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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Summer Break is coming to an end, but the fun continues at Texas Motorplex. On Saturday, August 15th

August 11, 2009 by  
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Summer Break is coming to an end, but the fun continues at Texas Motorplex. On Saturday, August 15th, Bracket Racers will travel from all over to compete at Texas Motorplex NATIONAL DRAGSTER CHALLENGE. Winners from Super Pro, Pro, and No Electronics will leave the track with a Wally, prize money, and over $1,700 of Product Certificates from CONTINGENCY CONNECTION.

Our friends at PerformanceParts.com have declared August 15th as a Mid-Season Race BONUS. Each winner from Super Pro, Pro, No Electronics, and Quick 16 will be placed in a drawing. One lucky winner will be announced at the end of the night, and will be sent a $30 voucher from PerformanceParts.com which can be used towards a car/driver entry fee at any remaining 2009 O’Reilly Bracket Race at Texas Motorplex. That’s right, PerformanceParts.com is paying YOU to come to the track!!

If that isn’t enough excitement for the night, RICHMOND GEAR is offering a WEEKEND WARRIOR Bonus! RICHMOND GEAR wants to recognize 2 winners from July 18th, August 15th, and August 29th. A drawing will be held on August 15th to determine which 2 winners from the July 18th race will receive a Weekend Warrior Prize package valued at $50. The winning racers eligible to be in the July 18th WEEKEND WARRIOR Drawing are: Dillion Bontrager, Jeff Lopez, Jason Rogers, and Wayne Pratt. Come race at Texas Motorplex on Saturday, August 15th for your chance to win the NATIONAL DRAGSTER CHALLENGE, PerformaceParts.com Mid-Season Race BONUS, and the RICHMOND GEAR WEEKEND WARRIOR Bonus!

Texas Motorplex will see you at the races!

Gates Open 3pm
JR Dragster Time Trials Begin 4pm
Bracket Time Trials Begin 6pm

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With T-shirt Weather Arriving in Texas

July 23, 2009 by  
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pokertshirt2With T shirt weather arriving in Texas, the Texas Motorplex has a one of a kind shirt for the drag race fan. The best hand in poker is four aces, and the best hand in Texas is this event shirt from the NHRA O’Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall Nationals, presented by Castrol Syntec, on September 24-27.

Available only to those who purchase tickets now for this action packed weekend, you can capture great seats and tell the world that you have them.

Just like on late night infomercials, this shirt is “not available in stores, but if you act now, it can be yours.” Operators are standing by, so just call the Texas Motorplex at 1-800-668-6775, or visit our web site at www.texasmotorplex.com to order tickets and receive your FREE shirt. Seats are available at the starting line or the finish line for Pro qualifying Friday and Saturday, and final eliminations Sunday as part of the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship.

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Follow Texas Motorplex on Twitter

May 14, 2009 by  
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You can now get the most up to date information about the things that go on at the Texas Motorplex by following us on Twitter. Twitter is an amazing service that allows you to keep track friends, family, co-workers, and just about anything you can think of. You can follow people using e-mail, Twitter applications (such as TweetDeck), Twitter.com and you can even have updates sent directly to your cell phone through Short Message Service (SMS Text Updates)

If you already have a twitter account and are recieving SMS Updates to your phone just text /follow txmplex to the number 40404.

You can also receive Twitter updates to your e-mail address through your Twitter account. You can find more information about this and about Twitter in general at http://www.twitter.com

You can find the Texas Motorplex on Twitter at http://twitter.com/txmplex

The Twitter service is free to sign up for, but if you plan to have the SMS Text updates sent to your cell phone, then your cell phone carriers’s standard text message costs will apply. Please check your cell phone carrier to see if your plan has any SMS Texting limits before you begin following anyone on Twitter.

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This Week: Super Chevy Show Blasts into Texas Motorplex May 15-17

May 14, 2009 by  
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** The line for the Super Chevy Show Participants will begin in the Main Spectator Parking Lot, all participants coming to the Super Chevy Show prior to the gates opening should go directly to the Main Spectator Lot and begin forming two lines on the main road. Those participants coming into the Super Chevy Show at or near the posted gate times should be prepared to go to the Main Spectator Parking Lot and pull in at the end of the line.

The gate times for the Super Chevy Show are as follows: Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 8am-5pm; Sunday 8am-5pm **

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jegs2Texas Chevy lovers – load up! It’s almost time for the popular Super Chevy Show presented by JEGS at TEXAS MOTORPLEX! The Super Chevy Show brings the 29th Annual “Feel the Power” Tour to Texas Motorplex, May 15-17, 2009. The 2009 Super Chevy Show tour brings high-powered Chevy racing excitement and beautiful classic Chevy Show Cars to Texas. The Super Chevy Show also boasts one of the nation’s finest Performance & Restoration Midways and AutoTrader Class Swap Meet / Car Corral at many of our events.

golgotha-hearseWeekend racing action at the Super Chevy Show includes the Nitro Coupe Challenge, featuring the short wheelbase, “Ground Pounding” Nitro Coupes, found only at Super Chevy Show. The “King of the Wheelstanders,” – Bob Hall thrills the crowd with his Airborne Express Astrovan, as he runs the ¼ mile on his rear wheels – steering the 10-second pass with only his brakes. Danchuk Jet Wars take off with two ear-shattering performances on both Saturday and Sunday with some of the fastest Jet Car drivers in the country.

bad-dude-burnoutSee hometown racers in the Bracket One Brawl, JEGS Bracket 2 Battle and the DOT Street Fight. The Super Chevy Show Bracket Racing series is open not only to Chevy bodied or powered cars, but all GM brands. GM brand means you can also race your Saab, Saturn, Hummer or even your Cadillac! Plus, Super Chevy will run the TREMEC True Street Challenge at all events throughout the 2009 Season!

Incredible show cars take center stage in the TREMEC Transmission Car Show Series – the nation’s largest single-make car show series. Chevy fans will be treated to two separate shows Saturday and Sunday! Don’t want your car to be judged? Then join your friends in the non-judged Show ‘n Shine Class. Don’t miss the Super Chevy Show presented by JEGS! For more information on our Texas event, check out www.superchevyshow.com or call AutoStar Productions, Inc. at 800.692.6230. See you at Texas Motorplex!’


** The line for the Super Chevy Show Participants will begin in the Main Spectator Parking Lot, all participants coming to the Super Chevy Show prior to the gates opening should go directly to the Main Spectator Lot and begin forming two lines on the main road. Those participants coming into the Super Chevy Show at or near the posted gate times should be prepared to go to the Main Spectator Parking Lot and pull in at the end of the line.

The gate times for the Super Chevy Show are as follows: Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 8am-5pm; Sunday 8am-5pm **

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