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The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) has an extensive new television agreement with MAVTV, a national television network that caters to a motorsports audience.

The agreement calls for 13 one-hour shows on the high-definition network, giving the ADRL a national television presence for all of its 2010 events. The television show will provide highlights, interviews and coverage of the 2010 ADRL Racing Series.

MAVTV is currently available in more than 35 million homes and is growing at a rapid rate. It features a lineup of thrill-seeking programming that targets a male audience, ages 18-to-54.

“We are thrilled to have a MAVTV as a media partner,” ADRL Executive Vice President Jeff Fortune said. “They expressed great interest in supporting the ADRL and our racers with a primetime slot, additional airings and promotional campaigns.

undefined“The agreement we have worked out is a tremendous package for us as well as MAVTV. They also appreciate the audience and exposure that we will provide for them with our fans.”

The 1-hour broadcasts will begin on Thursday, September 2 and continue for 13 weeks.  In addition, MAVTV will air multiple viewings of each broadcast and will heavily feature the ADRL in its on-air and online promotions. The series will focus on each race of the 2010 points season beginning with the ADRL LenMar Motorsports World Finals V from Ennis, TX.

“We are extremely impressed by the success of the ADRL and feel that MAVTV is an excellent outlet to showcase the excitement of the ADRL racers and events. Newave TV presented some exciting plans for the production of the ADRL and we can’t wait to introduce it to our audience,” MAVTV President and COO Steve Smith said.

The burgeoning network will also be at the final four ADRL events of the 2010 season, promoting its exciting programming and partnership with the ADRL.

This television partnership with MAVTV also supports the ADRL’s other media efforts.

“Television has a huge place in our growth, which makes MAVTV and Newave incredibly important to the future of the ADRL, and a great complement to everything we do in print, online and through our ticket distribution program,” Fortune said.



August 6, 2010 by  
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Aug. 6, 2010 – As the Texas Motorplex prepares for the 25th anniversary O’Reilly Auto Parts Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, Sept. 23-26, excitement behind one of the most popular events at the race track is building. DRAW, a drag racing charity that provides financial and emotional support to qualified individuals involved in a drag racing accident at a track, will be hosting its annual auction on Saturday, Sept. 25. The auction benefits racers who are injured and has become a time-honored tradition at the Motorplex. The auction, open to the public, will be held in the Champion’s Club and is vitally important: From 1985 through December 2009, DRAW provided $3,534,317 in financial assistance to 695 racing families in all categories.  Since January 1, 2010, DRAW has provided $149,087 in aid and death benefits to drivers, crew members or their families. 

DRAW is a volunteer organization. Office work is done from the homes and businesses of the volunteers. Anyone, including racers, fans, sponsors, manufacturers, team owners, track owners and more, can become involved in DRAW. As with any organization, DRAW is only as strong as the people who support it.

DRAW was officially organized following a successful fundraiser in 1984 for Shirley Muldowney. Members of the drag racing community who handled the recovery fund were very encouraged by the support of racers and fans who generously donated. Then came the question, “If we can help one racer, why not organize our efforts to help all injured drag racers?” As a result, in 1985, DRAW, a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization was created to provide financial and/or emotional support to qualified individuals involved in a drag racing incident at a track. DRAW reaches out to every drag racing category and all drag racing sanctioning bodies.

The originators of DRAW were women, thus the name Drag Racing Association of Women. A few years after DRAW’s inception, membership was opened to men and children, as well. All members have equal privileges.  The governing body of DRAW is a 12-member Board of Trustees.  Half of the Board is appointed each winter to serve a two-year term.

Membership in DRAW is open to anyone – male or female – there is no age restriction. The dues are $30.00 per year for an individual membership.  A Family Membership for two or more family members is $50.00 per year.  A member receives a DRAW membership card, decal and the monthly newsletter, DRAWing Attention. 

As DRAW began to grow, the governing Board of Trustees became aware of the need for leadership at regional levels and responded by geographically dividing the United States and Canada. Today, there are seven different areas, each guided by a DRAW Area Coordinator. They are:
• AREA 1 – CT, DC, DE,MA,MD,ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT,  WV;  Canada – NFLD, PEI, NS, NB, E. ONT, QUE;
• AREA 2 – AL, FL, GA, PR, NC, SC, TN;
• AREA 3 – EAST – KY,MI, OH; Canada – SW,W. ONT;
• AREA 4 – AR, LA, Mexico, NM,MS, OK, TN, TX;
• AREA 5 -WEST – CO, NE, ND, SD,WY; Canada – MAN;
• AREA 6 – AK, ID,MT, OR,WA; Canada – SASK, ALTA, BC;
• AREA 7 – AZ, CA, HI, NV, UT, Mexico.

