TEXAS RACERS DOMINATE MOTORPLEX

April 22, 2013 by  
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ENNIS, Texas – In the final results from the Texas Motorplex and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Texas racers took home 8 of 10 trophies led by Bill Kent in Comp Eliminator and Norman Marsden in Super Stock.

Kent, Midland, Texas, clicked off a 6.689 second lap at 189.95 mph in his ’66 Chevy II to beat Denver City, Texas, racer Clark Smiley while Marsden won a close race against former Lucas Oil national champion Larry Stewart.  Marsden got the advantage at the start and held on for the win.

Reigning Super Gas national champion Jeff Lopez, Bedford, Texas, scored his second divisional event win of the year taking out Shannon Brinkley, Highlands, Texas, and Harvey “Speedy” Emmons added another trophy to his collection defeating Jacob Pitt in Stock Eliminator.

Matt Driskell and Tom Williams were identical off the line in the Sunset Racecraft Top Dragster class with Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., taking the win in 6.588 seconds at over 200 mph to Williams’ 6.796, 198 mph.

Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., had Allen Firestone covered on both ends of the tracks with a 0.004 second reaction time and a 6.552 on the scoreboard for the win in the Orteq Top Sportsman class.

Other winners this weekend were Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, who drove around Scooter Choate for the win in Super Comp; Charlie Owens, White Oak, Texas, went seven rounds in Super Street; and Larry Eperjesi, Lake Dallas, Texas, won in the Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley Davidson class running 7.766 seconds at 159.12 mph to win by about 17 inches.

South Central Division racers head to Houston for the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals this weekend, April 26-28.  Next up for Texas Motorplex is their Fast Friday and Mega Mopar Action, April 26-27.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Texas Motorplex:

COMP ELIMINATOR

Bill Kent, Midland, Texas, dragster, B/D, 6.689, 189.95  def. Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, ’09 GXP, BB/A, 7.459, 176.97

 

SUPER STOCK

Norman Marsden, Santo, Texas, ’66 Chevy II, SS/KA, 10.369, 124.95  def. Larry Stewart, Clinton, Miss., ’10 Challenger, SS/IA, 9.811, 134.58

 

STOCK ELIMINATOR

Harvey Emmons III, Friendswood, Texas, ’69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.345, 119.28 def. Jacob Pitt, Mansfield, Texas, ’77 Duster, H/SA, 11.338, 114.42

 

SUPER COMP

Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, dragster, 8.901, 157.69 def. Scooter Choate, Hubbard, Texas, dragster, 8.918, 179.02

 

SUPER GAS

Jeff Lopez, Bedford, Texas, ’63 Corvette, 9.949, 153.07 def. Shannon Brinkley, Highlands, Texas, ’01 Corvette, 9.932, 152.61

 

SUPER STREET

Charlie Owens, White Oak, Texas, ’67 Camaro, 10.934, 144.52 def. Brian Hughes, Longview, Texas, ’69 Camaro, 10.932, 134.15

 

TOP DRAGSTER

Matt Driskell, Wellsville, Kan., dragster, 6.588, 201.10 def. Tom Williams, Leonardville, Kan., dragster, 6.796, 198.23

 

TOP SPORTSMAN

Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., ’68 Camaro, 6.552, 213.23 def. Allen Firestone, Velma, Okla., ’01 S-10, 6.843, 199.37

 

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE PRESENTED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON

Larry Eperjesi, Lake Dallas, Texas, ’12 Suzuki, 7.766, 159.12 def. Jerry Pomilla, Conroe, Texas, ’85 Suzuki, 8.211, 151.87

 

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SUPER CHEVY SHOW CRUISE TO KICK OFF FROM DOWNTOWN WAXAHACHIE

April 22, 2013 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (April 3, 2013) – For the second consecutive year, the Super Chevy Show will officially kick off with a cruise from downtown Waxahachie before the biggest Bowtie celebration takes place at Texas Motorplex on Saturday, May 4.

All Chevy and GM vehicles are invited to line up around the Ellis County Courthouse along Main Street in downtown Waxahachie. All cruisers will receive a goodie bag with special offers and discounts as well as breakfast items including a local favorite: kolaches.

All pre-registered cruisers will receive a free Texas Motorplex window flag and will be allowed exclusive and instant VIP entrance through the gates of the Motorplex upon arrival.

As always, Super Chevy Magazine staffers will be on site to take photos and video of the cruise. Waxahachie Police Department officers will also escort the cruisers onto Highway 287 for the short trip to the Motorplex.

The third of 12 Super Chevy Show events slated for 2013 will be held at Texas Motorplex, May 4, 2013. The Super Chevy Show is a celebration of one of America’s most popular brands. The Motorplex will be filled with a car show, swap meet, car corral, kid’s activities area and of course, drag racing with the region’s top bracket racers as well as other family-fun entertainment.

