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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S&W Race Cars President and Manufacturers Series Sponsor Scott Weney Makes His Final Pass

December 1, 2014 by  
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Accomplished Funny Car Driver, Scott Weney did more than live life a quarter-mile at a time. Weney was known for many things in addition to his role as President of the family business S&W Race Cars that was started by his father Walt in 1959 the same year he was born; he was a national racing champ, master race car builder and most recently a race promoter, however, most notably Weney was a family man and he did it all while sporting his signature mustache.

On Tuesday, November 18, 2014 while promoting his newest venture, the Fun in the Sun Race Series, the drag racing legend suffered what ended up being a fatal episode of cardiac arrest while at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida and passing away during treatment in an area hospital Intensive Care Unit that Wednesday.

Scott & Candi Weney

Scott & Candi (and Max) Weney

All are welcome to attend the “Celebration of Life” for Scott Weney, December 13, 2014 at the Parkerford Church, located at 20 Rinehart Road, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, officiated by Racers for Christ Chaplains Marty Rinehart Jr., and Dale Ressler. The welcoming line will begin at 10:00am and the service at 12:30pm.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Racers for Christ Division 1 or Division 2, P.O. Box 1208, Gilbert, Arizona 85299.

“Scott Weney is now racing through the pearly gates and doing it at full throttle. Scott is survived by wife Candi, sons Rory and Dillon, brothers Michael and Gary, sister Terri, parents Walter and Vonda. The entire Weney family wants to express their gratitude to everyone who has prayed and offered support during these difficult days. They also wanted to clearly state that Scott spent his last moments at a place that he considered ‘home,’ which is the drag strip. His accomplishments are many and too numerous to list, but his most impressive include winning the 2000 IHRA Funny Car World Championship, becoming the President of S&W Race Cars, and his latest achievement of becoming a race series promoter, forming S&S Race Promotions with Scotty Richardson and launching the ‘Fun in the Sun’ Race Series. Please keep Scott and his family in your prayers. We will post additional details as soon as they become available,” said Jill Canuso, Marketing Director and Spokesperson for S&W Race Cars.

Deeply saddened by the news of the passing of celebrated racer Scott Weney, the Manufacturers Series would like to thank S&W Race Cars for direction to FuelCoupe.com’s April 2014 article of Master Builders highlighting the experiences of Weney’s life in the shop and on the track that contributed to his successful and rewarding career as the President of S&W Race Cars and championship drag racer.

Scott Weney’s love for drag racing and longing to drive funny cars, which later became a robust career started well before the age of ten when he began sweeping the floors and asking drivers questions in the S&W Race Cars’ Spring City, Pennsylvania shop.

Weney’s education in what it takes to run a prosperous business and be a championship drag racer began early on as he performed odd jobs around the shop and taking every opportunity to learn as much as possible from experienced drivers as they discussed their passes down the strip.

By the age of 13, Weney was already mastering how to weld and fit tubing on S&W’s customers race cars while learning what to do and what not to do from drivers mistakes on the track. Though Weney had not run a quarter-mile himself yet, at age 15 he was well on his way to becoming a title driver when he started working on the crew for famed racers Jim Fox, and later Roy Harris in addition to his duties at the shop.

Two years later, in 1976 Weney ran his first passes and earned his drag racing license at Manufacturers Series host track, Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania to compete in his first competition that winter in Salinas Puerto Rico.

One of Scott's Trophy Shelves

One of Scott’s Trophy Shelves

Weney proved that he knew what it took to be a victorious racer by the end of his first season, when he became the NHRA Division 1 Pro Comp Points Champ in 1977. Scott Weney continued to prove his prowess on the track until his last title in 2013 as the Atco Top Dragster Points Championship winner, with countless national event wins, divisional championships, as national record holder as well as the 2000 IHRA Funny Car World Championship winner and two-time NHRA Keystone Nationals Champ.

Taking cues from all his experiences in the shop and on the track, with a childhood of listening to drivers talk about solving tuning issues while becoming a master car builder himself, Weney incorporated his lifetime of skills into making S&W Race Cars continue to grow and thrive as a family business, as well paying it forward as a sponsor and promoter of grassroots racing events, ensuring future of the sport.

As President of S&W Race Cars, Weney supported the Manufacturers Series events Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Series and Mega Mopar Action Series, respectively with the CamaroGuys Gen 5 Challenge, MustangGuys Fastest 5.0 Shootout and Challenger Shootout drag racing classes, all presented by S&W Race Cars designed to encourage late-model muscle to give the quarter-mile a try. With only one power-adder allowed and DOT legal, these classes frequently have up to 20 street-performance racers competing for the limited-edition custom CNC Machined chrome trophy at each of the 33 Manufacturers Series events across the country between Chevy, Ford and Mopar brands.

