SEMA eNews Vol. 15, No. 11, March 15, 2012

NHRA: New Faces in Winner's Circle at Tire Kingdom Gatornationals

NEWS NUGGETS

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NEW FACES IN WINNER’S CIRCLE AT PRESTIGIOUS TIRE KINGDOM NHRA GATORNATIONALS: Three of the four winners in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series professional categories at the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals presented by NAPAFilters.com were first-time winners at the historic event. Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) can now add “Gatornationals event winner” to their resumes, and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) can add “three-time Gatornationals champ” and “quickest rider in the two-wheel class” to his. To drivers and fans alike, the Gatornationals is easily one of the most prestigious events on tour, making the winners’ triumphs exceptionally special.

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NHRA ORIGINALS T-SHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE IN BOYS SIZES: The NHRA Originals T-shirts that have been available in men’s sizes at various stores, including Walmart and Target, are now available in boys sizes XS-XXL at select Walmarts across the country in California, Florida, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR AAA INSURANCE NHRA MIDWEST NATIONALS IN ST. LOUIS:
Tickets for the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, September 28–30 at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis, are on sale. The inaugural event is the third of six races in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship. The track is selling full event and individual event reserved and general-admission tickets as well as RV packages; to buy tickets, log on to GatewayMsp.com or call 618-215-8888 or 855-RACETIK (855-722-3845).

COMING ATTRACTIONS

SUMMITRACING.COM NHRA NATIONALS, THE STRIP AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, March 30–April 1:
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series makes its first of two stops of the season in Sin City for the fourth race of the season. Defending event winners are Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock). For tickets, call 800-644-4444 or log on to LVMS.com. For media credentials, contact Director of Media Relations Anthony Vestal at avestal@nhra.com.

NHRA FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS, zMAX DRAGWAY, April 13–15:
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series makes its first of two stops of the season in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the only four-wide national event. Winners from 2011 are Del Worsham (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock). For tickets, call 800-455-FANS (3267) or log on to CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com. For media credentials, please contact Media Relations Manager Alex Baca at abaca@nhra.com.

O’RIELLY AUTO PARTS NHRA SPRING NATIONALS PRESENTED BY SUPER START BATTERIES, ROYAL PURPLE RACEWAY, April 27–29:
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series makes its first stop of the season in the Lone Star State for the sixth race of the season. Winners from 2011 are Del Worsham (Top Fuel), Jeff Arend (Funny Car), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle). For tickets, call 281-383-RACE (7223) or log on to RoyalPurpleRaceway.com. For media credentials, please contact Director of Media Relations Anthony Vestal at avestal@nhra.com.

HE SAID, SHE SAID   INSIDE THE NUMBERS
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FROM PILOT TO PASSENGER: Top Fuel driver Antron Brown got to
experience some circle-track action last week at Charlotte Motor
Speedway when he did a ride-along with NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr.
Brown then returned the favor when he took the wheel of the two-seater
Super Comp dragster at zMAX Dragway and showed Truex what NHRA Drag
Racing is like. Said Brown after his ride, “It was incredible; it was
unreal. He was mat to the floor right at the first turn. It was one of
the rides of all rides; I was in awe because I’m usually the one
driving. I’ve always had respect for these guys, but now I have a whole
new meaning for NASCAR.”
  0 for 9: Since winning in Las Vegas in October 2010, Top Fuel
driver Tony Schumacher is 0–9 in final-round appearances. This is the
longest that the seven-time champ has ever gone without a win; he was
0–8 in finals before winning his first Top Fuel event in 1999. Although
he is 0–9, he has been to two final rounds in 2012 and holds the Top
Fuel point lead.

DID YOU KNOW

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… Rookie Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria, who earned her first round-win at the 43rd annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals presented by NAPAFilters.com at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville coming off a DNQ at Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix, will be heading to NASCAR country this weekend for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Tequila Patron team plans to start its Toyota Camry on the race track during pre-race ceremonies on both Saturday and Sunday. The crew will also be doing demos of what it does each weekend when it tears down and rebuilds the 7,000-hp nitro-burning engine in 75 minutes or less.

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