Used NASCAR Parts Grow Into Big Business

August 23, 2011 by  
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Published August, 15 2011 by Darren Rovell, CNBC Sports Business Reporter

Top NASCAR teams can’t let tiring parts ruin their chances to win a race. So what do they do?

When any part reaches what is determined as 25 percent of its projected life, the teams throw it out. For years, NASCAR teams were tossing these parts into landfills, writing them off as the cost of doing business.

That all has now changed thanks to the folks at Roush Yates Racing, who have found a way to get the parts that are being thrown off the car, tag them and re-sell them. In fact, 90 percent of a NASCAR racecar is now recycled in some way.

Believing that the parts could be used by almost any other race car at any level, and knowing that they’d cost less than brand new parts, Roush Yates saw this as a major business. Last month, the race team opened up a 50,000 square foot retail space in Mooresville, North Carolina to sell the parts that the company collects from the top race teams including Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Stewart-Haas Motorsports and JR Motorsports. When the parts are sold, they split the profit equally.

“Not only are we keeping the parts out of the landfill, but people can buy parts from us for thirty cents on the dollar,” said Jon Sands, vice president of marketing for Roush Yates.

Roush Yates says it has between 40 and 60 tons of used, race-ready recycled inventory, which amounts to more than a million parts. It also says it has more than 1,000 teams per month coming to Roush Yates to get recycled parts, including many of the grassroots racers.

“It’s like we’ve become the Home Depot of racing parts,” Sands said, mentioning that drivers like Joe Nemechek and David Stremme can often be seen walking through the aisles for their own car parts.

And don’t forget about those collectors. Because the parts are tagged, specifically saying what car they came from and when, many fans also buy parts for fun. “We have parts from Junior’s cars and Danica’s cars,” Sands said.

The company started this program last year, but thanks to word of mouth and a new retail store, Roush Yates Performance Products business will be up about 300 percent this year. The Performance Products business has also added more help, growing from 10 employees to about 30 in the past year.

 

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FUN FORD WEEKEND BRINGS HEADS UP RACING TO TEXAS MOTORPLEX

August 19, 2011 by  
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FUN FORD WEEKEND BRINGS HEADS UP RACING TO TEXAS MOTORPLEX

ENNIS, Texas (August 19, 2011) – The Fun Ford Weekend series, presented by Roush Yates and JE Pistons, will return to Texas Motorplex on October 8th, bringing a jam-packed day for Ford lovers in North Texas. Specifically, many fans will be excited to learn that Texas Motorplex has added heads up racing to their event. The day will also include a large car show, drag race, swap meet, and autocross.

The Motorplex General Manager Gabrielle Stevenson played a large part in bringing back heads up racing when requests from fans acme rolling in.

“We want the return of Fun Ford Racing to be an exciting and entertaining weekend for everyone who has ever loved a Blue Oval vehicle,” Stevenson said. “This event will have everything including heads up racing. Fans wanted some heads up classes back at Texas Motorplex and we jumped at the chance to add some classes to Fun Ford Weekend.”

This event will serve as the fourth of 5 events this year, expanding to 10 or more events next year in 2012.

For further information visit www.funfordweekend.com

2011 Fun Ford Weekend Presented by JE Pistons & RoushYates at Texas Motorplex: October 8, 2011

Participant entry fee: All Fun Ford Weekend participants will be charged $25 to enter the participant gate (Gate 10).

Participants in autocross, Show-n-Shine, Swap Meet and Car Corral will not have to pay additional fees at the Registration Center. Participants in Quick Ford (box, transbrake), Fast Ford (no box, no transbrake), True Street DOT (street legal, insured), Dial for Dollars, Judged Car Show, Test-n-Tune (“run what you brung”) and Heads Up Tough Trucks are required to pay additional fees as follows when picking up registration and tech cards at the Registration Center.