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MANUFACTURERS SERIES RELEASES 2015 SCHEDULE AND WELCOMES TUCSON, ARIZONA TO LINEUP

December 1, 2014 by  
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MANUFACTURERS SERIES RELEASES 2015 SCHEDULE AND WELCOMES TUCSON, ARIZONA TO LINEUP

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (October 1, 2014) – Comprised of the premier national Chevrolet, Ford and Mopar branded competitive automotive events, the Manufacturers Series welcomes Tucson’s Southwestern International Raceway (SWIR) as the latest host track to join the Series schedule in 2015. The 110-acre drag racing facility located at the Pima County Fairgrounds will feature a spectacular car show, lightning-fast drag racing, manufacturers’ midway and swap meet for each of the “Big Three” American brands.

“Southwest International Raceway is proud to join the Manufacturers Series and we are looking forward to bringing the historic and popular Chevrolet event back to the state of Arizona after a long three-year absence. We are also excited to bring the national Fun Ford and Mega Mopar events to the state for the first time, giving Blue Oval and Mopar fans in the Southwest a venue to race and show-off their favorite brand vehicles,” said Alan Miller, SWIR General Manager.

Southwestern Int’l Raceway joins sister-tracks Palm Beach (March 27 – 29) and Memphis Int’l Raceways (April 10 – 12) in kicking-off the season as the third stop on the Manufacturers Chevy Series tour in 2015,  on May 1 – 3. In addition, SWIR will also host for the first time in Arizona, Fun Ford on Saturday, October 10, and Mega Mopar on Sunday, October 11, to round out their first season of Manufacturers Series events.

“The Manufacturers Chevy, Fun Ford and Mega Mopar Series have been successful events for our Memphis and Palm Beach facilities for years. With the acquisition of Southwestern International Raceway last year, we knew we wanted to add these events to the lineup of events in Tucson.  We look forward to bringing all three Series events to the race fans in Arizona,” said Jason Rittenberry, President & CEO, IRG Sports + Entertainment.

Rockingham Dragway will usher in the 2015 Manufacturers Fun Ford season, May 2 – 3, while Texas Motorplex will lead the way for Mega Mopar Series March 28. On October 17, Palm Beach Int’l Raceway will make history by hosting the first head-to-head Fun Ford vs. Mega Mopar showdown on October 17, giving fans a chance to cheer-on and represent their favorite brand in a family-friendly environment.

On May 16 – 17, Chevy fans will take over Texas Motorplex and Virginia Motorsports Park with a double-header event weekend, while Auto Club Famoso Raceway wraps up the 2015 season, November 7 – 8.

 

2015 SCHEDULES

MANUFACTURERS CHEVY SERIES

Palm Beach Int’l Raceway                March 27 – 29

Memphis Int’l Raceway                    April 10 – 12

Southwestern Int’l Raceway                        May 1 – 3

Texas Motorplex                               May 16 – 17

Virginia Motorsports Park                May 15 – 17

US 131 Motorsports Park                May 29 – 31

Maple Grove Raceway                      July 17 – 19

Bandimere Speedway                      August 14 – 15

Bristol Dragway                                 September 18 – 20

Rockingham Dragway                       October 9 – 11

Gateway Motorsports Park              October 9 – 11

Auto Club Famoso Raceway             November 7 – 8

 

MANUFACTURERS FUN FORD SERIES

Rockingham Dragway                       May 2 – 3

Virginia Motorsports Park                June 13 – 14

Bandimere Speedway                      June 14

US 131 Motorsports Park                July 12

Gateway Motorsports Park              July 24 – 25

Memphis Int’l Raceway                    August 28 – 29

Bristol Dragway                                 August 29

Maple Grove Raceway                      September 13

Auto Club Famoso Raceway             September 19 – 20

Southwestern Int’l Raceway                        October 10

Palm Beach Int’l Raceway                October 17

Texas Motorplex                               November 7

 

MANUFACTURERS MEGA MOPAR SERIES

Texas Motorplex                               March 28

Rockingham Dragway                       April 4

US 131 Motorsports Park                May 17

Maple Grove Raceway                      May 30

Bandimere Speedway                      May 31

Auto Club Famoso Raceway             June 27 – 28

Memphis Int’l Raceway                    July 31 – August 1

Virginia Motorsports Park                September 19

Southwestern Int’l Raceway                       October 11

Palm Beach Int’l Raceway                October 17

Schedules are subject to change. Visit www.mfgseries.com for the most current list.

