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

July 1, 2011 by  
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2011 Fun Ford Weekend Presented by JE Pistons & RoushYates at Texas Motorplex: October 8, 2011

Fun Ford Weekend, the Blue Oval fan-favorite series, returns to Texas Motorplex this fall. The large car show, drag race, swap meet, and autocross series, presented by JE Pistons and Roush Yates, will feature the best all ford competition in North Texas on October 8, 2011. Pre-Registration opens for all competitors on Friday July 29 at texasmotorplex.com & funfordweekend.com.

JE Pistons and Roush Yates are supporting the series as it kicks back into action. Doug Yates, CEO of Roush Yates, said the series will help the companies connect with its customers on many levels.

“Roush Yates and JE Pistons have partnered on a lot of great promotions in the past and we expect the Fun Ford Weekend to provide a great audience of current and future customers,” Yates said. “This series will help us promote our website www.roushyatesparts.com as well as our ordering hotline at 877-604-8077, to thousands of Ford enthusiasts seeking the best in custom and new parts, as well as these incredible engines. Our goal is to educate every Fun Ford Weekend participant and fan that they can buy new and used Roush Yates parts the same as professional stock car and drag racing teams do every day.”

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), Quick 16 DOT, Dial for Dollars, Judged Car Show, Heads Up Tough Trucks, Heads up Four-Door Frenzy and Heads Up Mustang Madness 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)
Quick 16 DOT $10 $750 ($250 to win)
Dial for Dollars $20 Winner takes the Dial for Dollars pot
Tough Trucks (heads up) $10 Trophies, gift cards, prizes
Four-Door Frenzy (heads up) $10 Trophies, gift cards, prizes
Mustang Madness (heads up) $10 Trophies, gift cards, prizes
All judged car show $0 Plaques, goodie bags, prizes
Show-n-Shine $0 Goodie bags, prizes
Autocross $0 Plaques, goodie bags, prizes
Swap Meet $0
Car Corral $0
Test-n-Tune $10

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 12-17): $5
Children 11 & 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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BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY SETS FUN FORD WEEKEND SERIES OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT

June 27, 2011 by  
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BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY SETS FUN FORD WEEKEND SERIES OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
The Phil Long Ford “Fun Ford Weekend,” presented by JE Pistons and Roush Yates, of 2011 claims success

MORRISON, Colo. (June 27, 2011) – Thousands of very excited fans attended the first Fun Ford Weekend yesterday under the new ownership of FFW1. Hundreds of show and race cars highlighted the occasion, providing the large crowd of fans with a great day at the race track.

This event was the first of 5 events that will be held throughout the remainder of 2011. The series is already planning their expansion of at least 10 events in 2012.

Drag racing action narrowed to three bracket classes, but featured only two unique names posing for photos at the end of the day, as Thornton, Colorado’s Michael St. Clair went 14-0 on the day to win both Quick Ford and the 5.0 Shootout classes. He did so driving a 1968 Mustang in the Quick Ford category, and a 1990 Mustang in the 5.0 Shootout. He was joined in the Winner’s Circle by Dustin Travis. Travis used a .012 reaction time in the final round to hold off Steve Allen of Northglenn in his 1964 Ford Fairlane.

“Thank you for bring this series back!” shared St. Clair, as he received his hardware at the end of the event.

Jeff Andreen, Charles Sam Rice, and Brad Simonds Sr won individual honors in the Flathead – Inline Nationals held in conjunction with the event.

A 10.5 Outlaw and Max Street heads-up exhibitions showcased the blue oval power with a tease for the future classes to be held at “Fun Ford Weekend” events.

A show field of near 150 participants featuring the diversity only found at a “Fun Ford Weekend” included a Shelby Corral, street rods, freshly restored Mustangs, modern muscle, and tricked-out trucks. Best of Show went to the incredible 2007 grabber orange Mustang of Chris Merkel. Sponsor’s choice went to the 1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL of Nick Swanson.

New Ford products were showcased by Phil Long Ford, along with vendors offering productions from Roush Yates, Ford Racing, off road performance, chassis builders, car clubs, event action photos, and more.

Sporty Bandimere, general manager of Bandimere Speedway was at the event all day Sunday.

