Northstar Dragway, Kizlinski & McNeal crowned champions

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Monday October 12, 2009 – The 2009 Summit ET Finals for Division 4 were completed today at Texas
Motorplex, crowning the year’s champions, and deciding who will represent
the Land of the Good Guys at Pomona in the year end showdown for the grass
roots racer.

James Mc Neal, Paris, TX,  captured Super Pro eliminator over Austin
Williams,, then defeated Lynn Doty for the spot at Pomona during the AAA
Finals.   November 12-15, 2009.

Jason Kizlinski, Midlothian, representing the Motorplex Mad Dogs captured
the No Electronics-Street Crown.

In the Team points competition, North star Dragway, Denton, TX, captured
their first title over Wichita Raceway and Texas Raceway, Kennedale, TX,
finished third.

Full details can be found on NHRA.com


Sunday October 11, 2009 – The South Central Division Summit ET Finals has been postponed until Monday October 12 due to weather.  We will resume racing beginning with ET Street at 9am Monday October 12, 2009.


Saturday
ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 10, 2009) – Racing is complete for the day at the NHRA Summit Racing Series South Central Division Finals at Texas Motorplex.  Competitors had one time trial before beginning first round of eliminations.  The top points earners from each track also ran in the Race of Champions, a race within a race.

Albert Rodriguez of Edinburg, Texas, racing for Edinburg Int’l Racetrack, scored the win the Electronics category, beating Justin Albritton of West Monroe, La., who was unable to make the call.  In the No Electronics class, Colton Vassar, of Kennedale, Texas, representing Texas Raceway, drove his ’82 Malibu to the winner’s circle, defeating Houston Raceway Park racer Jay Robinson of Santa Fe, Texas, who wheeled his ’73 Nova.  The winner in the High School Race of Champions was Dylan King of Norman, Okla., racing for Thunder Valley Raceway.  He ousted Ashley Lawson, Blossom, Texas, running for Paris Dragstrip.

In other racing action, in the Track Manager’s race, Edinburg Int’l Racetrack’s Isaac Ebrom knocked out the manager for Texas Raceway, Jeff Hefler.

Eliminations in the NHRA Summit Racing Series South Central Division Finals continue Sunday.  Racers in six classes will compete for team and individual honors.

Following are the Race of Champions results from the NHRA South Central Division Summit Racing Series Finals:

ELECTRONICS
Albert Rodriguez, Edinburg, Texas, Edinburg Int’l Racetrack, dragster, took the green light def.
Justin Albritton, W. Monroe, La., Twin City Dragway, dragster, broke

NO ELECTRONICS
Colton Vassar, Kennedale, Texas, Texas Raceway, ’82 Malibu, 7.784, 86.04 def.
Jay Robinson, Santa Fe, Texas, Houston Raceway Park, ’73 Nova, 7.048, 96.48

HIGH SCHOOL
Dylan King, Norman, Okla., Thunder Valley Raceway Park, ’66 Chevelle, 8.248, 79.50  def.
Ashley Lawson, Blossom, Texas, Paris Dragstrip, ’90 Mustang, 8.408, 80.51

MANAGER’S RACE
Isaac Ebrom, Edinburg, Texas, Edinburg Int’l Racetrack, ’04 Ram, 10.251, 67.54 def.
Jeff Hefler, Ft. Worth, Texas, Texas Raceway, ’72 Chevette, 11.365, 58.26


Friday
ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 9, 2009) – Although the day started out cold and rainy, once the storm passed it was time to race at the NHRA South Central Division Summit Racing Series Finals at Texas Motorplex.  The top bracket racers in the division have converged on the track to vie for individual and team honors and a share of the purse worth nearly $30,000 as well as an opportunity to run for a national championship against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions at the NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., in November.  The national champions in each of the four classes will get a winner-take-all $5,000 payday.

NHRA South Central Division Summit Racing Series Finals feature racers six categories — Super Pro, Pro, No-Electronic Quick, No-Electronic Street and Motorcycle as well as a High School category.  The winners in the top four categories will advance to compete in Pomona.  (There will be a run-off between the winners in Super Pro and Pro to determine who will go to Pomona.)

Racers made time trial runs today and are slated for one more tomorrow before heading into eliminations.  Round one is scheduled for Saturday and the rest will run on Sunday.