 

About Manufacturers Series

Designed to offer something for everyone in a family atmosphere for the American “Big Three” automotive brand enthusiasts, the Manufacturers Chevy Show, Fun Ford and Mega Mopar 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 the most current event schedules, visit: www.mfgseries.com

 

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Sara Griewing, Manufacturers Series Director

sgriewing@forwardsportsmarketing.com

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SHELBY GT350 MUSTANG: THE LEGEND RETURNS

November 20, 2014 by  
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LOS ANGELES (November 17, 2014) – One of the most iconic performance Mustang nameplates of all time is returning, Ford confirmed today with the reveal of the all-new Shelby® GT350 Mustang.

The original Shelby GT350 introduced in 1965 established Mustang’s performance credentials. The all-new Shelby GT350 Mustang, featuring the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever, is a world-class performance vehicle, designed to tackle the planet’s most challenging roads – an all-day track car that’s also street legal.

The new GT350 builds on Carroll Shelby’s original idea – transforming a great every-day car into a dominant road racer – by taking advantage of a dramatically improved sixth-generation Mustang to create a truly special driving experience. Driving enthusiasts behind the wheel of a Shelby GT350 can expect to be treated to the most balanced, nimble and exhilarating production Mustang yet.

Ford engineers took an innovative approach with GT350. Rather than develop individual systems to perform well independently, every component and shape is optimized to work in concert; balance is the key. While paying rigorous attention to detail, the team pushed the envelope with cutting-edge materials and technologies.

“When we started working on this car, we wanted to build the best possible Mustang for the places we most love to drive – challenging back roads with a variety of corners and elevation changes – and the track on weekends,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Every change we made to this car was driven by the functional requirements of a powerful, responsive powerplant – nimble, precise handling and massive stopping power.”

Track-tuned driveline
Early in development of the GT350, it was decided a high-revving, naturally aspirated V8 engine would best suit a track-focused Mustang.

“The final product is essentially an all-new powerplant unique to GT350 – and one that takes true advantage of the new chassis dynamics of the Mustang platform,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Global Performance Vehicles.

The new 5.2-liter engine is the first-ever production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft, an architecture typically found only in racing applications or exotic European sports cars. Unlike a traditional V8, where the connecting rods are attached to the crankshaft at 90-degree intervals, this design evenly spaces all crank pins at 180-degree intervals.

The 180-degree, flat-plane layout permits a cylinder firing order that alternates between cylinder banks, reducing the overlap of exhaust pressure pulses. When combined with cylinder-head and valvetrain advancements, this permits better cylinder breathing, further extending the performance envelope of the V8.

The result is the most powerful naturally aspirated production Ford engine ever, at more than 500 horsepower, with a torque peak above 400 lb.-ft. The track capability is enhanced by the output characteristics of the engine – the 5.2-liter V8 features an exceptionally broad torque curve. Combined with its high-revving ability, the flat-plane 5.2-liter V8 gives drivers an enormous amount of performance and flexibility within each gear of the lightweight six-speed manual transmission. A standard Ford-tuned Torsen limited-slip differential optimizes cornering grip and straight-line traction.

“Make no mistake, this is an American interpretation of a flat-plane crankshaft V8, and the 5.2-liter produces a distinctive, throaty howl from its four exhaust tips,” said Hameedi.

Balanced dynamics
The new Mustang platform is the strongest in the history of the brand, with torsional stiffness increased 28 percent over the previous model. That stiff structure ensures the suspension geometry remains consistent, even under hard driving on back roads and tracks. Front stiffness is further improved on GT350 with a cutting-edge injection-molded carbon fiber composite grille opening and optional lightweight tower-to-tower brace. The front track has been increased while spring rates and bushings have been recalibrated all around, with ride height reduced compared to Mustang GT.

For optimum handling, the wheels need to respond quickly to the contours of the road and driver input. Reducing unsprung mass is key to improving that response, but a balance must be struck between taking mass out of a suspension and delivering truly capable braking performance.

Due to the significant speeds the car can develop, GT350 features the most track-credible brake system ever offered on a Ford vehicle in terms of absolute stopping power, fade resistance and brake pedal feel. The brakes are two-piece cross-drilled iron discs mounted to aluminum hats. At the front are massive 394-millimeter rotors clamped by Brembo six-piston fixed calipers with integrated caliper bridges, while 380-millimeter rotors at the rear utilize four-piston calipers.