“The event was awesome! We had fabulous weather and had a great turnout. Ford fans are very excited for the whole Fun Ford Weekend series to be back and very excited for next year as well. From a facilities standpoint we were just thrilled to be able to be the track to kick off the series,” Bandimere said.

The famous blue ovals were viewed all over the speedway as attendees toured the track. Along with the Fun Ford Weekend car show, the event included drag racing, midway displays and featured the Flathead Inline Nationals.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves whether they were racers, car show participants or just Ford supporters. We truly couldn’t have asked for the event to go much better. There seems to be a lot of excitement and enthusiasm in seeing the Fun Ford Weekend series back and obviously they’re looking forward to the expansion of it in 2012, not only at our facility, but across the country next year,” Bandimere added.

The “Fun Ford Weekend” heads to Virginia Motorsports Park for an event on September 10th, followed by events at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, FL (9/16-18/22), Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX (10/8), and Memphis International Raceway in Millington, TN (10/15) to complete the five event rebirth of the series in 2011. For complete event information visit FunFordWeekend.com.

Driver Hometown

Fast Ford / Quick Ford
WIN Mike St. Clair Thornton CO
R/U Kevin Schade Arvada CO

Finishline Auto 5.0 Shootout
WIN MIKE ST CLAIR Denver CO
R/U Derrick Else Brighton CO

Flathead/Inline Hot Rod
WIN BRAD SIMONDS SR. WHEATRIDGE CO
R/U ROBERT BALL WINDSOR CO

Flathead/Inline Top Rod
WIN Jeff Andreen Westminster CO
R/U Wes Johnson Wheat Ridge CO

Ford DOT Street
WIN Dustin Travis Denver CO
R/U Steve Allen Northglenn CO

Front Engine Dragsters
WIN Charles Sam Rice Aurora CO
R/U CHRIS LUDWIG LITTLETON CO

Car Show results:

Truck/ wagon/ SUV
Winner Stanley Anderson Arvada, Co 1952 Ford Truck
Runner Up Shannon Nicoletti lakewood, Co 1973 F-250
Runner Up Duane Bonsall longmont, Co 1957 Ranchwagon

Classic Ford 1959-Earlier Winner Chuck Smith Littleton, Co 1934 Ford
Runner Up Shirley Magee Lakewood, Co 1955 Crown Victoria
Runner Up James Valdez Denver, Co 1929 Model A

Muscle Car Winner Darin Santi Colorado springs, Co 1970 Torino Cobra
Runner Up Terry Sandmann Fort Collins, Co 1969 Mustang Mach 1
Runner Up Bill & Sharon Allen Lakewood, Co 1970 Torino

Late Model 1974-Present Winner Duane Takats Colorado Springs, Co 2002 Focus SVT
Runner Up Odean Vardaman Broomfield, Co 2005 Focus
Runner Up Kenny Bowlus Westminster, Co 1992 Taurus SHO

Best of Show Paint Winner Pete Peterson Arvada, Co 1957 Ford Custom
Best of Show Interior Winner Craig Swanson Highlands Ranch, Co 1956 Craig Swanson
Best of Show Engine Winner Chris Merkel Brighton, Co 2007 Mustang
Best of Show Winner Chris Merkel Brighton, Co 2007 Mustang
Sponsor’s Choice Winner Nick Swanson highlands ranch, Co 1964 Galaxie 500 XL

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Team Shelby Members Will Attend Fun Ford Weekend Kick-Off

June 21, 2011 by  
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TEAM SHELBY MEMBERS WILL ATTEND FUN FORD WEEKEND KICK-OFF
Sunday, June 26, 2011

MORRISON, Colo. (June 21, 2011) – Fun Ford Weekend is swinging back into action this week as fans, racers and vendors get ready for the 2011 season kick-off at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. The event will be held this Sunday, June 26th with gates opening at 8 am to spectators, participants and vendors.

The midway will include displays from presenting series sponsors Roush Yates and JE Pistons, as well as local vendors including Team Shelby Mountain Region.

Team Shelby consists of eight groups: Great Lakes, Mississippi Valley, Mountain Region, Northeast, Northern Plains, Pacific Coast, South Atlantic, and Southern Plains. While many of the Mountain Region members will be represented at the Fun Ford Weekend this Sunday, several other divisions of Team Shelby will be in attendance as well.

