2015 Texas Motorplex Event Details

October 1, 2015 by  
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FUN FORD SERIES – NOV. 7, 2015

WHAT: Fun Ford Weekend is back at Texas Motorplex, Nov. 7, Fun Ford Weekend is a celebration of one of America’s most popular brands and will be a massive celebration of all things Ford! The Motorplex will be filled with a family-friendly event featuring a car show, swap meet, car corral and drag racing with the region’s top racers!

WHERE: Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas. Track is located on Hwy. 287, two miles west of Ennis,
between Interstates 35 and 45.

WHEN: FAST FRIDAY is open to all FFW participants and any street legal racer on Friday, Nov. 6 between 7 p.m. – Midnight. All makes and models are welcome.

SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, Nov. 6 – Fast Friday gates open 6 p.m.; Racing from 7 p.m. – midnight.
SATURDAY, Nov. 7 – Gates open 8 a.m.; Registration and Tech 8 a.m. – noon; Time trials start 10 a.m.; Car Show judging starts at 10:30 a.m.; Final eliminations start at 2:30 p.m.; Car show special awards 3 p.m.

TICKETS: Fast Friday Nov. 6, 2015: Free parking, $15 to race, $10 to watch.

SATURDAY, Nov. 7, 2015:
Adult: $15 ($5 off adult tickets with pet food donation for ANIMEALS – helping Meals on Wheels program senior citizens feed their pets.)
Youth (13-17): $5, Children (12 and under): FREE

PARTICIPANT ENTRY FEES:
Category Fee Payout
Fast Ford (Elec.) $70 80% payback
Quick Ford (No Elec.) $70 $1,000 to win
Street Ford $35 Trophy
All judged car show $25 Plaques, goodie bags, prizes
Show-n-Shine, Swap Meet, Car Corral $25 Goodie bags

CONTACT: Texas Motorplex: (972) 878-2641, www.texasmotorplex.com

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ROCKINGHAM DRAGWAY 2015 EVENT DETAILS

April 13, 2015 by  
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Rockingham Dragway May 1 – 3, 2015

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY
Gates Open                1:00pm

Test & Tune               4:00 – 10:00

 

SATURDAY

Gates Open                8:00am

Time Runs                  10:00

Pro Qualifying           1:00, 3:00 & 5:00

Car Show Awards      2:00

 

SUNDAY

Gates Open                9:00am

Church Service          10:00

Time Runs                  10:30

Eliminations               Noon

 

ADMISSION

CAR SHOW – FORDS ONLY (includes Car & Driver)
SATURDAY ONLY     $25

SWAP MEET – (includes 1 admission)
USED PARTS ONLY

Saturday & Sunday   $65

Saturday Only            $50

Sunday Only              $35

 

RACE CLASSES & PURSES

ATI Performance Products
Pro Tree Doorslammer / PTRA Pro Tree Eliminator (1/8 mile)
Saturday (Winner – $1500)                                                                        $45

Sunday (Winner – $1000)                                                               $35

Two-Day                                                                                             $70

1 & 2 Round Buybacks (both days)                                                            $30

 

Soles Auto Service
Footbrake / No Box (1/8 mile)
Saturday (Winner – $1500)                                                                        $40

Sunday (Winner – $2000)                                                               $50

Two-Day                                                                                             $70

1 & 2 Round Buybacks (both days)                                                            $25

 

Network Distributors, Inc
Open Comp  (1/4 mile)
Saturday (Winner – $1000)                                                                        $35

Sunday (Winner – $1000)                                                              $35

Two-Day                                                                                             $60

1 & 2 Round Buybacks (both days)                                                            $20

 

PTRA (Pro Tree Racers Assoc.)
Index Racing (1/8 mile)
Saturday

5.30 Index ($1200 – Winner)                                                         $50

6.0 Index ($1000 – Winner)                                                                       $40

7.0 Index ($1200 – Winner)                                                                       $40

Sunday

6.0 / 7.0 Combo ($1000 – Winner)                                                            $35

1 & 2 Round Buybacks (both days)                                                            $25

