Happy Thanksgiving from Texas Motorplex

November 27, 2008 by  
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2008-11-27

Texas Motorplex would like to wish all of our Racers, Fans and Sponsors a Happy Thanksgiving and a safe Holiday Season for 2008 and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2009. 

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Postition Available Competition Director / Event Supervisor

November 26, 2008 by  
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2008-11-26

The Competition Director/Event Supervisor position at the Texas Motorplex is available to all qualified candidates wanting to become a member of the Full Time Management team at Drag Racing’s leading track in Ennis, Texas. 


 

Position available

Title: Competition Director/Event Supervisor

Full time position at Drag Racing’s leading track.

The Texas Motorplex seeks an individual to promote and advance the racing program at the track in Ennis, TX.  Familiarity with the racing community, race management, and event production is required.

Ability to function in a fast-paced, multi-dimensional business environment a must.

Must be proficient in computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite, and comfortable with current electronic communications methods.

If you think you qualify, send a letter of interest outlining you qualifications, along with a resume to:

Glenn Menard, President, Texas Motorplex.

Fax:  972-878-1848; or e-mail: menard@texasmotorplex.com

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Open Test & Tune Canceled

November 21, 2008 by  
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2008-11-21

2008-11-22  Saturday Open Test & Tune Canceled

Due to the cold temperatures forecast for this weekend, we are forced to cancel the Test & Tune scheduled this Saturday, November 22.  

We wish all of our racers and fans a happy Thanksgiving and holiday season this year.  We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2009 at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Autorama, February 13-15, 2009.  

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NHRA POWERade Series champs are crowned; Neff is named top rookie

November 17, 2008 by  
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2008-11-17

11/17/2008

 

 

Tony Schumacher, who became the first Top Fuel driver in NHRA history to win five consecutive POWERade Series world championships with a record-setting season, headlined the four world-championship winning drivers crowned Monday evening during the 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series awards ceremony at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City.

Three other NHRA POWERade Series world champions – Cruz Pedregon, Jeg Coughlin and Eddie Krawiec — also were presented checks and trophies for their achievements during the 2008 POWERade Countdown to the Championship.

Schumacher received a check for $500,000 from NHRA and POWERade for winning the Top Fuel world championship. It was Schumacher’s fifth consecutive crown and his sixth title overall. Schumacher drove his Alan Johnson-tuned U.S. Army dragster to a category record 15 victories during the season and dominated competition in the 7,000 horsepower category from start to finish.

Pedregon earned his second Funny Car series crown, and first since the 1992 season, by winning the final three races of the season in the Countdown to 1 playoffs behind the wheel of his Rahn Tobler-tuned Advance Auto Parts Toyota Solara. He earned $500,000 from NHRA and POWERade for the title. 

Coughlin took his second consecutive and fourth overall Pro Stock world championship title with a solid Countdown to 1 effort, driving his Jegs.com Chevy Cobalt to three victories during the year, including a critical win at the penultimate race in Las Vegas in October. The Delaware, Ohio driver was presented a $250,000 check from NHRA and POWERade.

Krawiec earned his first NHRA POWERade Series world championship in Pro Stock Motorcycle and became the second driver in NHRA history to win a series title without winning a race during the season, joining 1979 Top Fuel champ Rob Bruins. Krawiec rode his Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley Davidson to four runner-up finishes – all during the Countdown to 1 playoffs — to take home the $75,000 payday from NHRA and POWERade.

Funny Car driver Mike Neff won the $20,000 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award, which recognizes NHRA’s rookie of the year.  A panel of the nation’s most prominent motorsports journalists selected Neff, who traded in his crew chief wrench for a pair of driving gloves in 2008. He was the only rookie candidate who qualified for the Countdown to 1. His season highlights included three runner-up finishes and two No. 1 qualifying awards behind the wheel of his Old Spice Ford Mustang. It is the third time in the last four years that a driver from John Force Racing has won the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award, as Neff joins ’07 winner Ashley Force and ’05 winner Hight. Other nominees for the prestigious award included Bob Tasca in Funny Car, Steve Torrence in Top Fuel, Rickie Jones in Pro Stock and Junior Pippin in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

NHRA Full Throttle Pit Crew Challenge season awards, recognizing the most consistently quick teams during qualifying throughout the year, were presented to Schumacher’s U.S. Army Top Fuel team ($25,000) led by crew chief Johnson; Ashley Force’s Castrol GTX Ford Mustang Funny Car team ($25,000) led by Dean Antonelli; Kurt Johnson’s ACDelco Chevy Cobalt Pro Stock team ($15,000); and Andrew Hines’ Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle team ($5,000) led by Byron and Matt Hines.

Chevrolet won the NHRA Manufacturers Cup for the 17th time, an NHRA record.  NHRA Pro Owner’s Cups were presented to Don Schumacher (Top Fuel); Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car); and Victor Cagnazzi (Pro Stock). Also as part of the evening, the late Scott Kalitta was honored with a moving video tribute.

Drivers in seven categories in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series also were recognized as 2008 world champions: Bill Reichert (Top Alcohol Dragster); Frank Manzo (Top Alcohol Funny Car); Dan Fletcher (Competition Eliminator); Ricky Decker (Super Stock); Lee Zane (Stock Eliminator); Shawn Langdon (Super Comp) and Brian Forrester (Super Gas).

