KANSAS CITY (Nov. 18, 2009) – The recent SCSW, Inc. purchase of the Super Chevy Show series represents a completely different concept in the world of motorsports in general, and drag racing in particular. People with racing experience who have invested their careers in the sport are now invested in the series. The benefactors of the purchase will be fans, sponsors, racers and participants.
Drag racing facility owners and operators throughout the United States formed the American Promoters Association (APA) in early 2009. As part of their discussions and work through the APA, several highly experienced track operators became interested in the opportunity to build or acquire their own series. Those owners wanted to put their experience and dedication to the sport into a national series. They formed SCSW, Inc., and purchased the Super Chevy Show series.
The board of directors for SCSW is like a ‘Who’s Who’ in drag racing history: President – John Bandimere Jr.; Executive Vice President – Lex Dudas, Vice Presidents – Bill Bader, Charlie Allen, Bryan Pierce, and Secretary Treasurer – Billy Meyer.
Bandimere is the owner and operator of Bandimere Speedway in Denver. Bandimere Speedway will host a Super Chevy Show event in August. It will be the first time the Speedway has hosted a Super Chevy event in several years.
Anyone who knows Bandimere will agree that he is not a gambling man. But if he was, well, he would bet big on the Super Chevy Show series.
“There is a tremendous amount of talent within the group of operators who now control the Super Chevy Show,” Bandimere said. “One person may have a great way to deal with new sponsors. One person may have a tremendous program for selling tickets. Another will be an expert on participant relations. We are going to take the best methods and apply them all to this one series. This gives us the opportunity to work together and develop a great series. If I was a betting man, I would bet that this series is going to blossom and we are going to bring it back to being the historically great event that it has been in the past.”
Events like the Super Chevy Show have typically been owned by just one individual or one company who rented facilities to host events. They merely paid a small fee to the track owner to use the facility for the event date. In that scenario the promoter operated everything from afar and only came to the venue on the week of an event and provided assignment for track staff.
SCSW is not a single entity promoter; it is only a resource to help provide a point of coordination for the track owners. Now the host tracks will have a stake in ownership and each will be personally involved with the overall series and will be personally responsible for their event.
SCSW is working to hire the competition director position that will help guide the activities at each event, and SCSW is also is working with Forward Sports Marketing on the promotional elements for the series that include sponsorship, media and fan interaction.
“A racer at a recent event put it in perspective to me on what it means for tracks to now own a series,” Forward Sports Marketing’s Ryan Haas said. “They said that all of the sanctioning bodies from ADRL, NMRA, NMCA, NHRA, IHRA, etc…. basically rent or partner with track owners just like the Super Chevy Show Series used to do every season. Now the tracks own the series and are personally invested in the success of the series.
“The tracks hosting the 2010 Super Chevy Show series selected the dates for the schedule, and have committees that will decide everything from racing classes to car show awards and other aspects of the show. It is amazing to be on a conference call with 10 national-caliber track owners and operators to see how well they work together on a project like this.”
Bandimere said the anticipation is brewing across the nation as the ownership group works to put together a thrilling season of Super Chevy Show events.
“I can feel and see the excitement growing with the SCSW members,” Bandimere said. “This has everyone focused on putting on a great show in 2010.”
The Texas Motorplex will be hosting it’s 2009 Racer Appreciation Banquet presented by Ellis County Auto and Reher Morrison on Saturday December 5, 2009 in the Texas Motorplex Champions Club. Doors will open at 6:00pm, with a cocktail hour between 6:00pm – 7:00pm, dinner will be served at 7:30pm and the awards presentation will begin at 8:00pm. The presentation will be MC’d by Lynn Nickerson and will feature awards presented by Ellis County Auto of Waxahachie, Tx with door prizes by ChickFilA as well as other local area companies.
2010 O’Reilly Bracket Racing Series Gold Cards and the Points Fund payouts will be awarded at the banquet as well.
Children $5.00 (12 & Under)
Please RSVP for you and your guests by calling 972-878-2641 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also purchase your tickets now by calling 972-878-2641
KANSAS CITY (Nov. 16, 2009) – The 30th anniversary season of the Super Chevy Series will feature some of the nation’s top racing venues in 2010. The new series owners approved the schedule over the weekend, allowing racers, participants, sponsors and the host facilities as much time as possible to prepare for the celebratory season.
Racers, car show participants, fans, vendors, and sponsors alike can call 1-800-692-6230 to receive further information on the Super Chevy Show series.
