officials at an O’Reilly Auto Parts store located at 3425 North Beltline Road in Irving, Texas. The store is at the intersection of North Belt Line and Finley Road.

When asked recently what racing at the Texas Motorplex, recognized as the first super track on the NHRA tour, meant to the winningest driver in NHRA history Force did not have a problem explaining his excitement.

“Texas is a great a marketplace.  It’s exciting because I really do love Texas.  But (Texas Motorplex owner) Billy Meyer was a Funny Car racer in the early days.  He knew what the racers wanted when he built (the Motorplex).  When I first saw it, it was like seeing Rome.  It was like, ‘You’re kidding me,’ This thing built out in the middle of nowhere but in a great marketplace that drew from all corners of Texas and it was like, wow. Right next to Dallas and this thing was this giant stadium.  It looked like where the Romans fought, the Gladiators, the lions and all that stuff.  It was like, ‘Wow!,’ said Force.

“He made it all concrete, you know what I mean?  That means you can race on it, you can set national records and I did that there.  And Billy Meyer just created what we wanted.  Yeah, I crashed there and I’m still struggling with it and I really want to win Dallas.  And that’s why I was excited when Billy called to go there to do PR because that’s where I crashed; that’s where I fell. I’ve gone back the last two years and I haven’t been able to hit my tail end. But this year, I’m back in the game.”

“(2009 Funny Car champion and Force teammate) Robert Hight is kind of taking over this operation with Ashley (Force Hood), but I’m going to give them a run for their money this year.  So, I’m excited to come back to Dallas.  It’s a great place but Billy Meyer was an innovator that knew the dream and he delivered, of that time, the state of the art.  Today there’s only a few stadiums that compare with him.  Most of them are built by Bruton Smith, but his is still the one, when you come down that freeway, there it is,” concluded Force.

Details of the fan promotions will be announced at 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 30 as well as throughout the 25 days leading up to the 25th annual O’Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex website, 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.

Media contacts: Christie Johnson, Texas Motorplex, 254-744-0270 or Elon Werner, John Force Racing, 214-244-1184.

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