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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In Memory of Walter “Pokey” Brown

September 2, 2009 by  
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Texas Motorplex extends our deepest condolences to Carolyn Brown and family in their recent loss. Walter “Pokey” Brown worked the Staging Lanes of Texas Motorplex during the 80′s and 90′s, and always greeted racers with a smile.

A viewing will be held Friday, September 4th from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Moore Funeral Home 1219 N. Davis Drive Arlington, TX 76012. The funeral services will be Saturday, September 5th at 12:30pm at Moore Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to be sent for the rebuilding of their church. Donations can be sent to SouthPointe Baptist Church Building Fund 8200 Webb Ferrell Rd. South Arlington, TX 76002, In Honor of Walter Brown.

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AAA Members win tickets and score great benefits

August 31, 2009 by  
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AAA Texas members can win a pair of tickets to the Auto Club of Southern California Finals if they order O’Reilly Fall Nationals tickets now. Order a pair of Saturday or Sunday tickets to the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall Nationals before September 14 and you get a chance to win a pair of pit tickets for November 14 & 15 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California.

AAA Texas members can claim an extra benefit September 24-27 at the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries Nationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX.  Part of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, this special offers a 25% discount off of spectator tickets to AAA Texas Members by calling 1-800-Motorplex (668-6775), visiting www.texasmotorplex.com or at the main box office on race weekend.

Race two in the Countdown to One Championship program, drag race professionals battle on the all-concrete quarter mile in Ennis, TX for cash and points toward the 2009 Full Throttle Championship which is decided at the Auto Club of Southern California Finals on November 12-15.

Located on HWY 287 between I35E and I 45, the Texas Motorplex, opened in 1986, was the first and fastest quarter mile drag strip in the nation, and records have been set there ever since.  For more information call 972-878-2641, or go to www. texasmotorplex.com.

AAA Texas members can claim an extra benefit September 24-27 at the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries Nationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX. Part of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, this special offers a 25% discount off of spectator tickets to AAA Texas Members at the main box office for any day of the race.

Part of the Countdown to One Championship program, drag race professionals battle on the all-concrete quarter mile in Ennis, TX for cash and points toward the Full Throttle Championship which is decided at the Auto Club of Southern California Finals in Pomona California on November 12-15.

Located on HWY 287 between I35E and I 45, the Texas Motorplex, opened in 1986, was the first and fastest quarter mile drag strip in the nation, and records have been set there ever since. For more information call 972-878-2641, or go to www. texasmotorplex.com.

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2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Schedule Released

August 27, 2009 by  
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Ennis, Texas (Aug. 27, 2009) – NHRA released the 2010 schedule Tuesday and Texas Motorplex fans can continue to make the Motorplex their racing destination in the fall of 2010. Less than a month before the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals comes for the 2009 stop (Sept. 24-27), plans for the 25th anniversary event are already in the works.

Waco resident and legendary drag racer Billy Meyer opened the Motorplex in 1986. Meyer had the benefit of a Funny Car racing career to help create the sport’s first super stadium that rewarded fans with some of the best seating in racing while equally benefiting the competitors with an all-concrete racing surface.

“The inaugural event was held the weekend of Sept. 25-28 so it was great to see us get the same date for our 25th anniversary in 2010,” Meyer said. “We’re excited to be able to celebrate 25 years of giving our fans the best racing at a great facility and to be able to do it on the same weekend as the first race makes it even more special.”

NHRA President Tom Compton said he was pleased to see the Texas Motorplex staying on the Countdown to 1 schedule. In 2009 the Motorplex is the second of the final six playoff races where the top 10 competitors in each professional category have a chance at earning the category championship. In 2010, the Motorplex will be the third of six Countdown playoff races.

“We are excited to return to the Texas Motorplex for the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals in 2010,” Compton said. “This event will continue to be one of the six races in the NHRA playoffs, the Countdown to 1. One of the first super tracks on the NHRA circuit, the Motorplex definitely has a reputation for delivering some of the most spectacular moments in the history of the sport and will certainly be a critical stop in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series as our teams pursue important world championship points.”

Texas Motorplex General Manager Glenn Menard said keeping the fall date in 2010 was especially important because of the anniversary.

“The Motorplex will be celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2010 and it’s great that we can keep our fall tradition of hosting some of the quickest and fastest racing in September,” Menard said. “We have fans that have been to all of our NHRA events and it’s something they plan for. We love our position in the Countdown to 1 schedule and we can’t think of a better way to say goodbye to summer in Texas and usher in the fall than with some ultra quick side-by-side racing by some of the fiercest competitors in the sport.”

The big news of the schedule release is NHRA’s commitment to add a second NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event at the zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C. in 2010. The second event is one of several exciting changes NHRA announced today as the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning organization revealed its 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule. The state-of-the-art dragstrip in the Charlotte, N.C. metro region will be the setting for two events: one in the spring and one in the fall, with an inaugural event added to the schedule on March 25-28, and the third annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals set for Sept. 16-19.
“Charlotte is quickly becoming a motorsports capital in the United States, rivaled only by Indianapolis, and the reception we have received from the fans and the number of major sponsors and teams that use the area as a base lead us to believe that it will provide the market foundation for those two races to evolve into among the two biggest events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series,” said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. The inaugural race in September last year featured special guests, packed stands and significant corporate hospitality.

The 56th Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Sept. 1-6 at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, will represent the first race in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to 1, NHRA’s championship playoffs. The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the world’s largest and most prestigious drag racing event, is scheduled for its traditional spot on the calendar — Labor Day weekend.

The 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule remains a 24-race schedule. NHRA will kick off the season with a significant milestone event, the 50th Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona (Feb. 11-14). NHRA will pay tribute to its past throughout what figures to be one of the most memorable and nostalgic race weeks in the sport’s history as many of the legendary cars, drivers and magical moments will be honored. The hot rod culture runs deep in Southern California and its roots deepest at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, where in February of 1961 NHRA founder Wally Parks hosted the first-ever running of the now-historic and iconic Kragen O’Reilly Winternationals.

As is tradition, the season concludes right back where it started in Pomona, Calif. with the 46th running of the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals (Nov. 11-14). The event has become “championship” weekend as most of the NHRA Full Throttle world championships in the four professional categories have been crowned at the event since the beginning of the playoff-style format in 2007.

The Motorplex will be in good company when it comes to milestone events in 2010. In the middle of May, the series stops at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga. to celebrate the 30th running of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals (May 14-16), scheduled as a three-day event in 2010.

ESPN2 and ESPN2HD, a part of the ESPN network, the worldwide leader in sports, will once again provide exclusive television coverage, on a same-day basis, of all 24 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events featuring action from qualifying rounds on Saturday and Sunday’s race.

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); www.texasmotorplex.com; or through Ticketmaster.

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