FORCE SISTERS LOOKING TO MAKE HISTORY AT 29th ANNUAL AAA TEXAS AAA FALL NATIONALS

August 28, 2014 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Aug. 28, 2014) – When your job entails driving super fast cars and your last name is Force it goes without saying that expectations for success are rather lofty.

That tends to happen when the reason for those expectations is the legendary John Force, who owns 16 NHRA Funny Car championships and also just happens to be the proud patriarch of drag racing’s most famous and successful dynasty.

The fact that the family dynasty consists of all daughters, well, that just makes it all the more remarkable. While oldest daughter Ashley was the first to follow in dad’s footsteps, earning four NHRA Funny Car wins before stepping away from the sport to have a family, Courtney and Brittany are currently making plenty of waves on the racing circuit.

And that’s exactly what they hope to continue doing when they take on Texas Motorplex at the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, the second race in the Countdown to the Championship, Sept. 18-21. No female has ever won at the iconic all-concrete track in Top Fuel or Funny Car and the Sisters Force are looking to change that.

Already this year, the pair has made history by becoming the first two women to qualify first in the same event in Funny Car (Courtney) and Top Fuel (Brittany). And they’ve done that twice, at Topeka and Sonoma. Courtney’s fifth career win at Topeka was the 100th professional win by a female and Brittany’s top qualifying spot at Sonoma was the first-ever by a woman at that track.

What would it mean to be the first woman to earn a Wally in Funny Car at Texas Motorplex? Courtney plans to find out.

“It would be huge to accomplish that, being the first female Funny Car winner at the Motorplex, because that would be a win to remember,” said the 26-year-old. “I have always loved coming to the Motorplex because it’s such a great track to run on and the fans are always so awesome.

“There are a lot of great female drivers competing this season so I think this could be the year for one of the girls to get it there.”

Big sis Brittany, who is looking to notch her initial Top Fuel win, sure wouldn’t mind if she was the first woman to claim a win in the class in Ennis.

“Becoming the first female pro Top Fuel winner at the Texas Motorplex would be such a very proud moment,” said the 28-year-old. “The Castrol EDGE team is still in the hunt for our first win and to be able to get both all at one event would be a huge accomplishment.”

Courtney definitely would like to have the Force luck turn around at the Motorplex.

“Ever since my dad’s crash there in ’07, I’ve been looking to make better memories there and I think a win could do it,” she said. “I’ve always loved watching my dad race there and have always loved being part of such a fun atmosphere at the track.

“Now that I’m racing, it’s great being out there on the track next to dad as we both fight for wins. I can’t wait to get back there, especially after he took me out in the first round last year. I’m looking to get some revenge.”

Brittany feels that the fans at the AAA Texas NHRA Nationals are a special breed.

“I’m excited to back there and take my dragster down the bright green track,” she said. “Everything is bigger in Texas, including the energy of the fans. I remember last year signing (autographs) at the ropes and having the chance to meet so many great people. The Texas fans always found a way to pump me up before heading to the starting line and that’s something I can’t wait for this year.”

Both sisters are currently on track to make the Countdown to the Championship and naturally, a win at the Motorplex would provide a bit of a bump since it is a playoff race.

“Getting a win, at the Motorplex, especially, would be great being that it’s in the middle of the Countdown to the Championship,” said Courtney. “This is the race that can really give you that extra early jump up in the points that we all need, being that it is only the second race in to the Countdown. This race can really set the mood as our Traxxas team goes forward, throughout the Championship chase.”

