NHRA LUCAS OIL DIVISIONAL INFORMATION

April 29, 2014 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (April 29, 2014) – The NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional race kicks off Thursday with a test-n-tune from 1-6 p.m. and three full days of racing to follow at Texas Motorplex. It’s going to be a celebration of racing with live music, bonus races and more.

Here are the schedule highlights for fans and racers who want to enjoy a perfect May weekend at Texas Motorplex.

THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014:

Tech open: 1-6 p.m.

Test-n-Tune ($50 per tech card): 1-6 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014:

Tech opens: 8 a.m.

Time trials start: 9 a.m.

TD, Comp, TS Qualifying: noon & 2 p.m.

Texas Automatic PRO MODS qualifying: 1, 2:30 & 4 p.m.

Texas Automatic PRO MODS round 1: 6 p.m.

BONUS RACES: Elite Motorsports Pro Comp/Engines Inc. Stock/Super Stock Combo 6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2014:

Time trials and qualifying: 9 a.m.

TS, Comp, TD qualifying: 2 & 5 p.m.

RACER APPRECIATION CONCERT: The Pontiax and The Midtown Playboys Band, 7 p.m. Racers will receive two drink tickets, good for one free drink each, when they purchase tech cards upon entry. Concert entry is free to all racers and event spectators. Anyone attending just the concert will be charged $10 per car to park and will receive free admission to the concert.

SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2014:

Final eliminations: 9 a.m.

TICKETS – Adult full event pass: $45; Youth (6-15 years) full event pass: $20; Adult 3-day pass: $35; Youth 3-day pass: $15; Adult 2-day pass: $25, Youth 2-day pass: $10. Thursday: Adult $10; Youth $5; Friday: Adult, $15; Youth $5. Saturday: Adult, $15; Youth $5; Concert only $10 per car to park, free entry into concert. Sunday: Adult, $15; Youth $5.  Children (5 years and under), FREE with paying adult in general admission. Friday and Saturday spectator parking is $10.

Go to www.texasmotorplex.com for more details.

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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NHRA LUCAS OIL DIVISIONAL FEATURES RACER APPRECIATION CONCERT

April 29, 2014 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (April 28, 2014) – The only thing better than a weekend full of racing is a weekend full of racing with a concert to go with the on-track action. That’s exactly what racers and fans will have this weekend when Texas Motorplex plays host to the NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional event.

Racing starts Friday with the best NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional action along with the Texas Automatic Pro Mod Show and the Stock/Super Stock Combo race presented by Engines, Inc. on Friday night. Racing continues Saturday but once racing is over, the music will start flowing.

For the first time ever the event will feature a Racer Appreciation concert, courtesy of Elite Motorsports. Fan favorites The Pontiax and The Midtown Playboys Band will both take the stage once qualifying has completed. The concerts are scheduled to start around 7 p.m. and racers and all Lucas Oil spectators will get in FREE.

“We love having all the Lucas Oil racers here for four days and we thought a great concert with two of the best local bands would be a wonderful way of celebrating the event and its racers,” Texas Motorplex General Manager Gabrielle Stevenson said. “Elite Motorsports and Engines Inc. have decided to sponsor two specialty races and the appreciation event and we are thrilled to have them as partners in  making sure the racers have a great Divisional weekend.”

Racing starts unofficially with a test-n-tune on Thursday at the Motorplex between 1-6 p.m. before the action heats up at the track all day and night on Friday. Time trials start Friday morning, but the Texas Motorplex Pro Mod Shootout with the Texas Automatic Outlaws kicks off at 1 p.m. just after Top Sportsman, Comp and Top Dragster complete their first round of qualifying.

Once qualifying wraps up for the day, eliminations in Pro Mod and a specialty race for the Lucas Oil racers takes over with big dollars on the line. It’s a racing party that won’t quit until winners are crowned and checks are handed out for the Engines Inc. Stock/Super Stock Combo event. Tech cards for the specialty event are FREE to Lucas Oil Divisional participants with $500 going to the winner and $300 to the runner-up.