The appointment of Coordinators for DRAW’s seven areas was followed with the introduction of Track Representatives. Track Representatives work with their appointed track to promote DRAW on a local level and provide a convenient communication link between their track and DRAW.  Together, Track Reps and Coordinators also keep DRAW’s Board informed of happenings in their area.  Anyone interested in becoming a Track Rep. should contact their Area Coordinator.

At every NHRA national event, you can find DRAW’s National Event Booth on Manufacturers’ Midway at the K & N and Lincoln Welding Display.  From this booth, clothing, jewelry, decals, pins, qualifying and ladder sheets, memberships, divisional merchandise, etc. are sold.

Each of DRAW’s seven areas also maintains a DRAW booth for use at local and division races or special events.

Fundraising is a very important DRAW activity. Two major fundraisers on the NHRA circuit are the DRAW Live and Silent Auction which is held during the spring race at Route 66 in Joliet, IL and the DRAW Annual Auction Featuring Memorabilia in Ennis, TX. An annual golf tournament is held in Gainesville, FL on Wednesday of the Gatornationals. Area Coordinators and Track Representatives also work together on fundraisers at local and division events.

Visitors to DRAW’s web site,, will find information on upcoming DRAW activities, injured racer spotlights, the latest news on DRAW, photos and DRAW Merchandise Catalog.

One activity all DRAW members are encouraged to participate in is sending cards and letters to the racers listed in our monthly newsletter.

“Because We Care” is DRAW’s motto. It is through the support of caring and concerned people involved in drag racing that DRAW is able to provide “Fast Help for Fast Friends.” If you have questions, need more information, would like to volunteer or need to report an injury or incident, please contact DRAW, 4 Hance Drive, Charleston, IL 61920 – Telephone 217.345.6537 – E-Mail – Fax 281.242.2349.  Check out DRAW’s web site at

Gere Amato                                       Etta Glidden
Penny Beck                                        Diane Hedrick
Holly Beadle                                      Linda McCulloch
Laura Earwood                                 Lynn Prudhomme
Pat Garlits                                           Janie Oswald

Holly Beadle                                     Susan Epler
Janie Oswald                                    Edie Mountjoy
Lynn Prudhome                             Susan Epler
Debbie King                                      Beth Hyatt
Sarah McLemore                            Carol Gibbs
Rosalee Noble                                  Beth Hyatt


President – Beth Hyatt
Vice President – Carol Gibbs
Secretary – Ashley Yost
Treasurer – Vicki Aswege
Fund Raising Chairman – Rosalee Noble


Area 1 – Pat Shaeffer
Area 2 – Currently Seeking a Coordinator
Area 3 – East – Sandie Wojnowski
Area 3 – West – Theresa Tilford
Area 4 – Sara McLemore
Area 5 – Deb Pearson
Area – 6 – Darlene Evans
Area – 7 – Lori Link


Car Draft’s Person of the Year
Blaine Johnson Award
NHRA in Community Charity


DRAW Booth at all NHRA Events
Golf Tournament – Gainesville, FL
Return Mailing Label Program
Auction at Route 66, Joliet, IL
Auction at Texas Motorplex, Ennis, TX
Christmas Card Program

DRAW’s mission is to provide “Fast Help for Fast Friends.”

DRAW is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization created to provide financial support to drivers and crew members injured in a drag racing accident at a track.

DRAW has continued to provide financial as well as emotional assistance since inception in 1985.  Through December 2009, DRAW has provided $3,534,317.00 in financial assistance to 695 families in every racing category and all drag racing sanctioning bodies.  Since January 1, 2010, DRAW has provided $149,087 in aid and death benefits to drivers, crew members or their families. 
DRAW reaches out to every drag racing category and all drag racing sanctioning bodies.

DRAW is a volunteer organization.  Office work is done from the homes and businesses of the volunteers.  Anyone, including racers, team owners, sponsors, track owners, manufacturers, fans, etc. can become involved in DRAW.