GT350 makes use of extra-stiff 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels – 10.5 inches wide in front, 11.0 inches in the rear – clad in state-of-the-art Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with GT350-specific sidewall construction, tread face and compound. The custom tires are designed to deliver maximum grip on the road or at the track.

Ultra-quick responsiveness to changing conditions is provided by the first-ever Ford application of continuously controlled MagneRide dampers. The dampers are filled with a hydraulic fluid impregnated with iron particles; when an electric current is passed through the fluid, a near-instant adjustment of the suspension performance can be made. With wheel position sensors monitoring motion thousands of times per second combined with other vehicle data, changes can be made to each corner independently every 10 milliseconds for optimum handling performance. This is a system designed not just to make the car handle better but to instill greater confidence in even the best driver.

Obsession to detail
“Everything we changed on GT350 is purely functional-driven design, with the goal of improving the overall performance of the car,” said Chris Svensson, Ford design director, The Americas. “We optimized the aero shape of the car, and then fine-tuned what was left to increase downforce and cooling airflow.” All bodywork from the windshield forward is unique to this high-performance model and up to two inches lower than Mustang GT.

The new aluminum hood has been lowered and sloped, compared to the base Mustang, tightly wrapped around the engine for the smallest possible aerodynamic signature. Front and rear aero elements have been balanced to work together on the track. The fascia has been resculpted to provide the aggressive lower front splitter with maximum pressure and a ducted belly pan delivers significant downforce. The hood outlet acts as a heat extractor while also reducing underhood lift at high speed. At the rear, much of the engineering was focused on creating an aggressive functional diffuser doing double duty to increase downforce and provide cooling air to the optional differential cooler, and a subtle lip spoiler across the trailing edge of the decklid increases downforce without adding excess drag.

The athletic stance of the all-new Mustang is further accentuated with recontoured aluminum front fenders to accommodate the wider front track and wider wheel arches. Front fender vents work with vented inner fenders to draw out turbulent air in the wheel wells and smoothly direct it down the side of the car. The forward-angled grille is designed with individual openings to draw air through the radiator, high-pressure engine air intake, cooling ducts for the front brakes and, optional with the Track Pack, an engine oil cooler and a transmission cooler.

Focus-driven cockpit changes
Like everything else about GT350, the interior has been optimized for driving, beginning with the specially designed Recaro sport seats with a unique cloth. Hundreds of hours and many prototypes went into a seat that is both comfortable in daily driving and capable on the track. A flat-bottom steering wheel makes it easier for the driver to get in and out, and is more ergonomic on the racetrack. Gauges are upgraded to reflect the enormous performance capability of the car. Chrome and bright finishes have been reduced or eliminated to prevent sun glare that may distract the driver.

The advanced technology inherent to Mustang has been deployed for duty in the Shelby GT350. An all-new integrated driver control system allows selection of five unique modes that tailor ABS, stability control, traction control, steering effort, throttle mapping, MagneRide tuning and exhaust settings, depending on driver preference, to achieve maximum performance. Drivers are invited to test them all.

Drivers interested in comfort, convenience and entertainment upgrades may select the Tech Pack, which includes power, leather-trimmed seats; Shaker Audio; 8-inch MyFord Touch® LCD touch screen; and dual zone electronic temperature control, to name a few features.

“We took the best Ford Mustang yet and massaged every aspect of the car that affects the performance driving experience,” said Hameedi. “We tested endlessly on the most challenging roads and tracks in the world, and we believe serious drivers will love the Shelby GT350 Mustang.”

50 years of Ford Mustang
Shelby GT350 Mustang is the latest in an all-new line of Mustang fastback and convertible models, including the specially designed 50th Anniversary Edition Mustang.

More than 9.2 million Mustangs have been sold since the car’s 1964 debut.

With more options to choose from, there is a Mustang to fit any lifestyle. The upgraded V8 in Mustang GT – now delivering 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque – is joined by a 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang.

The Mustang 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and a twin-scroll turbocharger to deliver the performance drivers expect with an output of 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque.

The new Mustang continues to be popular. In addition to being the most-liked vehicle on Facebook with 8 million likes, all-new models are turning on U.S. dealer lots in an average of six days.

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TASCA WILL REMAIN IN MUSTANG FUNNY CAR FOR LIMITED 2015 NHRA SCHEDULE

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Bob Tasca III and the Tasca Racing Team announce that the seven-year NHRA Funny Car veteran will continue to drive his Ford Shelby Mustang racer in 2015 for a limited schedule with yet-to-be-named sponsorship.