Saturday’s action will also feature the Race of Champions, a race within a race where the top points earning drivers from each track square off in head-to-head competition.

For schedule and ticket information visit www.TexasMotorplex.com.

Below are tracks that participate in the South Central Division Summit Racing Series Finals:

•    Edinburgh Int’l Racetrack, Edinburgh, Texas
•    Hobbs Motorsports Park, Hobbs, New Mexico
•    Houston Motorsports Park, Houston, Texas
•    Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, Texas
•    Lubbock Dragway, Lubbock, Texas
•    Memphis Motorsports Park, Memphis, Tennessee
•    No Problem Raceway, Belle Rose, Louisiana
•    North-Star Dragway, Denton, Texas
•    Paris Dragstrip, Paris, Texas
•    San Antonio Raceway, Marion, Texas
•    Sooner Motorplex, Lawton, Oklahoma
•    Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas
•    Texas Raceway, Kennedale, Texas
•    Thunder Valley Raceway Park, Noble, Oklahoma
•    Twin City Dragway, Monroe, Louisiana
•    Wichita Raceway Park, Wichita Falls, Texas

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Get your tickets to ADRL World Finals V NOW!

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Do not miss out, get your tickets to the Lenmar Motorsports ADRL World Finals V October 23-24, 2009 NOW!

Weekend General Admission will be $30.00 for Adults and $10.00 for Children, Friday October 23 all seats are General Admission, Adults are $10.00, Children are $5.00, Saturday October 24, General Admission tickets are $25.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Children, we will also have our Super Seats section open as a Reserved Section where you can upgrade your general admission ticket to a reserved seat for $10.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Children, the Super Seats are located on the behind the starting line facing down track on the pitside of the track.  The best way to guarantee your reserved seat in the Super Seats section is to order your tickets in advance by clicking here or by calling 1-800-MOTORPLEX (800-668-6775).

New for the 2009 ADRL World Finals V! Texas Motorplex will be opening the Champions Club Grandstand as a “Family Section”. For the Lenmar Motorsports ADRL World Finals V the Champions Club Grandstand will be a “No Smoking / No Alcohol” General Admission Section available to any families and spectators that want to sit in a smoke free family environment, admission to this section is included in the general admission and does not require any upcharge. The Champions Club Grandstand has a “Full Throttle” Billboard on top and  is located on the South Side of the track located near the main spectator gate.

Parking fees for the Lenmar Motorsports ADRL World Finals V for all guests will be $10.00 per car for General Spectator parking in the main spectator lot and $20.00 per car for Platinum parking inside the facility near the pits.   The parking fees will be collected as  cash only when you arrive at the facility.

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ET Finals Racers head to Gate 20 for overnight stacking

October 7, 2009 by  
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Racers coming in overnight Wednesday October 7 and Thursday morning October 8, please go to Gate 20 off of Cooke Rd to be stacked into lines inside the facility.  We will begin parking Thursday at 12:00pm (Noon).

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Division 4 Hall of Fame Shirt

October 6, 2009 by  
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D4HOFshirt-tThe Division 4 Hall of Fame is excited to announce the Inaugural Division 4 Hall of Fame T-Shirt. This one of a kind “Heritage and Tradition” shirt includes the Hall of Fame logo with two race cars on the front. The back of the shirt contains a list of all of the people that have been inducted into the NHRA Division 4 Hall of Fame. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of drag racing history. This shirt can be purchased at all Texas Motorplex events or online at the Texas Motorplex Online Store.

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National Guard ADRL Brings Unique ‘Battle’ to Texas Motorplex

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O’FALLON, MO (Oct. 5, 2009) — In 2005, the inaugural year for the National Guard American Drag Racing League (ADRL), series president and CEO Kenny Nowling knew he would have a tough time convincing racers based mostly in the Southeast and with no mathematical chance at a championship to make the long tow west to Kennedale, Texas, for the fledgling outfit’s season ender. So, he came up with the Speedtech Battle for the Belts, a unique playoff concept set this year for Oct. 23, opening day for the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals V at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas, just south of Dallas.

“Initially, it was created to ensure that everyone in the top eight, all the top players, came to that last race in Dallas at the end of the year. But I needed something to convince the rest to come, too, so we made the following season’s points actually start on the same weekend so that everybody would want to be there to get a head start on the next season’s points chase,” Nowling explained.

