Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2011 E.T. Drag Racing at Royal Purple Raceway

The newly crowned Royal Purple Raceway (formerly Houston Raceway Park 1988-2010) has a complete series of competition drag races scheduled in 2011. These competitions are a part of the O'Reilly E.T. Bracket Racing Series which attracts drag racers and their vehicles of different speeds to compete on the same track for cash prizes and great awards.

The 2011 O'Reilly Auto Parts E.T. Bracket Racing Series hosted at the new Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas will be one of the drag racing series we compete in during the drag race season of the NHRA Division 4, South central region.

Bracket racing is the incubator for professional drag race teams that had their start back at the beginning. Bracket racing budgets are millions of dollars less than those of the highest priced Top Fuel dragster teams but the competitions are as close if not closer than any other classification of drag racing.

This is where young drivers learn to go 100, 150, 200 and 300 miles an hour down the track on their way from rookie to champion of the class. Imagine jumping out of a plane without a chute and it would be similar to getting behind the wheel of 8000 horsepower drag race engine inside of a million dollar car without doing run after run after run of bracket racing and sportsman racing up through the classes of vehicles as more power is introduced to go faster.

E.T. Bracket racing lets drivers choose their time. That means they must tune their drag race vehicle to reach the end of the track at a prescribed time. Using a handicap start, the host track controls the starting time. This gives a slower vehicle a head start before the faster vehicle gets to leave the starting line.

Everything rides on the finish. Whoever gets to the end with the closest time to the time they chose without going faster wins. Going faster does not win any races here but getting to work on time will will every time.

This racing is very exciting and gives everyone an equal chance to win or lose. Competitors in the series throughout the year are also racing for track awards and points which can be turned in for cash or and/or an invitation to the Bracket Team Championship held every year at the Division 4 Summit E.T. Finals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX.

Super Pro 4550 Robin Fitzhenry-Walsh will compete in 2011.

March 12-13, 2011
April 2-3, 2011
May 7-8, 2011
May 21-22, 2011
June 18-19, 2011
August 20-21, 2011
September 10-11, 2011

Summit E.T. Finals
October 8-10, 2011

Important Drag Race Links:

Drag Race Central
Houston area Racing forum

I'm heading to my facebook profile and then to Twitter to retweet some of my friends news from today.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Introducing the NEW Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas

I am many things and I scour many topics. This is one piece of news that I caught right on time. It seems like I've stepped outside myself because I didn't hear anything about it until it was said and done. I'm looking at the future while standing in the past.

From wikipedia

Houston Raceway Park is a quarter-mile dragstrip in Baytown, Texas, just outside Houston. It opened in 1988 and hosts the NHRA's O'Reilly Spring Nationals. It has a seating capacity for nearly 50,000 spectators, with additional grandstand seating brought in during major events.[1] Houston Raceway Park's pit area holds approximately 400 racing rigs, with additional pit parking available on grass. The spectator parking lots have a capacity of over 10,000 cars, along with a special VIP parking area capable of holding an additional 600 vehicles.

In 2000, Houston Raceway Park opened a new world class high banked 3/8 mile dirt oval track at the facility.

The track is owned by the Angel Brothers of Baytown, Texas.

*Announcing the arrival of the NEW Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas; formerly Houston Raceway Park*

Facebook OLD * NEW
Twitter OLD * NEW (no new one yet)
Website OLD (gone) * NEW

Coming off the renovation and construction of new seating, club and I over heard restrooms, the Angel brothers have renovated the name of their race facilities (drag-strip and dirt track) in Baytown, Texas from Houston Raceway Park to Royal Purple Raceway.

The new raceway is better than the old raceway but the new name isn't as good as the old one. The old one didn't advertise anything but racing and today it advertises racing and Royal Purple. Welcome to Houston, I mean welcome to Royal Purple.

There's commentary on the way things are done for everything. Taxes go up and we want them to go down (I bet you didn't know) even after they go down. We would just as soon go back to the old ways of doing things if we could because the old ways are better; more value. I for one agree with some of it as long as I have a fast connection.

I have to stop on this type of matter if I want to look back and then look ahead at what the future holds for mass produced commercialism. For what it's worth an old name is worth more than a new name in the long run. The LONG run.

Maybe a name change is good. I think about names and changing names and think to myself that the old name must have had a problem. If you had too many nick names I bet you'd be wanting to change your name too. I know, my name is Francis. But I didn't hear of any problems with the old name and now that there's a new name I think I know why the old name is gone. But everything is the same except the new club, seating, AC and restrooms. Right?

