Big Bug Shootout rescheduled to October 18

October 2, 2009 by  
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Due to the forecast for Sunday October 4, the Big Bug Shootout has been rescheduled to October 18.

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O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals photos are on the website

September 30, 2009 by  
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The Texas Motorplex O’Reily Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals photo gallery is open and has some pictures from the event uploaded to it, keep checking back to see what else gets added to it over the next few days.

The photo gallery is located under the “Fan Zone” menu or you can click here to go directly there.

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National Guard ADRL Opens Adrenaline Zone Online

September 30, 2009 by  
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O’FALLON, MO (Sep. 28, 2009) — It just got easier than ever to fly your National Guard American Drag Racing League (ADRL) colors. The National Guard ADRL is proud to announce the opening of its online store today, offering the same exciting, high-quality products and apparel available through its Adrenaline Zone merchandise store at all National Guard ADRL events, along with exclusive items available only through Adrenaline Zone Online.

“We’re all very excited about adding Adrenaline Zone Online,” National Guard ADRL Director of Membership Services Aimee Visney says. “It’s something that many people have been working on for several months and personally, I can’t wait to finally open its virtual doors for business.”

Adrenaline Zone Online is accessible though a link on the series’ official Web site (www.ADRL.us) and offers a wide variety of officially licensed ADRL merchandise, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, souvenirs and novelties.

“This is not the same old race wear,” Visney states. “We’ve really tried to find and develop designs that reflect modern fashion sensibilities. We’ll also be constantly adding new merchandise in cutting-edge styles and colors, in addition to running special sales.”

While all prices at Adrenaline Zone Online remain very reasonable, official National Guard ADRL members will be rewarded with a 15 percent discount and all orders totaling more than $100 will be delivered with no additional shipping fees.

“We feel like this is the perfect time to launch Adrenaline Zone Online,” Visney says. “With Christmas not so far away, I hope all National Guard ADRL racers and fans will drop by and pick up their gifts online this year.”

The National Guard ADRL Adrenaline Zone store will be in attendance and open for business Oct. 23-24, at the LenMar Motorsports ADRL World Finals V in Ennis, TX, just south of Dallas.

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Hight, Schumacher, Anderson and Arana Win

September 28, 2009 by  
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ENNIS, Texas – Robert Hight continued his impressive post-season performance by racing to the Funny Car victory Sunday at the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec.

Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel); Greg Anderson (Pro Stock); and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners in their respective categories at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.

Hight, who barely advanced to the Countdown to 1, has now won the first two of the six championship playoff events. He defeated Jack Beckman in the final-round at the Texas Motorplex, after outrunning Leif Helander, Tim Wilkerson and Ashley Force Hood in earlier rounds. Last weekend he beat Matt Hagan in the final-round to win the NHRA Carolinas Nationals near Charlotte, N.C.

“The first two weeks of the Countdown couldn’t have been any better for us,” said Hight, who posted a 4.218 second run at 296.44 mph in his Auto Club Ford Mustang, to hold off Beckman’s Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger in the final, which finished in 4.271 at 292.58. “We won them and went from worst to first, so it’s very exciting for me. It’s something I never thought was going to happen. I never lost faith in my team. You dream big, but this is huge.”

With the win, Hight moved into the series lead for the first time this season. Entering the final race of the regular season, Hight was 12th in the point standings and in jeopardy of not making the playoffs.

“This is probably the best race car I’ve ever had,” Hight said. “We’ve won races and been close to winning the championship, but we’ve never been this dominant, this consistent, this steady; it’s going down the racetrack every run.”

Schumacher defeated rival Larry Dixon in the Top Fuel final. Schumacher finished in 3.944 at 312.86 in his U.S. Army dragster for his fifth win of the season and 61st of his career, while top qualifier Dixon trailed with a 4.232 at 225.18 in his Al-Anabi Racing dragster. With the victory, Schumacher, who has won the last five Top Fuel season titles and six overall, moved back into the points lead.

“This was huge,” said Schumacher, who advanced to the final by outrunning T.J. Zizzo, Antron Brown and Spencer Massey in the first three rounds. “Beating Larry Dixon and Alan Johnson and my old team is just special; if you can’t rise to the occasion against guys like that who you know are great like that, you don’t belong in here racing cars.”

Anderson claimed his first playoff victory and second win of the season in Pro Stock by driving his Summit Racing Pontiac GXP to a 6.684 at 207.11 to hold off former Funny Car racer Johnny Gray, who earned his second runner-up finish this season with a 6.713 at 206.64 in his Johnny Gray Racing Dodge Stratus.

Anderson qualified fifth and beat former employer Warren Johnson, Allen Johnson and top qualifier and series points leader Mike Edwards in a critical semifinal round.

