Texas Motorplex 2015 Test and Tune and Drivers Meeting

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WHAT:            The driver’s meeting for the 2015 Texas Motorplex racing season, followed by an open test- and- tune, will be Saturday, Feb.  28. The Texas Motorplex will also have a chassis clinic with Mark Pratt from Division 4 to perform chassis certifications, space is limited so call 972-878-2641 to get on the list for chassis certification.

WHERE:         Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas. Track is located on Hwy. 287, two miles west of Ennis, between Interstates 35 and 45.

WHEN:           Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

SCHEDULE:   Gates open 9:30 a.m.

Drivers meeting starts at 10 a.m.

Open test and tune starts at noon until 6 p.m.

TICKETS:      Race for just $15, watch for only $10 and children 5 and under are free.  Every ticket includes a pit pass.  For chassis certification pricing call Jim Anderson 936-856-8682

CONTACT:    Texas Motorplex: (972) 878-2641, (800) MOTORPLEX or www.texasmotorplex.com

For competition info, contact Clint Wallace: clint@texasmotorplex.com.

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AN EVENING WITH AMERICAN HEROES TO BENEFIT ENNIS HOME FOR THE BRAVE PROJECT AND MARINE CPL. CODY JONES

February 10, 2015 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Feb. 10, 2015) – Veterans and the greater community will be serving one of its own on Saturday, April 4 as the Ennis Home for the Brave will be hosting An Evening With American Heroes at the Texas Motorplex Champion’s Club.

The Ennis Home for the Brave is raising money for a custom-built home for a disabled American veteran. The mission is to provide a mortgage-free home for Marine Cpl. Cody Jones and his wife Alexis. Jones joined the Marine Corps in 2009. In December 2012, while on deployment in Afghanistan, a command detonated IED exploded beneath his M.R.A.P. vehicle, resulting in injuries that led to the amputation of his left leg below the knee and right, mid-foot amputation.

Jones has been honored with many awards, including the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct, National Defense Medal and more.

The gala fundraiser at Champion’s Club will help get the home built and ready for move-in by the middle of 2015.

The evening will feature a live DJ, musical entertainment by The Reveille Sisters and Casey Needham, a live auction and special appearances by Marine Corps veterans Jeff Kyle and Jacob Schick, respective brother and friend of Navy Seal Chief Chris Kyle.

Tickets are available NOW and feature the entertainment, speakers and dinner, drinks and dessert. Ticket options are attached and range from single buffet dinners/seats starting at $75 per person going up to a full package of two tables (holding 16 people total) including meals, bar tickets, reserved parking, wine at the table and more for $3,500. TICKET ORDER FORM

For more information about Home for the Brave, go to www.homeforthebrave.net. Please use the attached form for ordering tickets.TICKET ORDER FORM

Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

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Division 4 Adds El Paso Motorplex to NHRA Family

February 5, 2015 by  
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GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2015) – El Paso Motorplex is joining the NHRA Member Track Network it was announced today by NHRA officials.

Built in 2008, El Paso Motorplex will become a member of the NHRA South Central Division. The track is located on the western edge of the South Central Division borders of Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. The facility will host several new and exciting NHRA programs for 2015 and beyond.

“The El Paso Motorplex racers are the big winners by the track switching to the NHRA Member Track family,” said Trey Capps, NHRA South Central Division director. “With the extensive list of programs offered to the NHRA Member Tracks, it only adds more prestige to the events for the racers.”

As an NHRA-sanctioned track, the facility will be eligible to offer racers a variety of NHRA racing opportunities, including the NHRA Summit Racing Series, the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, NHRA Jr. Street and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA.   Additionally, the track has the opportunity to host NHRA’s specialty events including the National DRAGSTER Challenge, NHRA Summit King of the Track, and NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League Challenge.

“El Paso Motorplex is proud to become one of NHRA’s newest tracks,” said Jay Byrum, El Paso Motorplex general manager.  “We believe the NHRA will help expand racing for the racer and spectators in El Paso and the Southwest.”

