Be prepared: The temperature is rising fast off the track too

September 11, 2009 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 10, 2009) – What else could you expect when prestige, Countdown positions and prize money are all on the line? The racing surface isn’t the only thing that will be heated over the next six races.

John Force and Tony Pedregon had a heated argument last weekend as the drama unfolded at the 55th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Tony and his brother, Cruz, both accused Force of cheating and manipulating race results to benefit John Force Racing’s four-car squad.

To say the least, Force didn’t appreciate being called a cheater. Force and Tony Pedregon battled it out during separate interviews during ESPN2′s coverage of the race before having a heated argument at the top end of the race track – just after Ashley Force Hood beat Tony Pedregon and Robert Hight beat Force. Hight’s win over his Ford teammate bumped Cruz Pedregon (the 2008 series champion) out of the coveted 10th place in the Countdown, ensuring Cruz Pedregon will not be in the playoffs for the final six events of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Ashley Force Hood went on to claim her first U.S. Nationals title, becoming the first female to claim a Funny Car victory at the event.

Billy Meyer, owner of the Texas Motorplex and 1982 Funny Car winner at the U.S. Nationals, is pleased to see the racers’ personality showing their true competitive colors.

In fact, as the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex readies for the Sept. 24-27 stop, Meyer hopes to see the racer’s intensity heat up even more.

“I think it’s great to see such personality coming out,” Meyer said. “It shows how much passion they have for the sport.  They are in fuel Funny Cars going 300 mph, and they should be fired up and passionate about what they do. No one wants a corporate bobble head in the cockpit of those cars. It’s about time we get to see their competitive personality.”

The Motorplex is one of the final six events of the 2009 season – which make up the Countdown to 1 playoff schedule. Only the top 10 racers in each of the four professional categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle – will earn the right to compete for the 2009 NHRA championships. All professional racers had 18 events to battle their way into the top 10.

Meyer said having the U.S. Nationals as the final event for racers to bump into the top 10, therefore be eligible to race for the championship title, just set the stage for heated moments.

“I am one of the lucky drivers who can say they battled and won a U.S. Nationals title,” Meyer said. “I know what it takes to win that event. It’s
a marathon and everyone is throwing everything they have at the track to win. I don’t know a driver who would give up that trophy because you don’t just stumble upon a U.S. Nationals victory. You have to fight for it.

“I also know that every team has sponsors to answer to and everyone wants their team to be in the Countdown.  Force Racing accomplished that goal and now have four cars in the Countdown.”

J.R. Todd earned the 2008 Top Fuel victory at the Motorplex while Tim Wilkerson is defending the Funny Car title, Greg Stanfield will be defending Pro Stock and Chris Rivas will defend the Pro Stock Motorcycle title.

Sportsman qualifying begins at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24. The first of four rounds of professional qualifying is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sept. 25, continuing at 4:45 p.m. that evening. Qualifying wraps up with sessions at 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 26. Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. on Sept. 27.

Tickets for all four days of racing can be purchased by phone at 800-MOTORPLEX (800-668-6775) or at the track.

TOP FUEL COUNTDOWN RACERS:

1. Antron Brown 2110 Hadman
2. Larry Dixon 2080 Hadman
3. Tony Schumacher 2070 Hadman
4. Brandon Bernstein 2060 Hadman
5. Cory McClenathan 2050 Hadman
6. Spencer Massey 2040 Dragster
7. Morgan Lucas 2030 Hadman
8. Shawn Langdon 2020 Hadman
9. Doug Kalitta 2010 Attac
10. Clay Millican 2000 Hadman

FUNNY CAR COUNTDOWN RACERS:

1. Tony Pedregon 2110 Chevrolet
2. Ron Capps 2080 Dodge
3. Ashley Force 2070 Ford
4. Bob Tasca III 2060 Ford
5. Jack Beckman 2050 Dodge
6. Tim Wilkerson 2040 Ford
7. John Force 2030 Ford
8. Del Worsham 2020 Toyota
9. Mike Neff 2010 Ford
10. Robert Hight 2000 Ford

PRO STOCK COUNTDOWN RACERS:

1. Jeg Coughlin 2110 Chevrolet
2. Jason Line 2080 Pontiac
3. Mike Edwards 2070 Pontiac
4. Greg Anderson 2060 Pontiac
5. Allen Johnson 2050 Dodge
6. Greg Stanfield 2040 Pontiac
7. Ron Krisher 2030 Chevrolet
8. Kurt Johnson 2020 Chevrolet
9. Richard Jones 2010 Dodge
10. Johnny Gray 2000 Dodge

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE RACERS:

1. Ed Krawiec 2110 Harley-Davidson
2. Andrew Hines 2080 Harley-Davidson
3. Hector Arana 2070 Buell
4. Matt Smith 2060 Suzuki
5. Douglas Horne 2050 Buell
6. Craig Treble 2040 Suzuki
7. Michael Phillips 2030 Suzuki
8. Matt Guidera 2020 Buell
9. Shawn Gann 2010 Buell
10. Karen Stoffer 2000 Suzuki

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Order early and skip the wait at the box office

September 10, 2009 by  
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One of the major benefits to ordering your O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals tickets before September 14 is that we will mail the tickets to you and you will not have to wait in the will call lines at the box office to pick up your tickets.   All tickets ordered on or after Monday September 14 will be held in will call to be picked up at the main spectator box office.

