SEMA eNews Vol. 15, No. 18, May 3, 2012

NHRA: Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Heads to Atlanta

NEWS NUGGETS

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WE’RE HEADED TO HOT-LANTA: The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series heads to Georgia for the seventh race of the season—the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Defending winners are Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle). The NHRA is offering a limited number of NHRA Nitro Generation Fan Packs for the event, featuring a great day of fun and racing action for a family of four, including two adult and two child seats, preferred parking, four hot dogs, four small Coca-Colas and an event program. The NHRA Nitro Generation Fan Packs are available in limited quantities for each day of the event, with Friday priced at $82 and Saturday or Sunday at $114. The NHRA Nitro Generation Fan Packs must be purchased in advance. As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass for the event. For tickets, call 800-884-NHRA (6472) or log on to NHRATix.com.

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BERNSTEIN AND FORCE TO BE INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME: The International Motorsports Hall of Fame announced that two NHRA greats, Kenny Bernstein and John Force, and NASCAR legend Richard Childress will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, Thursday, May 3, at Talladega Motor Speedway. Both NHRA legends will be inducted due to their success on the track and their contributions on and off the racetrack to the motorsports community.

FULL THROTTLE ENERGY DRINK JOINS FORCES WITH THE USO TO RECOGNIZE AMERICA’S TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES: Full Throttle Energy Drink and the USO share a common ground in helping hardworking families, which has led the organizations to join in an impactful partnership aimed to celebrate and honor the efforts of our country’s military heroes. The new collaboration will include custom USO-centric Full Throttle packaging and point-of-sale materials, co-branded traditional and digital media and USO integration and experiential interactivity at Full Throttle’s NHRA event footprint. To help inaugurate the project, Full Throttle will make a $250,000 contribution to the USO in a check presentation during the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals on May 5 in Commerce, Georgia. Fittingly, “the Sarge,” as U.S. Army Top Fuel driver and seven-time world champion Tony Schumacher is affectionately known, will be on hand to help make the announcement.

COMING ATTRACTIONS

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), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle). 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.

DOLLAR GENERAL NHRA SUMMERNATIONALS, HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA, May 18–20: The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series makes its eighth stop of 23 events in the 2012 season, and drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock will earn points in the battles for the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world championships. Defending winners are Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Shane Gray (Pro Stock). For tickets, call 800-884-NHRA (6472) or log on to NHRATix.com. For media credentials, contact Director of Media Relations Anthony Vestal at avestal@nhra.com.

TOYOTA NHRA SUPERNATIONALS, OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP RACEWAY PARK, May 31–June 3:
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series makes its ninth stop of 23 events in the 2012 season, and drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle will earn points in the battles for the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series world championships. Defending winners are Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Mike Neff (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle). For tickets, call 732-446-7800 or log on to RacewayPark.com. For media credentials, contact Media Relations Manager Alex Baca at abaca@nhra.com.

HE SAID, SHE SAID     INSIDE THE NUMBERS
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SOMETIMES YOU NEED A LITTLE LUCK: Brandon Bernstein knows what it’s
like to win races, but he hasn’t had that feeling since October 2009,
and he wants it back for him and his MavTV team. As the NHRA heads to
Atlanta Dragway, where Bernstein won in 2007, he is ready to have things
start falling his way. “These guys know how to win. If I can drive the
way I know how to drive, the way I’ve been driving my whole career,
eventually things will fall into place for us. We should have more
round-wins than we’ve earned so far, and we’ve come up on the wrong end
of the races that are decided by thousandths of a second, but that will
swing back our way. I have the feeling that once we break through, the
win lights will come in bunches. We’re sure hoping that starts this
weekend. We’re ready.”
    6: JOHN FORCE RACING PERFECT SIX-FOR-SIX: John Force won the
season-opener in Pomona, California, Mike Neff won last weekend in
Houston and Robert Hight won the four races between, giving JFR a
perfect score so far this season. Atlanta Dragway, the NHRA’s next stop,
happens to be a track that has been extremely friendly to JFR; the team
has collected 10 wins there in the past 19 seasons.

DID YOU KNOW…

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PLAY BALL: NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series drivers Ron Capps and Alexis DeJoria will be on center stage as part of pre-game ceremonies at Turner Field May 3, when the Atlanta Braves take on the Philadelphia Phillies. Capps, driver of the NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger, will be a guest of primary sponsor NAPA Auto Parts and throw out the ceremonial first pitch. DeJoria, driver of the Patron Tequila Funny Car, will then make the announcement to the players to take the field and join Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez at home plate for the presentation of the evening’s starting lineup.

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