 

Outlaw True Street Drags (1/4 mile)
Saturday OR Sunday  (Winner – $500 / Trophy)                                    $25

Two-Day  (Winner – $500 / Trophy)                                             $40

 

SPECTATOR ADMISSION

One-Day                                                                                             $20

Two-Day                                                                                             $35

Three-Day                                                                                          $40

$10 OFF FOR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL

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ididit Inc., and Manufacturers Series Team Up for Online Giveaway

March 10, 2015 by  
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The Manufacturers Series of automotive events, which consist of the Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Series and Mega Mopar Action Series is partnering with ididit Incorporated to host an online giveaway on each of their respective websites for one of three $600 gift certificates toward any ididit manufactured product.

Known for their all-American made steering columns, ididit has products for Chevy, Ford and Mopar chariots in the car show to Club Car, E-Z Go and Yamaha golf carts in the racer pits.

Contenders for one of the $600 gift certificates good toward any universal, model-specific retrofit, golf cart steering columns or other ididit manufactured accessories can register to win at www.SuperChevyShow.com, www.FunFordSeries.com, or www.MegaMoparAction.com.

“ididit Inc., is excited to partner with the Manufacturers Series for Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Series, and Mega Mopar Action Series events. We are looking forward to our first promotion with the Series and helping each of the winners choose the best ididit products for their projects,” said Marty Waterstraut, ididit Inc., Sales Manager.

If you have a first generation Camaro, vintage Mustang, Road Runner or even a custom golf cart, ididit can help you steer it straight!”

The promotion will run for two months and registration to win closes on May 11, 2015.

About ididit Incorporated
ididit, inc. was founded in 1986 in Tecumseh, Michigan by Ken and Jane Callison. A few years earlier someone from Ken’s car club asked him if he could make a billet aluminum steering column. Ken, a machinist, set about taking an ugly, stock GM column and making it pretty. That one column was put in the car and taken to a local car show where it was seen by many other hot rodders. The rest, as they say, is history! ididit produces 1000’s of columns each year for the street rod, muscle car, classic truck and custom car market. Add to that the growing world of custom golf carts as well as a number of industrial accounts and what was once, a single custom steering column, is now a thriving company in SE Michigan with 45 employees and sales world-wide.

About Manufacturers Series
Designed to offer something for everyone in a family atmosphere for American “Big Three” automotive brand enthusiasts, the Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Weekend and Mega Mopar Action Series are all members of the Manufacturers Series with 34 events in 2015. Each Manufacturers Series event is wholly owned by its respective host track and showcases a car show, drag racing, manufacturer’s midway, swap meet and car corral, as well as autocross at selected events. For more information or for event schedules, visit: www.mfgseries.com

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FORD GT RETURNS

February 25, 2015 by  
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– COURTESY OF FORD RACING

• All-new Ford GT supercar sets new standards for Ford innovation through performance with advances in light-weighting, aerodynamics and ultra-efficient EcoBoost® engine

• Ford GT features the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a new twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower

• Ultra-high-performance supercar is Ford’s most extreme offering, infused with race-proven technology engineered to keep company with exotics when it goes into production in 2016

Ford today unveiled the all-new GT, an ultra-high-performance supercar that serves as a technology showcase for top EcoBoost® performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction.

The GT is one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020. It joins Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R in the growing Ford Performance lineup.

Beginning production late next year, the GT hits the road in select global markets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford GT race cars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“As we at Ford drive innovation into every part of our business, it’s worth remembering that our first innovation as a company was not in a laboratory, but on the racetrack,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and chief executive officer, referring to Henry Ford’s win of a 1901 car race that inspired financial backers to invest in his company. “We are passionate about innovation through performance and creating vehicles that make people’s hearts pound.”

The all-new GT supercar features rear-wheel drive, a mid-mounted engine, and a sleek, aerodynamic, two-door coupe body shell. It is propelled by the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a next-generation twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower.

The GT makes extensive use of lightweight materials, including carbon fiber and aluminum – enabling outstanding acceleration and handling with improved efficiency.

