NHRA announces Full Throttle Drag Racing Series 2011 schedule – Texas Motorplex will be the second race in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship
Phoenix Event Moved to the fall; Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Last Race before NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship
GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2010) – NHRA announced its 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule today, featuring 22 national events. The most significant change to the schedule is the move of the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway to the fall where it will become one of the six-races that comprise the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship. The Phoenix event, which also will feature the Pro Stock Motorcycle class for the first time, will be held Oct. 14-16.
NHRA also announced that New England Dragway will join the NHRA member track network in 2011. NHRA is currently working with the track on facility improvements with the goal to bring an NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event to New England Dragway as soon as possible. Given the location of the facility, and NHRA’s well known desire to bring a national event to New England and near the metropolitan Boston market, it promises to be one of the most popular spots on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series tour.
NHRA will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2011, with a number of special events and activities planned throughout the season at all NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events. Plans for the celebration, which will be announced in greater detail in the coming weeks, will include showcasing many of the sport’s greatest moments from the last seven decades.
NHRA’s 60th anniversary campaign kicks-off with the 51st running of the Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Feb. 24-27, followed by the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway two weeks later, March 10-13. After the East Coast opener in Gainesville, the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will head west for the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, April 1-3.
The second annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals, a spectacle unlike any other in motorsports, will take place at zMAX Dragway, April 14-17. The 24th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals will take place April 29-May 1 at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston, followed by the 31st annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 13-15 at Atlanta Dragway. The O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Summer Nationals in Topeka, Kan. will be held May 20-22.
The month of June will once again take the Full Throttle Series teams to three tradition-rich venues, beginning with the 42nd annual NHRA SuperNationals in Englishtown, N.J., June 2-5, followed by the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn., June 17-19, and concluding with the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, June 23-26.
Another change to the schedule sees The United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago moving to July 7-10. In 2011, the start of the Western Swing will begin with the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver, July 22-24, followed by the 24th annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals, July 29-31 in Sonoma, Calif., and conclude with the NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Aug. 5-7.
The other race scheduled during the month of August, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn., Aug. 18-21.
If the stakes weren’t already high for the most famous of all drag racing events – the traditional Labor Day weekend running of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil - they will be increased ten-fold in 2011 as the prestigious event will represent the final chance for teams in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series to earn a top 10 position and qualify for the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship. The nearly week-long event will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 5 at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis.
The six-races that will make up the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship include the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, Sept. 15-18 at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte; O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas, Sept. 22-25; and the 27th annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa.
The season concludes with the last three events of the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, starting with the NHRA Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, Oct. 14-16, the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals, Oct. 27-30, and the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Nov. 10-13.
The Pro Stock Motorcycle class will compete in a 16-race schedule, with six of those races in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship.
ESPN2 and ESPN2HD, a part of the ESPN network, the worldwide leader in sports, will once again provide exclusive television coverage, on a same-day basis, of all NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events featuring action from qualifying rounds on Saturday and Sunday’s race.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA has 80,000 members and 140 member tracks worldwide. As the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States, NHRA presents 23 national events featuring the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Two NHRA-sanctioned bracket racing series provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels: the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Schedule
“60th Anniversary Celebration”
51st annual Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals Feb. 24-27
42nd annualTire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals March 10-13
Gainesville, Fla. (PSM)
12th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals April 1-3
Second annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals April 14-17
24th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals April 29-May 1
31st annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals May 13-15
Commerce, Ga. (PSM)
23rd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Summer Nationals May 20-22
42nd annual NHRA SuperNationals June 2-5
Englishtown, N.J. (PSM)
11th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals June 17-19
Fifth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals June 23-26
Norwalk, Ohio (PSM)
14th annual United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals July 7-10
32nd annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals July 22-24
24th annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals July 29-31
Sonoma, Calif. (PSM)
24th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals Aug. 5-7
30th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Aug. 18-21
Brainerd, Minn. (PSM)
57th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil Aug. 31 – Sept. 5
Countdown to the Championship
Fourth annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals Sept. 15-18
Concord, N.C. (PSM)
26th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals Sept. 22-25
27th annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals Sept. 29 – Oct. 2
Reading, Pa. (PSM)
27th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals Oct. 14-16
11th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals Oct. 27-30
Las Vegas (PSM)
47th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals Nov. 10-13
Pomona, Calif. (PSM)
(PSM) – Event will include Pro Stock Motorcycle
DALLAS (Aug. 25, 2010) — John Force has won more than any driver in the history of NHRA drag racing. With 130 career wins, more than 1,000 round wins, 14 Full Throttle Funny Car world championships Force has rewritten the record books throughout his legendary career. Many of his record setting and his most terrifying performance occurred at the storied Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas.