Category Additional Fee Total Class Payout

Quick Ford (Elec.) $50 $3,000 ($1,500 to win)
Fast Ford (No Elec.) $50 $3,000 ($1,500 to win)
True Street DOT $10 $1,000 ($300 to win)
Dial for Dollars $20 Winner takes the Dial for Dollars pot
Tough Trucks (heads up) $10 Trophies, gift cards, prizes
All judged car show $0 Plaques, goodie bags, prizes
Show-n-Shine $0 Goodie bags, prizes
Swap Meet $0
Car Corral $0
Test-n-Tune $10 Prizes, giveaways

Event Schedule: Gates Open 8 a.m. Registration &Tech 8 a.m. – noon Time Trials 9 a.m. Car Show Judging 2 p.m. Pro Show Round 1 Noon Eliminations Begin 1 p.m. Concert 2 p.m. Pro Show Round 2 3 p.m. Car Show Awards 3 p.m. Pro Show Round 3 5 p.m.
Show Car Categories: All car show participants who register before Sept. 30 receive a limited edition event souvenir along with the participant goodie bag.

- Mustang: 1964-’69, 1970-’73, 1974-’78, 1979-’93, 1994-’98, 1999-2004, 2005-’08, 2009-present
- Conversion (Ford powered vehicle)
- Competition Sports: GT 40, Cobra, Kit Car, Road Race, Etc.
- Compact
- Open
- Thunderbird
- Pick-Up Full/Mini 4WD
- Galaxie, Fairlane, Torino
- Pick-Up Full/Mini 2WD
- Rod (pre-1948)
- SUV 4WD
- SUV 2WD
- Lincoln
- Mercury
- Nostalgia
- Big Car
* Special Awards to include: Track Choice, Best Wheels, Cool Factor, People’s Choice, Best Engine, Best Paint/Body, Best of Show and more.

Spectator Ticket Prices

Adult/Crew: $10 ($5 off adult tickets with canned good donation at spectator box office)
Youth (Age 13-17): $5
Children 12 & under are FREE

Parking Fees

Spectator Parking: $5
Pit Side Spectator Parking: $20 (Gate 10 & Park in Red Key)

For more information, contact Texas Motorplex at (972) 878-2641, go online at www.texasmotorplex.com or www.funfordweekend.com

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X275 Street Shootout Highlights the Mid-Atlantic Fun Ford Weekend

August 17, 2011 by  
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X275 Street Shootout Highlights the Mid-Atlantic Fun Ford Weekend

This fan-favorite series, Fun Ford Weekend, returns to Virginia Motorsports Park on September 10th. The huge car show, drag race, swap meet, and car corral, presented by JE Pistons and Roush Yates, will be the highlights of the event. This is the second stop along the five stop tour.

The X275 Street Shootout class will headline the Mid-Atlantic Ford Festival. X275 is a hot class on the east coast. This 1/8 mile heads-up class runs on a pro tree and has a lot of wheels up action. It features some of the fastest Fords in the Mid-Atlantic. The best X275 drivers will come to Virginia Motorsports Park looking to take home the crown jewel of The Mid-Atlantic Ford Festival.

“If you love heads-up drag racing and the Ford brand then the X275 Street Shootout class is just for you” says General Manager Bryan Pierce.

Be sure to visit www.X275.net or funfordweekend.com for more information.

Virginia Motorsports Park is a 500 acre; state of the art multi-million dollar drag racing facility built in 1994 and is the largest facility of its kind on the East Coast. The Virginia Motorsports Park facility also includes a 1.2 mile National Motocross facility, a 1,500 seat Mud Bog and Truck Pull Arena, a brand new BMX track, and hosts concerts throughout the year. Virginia Motorsports Park is located just south of Petersburg, VA off I-85, exit 63A. For more information about VMP’s 2011 racing season, be sure to visit www.virginiamotorsports.com

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Sara Griewing Joins the Fun Ford Weekend Series Presented by Roush Yates and JE Pistons

August 17, 2011 by  
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Sara Griewing Joins the Fun Ford Weekend Series Presented by Roush Yates and JE Pistons

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (August 17, 2011) – Established marketer and graphic designer, Sara Griewing is the newest member to join the Fun Ford Weekend series team. In her new role, Sara will be coordinating sponsorships as well as regional and national Ford automotive club participation.

“As a life-long Ford and Mustang owner and enthusiast, I am very excited to work on the Ford Fun Weekend series team coordinating sponsorships and working with Ford clubs,” Griewing said. “I love being in a club with other Mustang and Ford fanatics, as well as working closely with sponsors to share their brands with our membership at events. It’s a great opportunity for all involved to develop brand awareness and loyalty.”