“Team Shelby members get together all around the world to share their passion for both the man [Carroll Shelby] and the cars he has produced since 1962,” said Team Shelby Mountain Region Director Jeff Jacobucci.

Team Shelby stemmed from an idea brought about by Carroll Shelby. He wanted a separate club where car owners could come together and dream up new ways to make their cars faster and better, while swapping stories of their latest adventures at the track. His goal was to bring all of these enthusiasts together, along with their Super Snakes, Hertz cars, Cobras, Shelby GT’s, Mustang GT’s with Shelby performance parts, Series 1’s, GLH’s, Vipers and GT500’s.

“Team Shelby is the place for all Shelby Enthusiasts to celebrate everything Shelby,” added Jacobucci, and this Sunday Fun Ford Weekenders will be able to experience the “Shelby world” firsthand.

A Shelby information booth will be on-site where Jacobucci and his wife will have some Shelby merchandise available including three new items from Shelby Signature Foods: a Shelby mesquite barbecue sauce, an all natural Shelby habanero salsa and a Shelby beef and pork rub
http://www.shelbystore.com/category-s/90.htm.

For this Sunday’s Fun Ford Weekend, special parking areas will be available for any Shelby auto1962 and newer, which may be showing and/or racing.

“It’s amazing to see that at 88 years old, Carroll Shelby still has the same passion for building Ford performance vehicles that he did when he was 38. Today you can upgrade your Shelby GT500 to 800 horsepower, and he’s also building a limited number of 1,000 horsepower street Shelby Mustangs. He has a smile and a twinkle in his eye when he talks about that one!” added Jacobucci.

Jacobucci will have three of his personal cars at this weekend’s event: A 2006 Hertz Shelby “Rent a Racer” Mustang, a 1989 #001 Kenny Brown/AutoKraft Short Wheelbase Thunderbird and a 1994 #006 AutoKraft Short Wheelbase Lincoln Mark VIII.

For more information, visit the website at www.funfordweekend.com.

Sunday June 26th, 2011

Participant Car Show:

Gates and show registration open at 8:00 AM
Car Show judging starts at 9:00AM
Car Show judging concludes at 1:00PM
Car Show awards at 3:00PM
Show Classes:

Falcon / Comet
Mustang 1964-1973
Fairlane / Galaxie
Mustang 1974-1993
Lincoln / Continental
Mustang 1994-2004
Shelby
Mustang 2005- present
Race Car
Classic Ford 1959-Earlier
Special interest
Muscle Car 1960-1973
Thunderbird
Late Model 1974-Present
Truck/ Wagon/ SUV

Participant Tickets

Race and Show $30.00
Show Only $25.00
Spectator Tickets
Adult $14.00
Child 12 and under FREE

EVENT RESTRICTIONS:
Race participants 16 & 17 years of age must have a 2011 Minor Release and Waiver of Liability Form signed by parent or legal guardians. Forms must be current 2011 documents. Past year’s forms are not accepted. (Forms are available at the track or can be downloaded at www.bandimere.com under the Racer’s Corner menu). Race participants must have a valid driver’s license. Seat belts and long pants are mandatory for all race participants. All vehicles must meet NHRA safety requirements outlined in the 2011 NHRA Rulebook. No dogs allowed through any spectator gates, except for service animals. Racers coming in with a dog must have the dog secured and kept in the racers pit spot only.

If you have questions, call Bandimere Speedway at (303) 697-6001, On-Track Performance Hotline at (303) 697-4870 or visit www.bandimere.com.

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BLUE OVAL FANS REJOICE! THE PHIL LONG FORD “FUN FORD WEEKEND” IS NEAR!

June 10, 2011 by  
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BLUE OVAL FANS REJOICE! THE PHIL LONG FORD “FUN FORD WEEKEND” IS NEAR!

MORRISON, Colo. (June 10, 2011) – On Sunday, June 26th The Phil Long Ford “Fun Ford Weekend” series presented by JE Pistons and Roush Yates Racing will make its debut at Bandimere Speedway. Ford vehicles will own “Thunder Mountain” exclusively for a day of drag racing, car show, midway, exhibitions, and new Ford vehicle displays.

This event and series has been 15 years in the making, after the inaugural Ford event in Denver began officially in 1996.

