NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series to call ESPN2, ESPN2HD home in 2010

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will again be televised in 16 one-hour shows on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD, with coverage from select NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national events. In addition, the popular NHRA Sportsman Spotlights, focusing on NHRA’s member-track network, will air on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD as part of the race coverage.

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will air on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD on a tape-delay basis as part of NHRA’s relationship with ESPN, which enters its 10th year as the exclusive home of NHRA Drag Racing. All 16 telecasts will air Saturday or Sunday. The NHRA Lucas Oil Series has a long-standing tradition of serving as a highly competitive developmental arena for the future stars of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Returning as anchor of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series telecasts will be longtime NHRA announcer David Rieff, who will be joined in the booth by popular NHRA announcer Bob Frey. Rieff has been involved for many years with NHRA coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. ESPN2 is available in 98.7 million households.

In addition to his race-coverage duties in the booth, Frey will host the popular NHRA Sportsman Spotlight segments, which will be featured within the race broadcasts on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. The segments will showcase unique and interesting stories from NHRA member tracks in each of the sanctioning body’s seven divisions. Frey’s schedule of appearances includes Atco Raceway in Atco, N.J. (Aug. 4, Division 1); Orlando Speed World Dragway in Orlando, Fla. (March 6, Division 2); the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional event at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis (April 24, Division 3); the JEGS NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals at No Problem Raceway Park in Belle Rose, La. (March 20, Division 4); Cedar Falls Raceway in Cedar Falls, Iowa (July 31, Division 5); Portland Int’l Raceway in Portland, Ore. (Aug. 28, Division 6); and Kauai Raceway Park in Kapaa, Kauai (July 4, Division 7).

Complete 2010 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series TV schedule


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SUPER CHEVY SHOW MAKES FINAL SCHEDULE CHANGE: ADDS ONE OF NATION’S TOP MARKETS

Kansas City (Jan. 28, 2010) – Houston Raceway Park has become a shareholder in the Super Chevy Show series and has set a date to be part of the 30th anniversary season in 2010. The Baytown, Texas facility will replace Route 66 Raceway on the schedule and will host a Super Chevy Show for the first time since 2005 on Sept. 10-12.

Seth Angel is Houston Raceway Park’s executive vice president and general manager. He helped get Houston on the Super Chevy Show schedule and is thrilled it could happen so quickly. Houston Raceway Park held Super Chevy Show events every year between 1988-2005.

“The Super Chevy Show event is obviously another marquee event on any racing calendar and it will certainly be a signature event of our racing season,” Angel said. “We’re thrilled to have it back at Houston Raceway Park and I know it is going to fill a huge void in the Houston market.”

SCSW, Inc., bought the series in the fall and the owners have tirelessly worked on preparing for the 30th anniversary season. Billy Meyer, one of the SCSW Inc., owners and the secretary and treasurer of the board of directors, said the schedule has been the top priority.

“We added Houston Raceway Park because we’ve had so many inquiries from fans in the south about the Super Chevy Show series,” Meyer said. “Houston is a great destination for racers in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Houston also is one of the largest commercial and metropolitan markets which gives our sponsors tremendous opportunities.”

Heartland Park Topeka moved the date of its Super Chevy Show up so they could host a Father’s Day weekend event, June 18-20.

Racers, car show participants, fans, vendors and sponsors can call 800-692-6230 for more information on the Super Chevy Show series or go online at www.superchevyshow.com for details on 2010′s 30th anniversary season.

2010 Super Chevy Show Series

Event Date               Host Track                                  Location
March 19-21           The Strip at Las Vegas            Las Vegas, NV
April 16-18              Virginia Motorsports Park   Petersburg, VA
May 21-23                Texas Motorplex                     Dallas, TX
June 11-13                Summit Motorsports Park   Norwalk, OH
*June 18-20             Heartland Park Topeka          Topeka, KS
July 16-18                 Maple Grove Raceway          Reading, PA
August 20-22           Bandimere Speedway           Denver, CO
September 10-12    Houston Raceway Park        Baytown, TX
September 24-26    Bristol Dragway                      Bristol, TN
October 22-24          Firebird Raceway                  Phoenix, AZ

*Indicates a date change

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Texas Motorplex’s 25th season schedule released

2010 will mark 25 years of drag racing “Cemented in History” at the Texas Motorplex as the season kicks off in March with the O’Reilly Bracket Racing Series, Fast Friday’s and the Muscle Car Club Challenge XXXIX.  April brings the return of the NHRDA Diesel Drags along with MOPARS at the Motorplex and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Divisional.  In May the O’Reilly Bracket Racing series continues and Super Chevy Show returns to the Texas Motorplex under new management and celebrating it’s 30th year of racing.

