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

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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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