“All season Ford fans from around the country have been asking me what I will drive next year,” Tasca said. “I’m happy to announce I’ll be in a Mustang! We are actively working with sponsors to determine how many races we will be running but whatever it ends up being the Tasca name will be on a Ford!”

Tasca’s family owns and operates one of the New England region’s leading Ford dealerships, Tasca Ford in Cranston, R.I. Tasca’s grandfather, Bob Tasca, Sr., introduced the Blue Oval to drag racing in the 1960s with his Cobra Jet 428.

Tasca III is a four-time winner on the NHRA Funny Car circuit and piloted the first Mustang that cracked the 3-second barrier with a 3.988 pass in Chicago last season.

 

– COURTESY OF TASCA RACING

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FUN FORD WEEKEND FANS CAN SAVE MONEY AT THE GATE WHILE HELPING HOMEBOUND SENIORS CARE FOR VALUED HOUSEHOLD PETS

October 23, 2014 by  
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Fans That Bring Pet Food for Meals on Wheels AniMeals Program Save $5

ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 23, 2014) – Fun Ford Weekend fans have proven they like to help the homebound seniors in the community. For three years, fans that have brought canned goods to support the Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties, have received $5 off Fun Ford Weekend tickets and they have helped countless seniors with their donations.

This year, the same homebound seniors will still be assisted, but in a more furry-friendly way. And Fun Ford Weekend fans will be given multiple gifts in return when Fun Ford Weekend returns Nov. 8.

AniMeals

All fans who bring cat or dog food for Meals on Wheels homebound seniors will not only receive $5 off adult ticket prices (that’s HALF OFF!) but this year, Fun Ford Weekend is a car show, drag race AND the site of the Southwest Heritage Racing Association nostalgia car World Finals AND the Beat the Heat World Finals.

Fans that help our regional seniors save money, and get three times the show!

“Meals on Wheels is such a valuable asset to our community and they do so much for our seniors,” Texas Motorplex President Gabrielle Stevenson said. “Every one of our Motorplex managers all have one or more pets at home and when Meals on Wheels asked if we could do a pet food drive, we jumped at the chance. We know how important our pets are to us, and I think it’s even more important for our homebound seniors to have furry companions. We feel honored to help Meals on Wheels with their AniMeals program this year.”

Lisa Deese from Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis County said the AniMeals program provides a unique and valuable service unlike any other organization.

“AniMeals is just one of the special services provided by Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties to homebound seniors and disabled people in local communities,” Deese said. “Volunteers deliver donated dog and cat food to Meals-on-Wheels recipients in their community, once a month. AniMeals prevents clients with limited resources from sharing their home-delivered meals with their pets. It enables individuals to keep their companion animals, providing a special quality to their lives and saving their pets from an uncertain fate.”

Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

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FUN FORD WEEKEND INFORMATION:

Schedule and pricing
All participants must stop at Gate 10 when they enter the facility to pick up their Tech Cards, Car Show Judging Cards or their Swap Meet or Car Corral Registration forms. Participants who have purchased their registration in advance will show the print at home ticket at the gate when they arrive in exchange for the appropriate forms for competition. All goodie bags will be distributed to Fun Ford Weekend racers and car show participants at the Motorplex souvenir trailer.

Category Fee Payout
Fast Ford (Elec.)
$70 80% payback

Quick Ford (No Elec.)
$70 $1,000 to win

Mustang Guys 5.0 Shootout
$45 Mustang Guys.com Trophy

Street Ford
$35 Trophy

All judged car show
$25 Plaques, goodie bags, prizes

Show-n-Shine
$25 Goodie bags, prizes

Swap Meet
$25 Goodie bags

Car Corral
$25 Goodie bags

Spectator Ticket Prices
– Adult/Crew: $10
– Youth (Age 13-17): $5
– Children 12 & under are FREE
– Adult tickets are $5 off with any pet food contribution to Meals on Wheels ANIMEALS helping senior citizens feed their pets.

Parking Fees
– Spectator Parking: $5
– Pit Side Spectator Parking: $20 (Gate 10)

FAST FRIDAY: Nov. 7
– Gates open at 6 p.m.; Racing 7 p.m. to Midnight
– Street legal racing open to all makes and models: $15 to race, $10 to watch

FUN FORD WEEKEND: Nov. 8
Gates Open: 8 a.m.; Registration &Tech: 8 a.m. – noon; Time Trials: 9 a.m.
Car Show Judging: Starts at 11 a.m.; Eliminations: Start after two time trials
Car Show Awards: 3 p.m.