“I can’t remember stealing one like we did today,” said Anderson of his 59th career victory. “I didn’t exactly wake up this morning brimming with confidence because Mike Edwards is making us all look bad. We like to be the performance leader and we’re not, and it’s driving us nuts. It certainly wouldn’t have been a big shock to exit early today. We just fought and clawed and found a way to win all four rounds and, honestly, if we had another first-round loss today we probably would have been done for the Countdown.”

Despite beating Edwards in the semis, Anderson only earned 26 points on the leader since Edwards earned the 12 maximum bonus points during qualifying, giving him 90 points for the weekend in his A.R.T. / Young Life GXP.

“We found a way to win today and bought ourselves a little time to try to find some performance in this car and get to where Mike Edwards is, or get closer to him,” Anderson said. “It feels good to win the race because, even though you can’t win the Countdown in the first race or two, you certainly can lose it.”

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Arana raced to his third consecutive victory and fifth of the season with a final-round performance of 6.979 at 190.67 on his Lucas Oil Buell to hold off championship rival and defending world champ Eddie Krawiec, who finished in 7.005 at 190.43 on his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson. With the win, Arana increased his series lead to 27 over Krawiec.

“I’m really pleased with the performance of the bike and this S&S motor,” said Arana, who defeated Joe DeSantis, David Hope and three-time world champ Andrew Hines in the first three rounds. “It’s a helluva piece, and (Pro Stock driver) Larry Morgan’s guys are working hard to keep me winning rounds and races and the title, something we’ve always dreamed of. My team never slowed down, even in 90 degrees of heat. They just worked so hard. I have to thank Lucas Oil for sticking with me and believing in me, and allowing me to grow with them. It’s amazing how everything has turned around for me to win five races this season; now I just need to win three more and I’ll be good. I really don’t want to focus on the championship, just about getting the motor ready and going to Memphis.”

The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series championship playoffs continue next weekend (Oct. 2-4) with the O’Reilly Mid-South Nationals at Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park.

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ENNIS, Texas — Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at Texas Motorplex. The race is the 20th of 24 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
TOP FUEL:
1. Tony Schumacher; 2. Larry Dixon; 3. Spencer Massey; 4. Shawn Langdon; 5. Brandon Bernstein; 6. Antron Brown; 7. Cory McClenathan; 8. Morgan Lucas; 9. Bob Vandergriff; 10. Terry Haddock; 11. Clay Millican; 12. Mike Bowers; 13. T.J. Zizzo; 14. Doug Kalitta; 15. Steve Torrence; 16. Mike Strasburg.
FUNNY CAR:
1. Robert Hight, Ford Mustang; 2. Jack Beckman; 3. Jerry Toliver; 4. Ashley Force Hood; 5. John Force; 6. Tim Wilkerson; 7. Mike Neff; 8. Bob Tasca III; 9. Tony Pedregon; 10. Del Worsham; 11. Ron Capps; 12. Cruz Pedregon; 13. Jeff Arend; 14. Grant Downing; 15. Matt Hagan; 16. Leif Helander.
PRO STOCK:
1. Greg Anderson, Pontiac GXP; 2. Johnny Gray; 3. Jeg Coughlin; 4. Mike Edwards; 5. Ron Krisher; 6. Allen Johnson; 7. Rodger Brogdon; 8. Matt Hartford; 9. Kurt Johnson; 10. Greg Stanfield; 11. Warren Johnson; 12. Jason Line; 13. Tom Hammonds; 14. Steve Spiess; 15. Larry Morgan; 16. V. Gaines.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:
1. Hector Arana; 2. Eddie Krawiec; 3. Andrew Hines; 4. Matt Smith; 5. David Hope; 6. Douglas Horne; 7. Angie McBride; 8. Michael Phillips; 9. Karen Stoffer; 10. Junior Pippin; 11. Steve Johnson; 12. Mike Berry; 13. Redell Harris; 14. Craig Treble; 15. Shawn Gann; 16. Joe DeSantis.

