NHRA announces creation of new NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series

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New series will be recognized as the third competing at national events in 2010

What began as an exhibition in 2001 has become a full-fledged series for 2010, it was announced today by NHRA.  Made possible by funding from Pro Care Rx and its current Get Screened America initiative, the 2010 NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will compete at 10 NHRA Full Throttle Series events and be televised on a tape-delay basis on ESPN2.

“We have been conducting Pro Mod exhibitions for quite some time,” said Tom Compton, president, NHRA.  “Clearly they bring entertainment value to our fans and we believe now is the time to highlight this popular form of drag racing.  Now, competitors can race for the coveted Wally trophy and an NHRA world championship title.”

The formation of the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series wouldn’t have been possible without the financial commitment of Pro Care Rx and Get Screened America.   A multi-year commitment by the group to fund the series made the series possible.

“I want to thank NHRA for working with us and especially Tom Compton for making the bold decision to add a new series that has been talked about for many years,” said Roger Burgess.  “I look forward to working with NHRA to grow the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series into a fan favorite for many years to come.”

An integral part of the series will be 10 half-hour broadcasts on ESPN2 on a tape delay basis.   The half hour shows will air around current NHRA programming on the worldwide leader in sports and will feature competition from the 10 series events.  Talent for the shows will be announced at a later date.

With body styles ranging from ’41 Willys to ’53 Corvettes, ’57 Chevys to ’70 Cudas, and first-generation Camaros and Firebirds, to profiles as racy as the latest Dodge Viper, along with show-quality “themed paint jobs,” Pro Mods have been crowd pleasers at NHRA events for several years as an exhibition. With huge slicks at the rear and superchargers poking through the hoods, there’s no doubt that these cars are a whole lot more than souped-up classics.

The inaugural NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will kick off in Gainesville, Fla.   The schedule includes stops at some of the biggest events on the circuit including Houston, St. Louis, Atlanta, Englishtown, Bristol and Norwalk.    The second half of the season will see the 240 mph machines race at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, the second Charlotte event, and conclude at the second Las Vegas event in October.

The series will conform to the NHRA Rulebook and competitors will race to the quarter-mile.  Each event will feature 16-car fields, where thanks to the Get Screened America sponsorship, they will compete for world championship points and an overall purse, including event purses and year-end bonus monies of $470,000.

In addition to the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, NHRA national events feature the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, and the premier series of the sport, the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, featuring Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.

2010 NHRA Get Screened Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Schedule
41st annual NHRA Gatornationals March 11-14 Gainesville, Fla.
23rd annual O’Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals April 9 – 11 Houston
14th annual NHRA Midwest Nationals April 30 – May 2 St. Louis
30th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals May 14-16 Commerce, Ga.
41st annual United Association NHRA SuperNationals June 10-13 Englishtown, N.J.
10th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals June 18-20 Bristol, Tenn.
Fourth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals June 24-27 Norwalk, Ohio
56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Aug. 31 – Sept. 5 Indianapolis
Third annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals Sept. 16-19 Concord, N.C.
10th annualNHRA Las Vegas Nationals Oct. 28-31 Las Vegas

The 2009 Racer Appreciation and Awards Banquet

October 31, 2009 by  
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The 2009 Racer Appreciation and Awards Banquet will honor the racers and their families who compete at the Texas Motorplex. It will be held in the Champions Club.

December 5, 2009
Doors open at 6:00pm
Cocktails 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Dinner served 7:30pm
Awards presentation 8:00pm

Couples $25.00
Singles $15.00
Children (12 & Under) $5.00

You can RSVP by calling 972-878-2641, please RSVP by November 30, 2009.


Hamstra Escapes All Injury

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DEMOTTE, IN (October 29, 2009)  – While competing against Joshua Hernandez in a semi-final round of the National Guard ADRL’s championship-deciding Speedtech Battle for the Belts Oct. 23, Pro Extreme star Jason Hamstra lost control of his 1968 Camaro near the eighth-mile finish line and crashed heavily into the left retaining wall at the Texas Motorplex, narrowly missing Hernandez as he crossed in front of his ‘57 Chevy.

Hamstra, 22, had posted a 3.78-second pass at 203.46 miles per hour before the accident.

After the crash, he was transported via helicopter to Parkland Hospital in Dallas for observation, but by Sunday was home in Indiana recuperating. Other than some minor bruises, the young racer received no injuries.

“He’s doing well,” stated his mother, Karen Hamstra. “He came out of the ordeal in good shape, not even a concussion.”

Karen went on to say that the car is equipped with the latest and best in safety equipment, and was invaluable during the Friday evening Speedtech Battle for the Belts session.

“We’ve got the latest in safety equipment and it did its stuff,” she said.

Karen also was grateful for the help provided right after the crash, with many coming to the aid of her son.

“I want to thank everybody that helped. I would like to especially thank (Flowmaster Extreme 10.5 racer) Kenny Doak. He just jumped right in there and helped us,” continued Karen. “We also want to thank EMS attendants, the fire fighters, the ADRL and Texas Motorplex crews, along with the doctors and staff at Parkland Hospital.

”Thank you to (National Guard ADRL President and CEO) Kenny Nowling who drove over an hour to the hospital at 2 a.m. to check on Jason. And a special thank you to Jason’s number-one fan Brian Olson for his prayers and support. Thank you also to Dad, Mom, Brianna, Andy, Phil, Justin, the Barklages, the Tutterows, and everyone else who came to our need.”

The National Guard ADRL Web site (www.ADRL.us) received more than 600 e-mails following the crash, asking how Jason was doing, added Karen, who thanked family and friends for their prayers and concern.

Well wishes can be sent to Jason at promod@midwaynet.net.