Show Car Categories:
– Mustang: 1964-’68, 1969-’73, 1974-’78, 1979-’86, 1987-’93, 1994-’98, 1999-‘04, 2005-’09, 2010-present
– Conversion (Ford powered vehicle)
– Competition Sports: GT 40, Cobra, Kit Car, Road Race, Etc.
– Compact- Focus-Front wheel drive
– Open- Big Car
– Thunderbird
– Galaxie, Fairlane, Torino, Falcon
– Rod (pre-1949)
– Lincoln, Mercury
– Nostalgia- Post 1950
– Pre- 1989 SUV & Pickup
– 1990-2013 SUV & Pickup
– 2011-2013 Display only
– Roush, Saleen, Steeda, GT 500
– Shelby
– SVT 1993-2013

Special Awards to include: Track Choice, People’s Choice and Best of Show

Racer Information: Classes
FAST FORD – Electronics Class, ¼- mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own
QUICK FORD – No Electronics Class, ¼- mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own
Mustangguys 5.0 Shootout- No Electronics Class, ¼ mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own
STREET FORD – Street Legal, ¼- mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own, All Run
Purse and Payout
E.T. Bracket Classes:
Fast Ford Winner: 80% payback
Quick Ford Winner $1,000, runner-up $300
Street Ford Winner TROPHY, runner-up TROPHY
Class Rules
FAST FORD (ELECTRONICS) – ¼- mile, Full Tree
Fast Ford Winner 80% payback
Electronics Class, ¼- mile, box, transbrake, 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 (NO ELECTRONICS) – ¼- mile, Full Tree
Quick Ford Winner $1,000, runner-up $300
No Electronics Class, ¼-mile, no box, no transbrake, full tree, all run field, no throttle stops, any power adder combo allowed, any tire size allowed, no weight limit, must leave off footbrake
MustangGuys.com 5.0 Shootout-1/4- mile, Full Tree
5.0 Winner receives MustangGuys.com Fastest 5.0 Shootout Trophy
Eligible to any driver of a Mustang or Ford vehicle with a 5.0L displacement with a Windsor or Coyote engine and only one power adder is allowed (Turbo charger, super charged or nitrous). Any Dial-in, DOT street Tires & Mufflers required, No Electronics.
STREET FORD – ¼- mile, Full Tree
Street Ford Winner TROPHY, runner-up TROPHY
No slicks, DOT tires, registration required, all run field, no throttle stops, any power adder combo allowed, any tire size allowed, no weight limit
For more information, contact Texas Motorplex at (972) 878-2641, go online at www.texasmotorplex.com or www.funfordweekend.com

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2014 TEXAS MOTORPLEX EVENT DETAILS

October 15, 2014 by  
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FUN FORD WEEKEND – NOVEMBER 8, 2014

 

WHAT:           Fun Ford Weekend is back at Texas Motorplex, Nov. 8, 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, drag racing with the region’s top racers!

This year is even more special as the Southwest Heritage Racing Association and Beat The Heat join Fun Ford Weekend. SHRA will be featuring six categories ranging from heads-up to dial-in with some of the fastest cars around. Beat the Heat will feature drag racing police departments from around the country for its World Finals!

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. 7 between 7 p.m. – Midnight. All makes and models are welcome.

 

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, Nov. 7 – Fast Friday gates open 6 p.m.; Racing from 7 p.m. – midnight.

SATURDAY, Nov. 8 – Gates open 8 a.m.; Registration and Tech 8 a.m. – noon; Time trials start 9 a.m.; Beat the Heat start 10 a.m.; Nostalgia cars start 10:30 a.m.; Car Show judging starts at 11 a.m.; Final eliminations start at 2:30 p.m.; Car show special awards 3 p.m. followed by Beat the Heat Finals and Southwest Heritage Nostalgia Finals.

 

TICKETS:       Fast Friday, Nov. 7: Free parking, $15 to race, $10 to watch.

 

SATURDAY, Nov. 8, 2014: Parking is $5 in spectator lot, $20 in VIP pit area

Adult: $10 ($5 off to anyone who brings pet food for ANIMEALS – helping Meals on Wheels program senior citizens feed their pets.)
Youth (13-17): $5, Children (12 and under): FREE

 

PARTICIPANT ENTRY FEES: All Fun Ford Weekend participants must enter Gate 10

Category                                            Fee                                          Payout

Fast Ford (Elec.)                                  $70                                          80% payback

Quick Ford (No Elec.)                          $70                                          $1,000 to win

Mustangguys Fastest 5.0 Shootout        $45                                          MustangGuys.com Trophy

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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MOHNTON, Pa. — Fun Ford Weekend Presented By Manderbach Ford at Maple Grove Raceway concluded without a hitch today after suffering a rainout on Saturday. Fans were treated to an all-Ford car show (hosted by the Berks County Mustang Club), drag racing, children’s activities and a swap meet. The event was presented by the Manderbach Ford dealership in Temple, Pa.