Ford’s commitment to and capability in delivering technologies typically offered only in elite vehicles is evident in the GT. These include advanced active aerodynamics, such as a deployable rear spoiler, and a host of material and technology innovations to help better serve the driver, such as SYNC® 3 – the latest version of Ford’s advanced connectivity system.

“The GT is the ultimate execution of an enthusiast supercar,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “GT includes innovations and technologies that can be applied broadly across Ford’s future product portfolio – another proof point that Ford continues raising the performance bar while ultimately improving vehicles for all of our customers.”

Carbon fiber innovation
Few innovations provide a more wide-ranging performance and efficiency advantage than reducing weight. All factors of a vehicle’s capabilities – acceleration, handling, braking, safety, efficiency – can improve through the use of advanced, lighter materials.

The all-new GT features advanced lightweight composites, which will help serve Ford’s entire product lineup moving forward. With the broad application of structural carbon fiber elements, the GT will exhibit one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.

Anchored by a carbon fiber passenger cell, the GT features aluminum front and rear subframes encapsulated in structural carbon fiber body panels. Carbon fiber is one of the world’s strongest materials for its mass – enabling an ultra-stiff foundation for chassis components, while creating a lighter overall package for increased dynamic performance and efficiency.

Most powerful production EcoBoost ever
Ford EcoBoost technology is available in every new Ford car, utility and light-duty pickup in North America beginning this year.

EcoBoost engines power a growing number of Ford performance models, including the new Mustang, just-announced F-150 Raptor, as well as Fiesta ST and Focus ST.

Based on the same race-proven engine architecture serving Ford’s IMSA Daytona Prototype endurance racing efforts, the next-generation twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 in the GT features a wide powerband with impressive time-to-torque characteristics.

The engine demonstrates remarkable efficiency – a key attribute of its endurance racing-derived powertrain, where exceptional performance combined with efficiency is a critical competitive advantage.

Ford’s twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 raced to three wins in its first season of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014, including a win in the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring, along with seven podiums over more than 15,000 endurance racing miles.

The GT features an all-new, port/direct dual fuel-injection setup to improve engine response, plus a low-friction roller-finger-follower valvetrain. The twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 will be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle for near-instantaneous gear changes and exceptional driver control.

Aero innovation gets active
Aerodynamic efficiency is at the heart of the GT design, actively reducing drag while aiding downforce and stability.

From its optimum tear-drop shape to its aircraft-inspired fuselage and visibility-enhancing curved windshield, every slope and shape is designed to minimize drag and optimize downforce.

Although each surface on the GT is functionally crafted to manage airflow, it also features fully active aerodynamic components to improve braking, handling and stability.

An active rear spoiler is keyed to both speed and driver input, reactively deploying and adjusting its height and/or pitch angle depending on conditions.

Designed for purpose
While it shares a legacy with classic Ford racing and performance cars, GT is a fully contemporary and functional shape that communicates modernity and pure beauty.

The state-of-the-art chassis is suspended by an active racing-style torsion bar and pushrod suspension, with adjustable ride height. The 20-inch wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires featuring a unique compound and structure designed specifically for the Ford GT. Multi-spoke wheels encircle carbon-ceramic brake discs at all four corners.

The narrow-profile canopy reduces frontal area and caps a purposeful interior that provides state-of-the-art technology to ensure control, comfort and safety. The two-seat cockpit is accessed by upward-swinging doors, and features driver and passenger seats integrated directly into the carbon fiber passenger cell.

This configuration significantly reduces seating hardware and weight, and provides a consistent and direct sensory connection to the chassis. The fixed seating is combined with adjustable pedals and steering column to accommodate a very wide range of driver statures.

An F1-style steering wheel integrates all necessary driver controls, creating a stalkless steering column that allows uncluttered access to the transmission paddle-shift controls. A fully digital and configurable instrument cluster provides a wealth of driver-focused data. The display is configurable for multiple driving environments and different driving modes.

