Final Day of Racing at the 25th Fall Nationals

September 26, 2010 by  
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The final day of the 25th Anniversary O’Reilly Fall Nationals has begun. The sportsman classes will kick the day off before the opening ceremonies. Texas Country music singer/songwriter Cory Morrow will be singing the National Anthem at the starting line. We will have surprises and special events throughout the day. The sun is out and the temperatures should stay below 80 making for great racing weather. Head out here and be a part of history.

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Fall Nationals Saturday Recap

September 25, 2010 by  
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After a long day of racing that was slowed by rain, Larry Dixon, Tim Wilkerson, Allen Johnson and Matt Smith came out on top of the respective classes at the 25th Annual O’Reilly Fall Nationals.

An early afternoon rain put a halt to the third round of Funny Car qualifying. After a five hour delay the third round was able to continue but it would be their last for the event. Due to the weather only Pro Stock Motorcycle, Pro Stock and Top Fuel were able to get in their fourth round of qualifying.

Larry Dixon broke his old track record with a time of 3.793 and secured his spot as the top qualifier in Top Fuel. Tony Schumacher ended the day second overall with a 3.799 at 321.65 mph which broke the previous track record that he also held. Cory McClenathan, Antron Brown and Brandon Bernstein rounded out the top five.

Tim Wilkerson, who won this event in 2008, bolted to the top of the field with a 4.079. Ashley Force Hood moved up to the number two spot just before rain halted the qualifying with a 4.100. Her teammate Jeff Arend earned the number three spot with a time of 4.1.21 at 305.56 mph which tied the track record held by Robert Hight. Bob Tasca III and Ron Capps finished out the top five.
Allen Johnson led the Pro Stock class with a 6.611 that he earned this morning. Mike Edwards took the second qualifying spot followed by Jason Line in third. Larry Morgan drove his way into the fourth spot with a time of 6.638 followed by rookie Shane Gray at fifth.

Matt Smith rode his Al-Anabi Buell into the number one qualifiers position in the final round of with a time of 6.923. Eddie Krawiec followed close behind in second while Karen Stoffer finished third. Andrew Hines and Steve Johnson rounded out the top five.
Sunday looks to be a perfect day for racing with sun and 70 degree temperatures. Get your tickets and be a part of history!

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Racing to Resume Soon

September 25, 2010 by  
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After a short rain delay, track crews are working to dry the track. Once the track is finished drying, racing will resume with the third round of Funny Car qualifying. The schedule will continue as planned with a couple changes to the alcohol classes. The drying is going well and should be finished soon. There is still a full schedule of events left today starting with the final round of qualifying. There is also the annual DRAW Auction and a concert by Kaley Caperton.

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Big Daddy Don Garlits Day

September 25, 2010 by  
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As proclaimed by Ennis Mayor Russell Thomas, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2010 is “Big Daddy” Don Garlits Day!

Come see the legend in action! Garlits is not only racing, he’s qualified in the No. 9 spot in Stock Eliminator! He will be honored for his work in drag racing, his innovation in the field of motorsports and for being an Eagle Scout.

Ceremony will be held on the starting line at 2:30 p.m.

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NHRA stars visit International Bowling Campus

September 25, 2010 by  
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ARLINGTON, Texas (Sept. 24) – Five-time world champion drag racer Jeg Coughlin Jr. is best known for his exploits behind the wheel of his 210-mph JEGS.com Chevrolet Cobalt Pro Stock car. But when the affable pro from Delaware, Ohio, isn’t zipping dow the strip, he can usually be found at the local bowling alley, knocking down pins.

So when he got a chance to visit the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, prior to the start of this weekend’s race in nearby Ennis, Coughlin jumped at the opportunity. A United States Bowling Congress member and long-time league bowler, Coughlin was joined at the IBC by fellow Pro Stock driver, Allen Johnson, a youth bowler when he was a boy.

The trip included a guided tour of the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, a look behind the scenes of the research side of the International Training and Research Center, and some time on the lanes with USBC Silver coach Bryan O’Keefe and Team USA member Mike Fagan on the training side of the ITRC.

“I think from a novice standpoint, learning about the different balls and lane conditions was great, and I have a lot to digest from this tour,” said Coughlin, who averaged 183 in 63 games last year at Delaware Lanes in his hometown. “The museum and hall of fame were neat to see, and I really enjoyed the technology side of things. There are a lot of similarities between racing and bowling.”

During an NHRA-leading seven-win season in 2009, Coughlin and nine of his fellow drivers and crew members, including Johnson, made time to compete in the 2009 USBC Open Championships in Las Vegas, which featured a near-record 17,200 teams.

As Coughlin continues to learn the nuances of bowling, his experience at the world’s largest participatory sporting event and the IBC will stand out.

“Being here and being at the Open were real eye-openers for me,” said Coughlin, who ranks ninth all-time with 66 career NHRA wins and fourth with 52 Pro Stock victories. “I’ve bowled locally at home, but the atmosphere and the conditions are a lot different. I know I have a lot to learn, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Now, the 1998 NHRA Rookie of the Year has found a way to combine his passions for racing and bowling. He plans to install a pair of bowling lanes in his new shop at his home just north of Columbus, Ohio.

“I think it will be fun for family and friends to be able to enjoy the sport of bowling, too,” Coughlin said. “And with the traveling I do, it is nice to be able to stay close to home when I’m in town but still spend time doing something I enjoy.”

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