DRAG RACING RESULTS:
MustangGuys Fastest 5.0 sponsored by S&W Race Cars: Won by Matt Ricchezza, Cherry Hill, N.J.
Bracket 1 Fast Ford: Don Raser (Rising Sun, Md.) defeated Eugene Schenck (Pine Grove, Pa.).
Bracket 2 Quick Ford: Mike Pasternak (Quakertown, Pa.) defeated John Snyder (Sinking Spring, Pa.).
Tough Truck: Ray Martindell Jr. (Croydon, Pa.) defeated Daniel Shelby Hess (Denver, Pa.).
D.O.T. Street: Bill Cohen (Conestoga, Pa.) defeated Anthony Ricco (Lansdale, Pa.).
Trophy: Mary Becker (Everson, Pa.) defeated Robert Zolad (Collegeville, Pa.).
Friday’s Auto Locator Fast Friday Gambler Race: Won by Chris Bealer (Douglasville, Pa.).

CAR SHOW RESULTS:
Mustang 1964-1966: Michael Wood.
Mustang 1967 to 1968: John Hofmeister.
Mustang 1969 to 1970: Glen Kriner.
Mustang 1971 to 1973: Bob Hess.
Mustang 1979 to 1986: Bruce Hartz.
Mustang 1987 to 1993: Kurt Nelson.
Mustang 1994 to 1998: Chris Hume.
Mustang 1999 to 2004: Michael Klotz.
Mustang 2005 to 2009: Darrin Erb.
Mustang 2010 to present: Brian Angst.
Shelby 2005 to present: Barry Leonard.
Mach 1 — All: Tim Melody.
SVT Cobra — All Years: Donnie Huth.
Boss 1969 to 1970: Terry Wasser.
Boss 2012 to 2013: Greg Stevens.
Roush/Saleen — All Years: Bill Storms.
Mustang Special Edition — All: Joe King.
Mustang Racing — All: Oscar Marquez.
Cougar Classic 1967 to 1973: Dusty Brown.
Thunderbird 1967 to 1997: Bob Free.
Ford Compact 1970 to 1979: John Salter.
Ford Compact 1980 to 1994: Tim Bortz.
Ford Compact 1995 to present: Rick Byerly.
Sport Compact/Tuner: Bret Singer.
Classic Ford 1949 and older: Rich Hummelberger.
Classic Ford 1950 to 1959: Linford Lesher.
Ford Mercury Midsize: John Albert.
Ford Mercury Fullsize: Mark Walters.
Special Interest Ford All Years: Kenneth Andrews.
Truck Classic 1956 and older: Rich Norman.
Full-Sized Truck: Elaine Parker.
Ford Van — All: Tim Stoudt.
Compact Truck: Joshua Bartlet.
SVT Lightning: William Brenneman.
SUV/Bronco: Chris Wittenburg.
Berks Mustang 1965 to 1978: Marty Werner.
Berks Mustang 1979 to 1993: Joe Eisenhart.
Berks Mustang 1994 to present: Charlie Trexler.

Now in its 52nd year of operation, historic Maple Grove Raceway is recognized as a leading facility in the sport of NHRA-sanctioned drag racing. The NHRA Nationals, MGR’s annual NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event, will take place on Oct. 2-5.
For more information, please call Maple Grove Raceway at (610) 856-9200 or visit www.maplegroveraceway.com. Follow Maple Grove Raceway on Facebook and Twitter (@maplegrove).

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FUN FORD WEEKEND RESULTS AT PALM BEACH INT’L RACEWAY – SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

 

RACE RESULTS
PONY WARS RT ET MPH
WINNER: Jon Pavia, Palm Bay FL 0.326 11.096 109.51
RUNNER UP: Ryan Peeples, Palm Bay FL 0.419 11.567 114.88
FAST FORD
RAIN
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RAIN
DOT STREET FORD
RAIN
MUSCLE MUSTANGS & FAST FORDS TRIATHLON SPEED BRAKE   BEST RUN AUTOCROSS BEST RUN 1/4 MILE   BEST RUN
STOCK WINNER: Kyle Hoffman, Jupiter FL – 1987 Mustang 18.01 78.144 15.147
STOCK RUNNER UP: Carlos Acuna, Tamarac FL – 2006 Mustang GT 68.58 14.218
MODIFIED WINNER: Bruno Ribeiro, Coconut Creek – 2004 Mustang 15.15 62.562 12.587
MODIFIED RUNNER UP: Brandon Parker, Juno Beach – 2011 Shelby 14.7 66.79 13.062
MODIFIED RUNNER UP: Jesus Correa, Pompano Beach – 2001 Mustang GT 16.65 83.277 14.441