Participant gates open 7 a.m., spectator gates open 8 a.m.; Car show judging seminar 10:30 a.m.; Time trials start at 10 a.m.; Music and BBQ 1-3 p.m.; Car show awards 3:30 p.m. Parking is free for Super Chevy Show. Tickets start at $5 and children 12 and under are free.

Go to www.texasmotorplex.com to register for all of the event categories: Saturday Test-n-tune: $35, Fast GM (Electronics): $70 ($1,200 to win), Quick GM (No E): $70 ($1,000 to win),Car Show (judged class): $25, Show & Shine (not-judged):  $25, Heads Up Index (11, 12, 13): $40 ($200 to win each class, $50 R/U), 5th Gen Camaro Shootout: $35, Corvette Showdown: $35, Tuff Trucks: $25, True Street GM: $40 ($250 to win), Car Corral: $25, Swap Meet: $25.

Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

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MOPAR MADNESS HEADS TO TEXAS MOTORPLEX FOR ANNUAL BASH

April 17, 2013 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (April 15, 2013) – What does Mopar mean? What makes a car, a Mopar? And what creates the frenzy behind some of the most loyal car brand owners in the country?

The answers may vary greatly depending on whom you ask. Some would tell you that Mopar is an all-encompassing term to describe any Chrysler-built vehicle. That’s not a small amount of vehicles, either. That could include: Dodge, Chrysler, Plymouth, Imperial, Desoto and even Jeep and Eagle brands.

There are others, however, that will tell you the term has developed an urban dictionary of definitions from its wildly enthusiastic audience. Mopar could mean: Massively Over Powered and Respected. It could mean: Move Over People Are Racing.

Texas Motorplex officials really like that last one, considering there will be a car show, show-n-shine AND drag racing when the Mega Mopar Action Series Mopars at the Motorplex comes to the historic facility April 26-27.

The Mopar-powered weekend starts with a Fast Friday street legal event open to any and all cars, makes, models and driving experience. What better way to get ready for a power display on Saturday than with a high-octane warm-up on Friday night? Gates open at 6 p.m. April 26, racing will go until Midnight.

Mopars at the Motorplex gates open at 9 a.m. for a full day of celebrating one of the most powerful muscle car brands on the road today.

People who drive Chrysler and Dodge vehicles don’t just like their cars, after all. They are obsessed with them; making the Mopars at the Motorplex an especially popular event for the die-hards who drive Chargers, Challengers and more.

“To say the least, the fans who come out to support the Mopar event and the participants involved with the Mopar event are some of the most dedicated and excited that we see all season,” Texas Motorplex President and GM Gabrielle Stevenson said. “All of our car manufacturer events are unique and special and filled with a serious enthusiasm, and the Mopars at the Motorplex event is a great way to kick off the four we host each year.”

 

 

Mega Mopar Series presents Mopars at the Motorplex April 26-27, 2013

2013 Mopars at the Motorplex Categories and Pricing

Participant entry fee: All Mopars at the Motorplex participants will be charged $25 (or just $20 in advance) to enter the event (Gate 10). Participants in Car Show, Show-n-Shine, Swap Meet and Car Corral will not have to pay additional fees.

Participants in LX Class, Super Pro, Electronics, Pro, Nostalgia Super Stock and Modern Hemi Shootout and Test-n-Tune are required to pay additional fees as follows when picking up goodie bags and tech cards at the Registration Center.

Category                                Additional Fee           Payout

ECA Modern Hemi Shootout         $40                                       Win $1200, R/U $600

Texas Trailer Man Electronics       $40                       Win $1000, R/U $500

Nostalgia Super Stock                     $40                                       Win $1200, R/U $500

Nickles Auto Works Super Pro      $40                                       Win $800, R/U $400

Pro                                                     $40                                        Win $700, R/U $300

DOT Tire- Sportsman                      $20                                       Win $400, R/U $200

Dealer Manager’s Cup Race          $10                                        Winner Takes Trophy for Year

Test-n-Tune                                      $10                                       Prizes, giveaways

All judged car show                        $0                                         Plaques, goodie bags, prizes

Show-n-Shine                                  $0                                         Goodie bags

Swap Meet                                       $0                                         Goodie bags

Car Corral                                          $0                                         Goodie bags

 

Spectator Ticket Prices:  Adult/Crew: $15, Youth (Age 13-17): $5, Children 12 & under are FREE

-              Every ticket includes a Pit Pass

 

Friday, April 26 – FAST FRIDAY: $15 to race, $10 to watch

6 p.m.:                                  Fast Friday gates open

7 p.m.:                                  Test-n-Tune

12 a.m.:                                Secure track

 