With a BFA in Graphic Design and an MSJ in Marketing Communications, Sara brings her creativity, enthusiasm and drive for Mustangs and other Ford Motor Company brands to her new role with the Fun Ford Weekend series events.

In her professional career, most recently, Sara designed and produced packaging for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri. She also owns her own freelance graphic design and marketing communications business with diverse clients in multiple industries.

She also uses her combination of creative and strategic skills in her voluntary position as PR Director for the Mustang Club of Greater Kansas City where she is responsible for the development of visual and written communications that support the club’s mission and vision in delivering a consistent brand message in the promotion of events and in recruiting and retaining members. In addition, she is responsible for acquiring sponsorships for the club and its events as well as other leadership and strategic planning roles.

“As a member of both the MCA and the MCA chartered Mustang Club of Greater Kansas City, I am really looking forward to connecting with other Ford automotive clubs and sharing their devotion for their Ford vehicles. I believe their participation in events such as the Fun Ford Weekend series is essential to a strong and active membership as well as a strengthened relationship with Ford Motor Company and it’s products.”

This past weekend, Sara participated in the Mustang Club of America (MCA) National Show in Des Moines, Iowa and brought home a second place award in the Participant Vote Class with her 2010 Performance White Premium V6 Mustang with Pony Package.

“I was thrilled to win Second Place in such a subjective category, against some really stiff competition. I was shocked when they called my name above a few late-model GT 500s and a gorgeous Boss 302! Though I have been modifying my V6 engine since I got it a year ago, it proves that a couple of V6 Mustangs–First Place was also a 2010 V6–ooze the iconic Mustang style too,” added Griewing.

About Fun Ford Weekend
The family-oriented Fun Ford Weekend series is run by each of the tracks that host the events. Each track creates its own event schedule, racing structure, car show, and if adequate space, will also have autocross competition. The goal of the series is to get as many automotive enthusiasts that have a passion for the Ford brand to participate, spectate, and enjoy the events. For more information on Fun Ford Weekend, visit www.funfordweekend.com.

About Roush Yates
Roush Yates Engines designs, engineers and crafts high performance racing engines with the power to perform and the horsepower and durability you’d expect from legendary NASCAR pioneers Jack Roush and Robert Yates. The partnership of power and precision has come from merging the knowledge and experience of two legendary engine builders, both with a passion for winning today and powering up for tomorrow. In 2009 Doug Yates purchased his father’s half of Roush Yates Engines to become a co-owner in the company.

As CEO, Doug Yates leads a staff of 180 engineers and technicians who design, assemble, test, and service racing engines at two separate state-of-the-art facilities in Mooresville, North Carolina. Here, the best minds and latest technology are hard at work producing nearly 1,500 racing engines each year for teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA, Grand-Am, FIA GT3, Dirt Late Model, Sprint cars, and NHRA Pro Stock. At Roush Yates Engines, the mission is Power Performance, which is achieved through innovation, design, precision engineering, and skillful craftsmanship. Building the best engines in racing today, providing service that’s second to none, and honoring a commitment to research and development are the heart of Roush Yates Engines.

About JE Pistons
With over 60 years of experience, JE Pistons is the leader in high performance racing pistons. Top engine builders in NASCAR, ALMS, NHRA, AMA Supercross and other professional racing organizations choose JE Pistons over any other brand. JE’s position at the forefront of racing pistons has been a result of continuous research and development of piston design, manufacturing and technologies. As a result, JE Pistons can manufacture high quality custom pistons for nearly any 4-stroke engine application in a little as 5 days! In addition to custom pistons, JE also stocks over 1200 off-the-shelf piston part numbers for hundreds of popular engine combinations.

For more information about the Fun Ford Weekend events, visit www.funfordweekend.com or contact Sara Griewing at (816) 246-0401 or sgriewing@forwardsportsmarketing.com

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Great Ticket Deals for The Mid-Atlantic Fun Ford Weekend at Virginia Motorsports Park

August 6, 2011 by  
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Great Ticket Deals for The Mid-Atlantic Fun Ford Weekend at Virginia Motorsports Park
Free Racer Entry and Over Half Off Car Show Passenger

PETERSBURG, Va. (August 6, 2011) – Fun Ford Weekend Series presented by Roush Yates and JE Pistons will make its second stop of 2011 at Virginia Motorsports Park on September 10th for a day of drag racing, car show, midway, exhibitions, and new Ford vehicle displays.