“While we hope enthusiasts rejoice about this all-new GT, all Ford customers will benefit from the ultimate performance Ford and its new-generation innovations,” said Nair.

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F-150 RAPTOR FOR KIDS: FREE LIMITED-EDITION REVELL MODEL KITS AT FORD STAND AT NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

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– COURTESY OF FORD MOTOR COMPANY

F-150 RAPTOR FOR KIDS: FREE LIMITED-EDITION REVELL MODEL KITS AT FORD STAND AT NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

  • Ford and Revell® are giving away limited-edition F-150 Raptor model kits at the Ford stand at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit through Jan. 25
  • 2015 North American International Auto Show debuts the all-new Ford F-150 Raptor – the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup in the company’s lineup
  • Ford re-engineered every part of F-150 Raptor to make it the toughest, smartest, most capable off-roader – and more efficient than ever; the Revell SnapTite®model kit allows kids age eight and up to build and then play with their own mini Raptor model

From the sidewalk to the sandbox, kids eight and up will be able to build, play and display their own all-new Ford F-150 Raptor – the toughest, smartest, most capable Raptor ever.

F-150_Built_Up

Revell® – a worldwide leader in the hobby industry – is working with Ford to give away special limited-edition F-150 Raptor model kits at the Ford stand at the 2015 North American International Auto Show through Jan. 25. The collectible Revell SnapTite® model kit allows kids to build and then play with their own mini Raptor model.

The 20-piece Raptor model complements Revell’s successful 2015 Ford Mustang promotional model kit jointly distributed with Ford at last year’s North American International Auto Show. The 2015 Mustang SnapTite Build & Play® model kit was Revell’s top seller in 2014.

“We are pleased to follow up on the success of last year’s Revell Mustang SnapTite Build & Play model kit giveaway,” said Dave Tillapaugh, Ford auto show manager. “Kids can proudly display these limited-edition 2017 F-150 Raptor models as a long-lasting reminder of their 2015 Ford auto show experience.”

Ford, America’s truck leader, debuted the all-new F-150 Raptor – the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup in the company’s lineup – Jan. 12 at the North American International Auto Show. Every part of the F-150 Raptor is re-engineered to make it the toughest, smartest, most capable off-roader – and more efficient than ever.

F-150_Unassembled_Parts

“We are proud to continue this relationship with Ford and offer this new collectible F-150 Raptor SnapTite model,” said Lou Aguilera, Revell vice president and general manager. “We expect an enthusiastic response as kids build their own model of this impressive sport truck.”

The Revell SnapTite model of the Ford F-150 Raptor goes on sale this June.

New Raptor

Raptor boasts an all-new, purpose-built frame – the backbone of the truck – that is the strongest in the F-150 lineup, featuring more high-strength steel than ever.

Forged from high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy that helps save more than 500 pounds of weight, Raptor’s exterior design is inspired by Ford’s performance heritage in off-road racing that includes Best in the Desert and the famous Baja 1000. Raptor’s chiseled looks are reminiscent of those found in Trophy Trucks – the most powerful and fastest off-road pickups.

Raptor is powered by Ford’s new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine that produces more power with greater efficiency than the current 6.2-liter V8, which is rated at 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque.

Raptor will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant, and goes on sale fall 2016.

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‘MUSTANG’ MORE POPULAR THAN ‘SUPERMAN,’ ‘BATMAN’ ACCORDING TO RESEARCH BY SPLASHDATA

January 26, 2015 by  
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– COURTESY OF FORD MOTOR COMPANY

“Mustang” is the 16th most common password on the Internet according to a recent study by SplashData, besting both “superman” in 21st place and “batman” in 24th

  • Mustang is the only car to appear in the top 25 most common Internet passwords
  • Adding letters, numbers, acronyms and symbols to your favorite pony car-inspired code for sign-in will help strengthen your password

Ford Mustang is one of the most popular cars ever built, and now it has the distinct honor of being one of the most common passwords on the Internet, a recent study reveals.

