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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Experience the NHRA Fall Nationals in style and comfort!

August 25, 2009 by  
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CC-Story1Experience the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals in style and comfort in the Champions Club.   Seats still remain in this premier club at the Texas Motorplex, but they are going fast.

CC-Story5Champions Club ticket packages come in Weekend (Saturday & Sunday) or Full Event (Thursday – Sunday) and feature access to the air-conditioned Champions Club,  preferred parking in the spectator parking lot, catered meals, same seats in the Champions Club Grandstands with seat backs for each day, and a Champions Club souvenir bag featuring a collectible Champions Club Hat and Lapel Pin.

Click here to order Champions Club tickets or call 1-800-Motorplex (1-800-668-6775)

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Daniel Aydelotte takes home his first Wally at the 2009 JR ET Finals

August 24, 2009 by  
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August 23rd is a day that Texas Motorplex Jr Dragster racer, Daniel Aydelotte, will not soon forget. After a day of tough competition in the 14 year old class at the 2009 JR ET Finals, Daniel Aydelotte took home his first Wally. JR Dragster Racers from all over Division 4 meet in the DFW area to compete at the 2009 JR ET Finals this past weekend. Daniel’s age group featured 16 of the toughest 14 year olds in the country.

Daniel Aydelotte is no rookie to the sport. He began his racing career at the age of 10, and now races a 2008 RPC Gunslinger. He holds the 2007 Modified Champion and 2008 Top Eliminator Champion at Texas Motorplex. Daniel is currently ranked 4th in points at Texas Motorplex in the Top Eliminator Class.

This season Daniel and his crew upgraded to a JR Racecar Titan 3 with a Shockwave clutch. With engine modification in place and increased performance, the 150 inch wheelbase RPC JR Dragster launches hard and creates tire spin. For a driver tire spin means inconsistency, and in drag racing inconsistency usually means a loss.

The Aydelotte team towed up from Austin, Texas this past week for a Friday night testing session at a local track. Daniel struggled with several red lights during his Friday night practice session, but pulled it together for the event and cut decent lights during eliminations. With scorching temperatures over 100 degrees, Daniel battled issues with tire spin early in the day. With Daniel’s experience in the driver’s seat and guidance from Crew Chief, (Dad) Tom Aydelotte, the team eliminated tire spin by positioning the racecar either far left or far right depending on the lane and stayed out of the groove until after the launch. Daniel remained focused for all four rounds of eliminations and did his job to clinch the victory, earn the title of the 2009 JR ET Final 14 year old Class Winner, and take home his very first Wally.

Daniel enjoys what he does and takes pride in representing his team. Each week before the race, Daniel makes sure his racecar has a spotless shine. Last season Daniel painted his 08 RPC Gunslinger himself. Black is a very difficult color to paint, but Daniel used a deep gloss and very little orange peel to create a top of the line look. Although this was his first paint job, don’t be surprised to see more work from the young driver.

Dad and Crew Chief, Tom Aydelotte is very proud of his son and his accomplishments. “He is an awesome son and works very hard at this sport,” Aydelotte states. Texas Motorplex would like to Congratulate Daniel Aydelotte and his team for the recent 2009 JR ET Finals Win and wishes the Aydelotte Team a successful future in the sport of drag racing.

Daniel Aydelotte

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First-Timers Fill National Guard ADRL Winner’s Circle in Ohio

August 24, 2009 by  
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HEBRON, OH (Aug. 23, 2009) — In a remarkable turn of events, all professional class winners at the Aug. 21-22, ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags III had never before visited a National Guard American Drag Racing League (ADRL) victory lane. Even more remarkable, four of the five were up against their class wins leader in the final round at National Trail Raceway, near Columbus, Ohio, with the fifth also facing a former race victor.