ENNIS, Texas — Sunday’s final results from the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at Texas Motorplex. The race is the 20th of 24 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:
Top Fuel — Tony Schumacher, 3.944 seconds, 312.86 mph def. Larry Dixon, 4.232 seconds, 225.18 mph.
Funny Car — Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 4.218, 296.44 def. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.271, 292.58.
Pro Stock — Greg Anderson, Pontiac GXP, 6.684, 207.11 def. Johnny Gray, Dodge Stratus, 6.713, 206.64.
Pro Stock Motorcycle — Hector Arana, Buell, 6.979, 190.67 def. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 7.005, 190.43.
Top Alcohol Dragster — Marty Thacker, 5.372, 265.43 def. Shawn Cowie, 5.418, 265.74.
Top Alcohol Funny Car — John Lombardo Jr., Chevy Camaro, 5.691, 252.61 def. Alexis De Joria, Ford Mustang, 5.861, 242.54.
Competition Eliminator — Bruno Massel, Chevy Cobalt, 7.455, 145.66 def. Tom Schmidt, Chevy S-10, 9.291, 110.41.
Super Stock — Bryan Chaney, Chevy Camaro, 10.207, 124.43 def. Bobby Dennis, Olds Calais, 10.949, 114.38.
Stock Eliminator — Monty Bogan, Pontiac Firebird, 10.331, 126.96 def. Kevin Helms, Chevy Camaro, 10.574, 124.67.
Super Comp — Lloyd Parfait, Dragster, 8.887, 168.70 def. Mark Powers, Dragster, 8.876, 172.83.
Super Gas — David Jones, Pontiac Firebird, 9.906, 157.76 def. Roger Warren, Olds Cutlass, 9.892, 153.20.

ENNIS, Texas — Final round-by-round results from the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at Texas Motorplex, the 20th of 24 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series:
TOP FUEL:
ROUND ONE — Brandon Bernstein, 3.948, 275.56 def. Steve Torrence, 5.376, 44.62; Spencer Massey, 3.931, 305.42 def. Bob Vandergriff, 3.911, no speed; Shawn Langdon, 3.911, 309.13 def. Clay Millican, 4.051, no speed; Antron Brown, 3.911, 312.78 def. Terry Haddock, 3.985, 300.20; Larry Dixon, 3.884, 308.64 def. Mike Bowers, 4.170, 234.78; Morgan Lucas, 4.188, 215.20 def. Mike Strasburg, 5.625, 124.56; Tony Schumacher, 3.884, 316.60 def. T.J. Zizzo, 4.627, 173.65; Cory McClenathan, 4.127, 265.95 def. Doug Kalitta, 5.150, 147.65;
QUARTERFINALS — Massey, 3.942, 304.67 def. Lucas, 4.758, 161.96; Langdon, 4.236, 237.96 def. McClenathan, 4.403, 190.14; Dixon, 3.938, 308.85 def. Bernstein, 3.954, 309.70; Schumacher, 3.915, 315.49 def. Brown, 4.113, 266.00;
SEMIFINALS — Dixon, 3.957, 308.28 def. Langdon, 5.037, 154.92; Schumacher, 3.960, 310.91 def. Massey, 4.363, 219.44;
FINAL — Schumacher, 3.944, 312.86 def. Dixon, 4.232, 225.18.

FUNNY CAR:
ROUND ONE — Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.241, 292.77 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, 5.704, 124.03; Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 4.177, 297.22 def. Tony Pedregon, Chevy Impala, 4.300, 266.69; Jerry Toliver, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.277, 290.38 def. Jeff Arend, Toyota Solara, 4.920, 211.06; Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.202, 297.75 def. Leif Helander, Chevy Camaro, 5.889, 131.65; John Force, Mustang, 4.250, 300.53 def. Grant Downing, Monte Carlo, 5.008, 160.50; Ashley Force Hood, Mustang, 4.197, 296.89 def. Del Worsham, Solara, 4.631, 232.87; Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.294, 286.50 def. Cruz Pedregon, Solara, 4.772, 179.28; Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.212, 288.64 def. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.685, 222.33;
QUARTERFINALS — Beckman, 4.219, 294.11 def. Force, 4.271, 289.63; Hight, 4.224, 295.01 def. Wilkerson, 4.311, 283.49; Toliver, 4.354, 289.45 def. Tasca III, 4.588, 261.17; Force Hood, 4.245, 296.83 def. Neff, 4.582, 199.26;
SEMIFINALS — Beckman, 4.546, 218.55 def. Toliver, 4.555, 214.01; Hight, 4.270, 288.46 def. Force Hood, 5.984, 108.80;
FINAL — Hight, 4.218, 296.44 def. Beckman, 4.271, 292.58.

