SEMA eNews Vol. 15, No. 15, April 12, 2012

NHRA: Full Throttle Series Drivers and Fans Get Ready for Four-Wide Racing

NEWS NUGGETS

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NHRA FULL THROTTLE SERIES DRIVERS AND FANS ARE READY FOR THRILL OF FOUR-WIDE RACING:
On April 13–15, the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will break from the traditional one-on-one format for the third annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at Charlotte's zMAX Dragway. The different format is a welcome change for many drivers and fans. Fans can purchase two tickets to any day of the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals for $60 and receive a choice of two T-shirts, two beer vouchers or two Coca-Cola soft drinks and two hot dogs. Children 13 and younger are admitted for free with the purchase of an adult ticket. To purchase tickets, call 800-455-FANS (3267) or log on to www.zmaxdragway.com. At-track camping options are also available.

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR 25TH O’REILLY AUTO PARTS NHRA SPRING NATIONALS AT HOUSTON’S ROYAL PURPLE RACEWAY: The adrenaline-charging rush of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series returns to Houston's Royal Purple Raceway for the 25th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries, April 27–29. The event is the sixth stop of 23 races in the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. The NHRA’s first stop of the season in the Lone Star State will be full of excitement as racers in all four professional categories—Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle—head to the ultrafast dragstrip in hopes of earning a Wally trophy. NHRA fans were packed in the stands last season to see eventual Top Fuel world champ Del Worsham outrun his Al-Anabi Racing teammate, Larry Dixon, in the final round en route to collecting his third victory of the 2011 season. DHL Funny Car pilot Jeff Arend bested John Force Racing driver Mike Neff in the final round, earning his first and only win of the season. Rookie Vincent Nobile earned the first victory of his Pro Stock career by defeating local favorite Rodger Brogdon in the final round, and Andrew Hines earned his first Pro Stock Motorcycle victory of the season by taking out Michael Phillips in the final. To purchase tickets, log on to RoyalPurpleRaceway.com or call the box office at 281-383-RACE (7223).

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LIMITED ALL-INCLUSIVE PUBLIC SUITE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR ATLANTA EVENT: Fans of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series in the Atlanta area have a thrilling opportunity to secure tickets for an all-inclusive public suite at Atlanta Dragway during the 32nd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 4–6. Fans can still purchase tickets for the best seats in the house, in the dragstrip tower behind the starting line. With each ticket, the holder will receive amenities, including a hot catered lunch, mid-afternoon snack during each day of racing, unlimited water, ice-cold Coca-Cola beverages, a souvenir program, a climate-controlled seating area, Fan Zone access for Sunday’s eliminations, and pit access all three days. Those who purchase a minimum of two three-day suite tickets will also receive one preferred parking pass. To purchase tickets to the public suite for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 4–6 at Atlanta Dragway, contact Crystal Wilson, 706-423-9252 or cwilson@nhra.com.


COMING ATTRACTIONS

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 were 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, contact Media Relations Manager Alex Baca at abaca@nhra.com.

O’REILLY 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 were 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, contact Director of Media Relations Anthony Vestal at avestal@nhra.com.

SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS, ATLANTA DRAGWAY, May 4–6: The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series heads to Georgia for the seventh race of the season—one of NHRA’s long-established events. Defending winners are Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock). For tickets, call 800-884-NHRA (6472) or log on to NHRATix.com. For media credentials, contact Senior Communications Manager Scott Smith at ssmith@nhra.com.

HE SAID, SHE SAID     INSIDE THE NUMBERS
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TRYING TO KEEP THE GAME THE SAME: Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford
Shelby Mustang Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III, who is coming off his
first final-round appearance of the season, on how he prepares for the
unique format at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals: ‘“I try to treat it like
any other race. It’s not, of course. You have four cars lining up
instead of two, and the horsepower is just incredible. The noise is
different; the lights are different. For the fans, it’s a totally
different experience. But at the end of the day, I try to race my race
and not focus on what the other drivers are doing.”
    4: THE NUMBER IN HIGHT’S SIGHTS: As the NHRA Full Throttle Drag
Racing Series tour heads to zMAX Dragway for the NHRA Four-Wide
Nationals this weekend, Funny Car driver Robert Hight is going to
attempt to put his Auto Club Ford Mustang in the winner’s circle for the
fourth time in a row. Coming off three consecutive victories, Hight
will look to continue that momentum by earning his first NHRA Four-Wide
Nationals win and his fourth Wally in five races this season.

DID YOU KNOW…

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K&N HORSEPOWER CHALLENGE OFFERS FANS A CHANCE TO SELECT THE EIGHTH SPOT ON THE STARTING GRID: NHRA fans will have a direct impact on who will compete in the 2012 K&N Horsepower Challenge, held at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, July 5–8. Eight lucky NHRA fans will have the opportunity to see the event live, and one really lucky NHRA fan will leave the event as the owner of a 2012 K&N Horsepower Challenge edition Toyota Tundra. The first seven positions in the K&N Horsepower Challenge will be determined by points earned at NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series events. But the eighth and final spot will be decided by a fan vote.

The K&N Horsepower Challenge is a race within a race, showcasing the top drivers in NHRA Pro Stock, with the winner receiving $50,000. The runner-up will receive $10,000, and $3,000 each will be paid to the two semifinalists and $2,500 each to the four first-round finishers. As part of the program, a $3,000 bonus is awarded to the No. 1 qualifier at each NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event. In addition, K&N Filters is conducting the K&N Horsepower Challenge Sweepstakes and the opportunity for eight lucky fans to receive a trip to the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. NHRA fans can enter the K&N Horsepower Challenge Sweepstakes. For details, log on to www.KNFilters.com.

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