2010 Super Chevy Show Series
Event Date Host Track Location
March 20-21 The Strip at Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
April 17-18 Virginia Motorsports Park Petersburg, VA
May 22-23 Texas Motorplex Dallas, TX
June 12-13 Summit Motorsports Park Norwalk, OH
July 17-18 Maple Grove Raceway Reading, PA
*August 14-15 Route 66 Raceway Joliet, IL
August 21-22 Bandimere Speedway Denver, CO
September 25-26 Bristol Dragway Bristol, TN
*October 9 – 10 Infineon Raceway Sonoma, CA
October 16-17 Firebird Raceway Phoenix, AZ
*Date is tentative
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ROGER GUSTIN SELLS SERIES; SUPER CHEVY SHOW WILL CELEBRATE ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP IN 2010
2010 schedule featuring nation’s top tracks to be release soon
KANSAS CITY (Nov. 5, 2009) – The ownership group, SCSW, Inc., put the finishing touches on the purchase of
the Super Chevy Show series today. The ownership group purchased the series from President and owner, Roger
Gustin. The sale was completed this week, giving the new owners time to prepare for the 2010 schedule.
In a series that offers drag racing, car shows, swap meets and collector cars for sale, the new owners want to ensure
a great form of entertainment gets even better for everyone including fans, sponsors and participants. The schedule
will feature some of the nation’s top racing facilities, and will be released soon.
Gustin has been the series owner for 15 years and thinks the sale will only benefit from the change in ownership.
“Now is the time for major changes in the world of motorsports and I think the owners of SCSW, Inc., will bring a
new dimension to the series and will work to make sure the series is around to celebrate more milestone
anniversaries in the future,” Gustin said. “My family and I have been involved with the series for several years and
we are proud that we were able to help the sport grow by working with great sponsors, participants, tracks and Super
Chevy Magazine while cultivating the best fans around.”
Forward Sports Marketing will be the national event coordinator for the series. The agency will work with each of
the 10 tracks to ensure there is uniformity with the schedule and format at each event. Adding localized elements to
each event, however, is what will make the 2010 season unique.
“We are going to work with each of the tracks to make sure there is consistency on some levels, but the tracks will
also be able to put a local emphasis on the event,” Forward Sports Marketing’s Ryan Haas said. “We will manage the
series at a national level and will empower the track operators to manage their specific event to give fans and
participants exactly what they want.”
Haas said the new owners have a passion for creating the best possible product for fans, participants and sponsors.
“Forward Sports Marketing and the track owners are working to develop new feature attractions for the drag racing
portion of the show, and we are already in discussions about adding collector car auctions and televised broadcast to
all events,” Haas said. “The owners are going to make some exciting changes. We’re going to pay more attention to
the car show and add some elements to the events that will attract greater numbers of fans and car enthusiasts.”
Super Chevy Magazine will maintain an exclusive partnership with the series to provide readers and fans the best
and most up-to-date information possible.
“We’re thrilled with the sale because we think a great product is going to be even better,” Jim Campisano, Editorial
Director of GM Performance Group, said. “Roger and his team did a great job with the Super Chevy Show over the
years. The new owners are all personally invested in taking the series to the next level of entertainment and
enjoyment for fans, participants and readers of Super Chevy Magazine.”
Racers, car show participants, fans, vendors, and sponsors alike can call 1-800-692-6230 to receive further
information on the Super Chevy Show series.
Tony Schumacher clinched his sixth consecutive and seventh overall NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel world championship and Hector Arana earned his first in Pro Stock Motorcycle during a dramatic day of racing at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals. Both titles were decided during a stunning semifinal round.
Schumacher collected the Top Fuel crown when Larry Dixon, racing directly in front of Schumacher, smoked the tires of his Alan Johnson/Al-Anabi Racing dragster and lost to Spencer Massey. In a surprising twist, Schumacher also lost his semifinal match with Antron Brown, meaning the final points result was just two points in favor of Schumacher and his Mike Green-led U.S. Army team, earned on their low qualifying pass late Saturday.
“Having to rebuild and go through the adversity of a new team, it’s outstanding to be standing here on the podium,” said Schumacher. “That run [Saturday] night was bone-crushing, weight-of-the-world pressure, and that U.S. Army team came through — unbelievable.
“You can’t mention it before the race because you don’t know if you’re going to win it, but this thing’s going to sit at Fort Hood for the families. I don’t think there’s a question about it; it has to be there. They deserve it. This is an Army Strong trophy, and it’s going to sit there and be beautiful.”
Schumacher won his first Top Fuel championship in 1999. He added a second title in 2004 and has continued to carry the No. 1 every season since. That string will continue into next year after he outlasted Dixon in another nail-biter (in 2006, Schumacher won the championship by winning the final round and setting the national record at the season finale, and in 2007, Schumacher won it by winning the final round in Pomona).
Schumacher entered the Auto Club NHRA Finals just one point ahead of Dixon in the points, and the two put on quite a show throughout the weekend, swapping the lead several times. Schumacher added one point to his lead on the opening day of action, but Dixon rebounded on day two and jumped to the front by two markers. Schumacher made a comeback on the final qualifying day, running low e.t. of the weekend, 3.772, to grab three bonus points for the session and the No. 1 spot on the ladder. Those points lifted Schumacher back into the lead by two. Those two points were the deciding factor when both lost in the semi’s.
