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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What’s happening September 10-12 at TEXAS MOTORPLEX?!

September 7, 2010 by  
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This weekend Texas Motorplex will open the gates for the final 2010 FAST FRIDAY event. Gates open at 7 p.m. with grudge racing, license runs, and test n tune until Midnight. Saturday and Sunday, bracket racers will compete for the 2010 Class Championships at the final bracket race of the season. Gates open at 8 a.m., with time trials beginning at 9 a.m.

If you have any questions, please e-mail AshleyK@texasmotorplex.com

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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

September 1, 2010 by  
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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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John Force Day – 25 Days of Give-Aways

August 30, 2010 by  
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The Texas Motorplex is giving away one prize pack per day for the next 25 days. Fans can enter daily to win autographed merchandise from your favorite NHRA drivers, O’Reilly Fall Nationals ticket packages, shirts, hats, dvds, and more.  Just complete the form below to enter your name in our daily drawing.  Only one entry per day per person. View the Official Contest Rules.

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