 

JUDGED CLASSES
SHELBY
OUTSTANDING: Hans Somers, Lake Worth FL 2007 Mustang GT500
WINNER: Dave Blickenstaff, Jupiter FL 2009 Mustang GT500
1964-1/2 – 1973 MUSTANG – STOCK
WINNER: Steve Eldridge, Boca Raton FL 1967 Mustang
1979 – 1993 MUSTANG – STOCK
OUTSTANDING: Andria Heimer, Jupiter FL 1985 Mustang
WINNER: Ronaldo Tauares Jr., Port St. Lucie FL 1990 Mustang
1979 – 1993 MUSTANG – MODIFIED
OUTSTANDING: Rich & Anna Peek, Palm Bay FL 1993 Mustang GT
WINNER: George Denya Jr., Port St. Lucie FL 1989 Mustang LX
1994 – 2004 MUSTANG – STOCK
OUTSTANDING: Rodney Williamson, Palm Beach Gardens FL 1994 Mustang Cobra
WINNER: Bonnie & Scott Bresalier, West Palm Beach FL 2004 Mustang Mach 1
1994 – 2004 MUSTANG – MODIFIED
OUTSTANDING: Matthew Keuhn, Loxahatchee FL 2000 Mustang GT
WINNER: Michael Wissen, Jupiter FL 2003 Mustang Mach 1
2005 – 2009 MUSTANG – STOCK
OUTSTANDING: Randy Carullo, Sunrise FL 2007 Mustang
WINNER: Jim Kuehn, Loxahatchee FL 2009 Mustang GT
2005 – 2009 MUSTANG – MODIFIED
WINNER: Albert Klaric, Fort Pierce FL 2009 Mustang 40th Anniversary
2010 – PRESENT MUSTANG – STOCK
OUTSTANDING: Rob Farley, West Melbourne FL 2010 Mustang
OUTSTANDING: Thor Fosgate, Palm Bay  FL 2010 Mustang GT
WINNER: David Clifton, Boynton Beach FL 2010 Mustang
2010 – PRESENT MUSTANG – MODIFIED
OUTSTANDING: Bryan Pearson, Millo FL 2013 Mustang GT
WINNER: Bruce Temple, Loxahatchee FL 2001 Mustang
SPECIAL INTEREST MUSTANG
OUTSTANDING: Rodney Williamson, Palm Beach Gardens FL 2013 Steeda
WINNER: Tony Vassalotti, West Palm Beach FL 2007 Roush Roadster
TRUCKS – MINI
WINNER: John Proudfoot, Boynton Beach FL 1988 Ford Ranger
TRUCKS – EARLY MODEL
OUTSTANDING: Allan Sasson, Miami FL 1976 Bronco
WINNER: Joey Travis, Lake Worth FL 1971 F-150
TRUCKS – LATE MODEL
OUTSTANDING: Mike Green, Clewiston FL 1994 F-150 Lightning
WINNER: Kevin McGlynn, Port St. Lucie FL 2002 F-150
TRUCKS – CLASSIC
WINNER: Arthur McElroy, Port St. Lucie FL 1956 F-100
MERCURY – ALL YEARS
OUTSTANDING: Rich Hoffman, Jupiter FL 1980 Mercury Monarch
WINNER: Melvin Krouskroup, Ormond Beach FL 1965 Mercury Comet
UNRESTORED
WINNER: Ed Schultz, Palm Beach Gardens FL 1977 Mercury Cougar Wagon
SPECIALTY AWARDS
BEST PAINT: Craig Kelley, Jupiter FL 1963 Mercury Meteor
BEST ENGINE: George Garcia, Miami FL 1965 Mustang
BEST INTERIOR: David Murdock, Palm Bay FL 2014 Roush Stage 3
BEST IN SHOW: Doug Curry, Stuart FL 1957 Custom 300
CLUB PARTICIPATION: East Coast Mustang Club

 

 

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Please note: Fun Ford Weekend kicks off on Friday, September 12 with Test & Tune on the Drag Strip only.
Complete event programming for Fun Ford Weekend, including the Pro Show, occurs on Saturday, September 13 only.

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