The Mid-Atlantic Ford Festival is offering some great pricing for racers, fans, and car show enthusiasts alike. The Ford Bonus Ticket offers the Car Show participant 50% off one passenger riding with them. That means the passenger gets in for just $7.

The Mid-Atlantic Ford Festival is excited to offer a FREE Racer Entry! Win a Race in your Ford and get a Free Race Ticket at The Mid-Atlantic Ford Festival. There are special guidelines to get the free entry. Win in your Ford at any track in the country in 2011. Send proof to Virginia Motorsports Park by September 6th. See funfordweekend.com or Virginiamotorsports.com for more information.

Click Here to enroll in the Free Racer Entry

One of the other great offers includes a 20×20 Swap Meet spot for just $25. Let’s not forget that the CarCorral has a new special price of $25. There are all kinds of discounts and offers being put together for Ford lovers who attend this action-packed one day show.

“Our goal is to make the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Ford Festival at Virginia Motorsports Park one that stands out from the rest. We’re looking to host an entertaining event and give great ticket value for all fans and racers, while providing Ford racers and car show enthusiasts with an exciting day” said Bryan Pierce General Manager of Virginia Motorsports Park.

About Roush Yates Engines
Roush Yates Engines designs, engineers and crafts high performance racing engines with the power to perform and the horsepower and durability you’d expect from legendary NASCAR pioneers Jack Roush and Robert Yates. The partnership of power and precision has come from merging the knowledge and experience of two legendary engine builders, both with a passion for winning today and powering up for tomorrow. In 2009 Doug Yates purchased his father’s half of Roush Yates Engines to become a co-owner in the company.

As CEO, Doug Yates leads a staff of 180 engineers and technicians who design, assemble, test, and service racing engines at two separate state-of-the-art facilities in Mooresville, North Carolina. Here, the best minds and latest technology are hard at work producing nearly 1,500 racing engines each year for teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA, Grand-Am, FIA GT3, Dirt Late Model, Sprint cars, and NHRA Pro Stock. At Roush Yates Engines, the mission is Power Performance, which is achieved through innovation, design, precision engineering, and skillful craftsmanship. Building the best engines in racing today, providing service that’s second to none, and honoring a commitment to research and development are the heart of Roush Yates Engines.

About JE Pistons
With over 60 years of experience, JE Pistons is the leader in high performance racing pistons. Top engine builders in NASCAR, ALMS, NHRA, AMA Supercross and other professional racing organizations choose JE Pistons over any other brand. JE’s position at the forefront of racing pistons has been a result of continuous research and development of piston design, manufacturing and technologies. As a result, JE Pistons can manufacture high quality custom pistons for nearly any 4-stroke engine application in a little as 5 days! In addition to custom pistons, JE also stocks over 1200 off-the-shelf piston part numbers for hundreds of popular engine combinations.

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Fun Ford Weekend Announces Details of Mid-Atlantic Ford Festival at Virginia Motorsports Park

August 3, 2011 by  
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PETERSBURG, Va. (August 3, 2011) – Fun Ford Weekend presented by Roush Yates and JE Pistons will make its second stop of 2011 at Virginia Motorsports Park on September 10th for a day of drag racing, car show, midway, exhibitions, and new Ford vehicle displays.

This event is only the second stop along a short, 5-event tour across the U.S. for 2011. The series is planning to expand to 10 or more events for next year in 2012 and hopes to increase Fun Ford Weekend activities at each track as well.

“Our goal is to makes the 2011 Fun Ford Weekend at Virginia Motorsports Park one that stands out from the crowd. The first Fun Ford Weekend of the year was held at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. and it was a huge success. We’re looking to host a great event just like Bandimere, but put our own twist on the activities as well. Our staff is excited to be partnering with Roush Yates and JE Pistons as presenting sponsors this year, and we’re hoping to provide all of our local Ford enthusiasts with a great Fun Ford Weekend,” said Bryan Pierce General Manager of Virginia Motorsports Park.

