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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NHRA RACERS WILL BE BOWLING WITH FANS AT THE TEXAS MOTORPLEX BIRTHDAY BOWLING PARTY ON SEPT. 23 AT SPLITSVILLE IN ARLINGTON

September 22, 2010 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 17, 2010) – What do NHRA drivers do when they can’t race down the track at 300 mph? They hit the straight-line competition of bowling of course!

Now it’s YOUR turn to bowl with some of the biggest names in drag racing. Join NHRA racers, champions and supporters and help celebrate the 25th anniversary O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals on Sept. 23 at Splitsville (401 Curtis Mathes Way in Arlington). Racers will be on hand to sign autographs, hand out Texas Motorplex cupcakes and bowl with fans from 6-8 p.m.

You can sign up to bowl with racers, listen to live music on the patio and get ready for a weekend of blazing hot NHRA action at Texas Motorplex.

Bowl against two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon! How about giving Funny Car Robert Hight some competition? How about sharing a lane with Jeg Coughlin, Melanie Troxel, Eddie Krawiec and more!

RACERS CONFIRMED:

- Jeg Coughlin
- Larry Dixon
- Melanie Troxel
- Robert Hight
- Del Worsham
- Morgan Lucas
- Greg Anderson
- Jason Line
- Shawn Langdon
- Larry Morgan
- Karen Stoffer
- Hector Arana
- Eddie Krawiec
- Andrew Hines
- Roger Burgess
- Raymond Commisso
- Jay Payne
Birthday Bowling Party
Splitsville
401 Curtis Mathes Way, Arlington
6-8 p.m.

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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Winners at the 25th anniversary O’Reilly Fall Nationals will receive a Texas Motorplex-branded Stetson cowboy hat

September 22, 2010 by  
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Sept. 15, 2010 – Texas Motorplex has added another reason why racers competing at next week’s O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals should be ready to bring their best game to the starting line: Custom-branded Stetson cowboy hats.

Texas Motorplex has teamed up with renowned western wear maker, Wild Bill’s Western Store, for the 25th anniversary O’Reilly Fall Nationals. Wild Bill’s will be steaming and sizing Texas Motorplex-branded Stetson hats in winner’s circle for each pro and sportsman winner. Wild Bill’s also will be on site branding hats for fans wanting a unique anniversary souvenir of the quickest and fastest form of motorsports in North Texas.

To kick off the festivities, Wild Bill’s has launched a contest. Fans can go to the website www.wildbillswestern.com and register to win a hat before the race starts.

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Andrew Hines Ready to Race at Texas Motorplex

September 21, 2010 by  
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Vance & Hines/Screamin’ Eagle Harley Davidson V-rod pilot Andrew Hines is a three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion. The son of Vance and Hines Motorsports co-founder Byron Hines and brother of another three-time champion Matt Hines, winning clearly runs in his family.

Hines will be racing this weekend during the third of six playoff events in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to 1 championship series. Hines may look like a young rookie out to score his first run, but he’s already a championship-winning veteran.

Hines made his professional drag racing debut in 2002 at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, CO. In 2004, at age 21, he became the youngest world champion in NHRA history as he rode his Vance & Hines/Screamin’ Eagle Harley Davidson V-rod to his first Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship. In 2005, Andrew opened the season at Gainesville with a 6.991-second run to become the first Pro Stock Motorcycle to make a pass under seven seconds. He went on to repeat as NHRA Champion that year and again in 2006.

After barely missing out on the championship in 2007, Andrew started the 2008 season by going to the final at three of the first four races. He would finish in fourth place in the final standings, but helped teammate, Eddie Krawiec, to his first Championship, the fourth for Harley Davidson. In 2009, the Vance & Hines/Screamin’ Eagle Harley Davidson won eight of the 17 Pro Stock Motorcycle races, and again, Andrew claimed the Ringers’ Gloves Pro Bike Battle trophy; his fourth and the team’s sixth straight.

“The great thing about a new season is that we all start even again,” says Hines. “Last season we threw some good chances away, and that’s been hard to deal with. I’d like to see us bounce back and win four or five races and bring home another Championship for Harley Davidson.”

Hines is well on his way. Going into this weekend’s 25th anniversary O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex, Hines has the points lead in Pro Stock Motorcycle racing. Hines has claimed four victories in six final round appearances in 2010.

Hines, however, has yet to win at Texas Motorplex. Will 2010 be his year? Only time will tell. Pro qualifying starts Friday when Pro Stock Motorcycles head to the starting line at 2:15 p.m. for the first of two qualifying sessions on Friday. Qualifying continues Saturday at 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Final eliminations start at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

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