The 25th Annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals ushers in the beginning of the Fall at the Texas Motorplex in September followed by the NHRA Summit ET Bracket Finals, Muscle Car Club Challenge XL  and the Lenmar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VI in October and the season concludes with the 2010 Racer Appreciation Banquet and Import Face Off in November.

Keep an eye out at TexasMotorplex.com for any updates to the 2010 racing season and schedule.   You can also check out the Full Schedule by clicking here or the Event Calendar by clicking here.  The schedule may change throughout the season, so make sure you check back to see if anything new has been added.

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O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals ticket renewal deadline fast approaching

The ticket renewal deadline on February 12, 2010 for the 25th Anniversary O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals  is fast approaching and is now only 23 days away.   Renewing your tickets is the best way to ensure that you keep the same great seats that you had in 2009 for this years 25th Anniversary event, also by renewing your ticket order you will receive a special thank you gift, the book Faith, Family & Fortune authored by Paul J . Meyer.

Renew your ticket order for the 25th Anniversary O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, September 22-26, 2010, today by clicking here or by calling 1-800-MOTORPLEX (668-6775)

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NHRA board member Dick Wells, first National DRAGSTER editor, dies


Dick Wells

Dick Wells, the first editor of National DRAGSTER and a longtime member of the NHRA board of directors, died late Monday night from complications after heart surgery last November. He was 75.

A member of both the NHRA board of directors and the NHRA Wally Parks Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California board of directors, SEMA Industry Hall of Famer Wells began his long and storied career in motorsports as National DRAGSTER’s first editor in 1960.

“Dick loved the NHRA and everything about drag racing and the world of performance,” said Dallas Gardner, NHRA chairman of the board. “His passion led him to a lifetime of contribution that, simply put, made things better. His efforts and influence touched everyone. He was a great part of the leadership that saw the sport grow to what it has become today. We will miss him for his participation, but we will miss him more as a friend.”

As the original editor of National DRAGSTER, Wells laid the foundation for what would become drag racing’s most famous publication. He joined the NHRA board of directors in 1979 and was an important force behind the scenes since.

“NHRA lost one of its most loyal and trusted advisors and friends in Dick Wells,” said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. “He was an integral part of NHRA in the early days and has been a guiding force for NHRA ever since. Dick loved NHRA and was an ambassador like no other for the sport. On behalf of his NHRA family, we send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.”

(Above) As the first editor of National DRAGSTER, Wells, right, helped launch drag racing’s most famous and longest-running publication. (Below) Wells was a longtime friend and confidant to NHRA founder Wally Parks.

After his tenure at National DRAGSTER, the hot-rodder from Lincoln, Neb., later moved to editorial positions at Hot Rod and earned the title of executive editor at Motor Trend. As Petersen Publishing Co.’s director of special events, Wells produced what many believe to be his greatest contribution to the automotive industry: the first SEMA Show in 1967 at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles.

Wells, who also began the Street Rod Nationals and was the first active president of the National Street Rod Association, is credited with the massive street rod movement in the U.S. In 2007, he retired from the position of vice president of corporate projects at SEMA, where he also served as executive director in the 1970s.

He was honored many times for contributions to the automotive industry. He was named SEMA Person of the Year in 1977 and was inducted into the SEMA Industry Hall of Fame in 1993. He was presented the International Specialty Car Association (ISCA) Founder’s Award in 1994, the Street Rod Marketing Alliance Industry Recognition Award in 1996, and was among those honored with the NHRA Pioneers Award in 2001. Last year, he was inducted into the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

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