According to SplashData – a company specializing in password management – the word “mustang” was the 16th most common password found on the Internet in 2014, the only car moniker that found its way into the top 25. Not only that, Mustang is a slayer of superheroes – more popular than “Batman” and “Superman” as people’s secret code for accessing their personal networks and accounts.

“We’re flattered people want to use ‘mustang’ as their password, but alone, it just isn’t strong enough to be secure,” said Keith Moss, Ford Director of Cyber Security. “We encourage people to use ‘mustang,’ but we recommend they strengthen their password by mixing upper and lower case letters, numbers, acronyms and symbols to make it unique.”

Here are a few suggestions for strengthening your “mustang” password:

  • Add numbers to your password (favorite Mustang model year, year you bought your Mustang or year you sold the car)
  • Incorporate Mustang option codes, paint codes, engine codes or digits from your VIN
  • Create acronyms for modifications made to your Mustang (FRSC, for Ford Racing SuperCharger, for example)
  • Include your favorite driving road or road trip destination

Keep in mind that using the same password on all websites is not recommended; a password manager can help keep multiple Mustang-related passwords organized and easy-to-access.

While you should always keep your Mustang-inspired password a secret, wear your appreciation for the iconic pony car proudly and loudly.

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ROCKAUTO.COM RENEWS 2015 MANUFACTURERS SERIES SPONSORSHIP

January 26, 2015 by  
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ROCKAUTO.COM RENEWS 2015 MANUFACTURERS SERIES SPONSORSHIP

Manufacturers Series fans and participants will continue to enjoy the benefits of RockAuto.com’s sponsorship with on-site swag at events in goodie bags at the Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Series and Mega Mopar Action Series and exclusive special online promotions and discounts in 2015. In addition, RockAuto.com will be sponsoring a featured segment on the new Super Chevy Show TV program on Velocity network to air October through December.

Each episode of the Super Chevy Show will feature the “RockAuto.com Restored Award” segment that will highlight a selected vehicle incorporating parts purchased from RockAuto.com from each of the 12 events.

To be considered for the RockAuto.com Restored Award feature segment at one of the 12 Super Chevy Show events, Chevy owners with parts from RockAuto.com will be required to submit an online application in advance. Official rules and online entries will be accepted for the 2015 season starting in late 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.

“RockAuto.com is happy to be able to continue as a sponsor of Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Series and Mega Mopar Action Series events in 2015. We enjoy helping our customers maintain, repair and restore both their classic cars and daily drivers. The RockAuto.com Restored Award, televised on Velocity, will be a fun new way for us to recognize and celebrate customers’ cars at Super Chevy Show events in 2015,” said Jessa Torvik RockAuto.com Marketing Manager.

Now is the time take advantage of exclusive RockAuto.com discounts that are now available for all Manufacturers Series fans and participants preparing their cars for competition this summer with the following discount codes: Super Chevy Show – SUPERCH15, Fun Ford Series – FUNF15, Mega Mopar Action Series – MEGAM15. Save an additional 5% by filling in the “How Did You Hear About Us” box at checkout. (Coupon codes expire 6/30/15)

About RockAuto.com
RockAuto, LLC was founded in Madison, Wisconsin in 1999 by the Taylor family. Their engineering background, passion for old cars, and desire to liberate information hidden behind the auto parts store counter led the Taylors to start RockAuto. Over the years, the company and its selection of parts have steadily grown. Millions of parts orders have been successfully delivered to RockAuto customers. RockAuto ships thousands of auto parts from over 300 manufacturers to customers on every continent except Antarctica-including APO/FPO addresses. The RockAuto catalog is updated daily with mechanical parts like brake pads and shock absorbers, body parts like bumpers and mirrors, interior trim like door handles and carpets, and major assemblies like steering gears, CV axles, and complete transmissions. There are no mechanics on staff (RockAuto is a store, not a repair shop) but service manuals are available to help customers learn how to perform a repair. The RockAuto catalog is expanding constantly. Someday, it may be possible to build an entire car using parts from RockAuto!