Saturday, April 27

8 a.m.:                                  Gates open / participant parking

8 a.m.:                                  Car show registration and setup (9 a.m. – noon)

9 a.m.:                                  Open Time Trials for all race classes, tech in the lanes

10:30 a.m.:                          Car show judging seminar

Noon.:                                  ROUND ONE ELIMINATIONS

12-2 p.m.:                            FREE Revell “Make-n-Take” for kids at the Car Show Tent

3:30 p.m.:                            Car show awards

Race Rules and Payouts

Evolution Custom Auto “MODERN HEMI SHOOTOUT” -  ¼- mile

.500 full Tree, All Run, 2002 and newer

Win $1200, Runner-up $600, Semi $300, Qtrs $100, 8ths $50

Texas Trailer Man “Electronics”- 1/8th mile 

All ET’s Run , Full Tree, Dial Your Own Electronics trans-brake class (crosstalk on)

Electronics Class, box, trans brake, full tree, dial your own, all run field, no throttle stops, any power adder combo allowed, any tire size allowed, no weight limit

Winner $1000, Runner-up $500, Semi’s $250, Qtrs $100, 8ths $50

Super Pro- 1/8th mile

7.70 and quicker, Full Tree, Dial Your Own Foot Break Class

Foot Break, full tree, dial your own, all run field, no throttle stops, no trans brake, any power adder combo allowed, any tire size allowed, no weight limit

Winner $800, Runner-up $400, Semi’s $200, Qtrs $65

PRO – 1/8th mile

11.90 slower, Full Tree, Dial Your Own

No Electronics Class, no box, no trans brake, full tree, all run field, no throttle stops, any power adder combo allowed, any tire size allowed, no weight limit, must leave off footbrake

Winner $800, Runner-up $400, Semi’s $200, Qtrs $65

DOT Tire- Sportsman – ¼ mile

DOT tires, All run Foot Break, Full Tree, Dial Your Own

No Electronics Class, no box, no trans brake, full tree, all run field, no throttle stops, any power adder combo allowed, any tire size allowed, no weight limit, must leave off foot brake

Winner $400, Runner-up $200, Semi’s $80 Qtrs $45

Nostalgia Super Stock – ¼- mile All Makes Run

Indexed, .500 full Tree, Foot Break

Win $1200, Runner-up $500, Semi’s $250, Qtrs $100

CLASS DESIGNATIONS & INDEX:

AAA/FX 08.75, AA/FX 09.00, A/FX 09.25, B/FX 09.50, C/FX 09.75, A/NSS 10.00, B/NSS 10.50, C/NSS 11.00, D/NSS 11.50, E/NSS 12.00, F/NSS 12.50, G/NSS 13.00

Class Description

Nostalgia Super Stock is an index-style foot brake only class for the year models, body styles, and engine combinations, which accurately represent those cars, which raced in the A/FX and Super Stock classes of the ’60s. Certain exceptions in the authenticity of these cars will be allowed. Among those exceptions, but not limited to, are factors concerning safety, equality in performance, availability, and durability. Classification will be based on a visual inspection and an e.t. range. No modifications, which alter the car from factory stock, are permitted unless they are specifically allowed in these rules. Sandbagging, excessive braking near the finish line or excessive mph for a given e.t. is subject to result in a disqualification. Nostalgia Super Stock is an all run field, and will compete on an NHRA Sportsman type ladder. The class will qualify by elapsed time closest to index, be paired according to qualifying positions, and then advance to eliminations. All qualifiers in Nostalgia Super Stock must have a valid elapsed time recorded to be placed into eliminator competition.

Qualifying Information, Ladder Type, & Tree

All Run, NHRA Sportsman Ladder, .500 Full Tree, Handicap Start.

ELIGIBLE YEAR MODELS AND BODY STYLES

The following is a list of cars/engines, which are allowed to compete in the Nostalgia Super Stock class:  • AMC AMX: 1968 – 1969; 390

• Chevrolet Full Bodied: 1959-64; 348 & 409s, Z11 427

• Chevrolet Full Bodied: 1965-67; 396-454

• Chevrolet Chevelle: 1964 – 1967; 396-454

• Pontiac Full Bodied: 1959-67; 389-455

• Tempest/GTO: 1962-67; 389-455

• Ford Full Bodied: 1959-67; 390-427

• Ford Thunderbolt: 1964; 427

• Fairlane/Comet/Cyclone/Falcon: 1963-67; 390, 427

• Dodge/Plymouth Full Bodied: 1960-67; 383-440 wedge

• Dodge/Plymouth Full Bodied: 1964-67; Hemi

• Buick Full Bodied: 1960-67; 401-455

• Skylark GS: 1964-67; 400-401-455

• Chevelle: 1964-67; 396-454

• Oldsmobile Full Bodied: 1960-67; 394-400-455

• Cutlass/442: 1964-67; 400-455

• Dart/Barracuda: 1967-69; 383-440

• Dart/Barracuda: 1968; 426 Hemi

NSS Classes: All NSS class participants must declare & have posted the NSS class of choice prior to the 1st scheduled qualifying run in their respective eliminator or at the time of technical inspection. No change of class is permitted after the first scheduled qualifying round for the respective eliminator.

