Disappointing Countdown opener won’t slow Brown’s charge in Texas with Matco Tools team when Mello Yello playoff resumes this weekend

September 16, 2014 by  
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Disappointing Countdown opener won’t slow Brown’s charge in Texas with Matco Tools team when Mello Yello playoff resumes this weekend

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Sept. 16, 2014) - Antron Brown and the Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster team at Don Schumacher Racing, unfortunately, will only have one NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event title to worry about when the series arrives at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas this week.

Antron entered the six-race Countdown to the Championship ranked second a week ago when the playoff opened near Charlotte but lost in the opening round of the NHRA Carolina Nationals to DSR teammate Spencer Massey.

The only round completed was the opener before NHRA officials postponed the event due to rain and ordered it be completed during qualifying on Saturday at the Motorplex.

“We’d like to get to Dallas and have two chances to win a Wally (trophy), but we’re just going to focus on what we need to do to get our Matco dragster back to running the way we expect it to,” said Antron, who won five of this year’s first 18 event titles to lead Top Fuel but has lost in the first round of the past two events and fallen to at least fourth in the playoff standings.

As disappointing as Antron’s result was at Charlotte, it still is a better start to the Countdown than a year ago when he arrived in Texas on the heels of not qualifying for the playoff opener.

“We definitely can say we’re off to a better start in the Countdown than we were last year when we got to the Motorplex,” Antron said. “We’re going to Dallas with five races left in the Countdown and we’ll be ready.”

The Matco Tools team led by crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald made five passes during the Carolina Nationals and improved on each run. In its first-round loss to Massey, Antron recorded his best time of the weekend with a run of 3.808 seconds at 318.62 mph to Massey’s stellar 3.786 (322.88).

“We’ll look back at the whole weekend and see how we progressed,” Antron said. “We got quicker with every run. We didn’t qualify where we wanted and we sure didn’t expect to lose in first round. Our Matco team always strives to be better and we got better.

“We’re motivated and hungry right now – we’re starving right now. Trust me, it will be game-on when we get to Dallas.”

TOP FUEL FROM CHARLOTTE
Event winner: The event was postponed by afternoon rain before second round of eliminations.
No. 1 Qualifier: J.R. Todd (Kalitta Motorsports) 3.804 sec., 317.64 mph

ANTRON BROWN, Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster
Qualifying Position: No. 9
SUNDAY CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
FIRST ROUND: Spencer Massey (3.786 sec., 322.38 mph) def. BROWN (3.808, 318.62)
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 3.880 sec., 311.27 mph, (Session 1); 3.869, 307.93, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.856, 311.85, (Session 3); 3.853, 311.99, (Session 4)

Antron by the numbers
Last weekend at Charlotte (completion postponed to this Saturday near Dallas): Qualified No. 9; lost in first round to Spencer Massey
A year ago at Dallas: Qualified No. 14; lost in second round to Spencer Massey
Career fall at Dallas: Wins 2 (2012, 2009; Runner-ups 0; Poles 0

         Pts Events Titles Rup Semi Qtr 1st rd Poles DNQ Win/Loss 
2014 4th      19        5        2       4      2       6        3       0        35-14
CAREER    305       46     40     62    84      70     37      3      511-256
Best Time, Speed: 3.701*/** sec. (10- 8-12, Reading, Pa.); 328.78 mph (10-8-12, Reading)
* Quickest ever/** NHRA record

NHRA COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(Points updated through first round from Sept. 14 at Charlotte that will be completed at Dallas; DSR drivers in CAPS)
TOP FUEL 
driver (wins)                             points   behind
1. Doug Kalitta (2)                    2,149     ——
2. TONY SCHUMACHER (2)   2,116       -33
3. Steve Torrence                     2,113       -36
4. ANTRON BROWN (5)          2,112        -37
5. Shawn Langdon (1)              2,106        -43
6. SPENCER Massey (2)          2,094       -55
7. Khalid alBalooshi (2)              2,082      -67
8. JR Todd (1)                            2,064      -85
9. Richie Crampton (2)               2,051     -98
10. Brittany Force                      2,043    -106

 

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The Harry M. Schmidt Foundation to hold 2014 Sparkles and Speed Fundraising Event at Texas Motorplex featuring Award Winning Country Artist Tracy Lawrence

September 16, 2014 by  
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COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX; TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

September 15, 2014 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 15, 2014) – Fans heading to Texas Motorplex this weekend for the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals will now get to see twice the excitement for the price of one race.

Rain forced postponement of last weekend’s finals at ZMax Dragway, the kickoff event in the Countdown to the Championship, causing it to be moved to Texas Motorplex.  The event will be completed during qualifying rounds as three rounds of racing remain for both Top Fuel and Funny Car and all rounds remain for Pro Stock Motorcycle. Four pairs of Pro Stock cars will also complete their first round runs.

Texas Motorplex general manager Gabrielle Stevenson said fans heading to Ennis will now have double the fun.

“Obviously, we hate that the fans didn’t get to see all the action in Charlotte, but hopefully they’ll just come on down to Texas Motorplex where they’ll get to see what amounts to two finals,” Stevenson said. “For our fans it’s a pretty nice little bonus to get to see all that extra racing.

“Typically, when they leave here, you’ve got a pretty good idea of who the top contenders are going to be for the championships. It’s always a really exciting weekend because of the playoffs but now with all the extra racing going on, it’s going to be even more of a drag racing fan’s dream weekend.”

Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle will begin Charlotte eliminations during the second round of qualifying on Friday. Saturday’s schedule is as follows:

Charlotte Round 2 will be during Ennis Q-3: PSM 11:15 a.m., PS 11:30 a.m., TF noon, FC 12:30 p.m.; Charlotte Semi-finals will be during Ennis Q-4: PSM 2:15 p.m., PS 2:30 p.m., TF 3:00 p.m., FC 3:30 p.m.; Charlotte Final will be an extra run: PSM 4:30 p.m., PS 4:32 p.m., TF 4:35 p.m., FC 4:40 p.m.