(ADRL/Richards photos)


AER Race of Champions at the final bracket race of ’09

October 28, 2009 by  
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2009-10-31 Ennis, TX . – The Texas Motorplex would like to congratulate Jeff Lopez of Bedford Tx and Jackie Jones from Kemp, Tx for making it to the finals for the AER Race of Champions and to Jackie Jones for winning the block from AER which will be given out at the 2009 Texas Motorplex Racer Appreciation Banquet on December 5.  Click here for more info on the 2009 Racer Appreciation Banquet.

Ennis, TX –Texas Motorplex and AER Manufacturing have teamed up to offer another opportunity to the local bracket racers for the 2009 season.  At the end of the 2009 O’Reilly Bracket Racing Season at Texas Motorplex, various top performers from the four bracket season points classes will participate in the AER Race of Champions during the final bracket series race of the season.

The AER Race of Champions winner will receive a BOSS 302 crate engine provided by AER Manufacturing. The small block engine is a 302 cubic inch 340 horsepower engine valued at nearly $7,000.

“One of the goals for the 2009 race season here at the ‘Plex was to boost the local bracket program,” said Glenn Menard, Texas Motorplex President, “By offering added value like the AER Race of Champions to the bracket program, we are hoping racers will see that we are re-dedicating to the program to make bracket racing at the Motorplex fun again.”

In 2009 Texas Motorplex has already added several perks dedicated exclusively to the local points racers this season. At the 2009 kickoff race of the season, Texas Motorplex gave away a slot in the Reher-Morrison Engine School won by Mike Crader.

Also, Texas Motorplex will be giving away a 300cc 4×4 JCL All Terrain Vehicle to a lucky bracket participant at the season end racer awards ceremony banquet. Through the Contingency Connection racers will qualify for thousands of dollars in discounts from over  product sponsors.

“With the support of folks like Reher Morrison, JCL ATVs  and AER Manufacturing, we want to provide new and fun ways to make racing at the Motorplex enjoyable and rewarding,” Menard added.

April 11 is the final day to register for points for the 2009 O’Reilly Bracket Racing Series at Texas Motorplex.  To register for points, go to www.texasmotorplex.com or sign up in the race control.   For more information, racers may contact Ashley Kellough, Texas Motorplex Competition Director at (972) 878-2641.

AER Manufacutring located in Carrollton, TX is a world leader in the engine remanufacturing industry for more than sixty years. AER is the chosen supplier of standard and high-performance engines and engine components to original equipment manufacturers. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have come to rely on AER’s high-quality, remanufactured engines and engine components for a wide variety of applications.


Paul J. Meyer

October 27, 2009 by  
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Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. Paul J. Meyer adopted these words of the great theologian John Wesley for his own and lived them fully. Paul, 81, longtime Waco civic leader, international businessman, philanthropist, loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to legions of people worldwide, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Oct. 26, 2009, at home surrounded in love by his family. Paul’s life will be celebrated at a memorial service 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Paul J. Meyer Arena, at the Baylor University Ferrell Center, with the Rev. Bill Hinson and the Rev. Mike Toby officiating. Immediately following the service there will be visitation with the family at the Ferrell Center. Paul was born May 21, 1928, in San Mateo, Calif. He was the son of the late August Carl and Isabelle Rutherford Meyer. His father was a first generation immigrant from Germany and master craftsman who instilled in Paul a standard of excellence in everything he did. Paul’s mother, of Scottish descent, was trained as a teacher and a nurse who nurtured his desire to learn, to teach others, and to practice the principles of good health. Paul took great pride in passing these time-honored values to his children and grandchildren. Commitment and exuberance for success in his hobbies matched those Paul exhibited in his business life. He enjoyed flying his yellow Piper Cub airplane, snow skiing, cycling, scuba diving, tennis, and hiking. His varied interests and hobbies also included photography and antique cars, especially 1936 Ford Cabriolets. Paul loved Scriptures; he lived by them daily, and he shared them frequently with family and friends. One of his favorites was Luke 6:38: Give, and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your hands. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. (Paul’s paraphrase) Until the day of his departure from this life, Paul was witnessing for Jesus Christ. He did indeed give “a good measure” of “gifts” to his family, his friends, and to more than 30 important charities, including Mission Waco, Friends for Life, Lead Like Jesus Ministry, Compassion Ministries, Haggai Institute, and the First Baptist Church of Woodway. In addition to tangible gifts, Paul leaves behind many wonderful memories with family, friends, and business associates. Paul was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Elizabeth Meyer; and granddaughter, Allison Bucy. Paul is survived by his wife, Jane Gurley Meyer, and five children and their spouses, including the Honorable Jim Meyer and Carolyn of Waco, Larry Meyer and Lynn of Austin, Billy Meyer and Deborah of Waco, Janna Slechta and Randy of Waco, Leslie Rhea and Kevin of Waco; and brother, Carl Meyer and Joyce of Port Isabel. Paul’s 15 grandchildren were a significant part of his life – Mike Meyer and wife, Nadine of Dallas, Brady Meyer of Dallas, Jessica Meyer of Austin, Jennifer Meyer of Chicago, Joshua Meyer of Austin, Adam Meyer and wife, Claire of Ft. Worth, Christie Johnson and husband, Barry of Waco, Morgan, Brooke, and Kelsey Slechta of Waco, Jordan, Jaden, and Ryan Rhea of Waco, Cole Bucy and wife Skye of Washington, D.C., and Jason Bucy of Los Angeles. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Armor, Steve Bright, Del Chesser, Gene Franklin, Ferrell Hunter, Terry Irwin, Joe Baxter, and Chuck Williams. Jane and the family wish to express their deep appreciation to all the doctors, nurses, and caregivers. These angels on earth helped Paul as he fought his battle with cancer. Memorials may be made to any of the ministries named above or any Waco charity of your choice.


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