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Rockingham Dragway 2015 Schedule

January 26, 2015 by  
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ROCKINGHAM SCHEDULE INCLUDES RACES FOR TWO WHEELS, FOUR WHEELS AND FEET

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – Rockingham Dragway owner Steve Earwood announced Monday a comprehensive 2015 schedule that for the first time in 17 years features the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series along with the PDRA Pro Mod Series, the AMRA all-Harley Motorcycle Series, the Dieffenbach Classic Rock Super Chevy Show presented by Richmond County Tourism and even a race that uses manpower instead of horsepower.

The sandhills area track will open for the first time on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, for the first event in the 2015 Rock Solid Test-and-Tune Series and two weeks later will play host to the annual Racers Appreciation weekend featuring free entry for all ET racers.

The first of Rockingham’s feature races will be the second annual “Roar at the Rock” PDRA Springnationals, April 10-12, featuring three classes of Pro Mod cars plus Top Dragsters, Top Sportsman and two Jr. Dragster classes.

On May 16, the track will be reconfigured to accommodate the Rugged Maniacs Series which features a three-mile run through an obstacle course that includes climbing towers, underground tunnels, waterslides and other challenges followed by a party on site featuring music, mechanical bulls and adult bounce houses.

“The Rugged Maniacs is something that’s trending nationally,” Earwood said, “and we’re pretty excited to be included. I think there are 21 events planned this year. Austin, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, L.A., Atlanta. It’s pretty impressive what they do and we’re anxious to see how it plays out.”

The Lucas Oil Series, which features NHRA’s Sportsman stars, returns to the track May 29-31 and the annual Iron Horse Smoke Out Bike Rally makes its sixteenth stop a month later (June 19-20).

The Dieffenbach Super Chevy Show returns Oct. 9-11 with its traditional all-Chevys, all-the-time format before the track reverts to two wheels Oct. 16-18 with the annual AMRA Jim McClure Nitro Harley Nationals.

Also new for 2015 is the SouthRock Motorcycle Grudge Series hosted jointly by Rockingham and by South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta and the Hot Rock Summer Sizzler, part of the Manufacturers Cup motorcycle series.

For complete schedule go to www.rockinghamdragway.com

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Maple Grove Raceway Releases 2015 Schedule

January 26, 2015 by  
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Maple Grove Raceway Releases 2015 Schedule

MOHNTON, Pa. — Maple Grove Raceway today released its 2015 schedule. Headlining the 2015 calendar is the 31st annual NHRA Keystone Nationals for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series on Oct. 1-4.

Fifteen dates are reserved for the Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket racing series: May 2, May 9, May 16, May 17, May 31, June 20, June 28, July 4, July 5, July 11, July 12, Aug. 1, Aug. 2, Aug. 8 and Aug. 22.

This year’s schedule contains many special events, including: Mega Mopar Series (May 30), The Great Bull Run (June 13), Glory Days Nostalgia Drags (June 27), Super Chevy Show (July 17-19), Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals (July 25), American Muscle Mustangs (Aug. 15), Fun Ford Series (Sept. 5), Monster Trucks (Sept. 6), Latin-American Sport Compacts (Sept. 12-13) and the P.C. Richard & Son Dutch Classic Presented By Penske Truck Leasing (Oct. 8-11).

APRIL
11 — Saturday — Spring flea market

MAY
2 — Saturday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 1
3 — Sunday — U.T.I. High School Challenge
8 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
9 — Saturday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 2
15 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
16 — Saturday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 3, Mid-Atlantic .90 Series
17 — Sunday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 4, Mid-Atlantic .90 Series
21 — Thursday — Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series test
22 — Friday — Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
23 — Saturday — Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Showdown at Sundown
24 — Sunday — Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
25 — Monday — Memorial Day — Rain date for Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
29 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
30 — Saturday — Mega Mopar Series, East Coast Stock-Super Stock Series
31 — Sunday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 5, East Coast Stock-Super Stock Series