FUN FORD WEEKEND MID-ATLANTIC FORD FESTIVAL
VIRGINIA MOTORSPORTS PARK

Friday, September 9
VMP Street Wars 6:00p – 11p (Designated staging lanes for Fun Ford racers)

Saturday, September 10
Vendor Gate: 7AM
Gates Open: 8AM
Test N Tune: 9AM
Car Show Registration: 9AM-3PM
Time Runs Begin 11:00AM
Qualifying Begins: NOON
Car Show Judging: 12PM – 4PM
True Street Cruise: 2:20PM
Eliminations: 3PM
Car Show Awards: 5PM
Car Show Parade: 6:30PM
(Down Track in front of Grandstands)

GATE PRICES
Adult Spectator $15
Crew $15
Children 12 & under FREE
Car Show (Car & Driver) $25
Ford Bonus Ticket (1 pax with Car Show Entry) $7
Test N Tune $25
Swap Meet (1 20×20 space & 1 gate Entry) $25
Car Corral (1 20×20 space & 1 gate Entry) $25

RACER PRICES
(Full Body cars must be Ford Body-any power plant allowed & Open Body cars must be Ford Powered) All cars must pass IHRA Safety Technical Inspection

ET Bracket Classes
Fast Ford (Electronics Class – 1/8th Mile) $40
Quick Ford (No Electronics Class – 1/4th Mile) $40
Street Ford (DOT Tire & Registration Required – 1/4th Mile) $25
Tuff Truck (any Ford Truck – 1/4th Mile) $25

Heads Up Classes
11.0 INDEX – 1/4th Mile $35
12.0 INDEX – 1/4th Mile $35
13.0 INDEX – 1/4th Mile $35
X275 Street Shootout – 1/8th Mile $50
5.90 Renegade – 1/8th Mile $60

Street Cruise & Drag Race Class
(A 20 mile street cruise & 3 back to back 1/4 Mile runs)
True Street – 1/4th Mile $35

CLASSES

FAST FORD – Electronics Class, 0-7.99 ET in the 1/8th Mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own

QUICK FORD – No Electronics Class, 9-17.99 ET in the 1/4 Mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own

STREET FORD – Street Legal, 1/4 Mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own, All Run

TUFF TRUCK – Street Legal 1/4 Mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own, All Run

HEADS UP INDEX – 11.00, 12.00, 13.00 – 1/4 Mile, .400 Pro Tree.

X275 STREET SHOOTOUT- 1/8th Mile, .400 Pro Tree, Heads Up

TRUE STREET – 1/4 Mile, .400 Pro Tree, All Run

5.90 RENEGADE – 1/8 mile,

PURSE & PAYOUTS

ET Bracket Classes
Fast Ford Winner $1200 Runner Up $300 Round Money $30
Quick Ford Winner $1200 Runner Up $300 Round Money $30
Street Ford Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY
Tuff Truck Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY

Heads Up Classes
11.0 INDEX Winner $250 Runner Up $100
12.0 INDEX Winner $250 Runner Up $100
13.0 INDEX Winner $250 Runner Up $100
X275 Street Shootout Winner $850 Runner Up $350 Semis $150 Qtrs: $50
5.90 Renegade Winner $1000 Runner Up $500 Semis $150 Qtrs: $50

True Street Race Classes
True Street Winner $250 Runner Up $100
10.00 Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY
11.00 Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY
12.00 Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY
13.00 Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY

CLASS RULES

FAST FORD – 1/8th Mile, Full Tree
Fast Ford Winner $1200 Runner Up $300 Round Money $30 Buy Back $30
Electronics Class, 0-7.99 ET in the 1/8th Mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own, All Run Field, No Throttle Stops, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, Any Tire Size Allowed, No Weight Limit

QUICK FORD – 1/4 Mile, Full Tree
Quick Ford Winner $1200 Runner Up $300 Round Money $30 Buy Back $30
No Electronics Class, 9-17.99 ET in the 1/4 Mile, Full Tree, All Run Field, No Throttle Stops, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, Any Tire Size Allowed, No Weight Limit, must leave off footbrake

STREET FORD – 1/4 Mile, Full Tree
Street Ford Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY Buy Back $15
No Slicks, DOT Tires, Registration Required, All Run Field, No Throttle Stops, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, Any Tire Size Allowed, No Weight Limit

