ORIGINAL PARTS GROUP RETURNS AS SUPER CHEVY SHOW SPONSOR FOR 2015 WITH FEATURE SEGMENT ON VELOCITY’S SUPER CHEVY SHOW PROGRAM
DECEMBER 10, 2014 – Longtime sponsor of the Super Chevy Show presented by Chevrolet Performance, Original Parts Group (OPGI) will return for the 2015 season and is ramping up the partnership by adding a feature segment on the new Super Chevy Show program on Velocity scheduled to air in October.
Each episode of the Super Chevy Show will feature the “OPGI Original Award” segment that will highlight a selected Chevelle or local Chevelle car club from each of the 12 Super Chevy Show events.
“We are thrilled to have Original Parts Group give our Chevelle enthusiasts a chance to have their cars featured on Velocity this upcoming season,” said Sara Griewing, Manufacturers Series Director
We know the hard work it takes to get a car ready for a show and we’re looking forward to seeing all the online submissions for the special OPGI Original Award and to present the special trophy to commemorate the victory and display the months between the event and when the episode airs”
To be considered for the OPGI Original Award feature segment at one of the 12 Super Chevy Show events, Chevelle owners and clubs will be required to submit an online application in advance. Online entries will be accepted for the 2015 season in January at www.superchevyshow.com. Winners will be contacted in advance and must be in attendance of the selected event in order to be eligible.
“Here at OPGI, we are proud of our long-standing participation in the premier national event for millions of Chevrolet enthusiasts. Offering something for everyone, from high-powered Chevy racing action to the best Bowtie show cars, the televised Super Chevy Show has become the best brand-specific event in the country” said OPGI Chief Operating Officer, Tony Genty.
In addition, OPGI will continue to support the Super Chevy Show by providing the participant goodie bags and other promotional items, as well as extend their tenure as the presenting sponsor of the Maple Grove Raceway (July 17-19) and Auto Club Famoso Raceway (November 7-8) events.
About Original Parts Group Inc.
Original Parts Group is the largest automotive restoration parts company in the United States. Original Parts Group has over 75,000 classic GM restoration parts and high performance accessories. They have the largest selection of Chevelle, El Camino, Monte Carlo, GTO, Le Mans, Tempest, Grand Prix, Bonneville, Catalina, Cutlass, 4-4-2, Skylark, GS, Riviera and Cadillac classic parts in the world. Dedication to research and development, product excellence, and outstanding customer service has helped us build this business into what it is today. Visit their web page at: www.opgi.com
About the Super Chevy Show
The Super Chevy Show tour is the premier national event for all Chevrolet enthusiasts offering something for everyone. From high-powered Chevy racing action to the spectacular show cars at the top NHRA and IHRA tracks across the country. The Series boasts one of the nation’s finest Performance & Restoration Midways for GM products, as well as a Swap Meet and Car Corral at most events. Kids are always welcome to take part in the free Revell Make ‘N Take activity each day to build their own model car to keep. The Super Chevy Show is widely considered the best brand-specific event in the country. For more information, visit: www.superchevyshow.com
NHRA CHAMPION DRIVER AND CREW CHIEF DALE ARMSTRONG: 1941-2014
Legendary NHRA crew chief and mechanical wizard Dale Armstrong died Nov. 28 from complications of sarcoidosis at his home in Temecula, Calif. He was 73.
As a driver, Armstrong won 12 NHRA national events – including three victories at the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals – with a series of alcohol-burning dragsters, funny cars and altereds during the 1970s, but the 1975 Pro Comp national champion and former nitro Funny Car national record holder is perhaps best known for his many mechanical and technological breakthroughs while serving as crew chief for Kenny Bernstein.
Armstrong has been widely credited as the first Funny Car crew chief to use wind-tunnel testing and data recorders. He also pioneered the development of the lockup-style clutch, dual-source fuel-delivery system and dynamometer testing for nitromethane-burning racing engines.
As crew chief for Bernstein, Armstrong was the architect behind four NHRA Funny Car world championships (1985-’88) and provided the tune-up for drag racing’s first 300-mph run in 1992. Four years later Armstrong made history again by leading Bernstein to the 1996 Top Fuel world championship, giving Bernstein the distinction of being the first driver to win NHRA series crowns in Top Fuel and Funny Car.
Of his many accomplishments in NHRA drag racing, Armstrong once said that the speed-barrier-breaking effort in Top Fuel would always be his most cherished.
“Being the crew chief on the first car to run 300 means more to me than any national event win or any championship,” Armstrong said at the time. “There isn’t any question at all. People will forget what years we won the championship, but they’ll never forget when the first 300 was run and who did it.”
