Saturday Racing Action Set to Begin Soon

September 25, 2010 by  
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The track is being prepared and Sportsman racing will begin shortly. It is dry and 73 degrees outside and feels perfect for drag racing. The first pro session will begin with Top Fuel around 11:15am this morning. The final pro qualifying session will start around 2:30pm this afternoon. Get your tickets now and come on out to be a part of history.

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First Day of Pro Qualifying in the Books

September 24, 2010 by  
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The first day of pro qualifying got underway Friday afternoon with the Pro Stock Motorcycles. Karen Stoffer took the top spot with a 6.953, followed closely by Eddie Krawiec with a 6.955. Steve Johnson rounded out the Top 3 in the first round.

In pro stock cars Jason line lead the pack with a 6.644 followed by Mike Edwards and Line’s teammate Greg Anderson in third.

The first round of Funny Cars saw Tim Wilkerson grab the number one spot with a 4.325. Jeff Arend drove his DHL Solara into second place with a time of 4.34. John Force closed out the top three and increased his lead over Robert Hight to five.

Top Fuel point’s leader, Larry Dixon, added to his lead by grabbing the top spot with a time of 3.962. Brandon Bernstein and Cory McClenathan finished second and third.

Round two of Pro Stock Motorcycles saw Karen Stoffer keep her number one qualifying position while Eddie Krawiec set a new track speed record of 195.03mph.

In Pro Stock Car, Allen Johnson climbed his way to the top spot with a time of 6.632. First round leader Jason Line held on to the second place position followed by Mike Edwards.

Cruz Pedregon, who has won this event twice, powered his way to the top qualifier spot with a 4.129. Jeff Arend and Tim Wilkerson flip-flopped places to end the second round.

Top Fuel saw better times from everyone, but Larry Dixon was able to hold onto his number one qualifiers position with a 3.852. Cory McClenathan and Brandon Bernstein swapped places but remained in the top three at the end of the day.

Gates will open Saturday at 7:30am with the third round of Pro Stock Qualifying starting around 11:15am. Tickets are still available to catch all of the action at the 25th Anniversary O’Reilly Fall Nationals.

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Racing is Underway at the 25th O’Reilly Fall Nationals

September 24, 2010 by  
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The 25th Anniversary O’Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis is underway. The first round of Pro Qualifying is finished with the second round scheduled for later tonight. The weather is great so come on out and catch all of the action tonight. You can also find updates for each round of qualifying under the Fall Nationals section of texasmotorplex.com.

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1986: A VERY GOOD YEAR IN AMERICAN HISTORY

September 23, 2010 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 23, 2010) – Texas Motorplex opened its gates for an NHRA national event for the first time in September 1986. It was a turning point in drag racing history, as no other facility had featured an all-concrete racing surface and fan and racer amenities as never seen before in racing.

The year was 1986. What else happened that year?

  • “We Are The World” won a Grammy as Record of the Year
  • “No Jacket Required” by Phil Collins won Grammy for Album of the Year.
  • First ten musicians are voted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Top box office films include Top Gun, Crocodile Dundee, Platoon and Aliens.
  • IBM unveils the PC Convertible – the first laptop computer.
  • Roger Clemens set the record for the most strikeouts in a nine-inning MLB game, striking out 20 batters.
  • The first Martin Luther King Day is observed.
  • Space shuttle Challenger disintegrates 73 seconds after launch, killing the crew of astronauts.
  • “Out of Africa” wins best picture of the year.
  • The Chernobyl disaster happened.
  • Geralda Rivera opens Al Capone’s secrete vault on “The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault” TV show discovering only a bottle of moonshine.
  • Hands Across America – at least 5,000,000 people form a human chain from NYC to Long Beach CA, to raise money to fight hunger and homelessness.
  • The Statue of Liberty is reopened to the public after extensive refurbishing.
  • Georgia O’Keefe, American Artist died.
  • Smoking is banned on all public transport including planes, trains, busses, and coaches.

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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Team Mopar® Driver Allen Johnson ‘In the Hunt’ Heading into Dallas

September 22, 2010 by  
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Auburn Hills, Mich. — Allen Johnson’s championship hopes took a hit at the NHRA stop last weekend at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., with Johnson falling from second to fifth in the Countdown to the Championship Pro Stock playoffs. The Mopar® Dodge Avenger pilot is focused on making up the ground he lost in his title quest at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, scheduled to take place Sept. 23–26 near Dallas, Texas.

“I’m fired up to go into Dallas and begin to climb back into the title hunt,” said Johnson, a native of Greeneville, Tenn. “There are still four races left in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, and that’s more than enough time to close the gap between us and Mike (Edwards, the current Pro Stock points leader).”

Johnson cites two reasons he feels optimistic about his chances in the Pro Stock championship fight: the skill of his J&J Racing team and the power of the Mopar HEMI® engine under the hood of his Mopar Dodge.

“The way the J&J Racing team has been preparing the Mopar Dodge Avenger all year, we’ve qualified at or near the top of the field in almost every event,” said Johnson, who has captured a career-high four No. 1 Qualifier Awards already this season. “Dad (Roy Johnson, Allen’s father and engine builder) continues to make tons of horsepower with our Mopar HEMI engines. You can’t count us out.

“I’m only about 30 more points out than what I was heading into last weekend. The way the whole deal worked, with Mike getting knocked out early, I’m still in the hunt. All I need is one good race, and I can be right back in it.”

Johnson to take part in Greg Morris Memorial Golf Tournament
Allen Johnson will join a number of participants from the NHRA community scheduled to take part in the Greg Morris Memorial Golf Tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Old Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris, Texas. The tournament was founded to help support Heather Morris, daughter of Greg Morris, a track worker at Texas Motorplex who passed away following a battle with brain cancer. Greg was diagnosed six months before Heather lost her mother in a tragic car accident.

“The Greg Morris Tournament is one of my favorite charitable events,” said Johnson, who has taken part in the tournament for several years. “The racing community comes together to help a little girl whose parents both passed away. It’s a great tournament and a lot of good people get involved.”

For more information on the Greg Morris Memorial Golf Tournament, visit http://texasmotorplex.com.

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