GLENDORA, Calif. (July 22, 2010) — The fastest sport on the planet also has one of the fastest growing pages on Facebook.
Today, just 16 months after the NHRA page debuted on Facebook, it added its 100,000th fan, culminating a seven-month run in which it has quadrupled in size.
“This really validates what we’ve known all along, that NHRA fans are among the most passionate, most dedicated and most socially-connected fans in all of sports,” said Gary Darcy, NHRA senior vice president, sales and marketing.
After growing at a steady rate of close to 3,000 fans per month from its debut in March of 2009 through the end of the year, the NHRA page on Facebook has exploded in 2010, growing by 281.5 percent from 26,208 fans on Jan. 1 to 100,000 fans on July 22. In July alone, the page has grown by nearly a thousand fans a day, or 23.3 percent.
“What’s been particularly encouraging for us is the number of posts we’ve seen from fans of the page who are planning on attending, or who just attended, their first NHRA race,” Darcy said. “And I think it’s pretty clear we have our core fans to thank for that. They have always been our greatest advocates and the arrival of Facebook has given them an incredibly potent platform to spread that passion.”
NHRA originally built the page on Facebook to be the equivalent of a “24-7 virtual midway,” a place on the internet for fans to connect with one another, to talk about drag racing, and to catch up with their favorite racers and teams and that remains the intent of the page today.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA has 80,000 members and 140 member tracks nationwide. 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.
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July 13, 2010 — The Texas Motorplex was well represented over the weekend as 10 Jr. Dragster racers traveled to Bandimere Speedway in Denver for the Jr. Dragster Western Conference Finals. The 2010 Texas Motorplex Legends team members competed in a week-long event. The racers were Manie Cantrell (8-9-year-old category), Samantha Ray (8-9), Rylan McClaskey (8-9), Alexis Longoria (8-9), Justin Hernandez (10), Raymond Longoria (10), Moriah Morado (11), Eric Vice (11), Dakota Boll (12), and Cody Ray (16-17).
Vice and Boll started the week off by going rounds in the Jr. Race Car Mile-High Shootout for the 11 and 12 year-old age groups. Ray raced his way through five rounds and earned a place among the final five cars in the 16-17 year-old Jr. Race Car Mile-High Shootout.
The 2010 Western Conference Finals kicked off Thursday with time trials as each racer had two time trial runs on Thursday and another on Friday morning before Round 1 of eliminations began. Advancing to Round 2 from Team Texas Motorplex was Cantrell, Boll and Ray.
Racing picked back up on Saturday morning with the 8-9 year-old class as Cantrell took the win and advanced to Round 3, while Ray had a little luck on his side when his opponent fouled on the starting line, giving Ray the victory. Round 3 wasn’t nearly as kind to Manie and Cody, as each was eliminated in the round.
Division 4 racers continued to advance in the later rounds of the day, while local racer Tori Greene runnered up in the 8-9 year-old class while both Aaron Philpot and Grant Snedeker earned runner-up finishes in the 10 and 16-17 year-old classes, respectively.
The racers did more than just compete at the track and represent the Texas Motorplex well. The teams took advantage of rain delays and toured the regional Colorado area, including trips to Pikes Peak, while others went and toured a local Air Force Base. Some racers made it through the Sky Coaster at Royal Gorge riding over an 1,200-feet gorge. Other racers got competitive at Dave & Buster’s arcade and even the dads got caught playing Guitar Hero and dancing away to “Dance Dance Revolution” and other games.
Wichita Raceway Park earned the 2010 Team Championship title, but the Texas Motorplex teams competed at a high level and the track would like to congratulate the Texas Motorplex Legends for a job well done! “It’s great to see families and race teams come together as one. On and off the track we all made memories that can never be replaced,” Texas Motorplex Competition Director Ashley Kellough said. Congratulations to all of the Division 4 racers who competed in this year’s Western Conference Finals.