Essentially the same format is in place this year as the top eight points earners for each of the National Guard ADRL’s five professional classes in 2009 —Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Flowmaster Extreme 10.5, Pro Extreme Motorcycle and Extreme Pro Stock—will determine world champions on Friday, while all points earned through qualifying and elimination rounds on Saturday will count toward the 2010 points chase.

New for this year, however, is a first-round bye granted to each points leader, which also means the seventh- and eighth-place Belts qualifiers in each class will race against each other first, with the winner taking on the number-two contender in the quarter-finals round. Meanwhile, number three will take on number six and four will race five, just as in a traditional eight-car eliminations ladder.

So, to win a 2009 National Guard ADRL World Championship, a points leader would have to win only two rounds of head-to-head racing, the numbers two through six qualifiers would need to win three times, while number-seven and number-eight starters will face four rounds of potential elimination.

Additionally, each 2009 season points leader will receive a monetary reward and plaque recognizing their pre-Battle supremacy, with the Pro Extreme and Pro Nitrous leaders each earning $5,000; the Flowmaster Extreme 10.5 and Extreme Pro Stock leaders each receiving $2,500; and the Pro Extreme Motorcycle leader getting a $1,000 bonus.

The purses have increased, too, with 2009 Pro Extreme and Pro Nitrous world champions to receive $50,000 each, $25,000 going to each of the Flowmaster Extreme 10.5 and Extreme Pro Stock champions, and $10,000 payable to the Pro Extreme Motorcycle season winner. All told, the Speedtech Battle for the Belts purse exceeds $313,000 this time around.

Nowling pointed out fans in Texas will see at least three new National Guard ADRL world champions crowned this year since Extreme Pro Stock is in its first season as an official class, 2008 Pro Nitrous champ Billy Harper sat out the ’09 campaign and two-time defending Pro Extreme Motorcycle World Champion Billy Vose failed to make the cut to defend his title. He also said he’s particularly excited about this round of the Speedtech Battle for the Belts because there are so many new names among the contenders and he’s anxious to see who steps up to deliver a knock-out performance.

“I’ve quoted my high-school football coach, Steve Stahl, many times on this: ‘A true champion is defined when everything is on the line.’ Every possible thing that you worked for is right in front of you and within your grasp and it’s when the Michael Jordans and Wayne Gretzkys of this world excel; they want the ball in their hands, the puck on their stick,” he said.

That’s why the Speedtech Battle for the Belts brings out the best in National Guard ADRL competitors, Nowling contends.

“Most of these guys would do almost anything to get into the Battle and now that we have the fields set, we’re about to see what they can do,” he said. “According to the math, we would have already decided four of our five champions heading into the World Finals, so how exciting would Friday night be? I mean, it would be good, our normal Friday-night show, but what a race those fans at Ennis are going to see now as a result of this format. Personally, I can’t wait.”

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ADRL_Nowling_HPT_HernandezAlways first a fan, National Guard ADRL President and CEO Kenny Nowling (right) can often be found in the middle of the action, this time watching Pro Extreme Battle for the Belts contender Joshua Hernandez launch his ’57 Chevy at Heartland Park Topeka.

ABOUT LENMAR MOTORSPORTS
Based in Mansfield, Texas, LenMar Motorsports was founded in 2006 by Gaylen Smith and Mark Eddins to provide a full-service race car building and maintenance shop. LenMar Motorsports operates out of an 18,000-square-foot facility that incorporates a full climate-controlled machine shop, engine dyno room, chassis shop, and engine building and tuning area. LenMar Motorsports also is an official VP Fuels and NOS nitrous oxide distributor. For more information on LenMar Motorsports, visit www.LenMarMotorsports.com.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL GUARD
The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation’s longest enduring institutions. The National Guard operates in all 50 states, three territories (Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia. For more information on the National Guard, visit www.NationalGuard.com.

ABOUT THE ADRL
Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the nation’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous, and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2009 National Guard ADRL series consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.

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National Guard ADRL President and CEO Kenny Nowling is looking forward to the championship-deciding Speedtech Battle for the Belts Oct. 23, highlighting the opening day of the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals V at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas.
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