“The addition of the “Fun Ford Weekend” validates the passion of our Ford fans here in Colorado,” shares Jeff Sipes, event coordinator and media relations. “The loyalty from these fans made this event happen. We are excited to be able to host it for them, and believe the future of this event has never looked brighter.”

The event features racing classes for all skill and vehicle levels, and a tremendous car show with everything from classic Mustangs and street rods to trucks and hot new products coming from Ford today. The vendor midway will include Roush Yates, Motorcraft, JE Pistons, local vendors, plus the latest product line-up available from Ford.

Among the special features will be the Fast Ford race class, plus a Chicago-style shootout by 200 mph Ford-powered Top Sportsman cars.

Gates Open at 8 am to both spectators and participants. Participant entry is $30 to race or show. Adult spectator admission is $14 for adults, with discount coupons available at Phil Long Ford in Littleton, Colorado.

Bandimere Speedway is located four miles south of I-70 on C-470 at the Morrison Road exit. 24-hour information is available on the On-Track Performance Information Hotline at 303-697-4870 or our website at www.bandimere.com.

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• This event will have over 500 participants from the Colorado Front Range and surrounding areas.
• Event began as a Ford-only race class in 2005, and became the “All-Ford Day” in 1996.
• Phil Long Ford has been the title sponsor of the event since 1999.
• This is the first “Fun Ford Weekend” event under FFW1 management/ownership.

Sunday June 26th, 2011
Participant Car Show:
Gates and show registration open at 8:00 AM
Car Show judging starts at 9:00AM
Car Show judging concludes at 1:00PM
Car Show awards at 3:00PM

Show Classes:

Falcon / Comet
Mustang 1964-1973
Fairlane / Galaxie
Mustang 1974-1993
Lincoln / Continental
Mustang 1994-2004
Shelby
Mustang 2005- present
Race Car
Classic Ford 1959-Earlier
Special interest
Muscle Car 1960-1973
Thunderbird
Late Model 1974-Present
Truck/ Wagon/ SUV

Participant Tickets
Race and Show $30.00
Show Only $25.00
Spectator Tickets
Adult $14.00
Child 12 and under FREE

EVENT RESTRICTIONS:
Race participants 16 & 17 years of age must have a 2011 Minor Release and Waiver of Liability Form signed by parent or legal guardians. Forms must be current 2011 documents. Past year’s forms are not accepted. (Forms are available at the track or can be downloaded at www.bandimere.com under the Racer’s Corner menu).

Race participants must have a valid driver’s license. Seat belts and long pants are mandatory for all race participants. All vehicles must meet NHRA safety requirements outlined in the 2011 NHRA Rulebook. No dogs allowed through any spectator gates, except for service animals. Racers coming in with a dog must have the dog secured and kept in the racers pit spot only.

If you have questions, call Bandimere Speedway at (303) 697-6001, On-Track Performance Hotline at (303) 697-4870 or visit www.bandimere.com.

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High Altitude Flathead-Inline Nationals

May 31, 2011 by  
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HIGH ALTITUDE FLATHEAD-INLINE NATIONALS

This separate event will escort Ford fans to the first Fun Ford Weekend of 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 25, 2011) – It was recently announced that Fun Ford Weekend is back and ready to rumble the grounds of 5 select race tracks across the U.S. for the 2011 year. Bandimere Speedway will host the series kick-off event on June 26th.

Leading up to the very first Fun Ford Weekend of 2011, Bandimere Speedway, located in Morrison, Colo., will once again house the High Altitude Flathead-Inline Nationals, June 24-26. This special event is held in conjunction with the Phil Long Ford “Fun Ford Weekend.”

“These two events go hand-in-hand and will make for a very special weekend.” added Jeff Sipes marketing/ media relations at Bandimere Speedway.

The Flathead-Inline Nationals will provide fans with over 50 Ford powered vintage dragsters and fuel altereds, yielding extreme drag racing entertainment for all. Four drag racing classes are set for this special event. Flathead powered dragsters, altereds, and coupes will compete with various race vehicles running inline 6 cylinder power plants.

“These cars are really amazing to hear and watch,” says Mark Beatty of Bandimere Speedway. “The Flathead-Inline Nationals is a great race that reminds us where drag racing started.” continued Beatty.