So maybe it's in the name but then again maybe not. I don't know because I don't know anything; just that Houston Raceway Park is dead from a purple heart.

Francis Damian Walsh

Mr. Walsh is an author of many unique blogs and original content. Freelance writing allows this writer to explore subjects and views that are individual to the author and in no way represent views of any other individual or group.

Opinion pieces are meant to be opinionated and invite debate. This commentary is more about the changing face of commercialism than it is about anything else. The opportunity to write comes from the author and on the author's inclination to write. (for writers)

UPDATE December 23rd:

Read the Houston Chronicle article

Copyright 2010 For the Chronicle
Aug. 17, 2010, 6:52PM

Houston Raceway park becomes Royal Purple Raceway

Monday, December 20, 2010

Top Sportsman 4556 is fixed.

Over the off-season the Stallion of the stable had major work done to it's legs. At the race before the national last year she broke the rear-end to pieces which wicked up into the transmission too. The force was so hard the output shaft was twisted around itself where it slid into the transmission connected by some very strong teeth. Those teeth were all wiped out.

The rear-end was in pieces but the housing and axles survived the event; so did the motor. We tore out the rear-end right away and the transmission too. Now that it's all back together it started with ease. Filling the transmission taught me a lesson I thought I already knew. I got some fluid spit up at me from stupidity. That is all.

The season is only a full moth away and a week or two. I'm ready to get on with the show!

awewriter @ Team Nitrousfitz of BDR Racing

Friday, December 17, 2010

2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Race Series and the NHRA are hosting the 2011 Full Throttle drag race seaon at the following locations and times:

51st Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals Pomona, CA Feb. 24-27
42nd Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals Gainesville, FL (PSM) March 10-13
12th NHRA Nationals Las Vegas, NV April 1-3
2nd NHRA 4-Wide Nationals Concord, NC April 14-17
24th O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals Houston, TX (PSM) April 29-May 1
31st Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals Commerce, GA (PSM) May 13-15
23rd O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Summer Nationals Topeka, KS May 20-22
42nd NHRA SuperNationals Englishtown, NJ (PSM) June 2-5
11th NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Bristol, TN June 17-19
5th Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Norwalk, OH (PSM) June 23-26
14th United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals Chicago, IL (PSM) July 7-10
32nd Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals Denver, CO (PSM) July 22-24
24th FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals Sonoma, CA (PSM) July 29-31
24th NHRA Northwest Nationals Seattle, WA Aug. 5-7
30th Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Brainerd, MN (PSM) Aug. 18-21
57th Mac Tools U.S. Nationals by Lucas Oil Indianapolis, IN (PSM)Aug. 31 – Sept. 5

Countdown to the Championship
4th O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals Concord, NC (PSM) Sept. 15-18
26th AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals Dallas, TX (PSM) Sept. 22-25
27th NHRA Keystone Nationals Reading, PA (PSM) Sept. 29 - Oct. 2
27th NHRA Arizona Nationals Phoenix, AZ (PSM) Oct. 14-16
11th NHRA Las Vegas Nationals Las Vegas, NV (PSM) Oct. 27-30
47th Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals Pomona, CA (PSM) Nov.10-13

Thursday, December 16, 2010

2011 NHRA Divison 4 South Central Schedule

Each year the NHRA and Lucas Oil team up to offer sportsmen racers the opportunity to compete in division for the right to go to the last race of the year in Pamona California. This year is no different.

Each of these races allows BDR Racing and Team Nitrousfitz to compete against the best sportsmen racers in the South Central region of the United States and competitors from other divisions. Each race is a full weekend of racing with traveling. Being at the track first and last means you went prepared and you left a winner. 2011 is poised to be the best year yet for BDR racing and the drivers for Team Nitrousfitz.

The following races have been scheduled for 2011 in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series challenge for 2011.

"The Good Guys" Division 4 South Central region of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) sponsored American drag racing circuit will compete:

March 4-6 Houston Raceway Park Houston, Texas
April 15-17 Texas Motorplex Dallas, Texas
May 27-29 No Problem Raceway Park Belle Rose, La.
June 10-12 Tulsa Raceway Park Tulsa, Okla.
September 16-18 Huston Raceway Park Houston, Texas
October 7-9 Thunder Valley Raceway Park

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