El Paso Motorplex is an all-concrete quarter-mile drag racing facility. With scheduled eighth-mile and quarter-mile events there is something for every fan and racer. In addition to having a quarter-mile of concrete for drag racing events, El Paso Motorplex also is home to the area’s best Sand Drags Drag Racing facility. With a seating capacity of more than 2,500 for spectators, there is not a bad seat in the house. The facility boasts a new restroom and full service concessions stand building as well. El Paso Motorplex is one of the most fan and family friendly venues in the Southwest.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Street program and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on toNHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

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FUNNY CAR ICON JOHN FORCE PROMISES TO BE AS MOTIVATED AS EVER AT CIRCLE K NHRA WINTERNATIONALS

February 3, 2015 by  
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POMONA, Calif. — Off the track, legendary Funny Car driver John Force has stayed busy over the last several months, changing car manufacturers, shuffling his team roster and adding a flurry of new sponsors heading into the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

On the track, where Force really thrives, the 16-time world champion continues to be just as successful. He battled reigning Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan down to the wire a season ago, finishing second in points after a thrilling duel at Pomona.

A chaotic off-season ended on a strong note with an impressive test session in Phoenix, leaving Force primed for another go at a world championship. That journey starts with this weekend’s Circle K NHRA Winternationals at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, and the reigning event winner Force promises to be ready in his 10,000-horsepower PEAK Chevrolet Camaro SS.

“Driving is what I really do,” Force said. “When I got to testing everybody said my personality changed, because you get back into what you really love, and that’s driving a race car on the NHRA circuit. I can’t wait to get to the Winternationals. I’m excited because driving that car is what I’m good at it. Retiring is not an option to me. I love what I do. The car is what I do, and I’m ready to drag race.”

Khalid alBalooshi (Top Fuel) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) joined Force as winner’s last year of the race that will once again be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Force is certainly no stranger to victories at Pomona, winning 16 times overall and eight times at the Winternationals. To keep that stellar mark going, Force will have to deal with a loaded Funny Car class that starts with Hagan, who showed extreme poise throughout the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.

The duel and brewing rivalry between Force and Hagan seemed to bring out the best in both, as Hagan won three races and advanced to four final rounds in the Countdown to the Championship. Force advanced to three final rounds during the six-race playoffs, but lost to Hagan in two of those outings.
That matchup figures to be one to watch during 2015, but Force also knows he can’t concentrate on just one driver in a deep and talented Funny Car field.

“I’m ready, but Hagan will tell you, if he focused on me and I’m focused on him, well then Cruz Pedregon or Robert Hight or Courtney or Ron Capps is going to go around us,” Force said. “So what do we do? We take them a day at a time. Robert Hight wants a championship as much as I do, and he knows how to do it.

“Courtney, she’s ready. She’s got a race car and she knows how to drive it. But there’s a lot of other kids out there that are overdue. Ron Capps has got a great team. Any day his could happen and it would be well deserved. We’ll be back in the hunt. It’s exciting times to watch this. I’m ready to rock and roll.”

Top competition seems to bring out the best in Force but so seemingly does a non-stop mindset off the track. Force and his John Force Racing team worked tirelessly to add new sponsors throughout the end of 2014 and into 2015, and that energy has had a strong effect on the entire team, which includes Hight, Courtney Force and Top Fuel driver Brittany Force.

All had strong showings at their test session in Phoenix and John Force hopes that carries over to memorable performances from his entire team in Pomona.

“We’ll have to see what we can do at Pomona,” Force said. “Testing was good. We’re a little overworked, but it’s starting to come together with a lot of good friends helping. Mike Neff heads our charge. He’s my new Austin Coil. He runs everything. But (crew chief) Jon Schaffer proved he could get the job done. (It’s a) young team, kind of an old guy over here, but it’s a balance and we work great together.”

That should continue to pay dividends as Force continues to adjust to the new Camaro. On the good side, it also gives Force reason to believe the car will run well when all of the kinks are ironed out.

“That (doesn’t) mean we’re going to run out and win a championship right off the bat, but we’ll be a contender, I’ll give you my word on that,” Force said.

The star-studded Top Fuel class is led by reigning world champion Tony Schumacher, who claimed his eighth world championship in 2014. Former world champions Antron Brown, Larry Dixon and Shawn Langdon as well as top challengers J.R. Todd, Spencer Massey, Doug Kalitta, class newcomer Dave Connolly and 2014 NHRA rookie of the year Richie Crampton will aim to prevent a ninth world title for Schumacher.

In Pro Stock, Erica Enders-Stevens reigned supreme in one of the most exciting championship battles ever, defeating Jason Line in a winner-take-all final side-by-side race of the year to claim her first world championship. Enders-Stevens, who became the first female Pro Stock world champion, will be looking to add to her 12 career victories but will face stiff challenges from the likes of Line, Allen Johnson, Shane Gray, Greg Anderson, Jonathan Gray and Vincent Nobile.

As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and enjoy some cherished face time and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.

Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.

The event will also feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying begins Friday, Feb. 6, with sessions at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The final two qualifying sessions will take place Saturday, Feb. 7, at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8.