In Pro Stock action, Jason Line, Shane Gray, Jeg Coughlin and V. Gaines all won their opening rounds. Pairs yet to race include Erica Enders-Stevens vs. John Gaydosh; Jonathan Gray vs. Rodger Brogdon; Vincent Nobile vs. Larry Morgan; and Dave Connolly vs. Shane Tucker.

Top Fuel quarterfinal pairings are J.R. Todd vs. Spencer Massey; Billy Torrence vs. Tony Schumacher; Steve Torrence vs. Leah Pritchett; and Morgan Lucas vs. Khalid alBalooshi.  The quarterfinal pairings in Funny Car are Dave Richards vs. John Force; Bob Tasca vs. Ron Capps; Robert Hight vs. Jeff Arend; and Matt Hagan vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Tickets for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals are still available, ranging from just $10 to $380 for weekend packages. Youth tickets for children 12 and under start as low as $5.   For tickets or more information, please call the Texas Motorplex office at (800) MOTORPLEX or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.

Gates open for the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 with sportsman qualifying runs between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Two rounds of professional qualifying, at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m., highlight the Friday, Sept. 19 schedule, along with sportsman qualifying throughout the day. Saturday, Sept. 20, is packed with sportsman eliminations and the final two rounds of professional qualifying at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Gates open at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, with pre-race ceremonies at 10 a.m. and final eliminations getting under way at 11 a.m.

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CONTINUATION OF PEP BOYS NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS ELIMINATIONS MOVED TO TEXAS MOTORPLEX NEXT WEEKEND

September 15, 2014 by  
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NHRA officials announced today that the continuation of eliminations for the Pep Boys NHRA Carolina Nationals, round one of the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs, will be completed during qualifying rounds at next weekend’s AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas.

Three rounds of racing remain for both Top Fuel and Funny Car and all rounds remain for Pro Stock Motorcycle. Four pairs of Pro Stock cars also need to complete their first round runs.

Persistent rain showers moved into the Charlotte area on Sunday afternoon and halted racing after only the first round in Top Fuel and Funny Car had been completed. Four pairs of cars in Pro Stock had finished and the rain began to fall just as the NHRA Safety Safari was cleaning up the racing surface following a crash during Pro Stock eliminations.

In Pro Stock racing, Shane Gray, Jeg Coughlin, Jason Line and V. Gaines all won their opening rounds. Gaines, whose Dodge Dart went out of control and crashed past the finish line in his round win over Allen Johnson, was uninjured in the incident and he will be allowed to use a replacement car for the continuation of eliminations. Four first-round Pro Stock pairs remain, including Erica Enders-Stevens vs. John Gaydosh; Jonathan Gray vs. Rodger Brogdon; Vincent Nobile vs. Larry Morgan; and Dave Connolly vs. Shane Tucker.

Top Fuel quarterfinal pairings are J.R. Todd vs. Spencer Massey; Billy Torrence vs. Tony Schumacher; Steve Torrence vs. Leah Pritchett; and Morgan Lucas vs. Khalid alBalooshi.  The quarterfinal pairings in Funny Car are Dave Richards vs. John Force; Bob Tasca vs. Ron Capps; Robert Hight vs. Jeff Arend; and Matt Hagan vs. Tim Wilkerson.

With one round of pro nitro eliminations complete, fans attending today’s event at zMAX Dragway are entitled to a 50-percent credit for a one-day ticket to either NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at zMAX Dragway in 2015.

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GAS MONKEY GARAGE TO UNVEIL TOP FUEL RIDE AT PRE-STAGE FAN FEST

September 14, 2014 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 15, 2014) – Kebin Kinsley’s new Top Fuel dragster, sponsored by Gas Monkey Garage, will be unveiled at the first-ever PreStage Fan Fest in downtown Ennis on Sept. 17.

Fans will get their first look at Kinsley’s new ride at the PreStage event, which takes place the day before Texas Motorplex hosts the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, the second playoff race in the Countdown to the Championship.

In partnership with the city of Ennis, Texas Motorplex is giving its fans even more to look forward to and enjoy with the PreStage Fan Fest, which will feature a number of special events.

Dallas-based Gas Monkey Garage, owned by well-known television host Richard Rawlings, is sponsoring the Hennen Motorsports Top Fuel dragster, driven by Kinsley, at the AAA Texas Fall Nationals, the debut event for the team. Robert Hight, Chris McGaha and other stars of NHRA drag racing will be on site to meet fans.

Both professional and sportsman drivers will be on hand, meeting fans and signing autographs, while many will also have their cars there. Fans can also enjoy live music from Heather Roberts, TRRR Music Award’s Female Vocalist of the Year, plenty of food and a live remote from The Ranch. A beer garden also will be available.

The Fan Fest, which is free, takes place from 5-10 p.m. Streets in the McKinney/Knox area of Downtown Ennis will be blocked off so fans will be able to take full advantage of all the activities.

Tickets for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals are still available, ranging from just $10 to $380 for weekend packages. Youth tickets for children 12 and under start as low as $5.   For tickets or more information, please call the Texas Motorplex office at (800) MOTORPLEX or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.

Gates open for the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 with sportsman qualifying runs between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Two rounds of professional qualifying, at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m., highlight the Friday, Sept. 19 schedule, along with sportsman qualifying throughout the day. Saturday, Sept. 20, is packed with sportsman eliminations and the final two rounds of professional qualifying at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Gates open at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, with pre-race ceremonies at 10 a.m. and final eliminations getting under way at 11 a.m.

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