AWARD-WINNING CHEF TAKES OVER CHAMPIONS CLUB MENU FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY O’REILLY FALL NATIONALS AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX

September 11, 2010 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 11) – The Champions Club will be sizzling in September, regardless of how long the summer temperatures stick around. Guests who purchase Champions Club seats for the 25th anniversary O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, Sept. 23-26, will be treated to the works of Chef Ivan Pugh throughout the weekend.

Pugh, the owner of The Alligator Café for seven years, specializes in Cajun and Creole Specialties with a Southern flair. His restaurant has been voted the best Cajun restaurant by the Dallas Observer six times. Now he is bringing his talent to the race track for the NHRA Fall Nationals weekend.

Perhaps the motto at Texas Motorplex should be: ‘Come for 300-mph racing, but stay for the food.’

“It’s an honor to have such a well-known chef join us for one of the premier racing events in North Texas,” Texas Motorplex General Manager Gabrielle Stevenson said. “Chef Pugh has cooked for some of the biggest names in Dallas Cowboys history like Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman. He’s made his rounds on several TV shows. He’s been working in Texas for years and has honed his craft with his homemade specialties.

“Our Champions Club guests are used to having great food and great service to go with outstanding seats for the race but I think this year they are going to be blown away by Chef Ivan’s creations. It will just give our guests more reason to celebrate the event’s 25th anniversary.”

Champions Club tickets are still available. Call (800) MOTORPLEX or go online at 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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Bracket Race RESCHEDULED / Fast Friday cancelled

September 10, 2010 by  
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Sept. 9, 2010 – Heavy rains have delayed the delivery and installation of pea gravel at the top end of Texas Motorplex. The delay has forced Texas Motorplex officials to cancel racing until the emergency runoff area is complete with new pea gravel.

This weekend’s FAST FRIDAY event has been cancelled. This weekend’s bracket racing series has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2. Gates open at 9 a.m. Racing starts at 11 a.m.

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SILVER TROPHIES UP FOR GRABS DURING 25TH ANNIVERSARY O’REILLY SUPER START BATTERIES NHRA FALL NATIONALS AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX

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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 9) – Racers who are fortunate enough to see four win lights on final eliminations day of any NHRA event are handed over a trophy. They aren’t just handed any trophy when they are the last man or woman standing on race day, they are handed a “Wally.” In drag racing circles the “Wally” name carries the  same mystique that names like Lombardi, Stanley, and O’Brien conjure up for NFL, NHL and NBA champions. Racers put everything they have on that starting line in hopes of bringing home a “Wally” from the race track.

This year, however, NHRA racers will have even more to aim for. The “Wally” trophies given out on Sunday after final eliminations for the 25th anniversary O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, Sept. 23-26, will be silver.

Silver Wallys to celebrate a silver anniversary.

This is the only chance in 2010 racers can battle to bring home the silver anniversary edition of a Wally. Competitors raced at two 25th anniversaries in 2009  – but only got a silver Wally presented in Phoenix.

Eddie Krawiec, the 2008 NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion, earned the PSM victory in Reading – but didn’t get a silver Wally. The rider of the Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson said he can’t think of a better way to add to his collection than with his first silver Wally.

“Every win and every Wally is spectacular because it takes so much from an entire team of people to get to the final round and earn that victory,” Krawiec said. “But any time you can be part of history and win an anniversary race and take home a unique Wally is even more special.

“We earned the runner-up spot at Texas Motorplex in 2009 and I am going to do everything possible to get back to the final round but take the win light and that silver Wally home this time.”

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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CORY MORROW SET TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX DURING 25TH ANNIVERSARY O’REILLY FALL NATIONALS

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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 7, 2010) – Houston’s own Cory Morrow has made his mark in the country music scene with his own Texas style of singing and songwriting. Now he’s going to share that talent up close with Texas Motorplex fans.

 Cory Morrow will be singing the national anthem on the starting line on Sept. 26 – as if final eliminations for the 25th anniversary O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals weren’t going to be exciting enough. Racing kicks off with pro qualifying Friday, Sept. 24 and continues Saturday, Sept. 25 before winners are crowned Sept. 26.

Morrow hails from Houston but can claim the entire state of Texas as his home. He attended Texas Tech where he met Pat Green and other rising music stars. Morrow now lives in Austin and has developed his craft over the years with his infusion of blues, jazz and rock with his Texas-style of Country.

While he tours the nation and often spends time in Nashville, he is most at home in Texas – which is right where he will be on Sept. 26 to kick off the final day of professional NHRA drag racing at Texas Motorplex.

“The fans are absolutely getting a special treat having Cory sing our national anthem,” Texas Motorplex owner Billy Meyer said. “He is Texas country music and we are thrilled he wanted to help us celebrate such a special occasion.

“We wanted to find someone with solid Texas roots to perform the anthem and I can’t think of a better choice than Cory.”

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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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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