Young Cody Barklage defeated Joshua Hernandez, the Pro Extreme wins leader at six, while Thomas “Tom Slick” Myers took down Shannon “Iceman” Jenkins, who leads the Pro Nitrous division with seven prior event titles. In Flowmaster Extreme 10.5, Spiro Pappas broke through over eight-time race winner and defending series champion Billy Glidden; Paul Gast got past Scott Gray, who leads all Pro Extreme Motorcycle riders with three victories; and Dean Goforth downed Doug Kirk, winner of the season opener at Houston this year in the National Guard ADRL’s new Extreme Pro Stock class.

“That was awesome,” the Lake Ozark, Missouri-based Barklage declared after pedaling his supercharged Lucas Oil 1967 Firebird to a 3.91-seconds win over the eighth mile at 190.48 miles per hour. “I can’t really put into words how I’m feeling right now because our team really needed this. I’m sure it’ll hit us by tomorrow, but it just seems so unreal right now.”

After laying down a string of solid mid- to high-3.70 passes to reach the final, Hernandez had been heavily favored, but his National Guard-backed ’57 Chevy drifted left toward the center line, taking out the halfway marker on the track before the veteran got it reined back under control.

“That surprised me; it really did,” Hernandez said. “The car had been working great all day, going very straight and easy to drive. But we’re running these things right on the ragged edge every time. We’re balancing like a ballet out there and today I guess we just stubbed our toe.”

Myers, an auto mechanic from Granbury, Texas, won from the 16th and final qualifying position. He went 4.02 seconds at 183.89 mph with his ’63 split-window Safety-Kleen Corvette in the final, while Jenkins suffered traction problems early in his run and slowed to a 4.28 at 156.03 mph. Jenkins later admitted he simply misread changing track conditions and his ’68 Camaro started shaking its tires before reaching half-track, allowing Myers to overcome a holeshot and pass him by.

An emotional Myers dedicated the race win to his grandfather, who passed away just a few days before the event. He and his wife, Rebecca, have been racing with the National Guard ADRL since its inception five years ago.

“I can’t believe we finally made it, especially against the level of teams we’re racing against out here,” Myers said after defeating Pat Stoken, Stan Allen and Burton Auxier in the preliminary rounds, each a member of a multi-car team, as is Jenkins. “But the ADRL has put together a great series where the little guy can shine. It’s an honor for me just to line up against someone like Shannon Jenkins, but to actually beat him in a final? Wow, I can’t even say what that means to me.”

A red-light start by Glidden handed the Flowmaster Extreme 10.5 win to Pappas, who posted an off-the-pace 4.18 pass at 148.31 mph in the final due to the turbocharger on his 2009 Pontiac GXP malfunctioning. In the semi-finals against Chuck Ulsch, however, he went 3.99 seconds at 190.11 to advance while joining Ulsch as the second member of the exclusive Mickey Thompson 3-Second Club for Flowmaster Extreme 10.5 drivers.

“That was a big deal for us, to get that three-second run over with. I wish we could’ve been first, but it still feels good to know we did it,” the popular Chicago racer said. “I also wish we could’ve had a good race in the final, but it doesn’t make the win over Billy any less enjoyable. This is what we came here for.”

Glidden later explained he suffered a clutch controller failure on the line, causing him to go red.

“After the burnouts I looked over and could see he was smoking pretty bad out the left side of his car, so I knew he was hurt. So I wasn’t pushing the tree or anything. I was just going to do my regular deal when this happened,” Glidden said, referring to the faulty controller. “It makes me sick, if you want to know the truth.”

Gast, from Grand Island, NY, also was the beneficiary of a red-light start, as Gray left three-thousandths too soon, tossing away a 4.30 pass against Gast’s 4.31 at 160.69 mph.

“The bike ran really well all day, although it slowed down a little and made its worst run of eliminations there in the final,” the 60-year-old said in victory lane. “I knew I had a good light (.016, his best of the day), but I didn’t know he’d (Gray) gone red, so I wasn’t sure I’d won until it was over.”