Brittany also knows the importance of leaving Texas with a win.
“Taking home a win at the Motorplex and at the start of the Countdown would only help push the Castrol EDGE team in the right direction,” she said. “A win early on in the Countdown will pump up the team and motivate us going into the final races. Any points, any rounds and any wins we can get will only move us up in points and help us claim a spot.”
Tickets for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals are available now, 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.
The first ever PreStage Fan Fest in Downtown Ennis will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17 between 5-10 p.m. with food trucks, music, driver appearances and more.
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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Spencer Massey Invites YOU to the AAA Texas Fall Nationals to Experience the Countdown to the Championship

August 26, 2014 by  
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Spencer Massey Invites YOU to the AAA Texas Fall Nationals to Experience the Countdown to the Championship

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FAMED AAA TEXAS NHRA FALL NATIONALS EVENT IS MOVED INTO OCTOBER FOR 2015 – WILL BE FOURTH OF SIX PLAYOFF EVENTS

August 25, 2014 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Aug. 25, 2014) – Texas Motorplex and NHRA officials are pleased to announce the 2015 date for the 30th Anniversary AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, slated for Oct. 15-18, 2015.

The famous fall classic will move from the second of sixth NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series championship playoff events to being the fourth of sixth playoff events.

“We are thrilled to be moved back into October,” Texas Motorplex owner Billy Meyer said. “The weather will be cooler and that could mean a return to record-breaking passes and crowning champions in North Texas again. Our fans are the best fans in the country and I think this move will be a great way to celebrate our 30th anniversary NHRA event in 2015.”

Texas Motorplex will announce its full 2015 season schedule in the upcoming weeks including dates for the NHRDA diesel nationals, NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional, Super Chevy Show and much more. Check www.texasmotorplex.com or “LIKE” us on Facebook www.facebook.com/txmplex for more news, information and ticket announcements.

Tickets for the 2014 AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals – held next month on Sept. 18-21 – are available now, 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.

The first ever PreStage Fan Fest in Downtown Ennis will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17 between 5-10 p.m. with food trucks, music, driver appearances and more.

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.

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 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Schedule

 

NHRA Mello Yello Series Regular Season

Feb. 5-8                         NHRA Winternationals                                                                                                           Pomona, Calif.

Feb. 20-22                   CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals                                                                            Phoenix

March 12-15              Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (PSM)                                                                 Gainesville, Fla.

March 27-29              NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (PSM)                                                                                       Charlotte, N.C.

April 10-12                  SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals                                                                                      Las Vegas

April 24-26                  O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals                                                                       Houston

May 15-17                   Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals (PSM)                                       Atlanta

May 22-24                   NHRA Kansas Nationals                                                                                                           Topeka, Kan.

June 4-7                        Toyota NHRA Summernationals (PSM)                                                                               Englishtown, N.J.

June 12-14                  Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals                                                                            Epping, N.H.

June 19-21                  NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals                                                                                             Bristol, Tenn.

July 2-5                          Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals (PSM)                                                       Norwalk, Ohio

July 9-12                       O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals (PSM)                                                     Chicago

July 24-26                    Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals (PSM)                                                                         Denver

July 31-Aug. 2            NHRA Sonoma Nationals (PSM)                                                                                            Sonoma, Calif.

Aug. 7-9                         O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals                                                             Seattle

Aug. 20-23                   Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals                                                                                                     Brainerd, Minn.

Sept. 2-7                       Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals (PSM)                                                                    Indianapolis

NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

Sept. 18-20                 NHRA Carolina Nationals (PSM)                                                                                           Charlotte, N.C.

Sept. 25-27                 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals (PSM)                                                                   St. Louis

Oct. 1-4                         NHRA Nationals (PSM)                                                                                                           Reading, Pa.

Oct. 15-18                   AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (PSM)                                                                              Dallas

Oct. 29-Nov. 1           NHRA Toyota Nationals (PSM)                                                                                                  Las Vegas

Nov. 12-15                  Auto Club NHRA Finals (PSM)                                                                                                Pomona, Calif.

 

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NHRA MELLO YELLO COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFFS PROMISES TO GET INTENSE AT FAMED TEXAS MOTORPLEX

August 22, 2014 by  
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ENNIS, Texas — The stars of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series rumble into the Texas Motorplex, Sept. 18-21, for the second round of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs at the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.