Competitors from all around the United States have the opportunity to race for championship trophies at the Flathead-Inline Nationals. The weekend will also include a BBQ on Saturday night of the event and participants will be receiving a special gift from Bandimere Speedway.

Sunday, June 26, 2011 – Fun Ford Weekend at Bandimere Speedway

Feature Show:
Flat Head In-Line Nationals – Over 50 Ford powered vintage dragsters and fuel altereds providing great racing entertainment on the track.

Participant Drag Racing:
Gates open 8:00 AM
Time Trials begin 9:00 AM
D.O.T. Street Tire Class .5 tenths full tree, dial-in class, no transmission brakes or delay boxes, DOT tires

5.0 Shootout presented by Finishline Automotive, .5 tenths full tree, dial-in class, No delay boxes, slicks optional, entries must be street legal (plates and insurance)

Fast Ford (Super Pro) .5 tenths full tree, dial-in class. Electronics*
Quick Ford (Pro ET) .5 tenths full tree, dial-in class, Non-Electronics*

* Fast Ford and Quick Ford will run separate until the 4th round. Class will be combined and laddered starting 4th round
Shelby GT 500/ Lightning Truck bonus program. Awards given out to the fastest Shelby GT 500 and fastest Lightning truck during time trials

Participant Car Show:
Gates and show registration open at 8:00 AM
Car Show judging starts at 9:00AM
Car Show judging concludes at 1:00PM
Car Show awards at 3:00PM

Show Classes:
Falcon / Comet
Mustang 1964-1973
Fairlane / Galaxie
Mustang 1974-1993
Lincoln / Continental
Mustang 1994-2004
Shelby
Mustang 2005- present
Race Car
Classic Ford 1959-Earlier
Special interest
Muscle Car 1960-1973
Thunderbird
Late Model 1974-Present
Truck/ Wagon/ SUV

Participant Tickets:
Race and Show $30.00
Show Only $25.00

Spectator Tickets:
Adult $14.00
Child 12 and under FREE

EVENT RESTRICTIONS:
Race participants 16 & 17 years of age must have a 2011 Minor Release and Waiver of Liability Form signed by parent or legal guardians. Forms must be current 2011 documents. Past year’s forms are not accepted. (Forms are available at the track or can be downloaded at www.bandimere.com under the Racer’s Corner menu). Race participants must have a valid driver’s license. Seat belts and long pants are mandatory for all race participants. All vehicles must meet NHRA safety requirements outlined in the 2011 NHRA Rulebook. No dogs allowed through any spectator gates, except for service animals. Racers coming in with a dog must have the dog secured and kept in the racers pit spot only.

If you have questions, call Bandimere Speedway at (303) 697-6001, On-Track Performance Hotline at (303) 697-4870 or visit www.bandimere.com.

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Bandimere Speedway to host first Fun Ford Weekend for 2011, sponsored by Roush Yates and JE Pistons

May 20, 2011 by  
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY TO HOST FIRST FUN FORD WEEKEND FOR 2011, SPONSORED BY ROUSH YATES AND JE PISTONS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 20, 2011) – Fun Ford is back with a select schedule of events for the 2011 year. The series will kick-off June 26th at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado. Fun Ford Weekends will include bracket races, car shows, autocross, and swap meets as well as midway displays.

“After 15 years of hosting local Ford events, we are excited to provide Ford enthusiasts with the ultimate in blue oval fun,” said Sporty Bandimere, General Manager of Bandimere Speedway. “Hosting a Fun Ford Weekend adds to the already strong history of Ford events at Thunder Mountain by bringing a whole new dimension.”

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

For further information visit www.funfordweekend.com

Feature Show:
Flat Head In-Line Nationals – Over 50 Ford powered vintage dragsters and fuel altereds providing great racing entertainment on the track.