PRO STOCK:
ROUND ONE — Ron Krisher, Chevy Cobalt, 6.681, 207.53 def. Greg Stanfield, Pontiac GXP, foul; Johnny Gray, Dodge Stratus, 6.673, 207.30 def. Larry Morgan, Stratus, 6.723, 207.27; Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.691, 206.95 def. Kurt Johnson, Cobalt, 6.688, 207.27; Greg Anderson, GXP, 6.680, 206.89 def. Warren Johnson, GXP, 6.695, 207.66; Allen Johnson, Stratus, 6.666, 207.40 def. Tom Hammonds, Cobalt, 6.699, 206.32; Mike Edwards, GXP, 6.629, 208.14 def. V. Gaines, Stratus, 6.751, 204.23; Matt Hartford, Stratus, 6.751, 205.04 def. Jason Line, GXP, 6.697, 205.98; Jeg Coughlin, Cobalt, 6.681, 206.76 def. Steve Spiess, Cobalt, 6.705, 206.13;
QUARTERFINALS — Coughlin, 6.676, 207.40 def. Brogdon, 6.692, 206.83; Gray, 6.699, 207.08 def. Hartford, foul; Anderson, 6.676, 207.40 def. A. Johnson, 6.668, 206.99; Edwards, 6.626, 208.65 def. Krisher, 6.662, 207.69;
SEMIFINALS — Gray, 6.719, 207.02 def. Coughlin, 10.181, 91.82; Anderson, 6.689, 207.37 def. Edwards, 13.595, 54.40;
FINAL — Anderson, 6.684, 207.11 def. Gray, 6.713, 206.64.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:
ROUND ONE — Angie McBride, Buell, 7.130, 185.61 def. Shawn Gann, Buell, foul; David Hope, Buell, 7.119, 184.85 def. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 7.102, 185.66; Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 7.041, 190.92 def. Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.266, 184.02; Douglas Horne, Buell, 7.094, 186.38 def. Mike Berry, Buell, foul; Matt Smith, Suzuki, 7.071, 187.63 def. Junior Pippin, Buell, 7.134, 186.36; Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 7.038, 188.67 def. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.144, 184.02; Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 7.024, 187.78 def. Redell Harris, Buell, 7.200, 181.13; Hector Arana, Buell, 6.949, 190.75 def. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki, 10.978, 76.93;
QUARTERFINALS — Smith, 6.997, 189.34 def. Horne, 7.068, 191.35; Hines, 6.985, 192.17 def. Phillips, foul; Krawiec, 6.997, 190.51 def. McBride, 7.083, 186.74; Arana, 6.954, 192.47 def. Hope, foul;
SEMIFINALS — Krawiec, 7.004, 188.86 def. Smith, 7.069, 186.74; Arana, 7.037, 188.44 def. Hines, foul;
FINAL — Arana, 6.979, 190.67 def. Krawiec, 7.005, 190.43.

ENNIS, Texas — Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at Texas Motorplex, the 20th of 24 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series -
Top Fuel
1. Tony Schumacher, 2,272; 2. Larry Dixon, 2,245; 3. Cory McClenathan, 2,218; 4. Antron Brown, 2,207; 5. Shawn Langdon, 2,188; 6. Brandon Bernstein, 2,155; 7. Spencer Massey, 2,152; 8. Morgan Lucas, 2,124; 9. Doug Kalitta, 2,074; 10. Clay Millican, 2,062.
Funny Car
1. Robert Hight, 2,241; 2. Ashley Force Hood, 2,228; 3. Jack Beckman, 2,196; 4. Tony Pedregon, 2,182; 5. Bob Tasca III, 2,170; 6. Ron Capps, 2,147; 7. John Force, 2,131; 8. Tim Wilkerson, 2,129; 9. Mike Neff, 2,099; 10. Del Worsham, 2,085.
Pro Stock
1. Mike Edwards, 2,288; 2. Jeg Coughlin, 2,223; 3. Greg Anderson, 2,208; 4. Allen Johnson, 2,179; 5. Jason Line, 2,177; 6. Greg Stanfield, 2,169; 7. Johnny Gray, 2,146; 8. Kurt Johnson, 2,113; 9. Ron Krisher, 2,093; 10. Rickie Jones, 2,020.
Pro Stock Motorcycle
1. Hector Arana, 2,318; 2. Eddie Krawiec, 2,291; 3. Andrew Hines, 2,207; 4. Matt Smith, 2,170; 5. Douglas Horne, 2,156; 6. Michael Phillips, 2,139; 7. Karen Stoffer, 2,127; 8. Shawn Gann, 2,125; 9. Craig Treble, 2,104; 10. Matt Guidera, 2,020.

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DRAW Auction Standing Room Only

September 27, 2009 by  
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The Champions Club at the Texas Motorplex was standing room only as fans, drivers and their crews gathered for the annual DRAW Auction. Bob Frey and Alan Reinhart did an amazing job of getting top dollar for each item. The highlight of the evening was when Billy Meyer purchased a pair of boxing gloves that were autographed by John Force and Tony Pedregon for $5,000 and then donated them back to DRAW. Roger Comstock of MTS paid an additional $5,000 for the gloves. Roger Brogdon and Ron Capps teamed up for a total donation of $8,000 for Bob Frey to wear a pair of Attitude hip hugger pants on the starting line Sunday during opening ceremonies. The entire auction brought in approximately $60,000. Awards were presented to the following:

Kalitta Air – DRAW Company of the Year
Brian Bianco – DRAW Person of the Year
Chris Hardestef – DRAW Volunteer of the Year

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