The best in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle will all compete for coveted Wally trophies at the historic race track located just south of the Dallas Metroplex. Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were last year’s winners of the event that will once again be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Texas Motorplex has seen some of the most exciting action in NHRA drag racing following its opening as the sport’s first “Super Track.” The motorsports complex hosts the only Countdown to the Championship playoff event in the Lone Star State.

The AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals comes at a crucial time for drivers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series as they are in full battle mode for their respective category championships. Dallas is the second stop during the Countdown to the Championship so continued success at this event is crucial for a team’s title hopes.

Top Fuel points leader Kalitta took the victory at Dallas last season and will be looking to repeat as he tries to get off to a fast start in the playoffs. Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools dragster, is the winningest Top Fuel driver to have never won an NHRA Mello Yello Championship, but his performance in 2014 has positioned him as a major contender for the crown.  With two victories in nine final round appearances and five No. 1 qualifying positions, Kalitta has led the points since Gainesville.

Seven-time world champion Tony Schumacher has the most wins of any Top Fuel driver at Dallas with five. Schumacher’s U.S. Army dragster has hovered in the top five in points all season long and he knows he has what it takes to race to victory in Texas. His last win at the facility came in 2010.

Antron Brown has been the flashiest driver in 2014 with five wins on the season. His Matco Tools dragster has chased Kalitta all season and the Countdown could be shaping up to be an epic showdown between the two tool-sponsored cars. Brown, a 2012 winner at Texas Motorplex, has his eyes focused on earing a second world championship title this season.

Shawn Langdon, the reigning Top Fuel world champ, raced to his first win of the year at Bristol and will be looking for more success at Dallas. Others to watch in the Top Fuel field include Texas natives Spencer Massey and Steve Torrence, reigning Auto Club of Southern California Road the Future Award winner Brittany Force, Englishtown winner Richie Crampton, Denver winner J.R. Todd.

In Funny Car, two-time world champ Pedregon took home the Wally last season and he will be a major player for the 2014 championship. Pedregon’s Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry  has been inconsistent at times this season, but his team has proven it can go the distance when everything clicks: the team took the win at Englishtown as the No. 1 qualifier. Pedregon is a four-time winner at Dallas.

John Force, a 16-time world champ, owns the most Funny Car wins at the facility with seven but has not been victorious since 2005. Force and his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang have been on a roll since the end of the regular season and that’s a good sign heading into the Countdown. Force’s consistency in the playoffs was the formula that ultimately allowed him to take home the championship last season and his team appears ready to repeat that effort in 2014.

John Force Racing teammate Robert Hight has been the class of the Funny Car field this season and he is looking to pull away during the Countdown. Hight, the 2009 world champ, has five wins this season and his Auto Club Ford Mustang has visited the winner’s circle twice at Dallas. He last won the event during his championship season.

Other pre-race favorites include two-time event winner Del Worsham, two-time season winner Courtney Force, 2011 world champ and last season’s runner-up Matt Hagan, two-time season winner Alexis DeJoria, Epping winner Ron Capps and Bristol winner Tommy Johnson Jr.

Line, last season’s Dallas winner in Pro Stock, won the season-opener in Pomona and then cooled off. His Summit Racing Chevy Camaro has gotten hot again and he took over the points lead at Brainerd as he is riding momentum from posting victories at Sonoma and Seattle. He’s proving himself to be a major player during the Countdown and Dallas could be a good launching pad toward his third career championship.

Line’s KB Racing teammate Greg Anderson has the most wins of active drivers at Texas Motorplex with five and Gray Motorsports driver Dave Connolly is back full-time in 2014 and he has had one of the most consistent hot rods in Pro Stock with a win at Epping.