To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.

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CIRCLE K NHRA WINTERNATIONALS FACT SHEET

WHAT: 55th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals, the first of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Drivers in three categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock – earn points leading to 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships.

WHERE: Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Pomona, Calif. Track is located off I-10 at Fairplex Drive. Go north on Fairplex drive.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 5-8

SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY, Feb. 5 – LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying

FRIDAY, Feb. 6 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, Feb. 7 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations
MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, Feb. 8 – Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.
MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

TELEVISION:
Saturday, Feb. 7, ESPN2 will televise 90 minutes of qualifying coverage at 10 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, Feb. 8, ESPN2 will televise three hours of eliminations coverage at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

SATELLITE (Digital HD feed):
Saturday, Feb. 7, 11 – 11:30 p.m. (ET), AMC 1/ Transponder 01C
Sunday, Feb. 8, 9 – 9:30 p.m. (ET), AMC 1/ Transponder 01C
(3720 MHz, horizontal; Data Rate: 40.46147055 Mbp; Symbol Rate: 29.27 Ms; FEC: ¾; Bandwidth: 36 Mhz)
Video news release contains race action highlights each day and winners’ interviews on Sunday.

2014 EVENT WINNERS: Khalid alBalooshi, Top Fuel; John Force, Funny Car; Jason Line, Pro Stock

MOST VICTORIES: John Force, FC – 7; Bob Glidden, PS – 7; Greg Anderson, PS- 5; Don Garlits, TF- 5; Warren Johnson, PS – 5; Don Prudhomme, TF/FC – 5; Larry Dixon, TF- 4

TRACK RECORDS:
Top Fuel – 3.704 sec. Morgan Lucas, Nov. ’14; 330.15 mph by Doug Kalitta, Feb. ’14
Funny Car – 3.965 sec. and 324.12 by John Force, Feb. ‘14
Pro Stock – 6.480 sec. and 213.67 mph by Erica Enders-Stevens, Nov. ’14

NATIONAL RECORDS:
Top Fuel – 3.701 sec. by Antron Brown, Oct. ‘12, Reading, Pa.; 332.18 mph by Spencer Massey, April ’12, Charlotte, N.C.
Funny Car – 3.965 sec. and 324.12 mph by John Force, Feb. ’14, Pomona, Calif.
Pro Stock – 6.464 sec. and 215.55 mph by Erica Enders-Stevens, May ‘14, Englishtown N.J.

TICKETS: For tickets call (800) 884-NHRA (6472). Tickets also available online at www.NHRA.com/tickets.

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NHRA BOLSTERS OILDOWN POLICY FOR 2015 MELLO YELLO SERIES SEASON

January 29, 2015 by  
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NHRA BOLSTERS OILDOWN POLICY FOR 2015 MELLO YELLO SERIES SEASON

GLENDORA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2015) – Recognizing the need to reduce the number of oildowns at NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events that cause substantial time delays and negatively affect the entertainment value for fans and TV viewers, the NHRA has increased the monetary fines and points penalties associated with oildowns in the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories. Oildown penalties for all other classes will remain the same as they were in 2014.

Each Top Fuel and Funny Car team will be fined $1,000 and receive a five-point deduction following its first oildown violation of the season. A second infraction will result in a $2,000 fine and a 10-point deduction. The third violation will bring a $4,000 fine and loss of 15 points.

Monetary fines and point deductions continue to increase on a scale for each additional oildown violation. The 10th violation will result in an $18,000 fine and a 50-point penalty.

“We offer race teams considerable input on how to avoid oildowns,” said Graham Light, NHRA’s senior vice president of racing operations. “But the responsibility still lies with the team. In 2014, oildowns contributed to significant delays over the course of each race weekend. As we increase the number of live TV broadcasts, we have to make sure that our events stay on schedule.”

Monetary fines will be in effect at all 24 events but points penalties will be waived during the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.

“Fines are utilized for equipment purchases, personnel training, new technology and support of the NHRA Safety Safari,” Light said.

2015 NHRA Oildown Violation Penalties for Top Fuel and Funny Car

Violation              Fine                        Points

First                       $1,000                   -5

Second                 $2,000                   -10

Third                      $4,000                   -15

Fourth                  $6,000                   -20

Fifth                       $8,000                   -25

Sixth                      $10,000                 -30

Seventh               $12,000                 -35

Eighth                   $14,000                 -40

Ninth                     $16,000                 -45

10th                       $18,000                 -50

 

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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