Racing continues Saturday with more qualifying before the Elite Motorsports Racer Appreciation concert starts at 7 p.m. Final eliminations start at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Schedule highlights: THURSDAY: Racer test-n-tune ($50 per tech card) 1-6 p.m.; FRIDAY, MAY 2: Time trials begin at 9 a.m.; TS, Comp, TD Qualifying: noon, 2 p.m.; Pro Mod SHOOTOUT 1, 2:30, 4 and 6 p.m.; Engines Inc. Stock/Super Stock Combo Bonus Race 6:30 p.m.; SATURDAY, MAY 3: TS, Comp, TD Qualifying 2 and 5 p.m.; Elite Motorsports Racer Appreciation Concert starts at 7 p.m.; SUNDAY, MAY 4: Final eliminations begin at 9 a.m

Go to www.texasmotorplex.com for more details.

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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NEW PRO COMP CLASS SET TO DEBUT FRIDAY NIGHT AT LODRS EVENT AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX COURTESY OF ELITE MOTORSPORTS

April 24, 2014 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (April 24, 2014) A new Pro Comp class will makes its debut at the NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional event at Texas Motorplex on Friday, May 2, all thanks to Elite Motorsports.

While one of the largest segments of racers in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is the Super Category participants, there hasn’t been one category where they can all race each other – until now.

Pro Comp has been set up to allow Super Class racers to compete against each other without having to make any changes to the race car setups. Cross Talk will be turned on so both sides of the tree fire at the same time, but the timing setup will allow racers to run the .400 or .500 Pro Tree that they are most comfortable with in their current classes.

Elite Motorsports is the event sponsor and while entry into the specialty race for LODRS participants is free, there will be a $500 check to the winner, $250 for the runner-up and $125 for each semifinalist.

Elite Motorsports didn’t stop there. The specialty race is Friday night, but the fun continues Saturday with the Elite Motorsports Racer Appreciation concert with The Pontiax and The Midtown Playboys Band. All LODRS racers and fans will be allowed free entry into the concert area and each LODRS racer will receive drink coupons upon entry into Texas Motorplex and tech card purchase.

This Skinny on the Class Rules:

PRO COMP

CLASS DESIGNATIONS & INDEX

A-8.90-.400 Pro

B-9.90-.400 Pro

C-10.90-.500 Pro

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Pro Comp is designed for all types of vehicles including trucks, dragsters, door slammers, roadsters, altered, etc. This class is based on a class standards or index’s which you choose during the tech process. The closer you get to your selected standard or index, the higher you will qualify. All runs made faster than your index will be disqualified for qualification purposes only.

 

CLASS INFOMRATION:

ALL RUN, LADDERED AT 16 CARS, PRO .500\.400 TREE

TREE: All competitors will receive their normal class tree. Super Comp and Super Gas .400 Pro, Super Street .500 Pro. Handicap Start based off selected standard or index with deep-staging prohibited, and cross-talk activated at all times with no option to deactivate it.

****When a Super Gas (9.90) or Super Comp (8.90) car runs a Super Street (10.90) vehicle .400 Tree SC and .400 Tree SG must add an additional .1 to their crossover delay. This is in addition to their 1.0 sec or 2.0 sec delay to compensate for the .500 vs .400 Pro tree.****

 

LADDER TYPE:

NHRA Sportsman Ladder

At 16 or fewer cars, the field will be placed on a sportsman ladder. With 17 or more cars, the field is randomly paired and run until the field reaches 16 cars or less. When the field reaches 16 or less cars, a sportsman ladder will be utilized to pair the remaining cars. Car placement on the ladder will be determined based on the best positive reaction time (non red) from the last round that was randomly paired. Qualified by positive reaction time (RT) closest to “.000” based on a Pro .400/.500 Pro Tree from that round of winners. A perfect lights is considered to be “.000” and any negative RT (-.001, -1.231, etc.) will be placed at the bottom of the qualifying ladder with the most negative the furthest down the ladder. For cases in which identical reaction times are made, qualifying and ladder position will be based on a first-come, first-served: The first occurring RT will be placed No. 1, the second occurrence of said RT will be placed No. 2, and so on.