After setting low E.T. of the meet for the Extreme Pro Stock class with a 4.10 in the semis that sent him to his second-straight final-round appearance, Goforth ran 4.13 at 173.25 with his ’09 GXP against a redlighting Kirk, who left four-thousandths-of-a-second ahead of the go signal.

“I had no idea he’d gone red until we were well on down there when I saw the win light in my lane,” said Goforth, who opened the day with a win over his son, Cary, then beat Pete Berner and points leader Brian Gahm to reach the final. “Every round is so tough out here. This is the best racing there is; I’m having a lot of fun doing this.”

The National Guard ADRL’s Pro Jr. Dragster class for kids 8-17 years old also crowned a first-time race champion in Minford, Ohio’s R.J. Thacker, who beat Caleb Ellison in the final round.

With just one race left to gain points toward qualifying for the 2009 championship-deciding Speedtech Battle for the Belts this October at Ennis, Texas, all National Guard ADRL teams will be turning their attention to the series oldest and most prestigious event, Flowmaster Dragstock VI, to be held Sept. 11-12, at Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina.

PHOTO CUTLINES:

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Cody Barklage (far lane) took a .035 advantage off the start of the Pro Extreme final of the National Guard ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags III at National Trail Raceway, but ended up not needing it as opponent Joshua Hernandez got out of shape about half-track and was disqualified for taking out the 330-foot marker.

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Thomas Myers (far lane) scored a very popular victory in the Pro Nitrous final of the National Guard ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags III. Even opponent Shannon Jenkins said he was happy to see Myers and his wife, Rebecca, pick up their first Minute Man trophy. “They’re good people,” the “Iceman” said.

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Spiro Pappas, the newest member of the Mickey Thompson 3-Second Club for Flowmaster Extreme 10.5 drivers that dip into the threes, picked up his first National Guard ADRL win when Billy Glidden went red against him at the ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags III.

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The red light tells the story as longtime motorcycle drag racer Paul Gast (far lane) beat Scott Gray in the Pro Extreme Motorcycle final of the ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags III at Hebron, Ohio.

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Doug Kirk (near lane) left just four thousandths too soon in the Extreme Pro Stock final of the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags III at National Trail Raceway, handing Dean Goforth his first National Guard ADRL event
win.

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R.J. Thacker ran 9.44 against a 9.39 dial in to win the Pro Jr. Dragster final over Caleb Ellison in the ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags III at Hebron, Ohio.

ABOUT SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT
Established in 1968, Summit Racing Equipment is the leading high performance parts and accessories company. Summit Racing offers the largest selection, lowest prices, and best customer service in the high performance industry via catalogs, Internet, and Retail Super Stores. The company is headquartered in Tallmadge, Ohio with retail stores in Tallmadge, Ohio; Sparks, Nevada; and McDonough, Georgia. For more information on Summit Racing Equipment, visit www.SummitRacing.com.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL GUARD
The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation’s longest enduring institutions. The National Guard operates in all 50 states, three territories (Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia. For more information on the National Guard, visit www.NationalGuard.com.

ABOUT THE ADRL
Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the American Drag Racing League is the nation’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the ADRL are Extreme Pro Stock, Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous, and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2009 National Guard ADRL series consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.

HEBRON, Ohio — Saturday’s final results from the ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags III at National Trail Raceway. The race is the Eighth of 10 in the National Guard American Drag Racing League:

Pro Extreme — Cody Barklage, Pontiac Firebird, 3.912, 190.48  def. Joshua Hernandez, Chevy Bel Air, DQ.

Pro Nitrous — Thomas Myers, Chevy Corvette, 4.023, 183.89  def. Shannon Jenkins, Chevy Camaro, 4.288, 156.03.

Extreme 10.5 — Spiro Pappas, Pontiac GXP, 4.186, 148.31  def. Billy Glidden, Pontiac GTO, foul.

Pro Extreme Motorcycle — Paul Gast, Suzuki, 4.310, 160.69  def. Scott Gray, Suzuki, foul.

Extreme Pro Stock — Dean Goforth, Pontiac GXP, 4.130, 173.25  def. Doug Kirk, Ford Mustang, foul.