Force will be in Dallas on Monday, Aug. 30, to kick-off the 25th annual O’Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals with a full day of media events including announcements about the fan promotions counting down the final 25 days before racing action takes to the track at the Texas Motorplex Sept. 23-26. Force will make the announcement at 3 p.m. along with Motorplex officials at an O’Reilly Auto Parts store located at 3425 North Beltline Road in Irving, Texas. The store is at the intersection of North Belt Line and Finley Road.
When asked recently what racing at the Texas Motorplex, recognized as the first super track on the NHRA tour, meant to the winningest driver in NHRA history Force did not have a problem explaining his excitement.
“Texas is a great a marketplace. It’s exciting because I really do love Texas. But (Texas Motorplex owner) Billy Meyer was a Funny Car racer in the early days. He knew what the racers wanted when he built (the Motorplex). When I first saw it, it was like seeing Rome. It was like, ‘You’re kidding me,’ This thing built out in the middle of nowhere but in a great marketplace that drew from all corners of Texas and it was like, wow. Right next to Dallas and this thing was this giant stadium. It looked like where the Romans fought, the Gladiators, the lions and all that stuff. It was like, ‘Wow!,’ said Force.
“He made it all concrete, you know what I mean? That means you can race on it, you can set national records and I did that there. And Billy Meyer just created what we wanted. Yeah, I crashed there and I’m still struggling with it and I really want to win Dallas. And that’s why I was excited when Billy called to go there to do PR because that’s where I crashed; that’s where I fell. I’ve gone back the last two years and I haven’t been able to hit my tail end. But this year, I’m back in the game.”
“(2009 Funny Car champion and Force teammate) Robert Hight is kind of taking over this operation with Ashley (Force Hood), but I’m going to give them a run for their money this year. So, I’m excited to come back to Dallas. It’s a great place but Billy Meyer was an innovator that knew the dream and he delivered, of that time, the state of the art. Today there’s only a few stadiums that compare with him. Most of them are built by Bruton Smith, but his is still the one, when you come down that freeway, there it is,” concluded Force.
Details of the fan promotions will be announced at 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 30 as well as throughout the 25 days leading up to the 25th annual O’Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex website, www.texasmotorplex.com.
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.
Media contacts: Christie Johnson, Texas Motorplex, 254-744-0270 or Elon Werner, John Force Racing, 214-244-1184.
One of DRAW’s biggest fund raising activities is the Annual DRAW Auction at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX, held during the O’Reilly Auto Parts Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals. The Annual DRAW Auction will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2010, in the Champions Club. Admission is free. The Auction area will be opened at 6:30 p.m. and the auction is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. but depending on the race day the starting time is subject to change. Announcements will be made during the day of any changes.
The event is hosted by Billy and Deborah Meyer and The Staff of the Texas Motorplex. Finger foods will be provided and beverages will be available.
If you have something you would like to donate for the Live Auction, please ship it to DRAW, 4 Hance Drive, Charleston, IL 61920. It should be shipped so it will arrive before September 7. 2010. It may also be dropped off at the DRAW Booth at any national event prior to the auction or delivered to the DRAW Booth in Ennis.
DRAW Persons of the Year, Company of the Year and Volunteer of the Year will be named during the evening’s activities.
Volunteers are needed on Saturday at both the booth and to help prepare the auction area during the day and to work the auction during the evening. If you would like to volunteer you may call 217 345-6537 or e-mail email@example.com.
With just two bracket races remaining in the 2010 season, Texas Motorplex is already thinking E.T. Finals! Bracket racers have been competing all season to earn their spot on a team for this year’s all quarter- mile racing event. Representing Texas Motorplex will be 50 different bracket racers from around the region. Racers must be signed up for points and spots will be determined by the 2010 Overall Points
If you will be competing on the Texas Motorplex 2010 E.T. Finals Team, please REGISTER as soon as possible to reserve your spot. If you are in the Top 50 Overall Points and will not be on the Texas Motorplex team, please notify AshleyK@texasmotorplex.com by September 27.
Thank you to everyone who came out and had a good time at the Texas Motorplex Bracket Racing Series last Saturday. Congratulations go out to our race winners, Austin Williams (Super Pro),David Jones (Pro), Gerald Haning (Quick 16), Jake Howard (No-E 1/4 & 1/8 mile) and Holly Ward (Extreme Street). We hope to see everyone again at the next bracket races on Sept. 11-12.