LANE CHOICE:

During eliminations, it is the responsibility of the competitors to determine lane choice. If the competitors are unable to establish lane choice, a staging official will make the determination in the manner he/she chooses (i.e., coin flip, random choice, faster car, taller scoop, higher polish on collectors, most LED bulbs, etc.)

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NHRA LUCAS OIL DIVISIONAL FEATURES PRO MOD SHOOTOUT, BONUS EVENT FOR RACERS AND RACER APPRECIATION CONCERT

April 22, 2014 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (April 22, 2014) – There may be an NHRA national event going on in South Texas this weekend, but regional racers beware – the party is definitely at Texas Motorplex May 1-4 when it plays host to the NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional event.

It’s not just about regional racing next weekend. It’s not just about national points, big money or trophies. Next weekend is about doing the two things Division 4 does best: Race and have fun.

Racing starts unofficially with a test-n-tune on Thursday at the Motorplex between 1-6 p.m. before the action heats up at the track all day and night on Friday. Time trails start Friday morning, but the Texas Motorplex Pro Mod Shootout with the Texas Automatic Outlaws kicks off at 1 p.m. just after Top Sportsman, Comp and Top Dragster complete their first round of qualifying.

Once qualifying wraps up for the day, eliminations in Pro Mod and a specialty race for the Lucas Oil racers takes over with big dollars on the line. It’s a racing party that won’t quit until winners are crowned and checks are handed out.

Once Friday has been put to bed, Saturday kicks off another full day of racing with an added bonus: A RACER APPRECIATION CONCERT. Fan favorites The Pontiax and The Midtown Playboys Band will both take the stage once qualifying has completed. The concerts are scheduled to start around 7 p.m. and racers and all Lucas Oil spectators will get in FREE.

Schedule highlights: THURSDAY: Racer test-n-tune ($50 per tech card) 1-6 p.m.; FRIDAY, MAY 2: Time trials begin at 9 a.m.; TS, Comp, TD Qualifying: noon, 2 p.m.; Pro Mod SHOOTOUT 1, 2:30, 4 and 6 p.m.; Bonus Race 6:30 p.m.; SATURDAY, MAY 3: TS, Comp, TD Qualifying 2 and 5 p.m.; CONCERT starts at 7 p.m.; SUNDAY, MAY 4: Final eliminations begin at 9 a.m.

Go to www.texasmotorplex.com for more details.

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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TEXAN STEVE TORRENCE HAS FIRST TEXAS TOP FUEL WIN IN SIGHTS AT O’REILLY AUTO PARTS NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS AT ROYAL PURPLE RACEWAY

April 21, 2014 by  
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BAYTOWN, Texas — It’s taken just five races during the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for Steve Torrence to realize his season is not like last year and for the Top Fuel standout, that’s a good thing.

Gone are the immense troubles that plagued his team a year ago and back is the championship vibe the team displayed for much of the 2012 season. Torrence advanced to the semifinals in the first four races of the 2014 season, a far cry from a year ago when the Longview, Texas native only advanced past the second round twice in 23 races.

The next item on Torrence’s 2014 to-do list is a victory and he will get that chance in his 8,000-horsepower Capco Contractors dragster this weekend at the 27th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Royal Purple Raceway.

“I really do think we’re taking momentum into this race,” Torrence said. “We struggled in Charlotte, but I feel confident we left all our problems there and we’re back to racing like we have been. Last year was a struggle for us and we never seemed to pinpoint the problem. I think we’re back in the direction we want to go this season.

Bob Vandergriff (Top Fuel), Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners of the event at one of the circuit’s quickest and fastest tracks. The event, the sixth of 24 during the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, will once again be televised on ESPN2.