TUFF TRUCK – 1/4 Mile, Full Tree
Tuff Truck Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY Buy Back $15
All Run Field, No Throttle Stops, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, Any Tire Size Allowed, No Weight Limit

11.00, 12.00, & 13.00 INDEX – 1/4 Mile, Pro Tree
11.0 INDEX Winner $250 Runner Up $100 Buy Back $20
12.0 INDEX Winner $250 Runner Up $100 Buy Back $20
13.0 INDEX Winner $250 Runner Up $100 Buy Back $20
Pro .400 Tree, All Run Field, Closest to Index without going under, No Throttle Stops, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, Any Tire Size Allowed, No Weight Limit, Ladder BY Previous Round (Closest Reaction Time)

5.90 RENEGADE – 1/8 Mile, Pro Tree
Winner $1000 Runner Up $500 Semis $150 Qtrs: $50 Buy Back $30
1/8 mile heads up .400 Pro Tree, All Run Field, Pro Ladder at 16 cars or less. No Weight Limit, Any Tire Size Allowed, Any Power Adder Combo Allowed, No Throttle Stops, Door Cars Only All Protest must be made before first round Elims

TRUE STREET – 1/4 Mile, Pro Tree, All Run
True Street Winner $250 Runner Up $100
10.00 Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY
11.00 Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY
12.00 Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY
13.00 Winner TROPHY Runner Up TROPHY

All vehicles must conform to these guidelines:

1. Must be a Ford bodied or an Open Body that is Ford powered.
2. Any engine is permitted on closed body vehicles.
3. Any style cylinder head is allowed.
4. Any type of induction system is allowed. Both carburetor and fuel injection are permitted.
5. Any form of power adder is allowed, including nitrous, single and twin turbos, and superchargers. Twin power adders are permitted.
6. No minimum race weight is required.
7. A closed exhaust with mufflers is required. All exhaust fumes must exit the outlet of the muffler. Turndowns are permitted.
8. Any style front suspension, including bolt-on tubular K-members, replacement front clips, etc., is permitted.
9. Any rear suspension is allowed, including tubs and mini-tubs.
10. An entry must start, operate, and drive under its own power with one driver in the car.

11. All cars must have D.O.T. approved tires and wheels in the front and rear during the road cruise, and while racing.
12. Car must complete the road cruise of 20 miles, and three rounds of eliminations on one tank of fuel. No refueling will be permitted after the road cruise begins.

All drivers must have the following:

1. A current, valid driver’s license.

2. Valid, current insurance and registration cards for any vehicle entered in competition, which must be presented (with driver’s license at the request of the tech inspector. License plate(s) are mandatory; no dealer plates or registrations. Faxes or letters from insurance companies are not permitted–actual paperwork must be presented when requested.

3. All operational, DOT-mandated safety equipment for the particular model year must be operational, including (but not limited to headlights, taillights, turn signals, horn and brake lights; cars will be checked for proper operation of equipment.

4. A Drag Race entry purchased at the gate.

5. A tech card for track tech. Track tech may follow True Street tech, but will be performed regardless.

6. A pen to fill in the tech card legibly. All information that will be posted after the race, and in the magazine must be legible. We are not responsible for misspelled names, unknown years, and models of cars.
Road Cruise:

1. All vehicles, after passing True Street tech, will proceed to the next segment, the designated road cruise.

2. Escorts will be provided. All participants must obey local and federal traffic laws, including passing, merging and speed limits. Burnouts or other illegal acts before or during the road cruise are prohibited. Violators will be subject to disqualification.

3. All support vehicles (i.e., tow vehicles or any other vehicle that will not be actually racing) are allowed to go on the road cruise, provided they are behind the entire group of True Street participants.

4. Any car unable to complete the road cruise under its own power will be disqualified, along with the driver.

5. After completion of the road cruise, all cars are to go back to designated area for True Street participants which is the Return Road in front of the main grandstands.

6. Opening of the hood is prohibited once the road cruise begins until three rounds of drag strip competition have been completed. If the hood is opened during this time, the car and driver will be disqualified.

7. Opening the trunk or hatch of the car is allowed prior to the first round of competition (i.e., hooking up nitrous bottles. ) Changing nitrous bottles is not permitted once the racing commences.

