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
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