This race, along with the AAA Texas FallNationals in Dallas, provide a homecoming for Torrence, who is still looking for his first Texas win in Top Fuel. He’s also well aware of the extra obligations racing in front of a large group of family and friends includes.

“The pressure never goes away,” Torrence said. “Really, it gets bigger and everyone wants to see you do better. Home races are a lot of fun, but you have to learn to compartmentalize it. You can entertain and hang out with your friends and family, and that’s part of it, but during the race I’m there to compete and do my job.”

Torrence has done that job well to open up his 2014 campaign. Despite a first-round loss at the most recent event in Charlotte, Torrence has been a mark of consistent, advancing to four straight semifinals to start the year and he currently sits third in points.

A season ago, Torrence and his team could never quite pinpoint the problem. Minus a win in Bristol and a final round appearance at the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Torrence recorded just eight more round wins in 22 races, a feat he’s already accomplished in five events this season.

Torrence credited his team and crew chief Richard Hogan, as well as an aggressive and confident mindset that has him racing to win instead of not to lose.

“With the way the car is running, you couldn’t ask for anything better,” Torrence said. “We’re real happy the confidence on this team is high. We’ve got each other’s back and that’s what it takes. We’ve got a better handle on the car, I’m more confident as a driver and the car is responding to what we want it to do. That’s a great feeling.”

Torrence hopes that momentum is apparent in Houston at Royal Purple Raceway, but the challenges will be steep against a star-studded Top Fuel field. Leading the way is points leader Doug Kalitta, who has one win and three final round appearances in 2014.

Other marquee contenders include Tony Schumacher, who has two wins in Houston, reigning champ Langdon, 2012 world champ and 2008 Houston event winner Antron Brown, who has two wins this season including the most recent event in Charlotte, Spencer Massey, 2014 rookie Richie Crampton and Winternationals winner Khalid alBalooshi.

“Houston has always had good numbers and the track is good, but you never know what you’re going to get with the weather,” Torrence said. “You really have no idea what you’re going to get. We’ll take the info we have from last year and use it, but these Texas tracks can really throw you a curveball.”

The 16-time Funny Car world champ, John Force, has seven wins in Houston, the most for any driver in a pro category. Force will be looking to end a 12-year drought at the facility, while defending race winner Pedregon has three wins at the facility and could get his 2014 season going with a victory. Other favorites include points leader Robert Hight, who won in 2005 and has two wins in four final round appearances in 2014, Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Tony Pedregon, Del Worsham, Jack Beckman, Tim Wilkerson and Tommy Johnson Jr.

In Pro Stock, defending event winner Line won the season-opening race in Pomona but is currently trying to track down points leader and Houston native Erica Enders-Stevens. Reigning champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. has four wins at Royal Purple Raceway while teammate Allen Johnson is expected to be among the title challengers in Houston along with the likes of two-time event winner Vincent Nobile, Chris McGaha, Dave Connolly, Shane Gray, Jimmy Alund, who picked up his first career victory in Charlotte, and V Gaines.

The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will make its second stop of the 2014 season at Royal Purple Raceway. Mike Castellana stormed to victory at the season-opener in Gainesville, defeating defending champion Rickie Smith in the final round. Defending event winner Clint Satterfield and 2012 champ Troy Coughlin will also be among those gunning for victory in the thrilling 250 mph doorslammer category.

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.

Mello Yello Series qualifying begins Friday, April 25, with sessions at 4 and 6:30 p.m. The final two qualifying sessions will take place Saturday, April 26, at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 28. Pro Mod qualifying is set for Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 26 at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Pro Mod eliminations are scheduled for Sunday at 9:45 a.m.

To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, log on to www.royalpurpleraceway.com or call Royal Purple Raceway at (281) 383-RACE (7223). Tickets for children 13 and younger are free in reserved sections on spectator side with paid adult tickets. For more information about NHRA, log on to www.NHRA.com.

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