Dodge Dart teammates Allen Johnson and Jeg Coughlin have been two of the most consistent drivers this season and both are looking to add another Dallas victory to their racing resumes. Texas native Erica Enders-Stevens has led the points standings for most of the season with four wins in her Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro. Chicago winner Vincent Nobile, Shane Gray, two-time runner-up Jonathan Gray, V. Gaines and Texas resident Chris McGaha are just a few of the drivers who will be looking for a quick start to the Countdown in the 200-mph factory hot rod class.

Krawiec was victorious in Pro Stock Motorcycle last season and his team has been the most consistent on the motorcycle circuit this season. Krawiec and Screamin’ Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson teammate Andrew Hines have combined for six wins and the two riders have held down the top two spots in the points standings for most of the season.

Hector Arana Jr. and Hector Arana have been nipping at the heels of the Harley-Davidsons and they both will be ready for the Countdown. Arana Jr. sits third in points and has a win at Chicago. Arana has one win at Dallas, coming in 2009 during his championship run.

Reigning world champ Matt Smith, 2012 Dallas winner Michael Ray, Epping winner Angie Smith and Scotty Pollacheck are a few of the Pro Stock Motorcycle riders who will attempt to take home a victory at the Motorplex.

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, Sept. 19, with sessions at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m. The final two qualifying sessions will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21.

To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call Texas Motorplex at (800) MOTORPLEX (668-6775) or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.  For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.

Before the NHRA Mello Yello Series arrives in Texas for the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, the circuit will visit Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Aug. 27- Sept. 1, for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals and zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 12-14, for the NHRA Carolina Nationals. Keep up with all the action on ESPN2.

AAA TEXAS NHRA FALLNATIONALS FACT SHEET

 

WHAT: 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, the 20th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the second of six races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Drivers in four categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle – earn points leading to 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships.

WHERE: Texas Motorplex- Track is located at 7500 W. Highway 287 in Ennis, Texas.

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 18-21

SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, Sept. 18- LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying

 

FRIDAY, Sept. 19 – LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying and eliminations

MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m.

 

SATURDAY, Sept. 20 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations

MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

 

SUNDAY, Sept. 21 – Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.

MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

 

TELEVISION:      

Sunday, Sept. 21, ESPN2 will televise 90 minutes of qualifying highlights at 3:30 a.m. (ET).

Sunday, Sept. 21, ESPN2 will televise three hours of coverage starting at 8:30 p.m. (ET).

 

2013 EVENT WINNERS: Doug Kalitta, Top Fuel; Cruz Pedregon, Funny Car; Jason Line, Pro Stock; Eddie Krawiec, Pro Stock Motorcycle.

 

MOST VICTORIES: John Force, FC, 7; Tony Schumacher, TF, 5; Warren Johnson, PS, 5; Cruz Pedregon, FC, 4; Greg Anderson, PS, 4.

 

TRACK RECORDS:

Top Fuel – 3.767 sec. and 325.53 mph by Shawn Langdon, Sept. ’13

Funny Car – 4.052 sec. and 313.37 mph by Robert Hight, Sept. ’13

Pro Stock – 6.550 sec. and 211.99 mph by Allen Johnson, Sept. ’12

Pro Stock Motorcycle – 6.828 sec. by Hector Arana Jr., Sept. ’11; 197.22 mph by Michael Phillips, Sept. ’11

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.

PS Motorcycle – 6.728 sec. by Andrew Hines, Oct. ’12, Reading, Pa.; 199.26 mph by Eddie Krawiec, March ’11, Gainesville, Fla.

TICKETS: For tickets call (800) MOTORPLEX (668-6775). Tickets also are available at www.texasmotorplex.com.

 

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Robert Hight Invites YOU to the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals

August 20, 2014 by  
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Robert Hight Invites YOU to the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals Next Month at Texas Motorplex!

Mark your calendars for August 24th!!!! It’s AAA TEXAS DAY at Globe Life Park in Arlington!
Come watch the Rangers and hang out with Texas Motorplex! !

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