DRAG RACING VERSUS ILLEGAL STREET RACING

January 23, 2014 by  
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2012-11-06FFTSENNIS, Texas (Jan. 23, 2014) – It’s been confirmed and it’s trending all over the United States. But the news about Justin Beiber being arrested is wrong – even the headlines are wrong.

He wasn’t arrested for drag racing. He was arrested for (allegedly) illegal street racing and DUI charges.

The difference is a huge one. Texas Motorplex is a world-famous drag racing facility. The Motorplex is an NHRA member track, sanctioned by NHRA – the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning body and foremost promoter of LEGAL, SAFER, DRAG RACING.

Beiber has been arrested for illegal street racing – something that puts innocent lives in danger with every foot driven at high speeds on open, public streets.

Drag racing is something done all over the world at safer, sanctioned tracks that have professional competition and safety crews. NHRA was the first motorsports sanctioning body to have a traveling safety crew and to this day more than 7,000 days of racing are done under the NHRA umbrella each year with safety in mind.

“Track operators and the staffs of facilities like Texas Motorplex all over the country are just hopeful that this incident will encourage more people to drag race at the track,” Texas Motorplex President and GM, Gabrielle Stevenson, said. “Every track has open street nights where anyone with a driver’s license and a legal vehicle can competitively race down the same strip that champions John Force, Antron Brown and thousands of others have done.

“We understand the need for speed and we are all passionate about drag racing. We just want it done at safer, controlled venues. What that pop star did was dangerous and we just want to encourage people to get out to the local track and race like champions, not jail bait.”

Texas Motorplex opens up for the 2014 season with a two-day bracket race featuring street racing on Feb. 22-23. For more schedule, race and contact information, check out: www.texasmotorplex.com or “Like” us on Facebook. www.facebook.com/txmplex

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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ESPN AND ESPN2 TO BRING THRILLING NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES ACTION TO FANS FOR 2014 SEASON

January 21, 2014 by  
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ESPN AND ESPN2 TO BRING THRILLING NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES ACTION TO FANS FOR 2014 SEASON

GLENDORA, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2014) – The 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season is nearly at hand and ESPN and ESPN2 are set to bring the sights and sounds to fans across the country for the coming season. NHRA and ESPN have announced airdates and times for the first three events including the season opening event, the Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Feb. 6-9. ESPN will air the thrilling conclusion of the event in a three-hour broadcast, Feb. 9 from 8 – 11 p.m. EST.

Each telecast with offer insight into the racers of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and bring the viewers behind the scenes footage from the races. Head-to-head matchups, technical segments and in-depth statistics will dominate event coverage. ESPN and NHRA also will continue to make use of social media platforms during the telecasts.

Dave Reiff and Mike Dunn return to the broadcast booth and will once again bring the sights, sounds and stories to viewers during the course of a race weekend. Reiff, a part of the ESPN coverage since 2001, begins his second season as telecast anchor. Dunn offers his unique insight as a former NHRA Top Fuel pilot and now with 13 years as a color analyst for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Gary Gerould, John Kernan and Jamie Howe will return as pit reporters filing trackside news items.

In all, ESPN will dedicate more than 115 hours of original programming to the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, the world’s quickest, fastest, and most intense motorsport, on a same-day basis.

The prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Aug. 27-Sept. 1, will again feature 11 hours of wall-to-wall coverage, including complete coverage of final eliminations on Monday, Sept. 1.

All telecasts will be aired in high definition on ESPN or ESPN2 and are available in nearly 100 million households nationwide. The telecasts will feature competition from all four classes in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
All NHRA programming on ESPN Networks is also available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV and Roku via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliate provider.

The NHRA will be available in 78 countries and territories to more than 30 million homes, through a combination of ESPN International sales and network programming, including coverage in Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, UK, Eastern Europe, Russia and New Zealand. In addition, U.S. troops and their families serving around the world in 175 countries and on Navy vessels at sea can watch NHRA on the American Forces Network.

2014 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES TELEVISION SCHEDULE FOR FIRST THREE RACES

Event Airtime (EST), Date
Circle K NHRA Winternationals ESPN2, Qualifying, 11 p.m.-1 a.m., Sat., Feb. 8
Pomona, Calif. ESPN, Eliminations, 8-11 p.m., Sun., Feb. 9

CARQUEST Auto Parts ESPN2, Qualifying, 2-3:30 a.m., Sun., Feb. 23
NHRA Nationals ESPN2, Qualifying re-air, 8-9 a.m., Sun., Feb. 23
Phoenix, AZ. ESPN2, Eliminations, 8-11 p.m., Sun., Feb. 23

Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals ESPN2, Qualifying, 1:00-3 a.m., Sun., March 16
Gainesville, Fla. ESPN2, Qualifying re-air, 7:30-9 a.m., Sun., March 16
ESPN2, Eliminations, 7-9 p.m., Sun., March 17

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 Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 8 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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Happy New Year from Texas Motorplex!

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Texas Motorplex hopes everyone’s 2014 has started off in high gear as we get ready for action packed season featuring BRAND NEW events such as The Great Bull Run on April 5 and returning fan favorites Don Omar’s DRAGMANIA coming up March 22-23, Mega Mopar Action Series on March 29 and Super Chevy Show returning for TWO DAYS on May 17-18!

Click here to check out our full schedule and see what’s coming up for the rest of 2014.   

Ticket renewals for the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, September 18-21, are in full swing as the new year starts.   Don’t stall at this opportunity to lock in your seats from 2013, the February 14 deadline is fast approaching and will blow by before you realize it.

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Deadline to Renew 2014 AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals Tickets is Coming Up Fast

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The deadline to renew tickets to the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals approaching fast, so renew now to make sure you lock in your seats!  Don’t miss out on your opportunity to receive a FREE parking pass to an exclusive pit-side lot when you renew four or more tickets by the deadline.

The AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals is not only one of the highlights of the NHRA professional season, but it’s also the second of six playoff events. Racers who win at the Motorplex have a knack of moving on to the series championship. Two of the event winners in 2012 earned the category championship titles.

Renewal time ends Feb. 14. Tickets go on sale to the public on March 1. Call (800) MOTORPLEX for more information or to order tickets.

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.

Click HERE to Renew!

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Special Christmas Offer from Texas Motorplex Extended Until 12/20

 

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Christmas is coming up fast and Texas Motorplex has the perfect gift package for all race fans.   For a limited time get a limited edition Texas Motorplex Replica for only $15 plus shipping.  As an added bonus, if you order before December 20th,  we will throw in a Texas Motorplex Window shade for FREE!  Make sure you order before Friday, December 12 so it will arrive before Christmas!

Supplies are limited so call 800-MOTORPLEX (800-668-6775) today!

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