Following his record-breaking run with Bernstein, Armstrong continued his successful career, tuning Don “The Snake” Prudhomme’s Top Fuel dragster, and later serving as chief tuner for Jerry Toliver’s Funny Car. He recently worked as a tuning consultant, most notably for John Force Racing.
Armstrong, a native of Alberta, Canada, was inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1995, the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2010. In 2001, he was named No. 10 on the list of NHRA’s top 50 drivers during the sanctioning body’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Armstrong is survived by his wife, Susan Arnold; daughter, Tracy Walsh; son, Brad Armstrong; sister, Phyllis Fabian; and five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
TEXAS MOTORPLEX RELEASES 2015 SCHEDULE
30TH Anniversary AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals Moves to October
ENNIS, Texas (Nov. 12, 2014) – Texas Motorplex has released its 2015 schedule, with several changes for the upcoming 2015 season.
The biggest change is one fans have been asking for – the 30th Anniversary AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals will be held Oct. 15-18, 2015. The weather will certainly be cooler than the traditional September date, opening the chance for records to be set in the fourth of six NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing playoff events.
“The 30th Anniversary event is going to be one for the record books,” Texas Motorplex owner Billy Meyer said. “We have been planning this event for a few years and will unveil surprises for the best fans in drag racing in the months leading up to this monumental event.
“The date change is something we all wanted – especially our fans – and I’m happy we can finally deliver the later date to ensure cooler weather and even more vitally important playoff racing.”
The Motorplex made a big change to the street racing program, adding more Fast Friday street legal events and launching a new INSTANT GREEN STREET event to be held on Saturdays. Both street legal events will be open to anyone with a street legal vehicle and a valid driver’s license, allowing people to unleash their need for speed in a safer environment.
“Our street legal programs are so important because it allows people to get off the highways and other public areas where they can harm themselves and others and come out to a facility that is safer and more controlled,” Texas Motorplex General Manager, Gabrielle Stevenson, said. “We have the best track crew in Texas and they are willing to help first-time racers as well as seasoned veterans who are out to set personal records.
“The street legal programs at Texas Motorplex are a true benefit to our community as they keep would-be illegal street racers off public roads.”
The schedule also features fan favorite events including two NHRDA diesel racing events (Texas Diesel Nationals in April, World Finals in October), two Import Face Off events (spring in March, fall in November), car club events and of course, car shows: Mega Mopar Action series in March, Super Chevy Show in May and Fun Ford Series in November. Check www.texasmotorplex.com for updated schedule information, tickets and more.
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.
2015 Texas Motorplex schedule of events
1: Import Face Off
6: Fast Friday
6-7: Knights of Columbus BBQ Cook-off
7: Bracket – points race 1
8: Bracket – points race 2
13: Fast Friday
14: Bracket – points race 3
19-21: PDRA Pro Mod National Season Kickoff
27: Fast Friday
28: Mega Mopar Action
29: Muscle Car Club Challenge
10: NHRDA Sled Pull
11: NHRDA Texas Diesel Nationals
16-19: NHRA Lucas Oíl Divisional
2: INSTANT GREEN STREET: Import vs Domestic
8: Fast Friday
9: Bracket – points race 4
15: Fast Friday
16-17: Super Chevy Show
22: Fast Friday
23: Memorial Day Bracket Bash – points race 5
24: Memorial Day Bracket Bash – points race 6
5: Fast Friday
12: Fast Friday
13: Bracket – points race 7
20: INSTANT GREEN STREET: Import vs Domestic
26: Fast Friday
27: Bracket – points race 8
10: Fast Friday
11: Bracket points race 9
18: INSTANT GREEN STREET: Import vs Domestic
24: Fast Friday
25: Bracket – points race 10
31: Fast Friday
1: Bracket – points race 11
7: Fast Friday
8: Bracket points race 12
15: INSTANT GREEN STREET: Import vs Domestic
21: Fast Friday
22: Bracket – points race 13
5: INSTANT GREEN STREET: Import vs Domestic
11-13: Jr Dragster E.T. Bracket Finals
20: Muscle Car Club Challenge
24-27: Summit E.T. Bracket Finals
2-3: NHRDA World Finals
15-18: 30th Anniversary AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals
1: Muscle Car Club Challenge
6: Fast Friday
7: Fun Ford Series
8: Import Face
14: INSTANT GREEN STREET: Import vs. Domestic
21: INSTANT GREEN STREET: Import vs. Domestic