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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BLUE MAX FUNNY CAR SET TO MAKE APPEARANCE AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX

September 21, 2010 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 21, 2010) – Raymond Beadle and Ronny Young will be making an appearance this weekend at Texas Motorplex for the 25th anniversary O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals.

More importantly…. They will have the original Blue Max Funny Car on display.

The Blue Max car gained worldwide attention by winning the 1975 U.S. Nationals in the heart of Don “The Snake” Prudhomme’s Funny Car dominance. Beadle drove the Blue Max car to three consecutive Funny Car world titles in 1979-’81 – ending a four-year streak of Prudhomme championships.

“The Blue Max car is especially important to race fans in Texas,” Texas Motorplex General Manager Gabrielle Stevenson said. “Beadle is a Texas native and he made his last racing appearance here in 1989. The very idea Beadle and Ronny Young have put this car back to its original form and have decided to bring it back during our 25th Fall Nationals is just incredible for our racers and fans.”

Young said Beadle was one of his childhood heroes – making it an easy decision to put the car back to its original form.

“Beadle and all those guys were my heroes,” Young said. “I ended up working with Raymond and I always loved the mystic of the Blue Max car. We decided that we were going to restore it, but it had to be done the right way.

“We have the original trailer, chassis and we event got the same people that painted and lettered the original one to get it back to the way everything was the first time around. It really is such a neat deal and a great way to get an up-close view of an amazing car in drag racing history.”

Young and Beadle can’t wait to unveil the car during this weekend’s Fall Nationals.

“We are thrilled to be coming back out to Ennis for this event,” Young said. “The car made its name as a Dallas-based operation and it’s still widely known around the world. We get shirt requests and orders from many countries around the globe and everyone is pretty excited we are bringing the car back out to the track this weekend.”

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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CAPERTON SET TO SING DURING 25TH ANNIVERSARY O’REILLY SUPER START NHRA FALL NATIONALS

ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 21, 2010) – It’s only natural that 17-year-old Kaley Caperton sings at Texas Motorplex during the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals every year.

Caperton, after all, comes from a racing family. Steve Caperton, Kaley’s father, raced Super Comp and Super Gas in Divisions 4 and 5 for years. Kaley Caperton didn’t want to race, but can’t imagine not being at the race track.

“I don’t think I have ever missed a Fall Nationals event at Texas Motorplex,” Caperton said. “I can’t imagine not being at the track for the big NHRA event. I love the fans and love singing in front of a home town crowd.”

Caperton has been the national anthem singer in past years but this year will be the featured live performer on Friday night and again before the 25th anniversary DRAW auction in Champion’s Club on Saturday night. 

Caperton has opened for acts such as Lady Antebellum, Craig Morgan, Asleep at the Wheel, the Eli Young Band, Wade Bowen, Restless Heart, the Randy Rogers Band, Rick Trevino and Ted Nugent. She will be one of the featured performers at the Texas State Fair’s Chevy Main Stage on Oct. 16.

For more information about Caperton, go online to www.kaleycaperton.com, follower her on Twitter or friend her on Facebook.

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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Stretch run should favor Jeg Coughlin Jr.

September 21, 2010 by  
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DALLAS (Sept. 21) — Jeg Coughlin Jr. came out on the winning side of the biggest single drag race of the year Sunday in Charlotte when he beat class leader Mike Edwards in the first round of the national event in Charlotte. But as good as that win was for the four-time Pro Stock champion, he couldn’t fully capitalize on the fortunate turn of events, dropping a quarterfinal tilt against Greg Stanfield an hour and a half later.

“We missed out on a huge opportunity right there,” Coughlin admitted. “That race against Mike, if he had won, it would have made it awfully tough for us to stay in the fight. To win it, on a holeshot at that, was such a big deal I felt like I should have pulled off at the top end and been handed the trophy. It was that crucial.

“Of course the best-case scenario would have been to roll on from there and gain as many points as we could on him, but it wasn’t meant to be. The car got a little loose at the launch in Round 2 and it was enough to cost us the race. At least we gained a little ground and are still right there in the lead pack. It’s sure getting exciting now.”

An optimist by nature, Coughlin already has his sights set on the future, beginning with this weekend’s 25th annual Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, just south of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Coughlin won this race in 2002 and was runner-up three times, in 2000, 2003, and 2008. He also was the low qualifier at the all-concrete strip in 2000, 2004, and 2008.

“The last four races of the year are at racetracks I consider to be favorites of mine so we’re very, very pumped up,” Coughlin said. “I’ve won at all four places, and Vegas and Pomona are probably the two tracks where I’ve had the most success so there’s every reason to be excited about the stretch run.

“The JEGS.com Chevrolet Cobalt is running exactly the way we want it to. Dallas is a tricky track, but it can be a drivers’ track too, which I think favors this team. I hope we’re up for the call.”

Qualifying begins with two sessions at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m. Friday. Highlights of the time trials will be shown Saturday evening on ESPN2.

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