Hawley conducts lecture at NASA

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Recently, Frank Hawley, founder and instructor of Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School, was invited to speak to a group of NASA employees of the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The offer to conduct a lecture was extended to Hawley after Chip Kroll, a NASA engineer, attended a Super Class at Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School’s Gainesville, Fla., location in June.

In his free time, Kroll races the Friday Night Street program at Houston Raceway Park in Texas, and he attended Frank Hawley’s class while working to acquire his NHRA license. After the lecture, he decided the topic may be appropriate for colleagues at work and approached management about how to invite Hawley to talk to them.

Once the offer was extended to Hawley, he graciously accepted and plans were made for his trip to Texas.

On Dec. 10, Hawley spoke to a room of approximately 90 attendees, made up mostly from the Avionics Systems Division.

“To me, there are numerous similarities to the extremely fast decisions that need to be made by folks who hold highly technical positions and those of drag racers,” Hawley said. “Many of the same things I teach to my students during a Super Class were conveyed during my lecture for the NASA employees, with maybe a little more emphasis on items that would apply to the general population. Everyone deals with stress in their lives. Some, of course, have a lot more than others. If you work in an environment where you may be challenged with making critical decisions, it can help to have a better understanding of your own human performance capabilities and develop methods with which you can train yourself to handle these situations more efficiently.”

The trip was not Hawley’s first time visiting a NASA facility, but it was his first time being invited for a speaking engagement.

“I am a huge fan of the space program and the folks who make it happen. I have photos of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo rockets in my office,” said Hawley. “On a clear day in Florida, you can see the shuttle launch from the track in Gainesville. We have even stopped classes for a few minutes to watch it. The chance to spend time with these folks at this facility was a great experience.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed my entire visit to Johnson Space Center,” he added. “During my time there, I was pleased to be able to share with them the things I’ve learned throughout my career. It was a very enlightening experience for me, and I sincerely look forward to any opportunities to return in the future.”



December 16, 2009 by  
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Kansas City (Dec. 15, 2009) – If you think the months of December and January are for taking time off and vacation, think again. The new owners of the Super Chevy Show series couldn’t be busier. One of the top priorities is arranging a feature category for each of the 10 national events featured on the 30th anniversary season in 2010.

While each of the 10 national events will have some consistency in the type and caliber of entertainment on and off the race track and car show stage, there will be room for local interpretation on what the feature category will be at each venue. The owners of each Super Chevy Show series event has the ability to provide one major feature category – a task they are taking seriously. Each track wants to give fans and participants something exciting, especially in the 30th anniversary of the Super Chevy Show series.

Bill Bader, owner of Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio and host of the June 12-13 event, has already booked the nostalgic Fuel-Altered race cars to feature his Super Chevy Show.

“We are going to have the period-correct, short-wheel base cars from the 1960s that fans love,” Bader said. “They run on nearly 100 percent nitro methane and they are ill-handling cars that travel at speeds topping 230 mph. They are really neat old cars and they need a home because they don’t appear in any other sanctioning body or series.

“We are going to have the Pure Heaven car, the Rat Trap and other fan-favorites and hopefully we can build a future with them in the Super Chevy Show series because they are great nitro-burning cars that add an exciting element to the racing portion of the weekend.”

Firebird International Raceway will feature Nostalgic Funny Cars when the Super Chevy Show rolls into Phoenix for the season finale event, Oct. 23-24. Firebird’s Charlie Allen said he wants to have this particular nitro-burning race car during the weekend to give fans a taste of speed and history.

“Every track owner is excited about finding their unique feature to the Super Chevy Show series,” Allen said. “We are going to have the nostalgic Funny Cars because the nitro coupes run in the five-second range, they burn nitro and they represent a great era of racing.

“These Funny Cars are unique and appeal to all kinds of race fans and car enthusiasts. The Super Chevy Show is going to be quite an event for us in 2010.”

Racers, car show participants, fans, vendors and sponsors can call 800-692-6230 for more information on the Super Chevy Show series or go online at www.superchevyshow.com for details on 2010′s 30th anniversary season.


2010 O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals Ticket Renewals are in the Mail

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Ticket Renewals for the 25th Anniversary O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals held at the Texas Motorplex September 23-26, 2010 are in the mail and heading to your house.   2010 saw no ticket price increases so you will be able to get the same great seats in 2010 for the same great price that you paid in 2009.   We are also introducing a new payment plan option to help in 2010, more details will be on your Ticket Renewal invoice.

If you have your Ticket Renewal invoice handy you can even renew your ticket order online now by clicking here.


Give them the experience of a lifetime

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Still looking for the prefect gift for your family race fan or fans?   Want to give someone a gift that they will never forget?

Look no further, you can give them the experience of a lifetime with Texas Motorplex Gift Certificates.  Texas Motorplex Gift Certificates can be used to purchase tickets to Texas Motorplex events such as the Super Chevy Show or the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals and you can even purchase apparel  from the Texas Motorplex Souvenir Store.  You can purchase these gift certificates in any denomination online at the Texas Motorplex Online Store by going to Texas Motorplex.com and then selecting “Shop Online” or you can click here to go directly to the Texas Motorplex Online Store.


Texas Motorplex Racer Appreciation Banquet returns in 2009

November 18, 2009 by  
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The Texas Motorplex will be hosting it’s 2009 Racer Appreciation Banquet presented by Ellis County Auto and Reher Morrison on Saturday December 5, 2009 in the Texas Motorplex Champions Club.   Doors will open at 6:00pm, with a cocktail hour between 6:00pm – 7:00pm, dinner will be served at 7:30pm and the awards presentation will begin at 8:00pm.  The presentation will be MC’d by Lynn Nickerson and will feature awards presented by Ellis County Auto of Waxahachie, Tx with door prizes by ChickFilA as well as other local area companies.

2010 O’Reilly Bracket Racing Series Gold Cards and the Points Fund payouts will be awarded at the banquet as well.

Couples $25.00
Singles $15.00
Children $5.00 (12 & Under)

Please RSVP for you and your guests by calling 972-878-2641 or by e-mailing ashleyk@texasmotorplex.com .  You can also purchase your tickets now by calling 972-878-2641

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