JUNE
5 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
6 — Saturday — Race For Ronald McDonald House
7 — Sunday — VW June Bug Classic XXVIII, Jr. Dragster Challenge
13 — Saturday — The Great Bull Run
14 — Sunday — Rain date for The Great Bull Run
19 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
20 — Saturday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 6
21 — Sunday — Father’s Day — Doug Foley’s Drag Racing Experience
26 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
27 — Saturday — Glory Days Nostalgia Drags, summer flea market
28 — Sunday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 7

JULY
3 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
4 — Saturday — Independence Day — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 8, National Dragster Challenge

5 — Sunday — Scott’s Transmission Center Racer Appreciation Day, Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 9

10 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
11 — Saturday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 10
12 — Sunday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 11
17 — Friday — Super Chevy Show Presented By Original Parts Group
18 — Saturday — Super Chevy Show Presented By Original Parts Group
19 — Sunday — Super Chevy Show Presented by Original Parts Group
24 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
25 — Saturday — Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals
26 — Sunday — Rain date for Keystone Diesel Truck Nationals
31 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday

AUGUST
1 — Saturday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 12
2 — Sunday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 13
7 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
8 — Saturday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 14, East Coast Stock-Super Stock Series

9 — Sunday — ATI Performance Products Racer Appreciation Day, East Coast Stock-Super Stock Series
15 — Saturday — American Muscle Mustangs
16 — Sunday — Rain date for American Muscle Mustangs
21 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
22 — Saturday — Sunoco Race Fuels Money Trail E.T. bracket series race No. 15, NHRA King of the Track

23 — Sunday — Hannum’s Harley Davidson Show (drag races, www.hannumshdmedia.com)

24, 25, 26, 27 — Monday-Thursday — Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School

28 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
29 — Saturday — Rumble at The Grove: Pro Mods, ATI Performance Products Racer Appreciation Day, Jr. Dragsters

30 — Sunday — Doug Foley’s Drag Racing Experience

SEPTEMBER
4 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday
5 — Saturday — Fun Ford Series
6 — Sunday — KSR Motorsports Monster Truck & Thrill Show
7 — Monday — Labor Day — Rain date for KSR Motorsports Monster Truck & Thrill Show
11 — Friday — Auto Locator Fast Friday (final ALFF of the season)
12 — Saturday — Latin-American Sport Compacts
13 — Sunday — Latin-American Sport Compacts
19 — Saturday — Test ‘n’ Tune, “grudge” racing
20 — Sunday — UTI Funday Sunday

OCTOBER
1 — Thursday — NHRA Keystone Nationals (Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event)
2 — Friday — NHRA Keystone Nationals (Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event)
3 — Saturday — NHRA Keystone Nationals (Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event)
4 — Sunday — NHRA Keystone Nationals (Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event)
8 — Thursday — P.C. Richard & Son Dutch Classic Presented By Penske Truck Leasing
9 — Friday — P.C. Richard & Son Dutch Classic Presented By Penske Truck Leasing
10 — Saturday — P.C. Richard & Son Dutch Classic Presented By Penske Truck Leasing
11 — Sunday — P.C. Richard & Son Dutch Classic Presented By Penske Truck Leasing
17 — Saturday — 10k Footbrake Nationals
18 — Sunday — Rain date for 10k Footbrake Nationals
24 — Saturday — Fall flea market

Schedule is subject to change.

Now in its 53rd year of operation, historic Maple Grove Raceway is recognized as one of the leading NHRA-sanctioned drag strips in the United States. MGR’s 31st annual NHRA Keystone Nationals Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event will take place Oct. 1-4, 2015.

For more information, please call Maple Grove Raceway at (610) 856-9210 or visit www.maplegroveraceway.com. Follow Maple Grove Raceway on Facebook and Twitter (@maplegrove).

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IRG CEO Jason Rittenberry named “Innovator of the Year” at RTBC 2014

January 2, 2015 by  
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The Race Track Business Conference (RTBC) has awarded Jason Rittenberry, President & Chief Executive Officer of IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG), the “Innovator of the Year” award. The inaugural award was presented by Diamond Ticketing Systems at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis, Indiana last week.

“IRG has been rapidly expanding their presence on and off the track and on multiple platforms, raising the bar for the industry,” said David Hutton, VP of Diamond Ticketing Systems.