Participant Drag Racing:
Gates open 8:00 AM
Time Trials begin 9:00 AM
D.O.T. Street Tire Class .5 tenths full tree, dial-in class, no transmission brakes or delay boxes, DOT tires
5.0 Shootout presented by Finishline Automotive, .5 tenths full tree, dial-in class, No delay boxes, slicks optional, entries must be street legal (plates and insurance)
Fast Ford (Super Pro) .5 tenths full tree, dial-in class. Electronics*
Quick Ford (Pro ET) .5 tenths full tree, dial-in class, Non-Electronics*
* Fast Ford and Quick Ford will run separate until the 4th round. Class will be combined and laddered starting 4th round
Shelby GT 500/ Lightning Truck bonus program. Awards given out to the fastest Shelby GT 500 and fastest Lightning truck during time trials

Sunday June 26th, 2011

Participant Car Show:
Gates and show registration open at 8:00 AM
Car Show judging starts at 9:00AM
Car Show judging concludes at 1:00PM
Car Show awards at 3:00PM

Show Classes:
Falcon / Comet
Mustang 1964-1973

Fairlane / Galaxie
Mustang 1974-1993

Lincoln / Continental
Mustang 1994-2004

Shelby
Mustang 2005- present

Race Car
Classic Ford 1959-Earlier

Special interest
Muscle Car 1960-1973

Thunderbird
Late Model 1974-Present

Truck/ Wagon/ SUV

Participant Tickets
Race and Show $30.00
Show Only $25.00

Spectator Tickets
Adult $14.00
Child 12 and under FREE

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FUN FORD WEEKEND IS ON!

May 16, 2011 by  
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(May 16, 2011) – The famous Blue Oval will be getting polished all over the nation as the fan-favorite series, Fun Ford Weekend, returns to motorsports facilities throughout the U.S. in 2011. The large car show, drag race, swap meet, and autocross series, presented by JE Pistons and Roush Yates, will be featured at five motorsports tracks in 2011 and will expand to 10 or more events in 2012.

A group of North American motorsports facility owners led by Texas Motorplex (Ennis, Texas) founder Billy Meyer, worked to bring back the Fun Ford Weekend series because of popular demand.

“Fans and participants all suffered when Fun Ford Weekend was shut down a few years ago,” Meyer said. “Ford vehicle owners are extremely loyal to their brand, and they love big events and racing. We are very excited to work with Ford to bring this series back on-line with great additional support from industry leaders like JE Pistons and Roush Yates.”

Many of the events will be single-day Saturday or Sunday only in 2011, and expand to full weekend Saturday and Sunday events in 2012. The first Fun Ford Weekend event this season will be held at Bandimere Speedway (Denver) Sunday, June 26. Other tracks set to host events in 2011 are Virginia Motorsports Park (Petersburg, Va.) Saturday, September 10; Palm Beach International Raceway (Jupiter, Fla.) September 16-18, 2011; Texas Motorplex on Saturday, October 8 and Memphis International Raceway (Memphis, Tenn.) Saturday, October 15.

Sporty Bandimere, General Manager of Bandimere Speedway is very excited to kick off the series under the new leadership of the series parent company FFW1.

“It’s an honor to host the first event this season and bring the series back to the fans. We have had successful Ford events at Bandimere in the past, but bringing a Fun Ford Weekend raises the bar significantly. We are just having a one-day, Sunday-only event for the series this year, but already know that we will be planning on a multiple day event in 2012 because it’s going to be such a hit.”

JE Pistons and Roush Yates are supporting the series as it kicks back into action. Doug Yates, CEO of Roush Yates, said the series will help the companies connect with its customers on many levels.

“Roush Yates and JE Pistons have partnered on a lot of great promotions in the past and we expect the Fun Ford Weekend to provide a great audience of current and future customers,” Yates said. “This series will help us promote our website www.roushyatesparts.com as well as our ordering hotline at 877-604-8077, to thousands of Ford enthusiasts seeking the best in custom and new parts, as well as these incredible engines. Our goal is to educate every Fun Ford Weekend participant and fan that they can buy new and used Roush Yates parts the same as professional stock car and drag racing teams do every day.”

Further details about the series can be found on line at www.funfordweekend.com. Information regarding competition drag racing and car show classes will be announced soon.

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Roush Yates and JE Pistons Presenting Sponsors of Fun Ford Weekend Series

May 16, 2011 by  
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 16, 2011) – The Fun Ford Weekend Series is back and better than ever with the support of Roush Yates and JE Pistons. Both companies are presenting sponsors for five event series touring the U.S. in 2011.