Pro Junior Dragster — R.J. Thacker, Bos, 9.441, 66.88  def. Caleb Ellison, Halfscale, 9.113, 70.58.

For complete results go to DragRaceCentral.com

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Ford Named Official Vehicle of National Guard ADRL

August 21, 2009 by  
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O’FALLON, MO (Aug. 21, 2009) — Following the overwhelming success of the Ford Drive One Summer Drags V in June at Martin, Michigan, the National Guard American Drag Racing League (ADRL) has entered into a multi-year marketing partnership with Ford Motor Company, the country’s leading automobile manufacturer, naming it as the official vehicle of the National Guard ADRL.

“We’re extremely excited about our new partnership with the ADRL,” said Brian Wolfe, director of Ford North America Motorsports. “Based on the response leading up to and following the Ford Drive One Summer Drags, we’re confident that the brand-loyal fans we see attending  National Guard ADRL events will visit Ford dealers all over the country to not only drive one, but more importantly, buy one, too.”

As a key element in the partnership, Ford dealers will be instrumental in the National Guard ADRL’s unique complimentary ticket distribution program driving tens of thousands of potential customers through their doors. Promotional activities, driver and car appearances and special marketing programs will also build the bond between National Guard ADRL fans and Ford dealers. The active participation will continue at the events with Ford displaying a variety of new vehicles, products and interactive exhibits in the National Guard ADRL’s trackside Fan Experience Village.

“We couldn’t be more proud to have Ford come on board as the official vehicle of the National Guard ADRL,” said Kenny Nowling, president and CEO of the rapidly growing eighth-mile drag racing series. “Ford has an exceptional history in motorsports, on the track as a competitor and as an active sponsor, and we are truly honored to have them so closely associated with the National Guard ADRL.”

The multi-year agreement includes Ford as the provider of support vehicles to transport National Guard ADRL staff and equipment to events and appearances across the country.

The National Guard ADRL is nearing the end of its 10-event 2009 season, with its eighth race, the Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags III, scheduled for this weekend (Aug. 21-22), at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio. Four of the National Guard ADRL’s five professional racing classes feature Ford-bodied or Ford-powered race cars, with Ford drivers entering victory lane on a frequent basis.

“The National Guard ADRL attracts a very wide audience and offers Ford the opportunity to place their new cars and trucks in front of a much younger and more diverse group of fans than any other major motorsports series,” Nowling continued. “And with Ford products also racing and doing so well on the track, I think both Ford and the National Guard ADRL will see a tremendously positive response from our fans.”

Nowling said he also appreciates Ford’s made-at-home legacy.

“Ford is an American manufacturing icon and embodies everything that makes our country great—ingenuity, capability, flexibility, tenacity—along with making hands-down, the best cars and trucks in the world,” he declared. “I’m excited about getting to drive one.”

Shelor Motor Mile will continue to serve as the official dealership group and official motor home source for the National Guard ADRL and Shelor.com will continue as the series’ official online automobile source.

“My hope is that many National Guard ADRL fans will consider Ford first for their next new or used vehicle purchase and I would encourage them to start their search at Shelor Ford in Christiansburg, Virginia, or online at Shelor.com,” Nowling said.

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With approximately 205,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.Ford.com.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL GUARD
The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation’s longest enduring institutions. The National Guard operates in all 50 states, three territories (Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia. For more information on the National Guard, visit www.NationalGuard.com.

ABOUT THE ADRL
Based in O’Fallon, Missouri, the National Guard American Drag Racing League is the nation’s premier sanctioning body for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The professional categories featured in the National Guard ADRL are Pro Extreme Motorcycle, Extreme Pro Stock, Extreme 10.5, Pro Nitrous and Pro Extreme, the quickest doorslammer class in all of drag racing. The 2009 National Guard ADRL tour consists of 10 national events run throughout the United States. For more information on the ADRL, visit www.ADRL.us.

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