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NHRA: Krawiec takes over top spot in PSM; C. Pedregon holds onto FC lead

November 16, 2008 by  
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2008-11-16


Only one points lead changed hands during a dramatic final day of racing at the 44th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Eddie Krawiec moved around incoming leader Matt Smith to claim the top spot in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category. Cruz Pedregon held off his four points rivals to finish atop the standings in Funny Car.

  TOP FUEL


FUNNY CAR


PRO STOCK


PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE
1 Tony Schumacher 2703   1 Cruz Pedregon 2561   1 Jeg Coughlin Jr 2523   1 Eddie Krawiec 2471
2 Larry Dixon 2445   2 Tim Wilkerson 2468   2 Greg Anderson 2487   2 Chris Rivas 2466
3 Cory McClenathan 2406   3 Jack Beckman 2457   3 Kurt Johnson 2450   3 Matt Smith 2451
4 Hillary Will 2405   4 Robert Hight 2442   4 Mike Edwards 2388   4 Andrew Hines 2334
5 Antron Brown 2370   5 Tony Pedregon 2440   5 Jason Line 2388   5 Angelle Sampey 2310
6 Rod Fuller 2368   6 Ashley Force 2385   6 Dave Connolly 2383   6 Chip Ellis 2284
7 Brandon Bernstein 2327   7 John Force 2303   7 Allen Johnson 2363   7 Steve Johnson 2283
8 Doug Herbert 2307   8 Ron Capps 2302   8 Greg Stanfield 2329   8 Craig Treble 2270
9 Doug Kalitta 2209   9 Mike Neff 2284   9 V Gaines 2234   9 Karen Stoffer 2167
10 David Grubnic 2194   10 Gary Densham 2217   10 Ron Krisher 2158   10 Matt Guidera 2156
11 J.R. Todd 983   11 Melanie Troxel 932   11 Warren Johnson 970   11 Hector Arana 743
12 Morgan Lucas 966   12 Bob Tasca III 893   12 Justin Humphreys 937   12 Mike Berry 514
13 Bob Vandergriff Jr. 842   13 Del Worsham 862   13 Jim Yates 811   13 Angie McBride 477
14 Troy Buff 478   14 Gary Scelzi 817   14 Larry Morgan 790   14 Junior Pippin 468
15 Steve Torrence 372   15 Jerry Toliver 734   15 Johnny Gray 722   15 Shawn Gann 366
16 Clay Millican 332   16 Tony Bartone 615   16 Rickie Jones 625   16 Wesley Wells 290
17 Alan Bradshaw 311   17 Jim Head 606   17 Vinnie Deceglie 300   17 Joe DeSantis 281
18 Urs Erbacher 190   18 Tommy Johnson Jr. 578   18 Max Naylor 289   18 Michael Phillips 218
19 Steven Chrisman 185   19 Scott Kalitta 311   19 John Nobile 285   19 Peggy Llewellyn 205
20 Doug Foley 164   20 Frank Hawley 235   20 Steve Spiess 246   20 David Hope 183
21 Luigi Novelli 123   21 Bob Bode 200   21 Richie Stevens Jr. 234   21 Ryan Schnitz 132
  T.J. Zizzo 123   22 Jeff Arend 188   22 Matthew Hartford 227   22 Paul Gast 94
23 Joe Hartley 115   23 Mike Ashley 87   23 Kenny Koretsky 201   23 Edward Murphy 93
24 Bruce Litton 113   25 Bob Gilbertson 62   24 Tom Hammonds 173   24 Redell Harris 80
  Tim Boychuk 113   26 Matt Hagan 61   25 Todd Hoerner 156   25 James Underdahl 51
26 Todd Paton 83   27 Mark Oswald 57   26 Dave Northrop 124     GT Tonglet 51
27 Mike Strasburg 71   28 Terry Haddock 50   27 Ben Watson 121     Fred Camarena 51
28 Pat Dakin 62   29 James Day 10   28 Bill Glidden 103   28 Michael Ray 41
  Terry McMillen 62     Mike Smith 10   29 Steve Schmidt 83   29 Darin McCurdy 40
30 Michael Gunderson 51           30 Jim Cunningham 60     Valerie Thompson 40
31 Spencer Massey 32             Lamar Swindoll Jr. 60   31 Tom Bradford 31
32 Scott Palmer 31             Gordie Rivera Jr 60   32 Buddy Robinson 30
33 Mitch King 20           33 Rob Mansfield 44   33 James Surber 20
  Arley Langlo 20           34 Kevin Lawrence 30   34 Jim Randolph 10
35 Rob Passey 10             Danny Gruninger 30     Mike Kovacevich 10
  Craig Smith 10             Bob Benza 30     Brian DeLong 10
  Ron Smith 10             John Gaydosh Jr. 30     Connie Cohen 10
  Terry Haddock 10           38 Matt Scranton 20     Mac McAdams 10
                  Bob Yonke 20     Blaine Hale 10
                  Lee Zane 20        
                  Mark Buehring 20        
                  Mark Hogan 20        
                  Rodger Brogdon 20        
                  Bob Panella 20        
                45 Adam Flamholc 10        
                  Jimmy Alund 10        
                  Richard Sundblom 10        
                  Shane Heckel 10        
                  Rickie Smith 10        
                  Val Smeland 10        
                  Larry Nance 10        
                  Gene Wilson 10        
                  Erica Enders 10      

 

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