Arana joined Robert Hight and Mike Edwards as a first-time NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series champion when Eddie Krawiec was unable to run quick enough for a back up to a national record in the semifinals. Arana could have clinched the title with a win against Krawiec’s teammate, Andrew Hines, in round two, but Arana red-lighted, leaving things somewhat open. At that point, Krawiec needed to win and set a national record to pass Arana and claim the title. Without a backup run earlier in the weekend, that meant Krawiec needed to run 6.918 or better in the semi’s to have the backup; Krawiec was only able to muster a 6.953 to end his hopes.
Racing in his 20th year of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle competition, Arana had a career year aboard his Lucas Oil-backed Buell. Arana won five times in six final-round showings this season, and he also qualified No. 1 eight times this season, including at the final three events of the season. Prior to this year, Arana had just one win (2008 Norwalk) and one top start (1994 Gainesville).
“It feels good,” said Arana. “It hasn’t really hit me yet. I do feel better, lighter now that the stress is over and the worries. It’s an awesome feeling to have this accomplishment this year. A lot of things happened this year that I accomplished: I won five races, I won three in a row, I set the national record, and I won the championship. This is awesome.
“Quitting never crossed my mind; that’s not me. I’m going to stick to the end and find a solution for it,” added Arana, of his challenges over the years. “I just started going five, six races a year for a while, and I would stay home and work on the bike. If I was going to quit that would have been the time to quit, but I just could not see myself quitting. I knew I had it, I knew it was there, and with Lucas Oil behind me, how can you quit? When things were going harder, I just worked harder. My determination was even more.”
Arana is the 10th rider since Pro Stock Motorcycle became a Professional class in 1989 to win a championship.
POMONA — James McNeal (Super Pro), Tibor Kadar (Pro), Tracy Crutcher (Sportsman), and Augustine Herrera (Super Pro Motorcycle) won the three-round eliminators in their respective categories to score top honors at the 2009 NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship, held in conjunction with the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.
Division 4’s McNeal made the tow from Paris, Texas, pay off when he turned on the win light against Division 5 runner Tom Williams in the Super Pro final. McNeal got off the starting line first, .015 to .044, and carried the advantage all the way through the quarter-mile, winning with a 7.703 (7.67 dial). Williams settled for runner-up honors with a 7.640 (7.52).
Kadar, the Division 7 titlist, added the Pro national title to an impressive resume that includes two national event wins in Stock. In the final, both Kadar and Division 1 champ Andy Anderson broke out in the final with Kadar’s 10.746 (10.76) getting the nod over Anderson’s 9.706 (9.73).
Crutcher added the Sportsman national championship to the one he earned in Division 3 when he bested Darrel Goheen, the Division 5 champ. Crutcher scored the title at the Tree when he jumped to a huge .011 to .102 lead. That allowed Crutcher to slow to a 12.226 (12.19) and win. Goheen ran closer to the dial with a 12.021 (12.00), but it wasn’t enough to move him around Crutcher.
Herrera, the Division 7 champion, defeated Division 3 ace Bruce Damewood to claim the Super Pro Motorcycle national championship. Herrera paired a .013 reaction with an on-the-dial 8.498 to claim the crown over Damewood, who cut a game .019 light and clocked an 8.960 (8.90).
POMONA — The top Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Super Pro Motorcycle racers from NHRA’s seven geographical divisions will journey to Auto Club Raceway at Pomona to vie for a national title in the NHRA Summit Racing Series National Championship. Summit Racing Series national champions will be decided in each of the four classes following three-round eliminators held during the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.
Event sponsor Summit Racing Equipment is an industry leader in the distribution of racing parts and equipment through catalogs and the Internet. The company also sponsors the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, and several Pro and Sportsman drag racers, including Pro Stock drivers Greg Anderson and Jason Line.
This year, bracket racers competed for points and cash awards during qualifying events at NHRA’s 140 member tracks throughout North America. Each track’s top drivers then moved on to compete for individual and team honors at the NHRA Summit Racing Series Finals, which were held in each of NHRA’s seven divisions. Twenty-eight champions — seven each from Super Pro, Pro, Sportsman, and Super Pro Motorcycle — were determined and will compete for national titles in Pomona.
Each of the 2009 national champions will receive $5,000, an NHRA Gold Card, a champion’s trophy, and a jacket. All qualifiers who attend the Pomona event are guaranteed a minimum of $3,500.
Indexes for the classes are as follows: Super Pro (7.00-11.99 seconds), Pro (10.00-13.99), Sportsman (12.00-19.99), and Super Pro Motorcycle (7.50-15.99). Competitors in Super Pro and Super Pro Motorcycle are permitted to use delay boxes; those in the Pro class are limited to a transbrake, two-step ignition, and four-wheel line-loc. Competitors in Sportsman are not permitted to use any electronics and must employ mufflers. All racing is done on a five-tenths full Tree; the Compulink Cross Talk feature will be used in Super Pro and Super Pro Motorcycle.