“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of the entire team at IRG, the IHRA and our track properties. We continue to implement our vision to transform the sport of drag racing for the fans and racers. 2014 was a tremendous year for us, but I am even more excited and optimistic about what we have planned for 2015,” said Jason Rittenberry, President & CEO of IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG). RTBC_-_2014_-_DTS_-_Innovater_of_the_Year_Award_-_JR_-_IRG_-_12_-_14_-_I

“We are pleased that the award has been presented at the Race Track Business Conference,” said Tim Frost, the organizer of the event. “We also welcome Diamond Ticketing Systems as the official ticketing partner of the event.”

About IRG Sports + Entertainment™

IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) is a leading purveyor of sports and live entertainment experiences and is the privately-held parent company of International Raceway Group™ (IRG), IRGSE Productions™, and the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA). IRG owns and operates Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR), Palm Beach Driving Club® (PBDC), Memphis International Raceway™ (MIR), Southwestern International Raceway™ (SWIR), Cordova International Raceway™ (CIR), and Maryland International Raceway™ (MDIR). Located in Jupiter, Florida, PBIR is the company’s flagship and home to PBDC, a private members-only club for automotive enthusiasts. The facility features a challenging 2.034-mile asphalt Road Course, an exciting 1/4-mile concrete Drag Strip, a thrilling 8/10-mile Kart Track, and a 250-foot-long Mud Bog. Acquired in January 2011, MIR is a highly acclaimed motorsports facility located in Millington, Tennessee, featuring a formidable 1.8-mile asphalt Road Course, a riveting 1/4-mile Drag Strip, and an enthralling 3/4-mile Tri-Oval Short Track. Added to the IRG portfolio of brands in August 2013, SWIR is a 110-acre venue located at the Pima County Fairgrounds, 10 miles from downtown Tucson, Arizona. The track features a dedicated quarter-mile Drag Strip and first opened in August 1997. CIR is a 190-acre venue in Cordova, Illinois, featuring a 1/4-mile Drag Strip. It hosts the popular World Series of Drag Racing and frequent street drags and bracket racing programs. Acquired in November 2014, MDIR is located in the Baltimore/DC metro market and features a world class 1/4-mile drag strip. It hosts more than 80 events annually, including the World Cup Finals™. Owned and operated since January 2013 by IRG, IHRA is the second-largest drag racing and fourth-largest motorsports sanctioning body. The 44-year-old organization manages two national touring series, the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series™ and Sonic Rush Tour™. With headquarters in Norwalk, Ohio, IHRA sanctions more than 110 motorsports facilities in the U.S. and Canada and has more than 12,000 racers of all skill levels as members. IRG’s subsidiaries now promote more than 950 motorsports, live entertainment and corporate events annually at its venues and series. IRG is also affiliated with Miami’s Auto Museum at The Dezer Collection, Palm Beach Grand Prix, Super Chevy Show Series, Fun Ford Series, and Mega Mopar Action Series.

About Diamond Ticketing Systems

Diamond Ticketing Systems (www.diamondticketing.com) is a leading provider of full-featured, hybrid ticketing software systems for racetrack and motorsport venues. It provides powerful ticketing software products and consulting services to a huge array of customers in a broad range of markets, processing millions of tickets at the box office, on-line and on mobile devices. Diamond Ticketing Systems is the official Ticketing Partner of the Race Track Business Conference.

About Race Track Business Conference

The annual Race Track Business Conference (www.racetrackbusinessconference.com) hosted by the National Speedway Directory provides a platform for industry leaders to collaborate, analyze, and conceptualize around the business of motorsports. Shared insights from all forms of racing create dialogue and interaction in a unique intellectual environment.

About Performance Racing Industry

Performance Racing Industry, (www.performanceracing.com) monthly business magazine, is recognized as “The Voice of the Racing Marketplace.” Targeted at the racing trade, PRI connects manufacturers of racing products and technology with the distribution channels of retailers, builders, distributers, and teams. The PRI Show is the world’s largest auto racing trade show.

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