8. No external cooling of the engine is allowed. No external fans, ice or pressurized fluids may be used. Use of a radiator-mounted primary electric cooling fan is permitted. No battery charger may be connected to the battery after the road cruise. Excessive use of your electric fan may drain your battery. If the battery is unable to start your car during racing, both car and driver will be disqualified.

9. No repairs are to be made from underneath the engine compartment. Any attempts to repair items from underneath will be grounds for disqualification.

Race Procedure:

1. Hoods and deck lids are not to be opened for any reason during the three passes. Hatchback owners may reach through the passenger compartment to access the hatch area only to open nitrous bottles.

2. Tire pressure may be checked, but air can only be removed. No inflation of tires is permitted during the race; therefore, no inflation equipment will be permitted in the car.

3. If you experience any problems (mechanical or otherwise,) and cannot make a pass, do not make it. If you oil down or crash on the track surface, you jeopardize yourself and others. Promptly inform a track official of your withdrawal from the class.

4. Only drivers will be permitted to be with the car during the three passes. All pit members may stand only in the grandstand area or burnout area.

5. If a car is unable to start under its own power, both the driver and car will be disqualified. No push starts will be allowed.

6. All cars and racers must make three runs ¼ Mile, .400 Pro Tree.

7. After the three passes are made, E.T.’s will be added up, and then divided by three, establishing an average used to place the drivers. The three run average will be used to determine the winner, runner-up and index winners.

Winner – Quickest average E.T. of three runs
Runner-up – 2nd Quickest average E.T. of three runs
10 second index – closest average time to 10.0 seconds
11 second index – closest average time to 11.0 seconds
12 second index – closest average time to 12.0 seconds
13 second index – closest average time to 13.0 seconds

8. All results and decisions from the Fun Ford staff are final. Averages will be posted the day of the race at the Fun Ford car show tent.

All cars must pass track and/or IHRA technical inspection, and must be legal for the elapsed time, and speed they run. Drivers must have proper licensing; i.e., if you have a 9-second car, you must have a 9-second driver’s license. It is up to the track to enforce all safety rules.

About VMP
Virginia Motorsports Park is a 500-acre; state-of-the-art multi-million dollar drag racing facility built in 1994 and is the largest facility of its kind on the East Coast. The Virginia Motorsports Park facility also includes a 1.2-mile national motocross facility, a 1,500-seat Mud Bog and Truck Pull Arena, a brand new BMX track, and hosts concerts throughout the year. Virginia Motorsports Park is located just south of Petersburg, VA off I-85, exit 63A. For more information about VMP’s 2011 racing season, be sure to visit www.virginiamotorsports.com

About Roush Yates Engines
Roush Yates Engines designs, engineers and crafts high performance racing engines with the power to perform and the horsepower and durability you’d expect from legendary NASCAR pioneers Jack Roush and Robert Yates. The partnership of power and precision has come from merging the knowledge and experience of two legendary engine builders, both with a passion for winning today and powering up for tomorrow. In 2009 Doug Yates purchased his father’s half of Roush Yates Engines to become a co-owner in the company.

As CEO, Doug Yates leads a staff of 180 engineers and technicians who design, assemble, test, and service racing engines at two separate state-of-the-art facilities in Mooresville, North Carolina. Here, the best minds and latest technology are hard at work producing nearly 1,500 racing engines each year for teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA, Grand-Am, FIA GT3, Dirt Late Model, Sprint cars, and NHRA Pro Stock. At Roush Yates Engines, the mission is Power Performance, which is achieved through innovation, design, precision engineering, and skillful craftsmanship. Building the best engines in racing today, providing service that’s second to none, and honoring a commitment to research and development are the heart of Roush Yates Engines.

About JE Pistons
With over 60 years of experience, JE Pistons is the leader in high performance racing pistons. Top engine builders in NASCAR, ALMS, NHRA, AMA Supercross and other professional racing organizations choose JE Pistons over any other brand. JE’s position at the forefront of racing pistons has been a result of continuous research and development of piston design, manufacturing and technologies. As a result, JE Pistons can manufacture high quality custom pistons for nearly any 4-stroke engine application in a little as 5 days! In addition to custom pistons, JE also stocks over 1200 off-the-shelf piston part numbers for hundreds of popular engine combinations.

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