DRAW’s strong existence is due to the generous participation of volunteers and contributors who loyally support them.

DRAW’s executive leadership is comprised of a 12 member Board of Trustees appointed to serve for a 2-year term.  Board members make critical decisions throughout the year regarding policies, procedures, financial assistance, fund raising, volunteer assignments and more.

DRAW’s local leadership is represented by the appointment of Track Representatives by Area Coordinators.  Track Representatives work with their appointed track to recruit DRAW volunteers.  The most important job of a Track Rep. is to report injuries to their Area Coordinator.  Together Track Reps. and Coordinators keep DRAW informed of happenings in their area.

DRAW’s attracts thousands of drag racing fans to their booth where they can purchase DRAW clothing, jewelry, decals, pins, earplugs, event ladder sheets, special merchandise, divisional merchandise, memberships and more. 

DRAW’s fund raising is the essential activity that enables DRAW to continue to provide financial assistance to those involved in drag racing accidents.  DRAW’s biggest fundraisers are:

DRAW Booth at all NHRA Events
DRAW Golf Tournament – Gainesville, FL
DRAW Return Mailing Label Program
DRAW Auction at Route 66, Joliet, IL
DRAW Auction at Texas Motorplex, Ennis, TX
DRAW Christmas Card Program


Super Chevy magazine on newsstands NOW!

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 Attention Chevy Fans! The Super Chevy Magazine with the coverage of Super Chevy Show held at the Texas Motorplex in May is on newsstands NOW!   The coverage includes the car show, drag race, autocross, the Saturday morning car show cruise and results from the car show and drag race.  You can check out more info at


NHRA Top Fuel Points Leader Visits DFW Children’s Hospital

July 30, 2010 by  
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Larry Dixon spends off day in Dallas preparing for Fall Nationals

ENNIS, Texas (July 30, 2010) – Larry Dixon is a two-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion. Dixon also is the current points leader in the NHRA Full Throttle professional series. If that wasn’t enough, Dixon has claimed eight victories in eight final round appearances behind the wheel of his Al-Anabi Racing dragster in just the first 16 events of the 2010 season.

Larry Dixon, however, needs to brush up on his video game skills.

Dixon trailed Lankan, one of the many children he met during a visit to Dallas’ Children’s Hospital, while playing the Cars video game on Thursday. Dixon was in town to help promote the 25th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, a race he has won twice (2001, 2007) at the Texas Motorplex. But the highlight of his trip was visiting one of the largest pediatric health care providers in the nation.

Dixon didn’t think twice about taking the time to pass out Texas Motorplex pencils, make Play-Doh cookies, sign his Al-Anabi dragster Hero Cards and chat with the kids and their families.

“One of my sons was in the hospital for three days earlier this year and you realize how important the children’s hospitals are to helping them heal,” Dixon said.

It won’t be long before Dixon is back in the DFW area to battle for the victory at the Texas Motorplex. The Motorplex is the third stop in the six-race playoff series that caps the 2010 season. Dixon and his team locked in first place going into the playoffs, which starts at the Sept. 1-6 U.S. Nationals before moving on to Charlotte (Sept. 16-19) and then the Texas Motorplex.

Dixon finished in second place in 2009, losing to seven-time NHRA champion Tony Schumacher by just two points. Once the final standings for the 2009 season were announced, Dixon said the team had a party at the season finale event unlike any other.

“We had a great party, the best second-place party ever,” Dixon said. “We were already looking forward to the 2010 season. Our team learned a lot and came together last season and just like last year, I like our chances going into the playoffs.

“I think I have the best crew, the best crew chief and the best car out there. You have to win rounds in the playoffs to earn the championship and I like our chances of being able to compete and win rounds.”

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.

Tickets for the 25th annual O’reilly Auto Parts Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals can be purchased by telephone at (800) MOTORPLEX, online at or at Call the track (800) MOTORPLEX or (972) 878-2641 for more information.

MEDIA CONTACT: Christie Johnson, 254-744-0270,


NHRA: You’ve Got To See It To Believe It!

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NHRA has created a spectacular video showcasing your favorite sport. To see all of the excitement of an NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event, click now to watch “NHRA: You’ve Got To See It To Believe It!”


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