Beat the wait and order your O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals tickets NOW by clicking here or by calling 1-800-Motorplex (800-668-6775).

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Beat Traffic – Stay at the Texas Motorplex FREE Campground

September 9, 2009 by  
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The Texas Motorplex FREE Campground offers race fans an inexpensive and one of a kind experience at the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals by staying at the facility, you will not have to worry about sitting in traffic coming to and from the track and there is also an entrance gate to the track in the campground that puts you in the pits when you come in through the gate.

Click here to buy tickets or call 1-800-Motorplex (800-668-6775)  to the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals NOW!

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Texas Motorplex administration office gets a new coat during Labor Day weekend

September 8, 2009 by  
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The administration offices at the Texas Motorplex were painted over the Labor Day weekend in preparation for the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals coming September 24-27.    The powerpacked NHRA Fall National weekend is 20th event of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and is the 2nd  stop in the Countdown to 1 championship.  Tickets are on sale now online at TexasMotorplex.com or by phone at 1-800-Motorplex (800-668-6775)

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Texas Motorplex Fired Up and Ready for Side-By-Side Racing

September 8, 2009 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 1, 2009) – Texas is truly a magical place to be in the fall. Football fields are in use by local, regional and national talent. The weather cools down each night a little more, reminding us that winter is right around the corner. And the sound of the world’s quickest and fastest dragsters blazing down the track rattles the senses and tickles our love of fierce competition.

It just wouldn’t be the fall without the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event rolls into the Motorplex for its annual stop, Sept. 24-27.

Texas Motorplex General Manager Glenn Menard said few places rival the Motorplex when witnessing the intense competition displayed by NHRA racers.

“The Motorplex is the original stadium of drag racing and it was meant to reward the fans with stunning views of the track,” Menard said. “Everyone is sitting where the action happens. The stands are angled so the person standing next to you isn’t blocking your view. We think everyone in the stands should have a clear view of the amazing side-by-side racing that is on display by some of the best racers in the world.”

The track surface itself, Menard said, fosters consistent competition.

“Because our track is held by post-tension cables all the way down the track, we know the conditions are the same in both lanes,” Menard said. “We have a super slab of concrete and it helps create close racing in both lanes so the teams can worry more about having the best tuneup and spend less time concerned with lane choice.”

The 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals is one of the final six races in the Countdown to the Championship. Only the top 10 racers in each of the four professional categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle – will earn the right to compete for the 2009 NHRA championships. All professional racers have 18 events to battle their way into the top 10.

J.R. Todd earned the 2008 Top Fuel victory at the Motorplex while Tim Wilkerson will be defending the Funny Car title, Greg Stanfield will be defending Pro Stock and Chris Rivas will defend the Pro Stock Motorcycle title.

Jason Line knows how vital the Texas Motorplex stop can be in terms of battling for a championship title. Following 17 events in 2009, Line is second in the Pro Stock point standings, winning four races in the Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GXP. Line, the 2006 champion, is just 65 points away from the category leader, Jeg Coughlin.

“The points are reset just one race before we go to the Motorplex and that means there are going to be 10 very anxious competitors in each category, trying to do whatever it takes to earn some valuable points,” Line said. “Even before the Countdown points system began, there has always been something special about racing at the Motorplex that makes you want to dig deep and go for the win.”

Menard said he likes the position the Texas Motorplex has in the Countdown schedule.

“Once the racers earn a spot in the Countdown, you can’t predict too much because we’re early enough in the Countdown schedule where everyone is still in it and everyone is fighting for a championship,” Menard said. “If a racer does well at the first Countdown event (in Charlotte), you want to do well at the Texas Motorplex to keep that momentum going. If a racer doesn’t do well in Charlotte, the Motorplex can be the story of their season. It can be the site where they rebounded back into championship contention.”

Eddie Krawiec leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle point standings following the first 11 of 17 Pro Stock Motorcycle events, followed closely in second place by his Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson teammate, Andrew Hines. Krawiec, the 2008 Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, had the event low elapsed time with a 6.970-second run in ’08 but lost in the semifinal round.

Krawiec is aiming to go at least one round further at the Motorplex this season.

“The goal going into every race is always to do better than you did the last time,” Krawiec said. “That’s especially important in those final Countdown races. The competition is so good and if you make a mistake, nine other racers are going to try and take advantage of the situation. We want a great showing at the Motorplex so we can have some positive momentum going into the final few races of the season.”

Sportsman qualifying begins at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24. The first of four rounds of professional qualifying is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sept. 25, continuing at 4:45 p.m. that evening. Qualifying wraps up with sessions at 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 26. Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. on Sept. 27.

Tickets for all four days of racing can be purchased by phone at 800-MOTORPLEX (800-688-6775) at TexasMotorplex.com or at the track.

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