Roush Yates is a direct result of the merger that happened in 2004, when Jack Roush and Doug Yates came together to create the engine company which originally was spawned from Robert Yates Racing’s engine shop. Roush Yates Engines was formed to serve both Robert Yates Racing and Roush Fenway Racing teams.

Today, Roush Yates continues their success, not only as the exclusive engine supplier to all Ford Racing teams (in NASCAR), but serves the racing community with prized racing engines as well. Moreover, Roush Yates is quickly becoming a prominent player in the new performance components and used parts market.

Jon Sands, Vice President of Marketing at Roush Yates, spoke about becoming the presenting sponsor of Fun Ford weekends and why they decided to make that series sponsor selection. Sands relays the background of Roush Yates, and what this thriving corporation is all about.

“We have leveraged a strong reputation across not only NASCAR, but all forms of grass roots racing including drag racing, sprint cars, late model, modified, off road truck, American LeMans – to just about any form of racing out there,” said Jon Sands. “Our reputation began its groundswell when Roush Yates was formed in 2004 when we won the Sprint Cup Championship in our first year of operation. Then the new Roush Yates-designed Ford FR9 NASCAR engine was brought online in 2010. By design, (the FR9) was eased into the Sprint Cup Series. We didn’t just bring that engine out and place it with every Ford team. It was gradually introduced in more of a scientific kind of way. The engine proved itself with increased power and durability, and was 100% online by the end of 2010.

“In fact, Carl Edwards won the last two races of the year and on into 2011, Trevor Bayne wins the Daytona 500 … with FR9s finishing second and third. We go out to Phoenix and win the pole. The next week in Vegas, the FR9 wins the pole and the race. What we’re seeing is Roush Yates Engines continuing to be the talk of the performance industry. If you want better power for any kind of racing – or if you own a muscle or classic street rod of any year or make, we’ve got it,” he added.

Not only does Roush Yates supply the racing community with respected Ford racing engines, it also offers a vast selection of new and used race parts available for purchase. Available to the public are superior used engine parts, confirmed successful straight from their Cup, Nationwide and Truck shop at a portion of the price to buy them new. Roush Yates also provides new racing products to several top name racing outfits on down to the Saturday night racer.

“We’re also continuing to establish a solid offering of custom parts that are designed and produced by Roush Yates, like our widely known C3 and D3 cylinder heads and branded valve covers, which are a few of many Roush Yates-developed products. They’re developed by us, branded by us, it’s our product, and they win races. We also have a huge array of consumer parts, cleaners, oils and greases, ignition systems, safety equipment … you name it. Products you would find in any speed shop. We want to be the go-to parts and engine supplier, whether you are in the Ford car show or on the drag strip racing your new Mustang or displaying your classic Ford Galaxy. It just made perfect sense for us to become involved with Fun Ford Weekend,” said Sands.

Roush Yates has continuously recognized the racing needs outside of circle track and therefore broadened their business to include the entire performance industry.

The company recently expanded its retail store that is completely available to the public. The 40,000 square foot store is located in Mooresville, NC, amid a campus of various Roush Yates engine and product development centers. Sands referred to it a “speed shop on steroids.”

“We have some really great partners, and one of those partners is JE Pistons. The idea is for complementary companies like JE and RYE to strike while the iron is hot – and we’re winning a lot of races. We will continue to brand ourselves to new audiences. Fun Ford Weekend is one of those audiences. It just made perfect sense for JE and Roush Yates to have a strong presence with Fun Ford Weekend. They have the drag races and the car shows and we’re able to touch both of those areas, not just with our engines, but with our parts offerings,” said Sands.

JE Pistons is currently the leader in high performance forged pistons, and has been for over 60 years. The company is known for manufacturing the very highest quality pistons and components that the racing industry can depend on. JE Pistons holds an ISO 9001:2008 quality certification, which lets users know that JE provides its customers with peak level goods.

Sean Crawford, Marketing Manager at JE Pistons added to Sands comments by saying, “There is a lot of excitement internally at JE Pistons regarding our sponsorship of the Fun Ford Weekend. In fact, eight of our own team members own or race Mustangs including an original ’66 Shelby GT350, ’68 Fastback and ’90 Mustang LX! Supporting the Ford community and grassroots racing is always a great opportunity and we’re very fortunate to team up with Roush Yates to help make it possible.”

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