Dealer Manager’s Cup Race

Participants must be a Representative from a Mopar Dealership and use a street legal vehicle. Representative must check in at Registration Center, and give car description by 9am.

Judged Car Show Information:

Car Show Classes.

All Classes are winner only for the Car Show Categories

A Body- Stock

A Body- Modified

B Body- Stock (62-67)

B Body- Modified (62-67)

B Body- Stock (68- Later)

B Body- Modified (68- Later)

C Body- All

E Body- Stock

E Body- Modified

Early Model Stock (61 & Older)

Late Model RWD (77-Later)

Modern LX

Viper/ Prowler

Project

Jeep/ AMC (All Years)

Wing Car

Race Car

Custom

Specialty

Early Model Street Rod (61 & Older)

Young Guns

Stock Truck

Custom Truck

Front Wheel Drive

Survivor/ Un restored

Car Corral (Non Judged)

Special Awards

Best Wheels                       Best Paint                            Best Engine

Best Interior                       Peoples Choice                 Best in Show (Gold Cup)

 

General

•             All Judged entries must be a Mopar or Mopar powered

•             Race Car entries cannot be licensed or inspected

•             No nitrous oxide systems, parts, or paraphernalia are allowed in stock class entries

•             Project Class entries must show significant evidence of work in progress. Entrants limited to a maximum of two years in this class.

 

Class Criteria

The intent of the Stock Class is to simulate an original assembly line vehicle. It is recognized that most of the vehicles will have some changes and additions. To distinguish between Stock and Modified class entries, we adhere to the following guidelines.

1.         A modification is considered any part, piece, or system of pieces, currently on the vehicle, that was not available from the factory’s assembly line at the time of the entry vehicle’s date of manufacture. This includes, but is not limited to: incorrect wheels, headers, chrome engine components, after-market gauges (including tachs), intake manifolds, non-factory carbs, lift kits, shackles, traction bars, competition shifters, deeply tinted glass, re-located exhaust systems, modern stereo/cassette/cd systems, and both interior and exterior changes that significantly alter the vehicle’s appearance.

A Maximum of three (3) modifications will be allowed on “Stock” Class entries.

Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

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NHRA SOUTH CENTRAL DIVISION ARRIVES AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX FOR AN OLD SCHOOL

April 15, 2013 by  
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 ENNIS, Texas – Texas Motorplex host the second stop for the NHRA South Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, the Old School Showdown, on April 19-21, 2013.   The event is one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s Orteq Top Sportsman Series, Sunset Racecraft Top Dragster Series and NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will run in conjunction with the event.

Saturday’s action is highlighted by the second annual Texas Motorplex Old School Showdown featuring old school hot rods from the Texas Blown Fuel Association and the Southwest Jr Fuel Association and an old school Jet Train performance by KC Jones as the Motorplex turns back the clock for some Saturday night family-fun entertainment.

Gates at Texas Motorplex open at 8 a.m. each day. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman qualify twice on Friday at noon and 4 p.m. and have one session on Saturday at noon. Saturday’s Showdown starts at 3 p.m. with Opening Ceremonies.  Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman run round one at 6 p.m. on Saturday with round two slated for Sunday morning at 10 a.m.   Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Texas Motorplex are $15 Friday, $15 Saturday and $15 Sunday. Children 6 to 15 years old are $5 Friday, $5 Saturday and $5 Sunday. Kids 5 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.  For more information call the track,  (972) 878-2641, or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.


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KC JONES JET TRAINS TO PERFORM AT LUCAS OIL DIVISIONAL AS HIGHLIGHT TO OLD SCHOOL SHOWDOWN: TEAM STEAM ON BOARD FOR ACTION

April 15, 2013 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (April 16, 2013) – The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Divisional, featuring the second annual Old School Showdown, is finally back in town.

The Texas Motorplex Old School Showdown at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event features the best racers in the region, battling for valuable division and national championship points as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $560,000. Categories include Sportsman MC, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.

For the second consecutive year the Lucas Oil event will featuring the Texas

Motorplex Old School Showdown with specialty old school hot rods from the Texas Blown Fuel Association and the Southwest Jr Fuel Association and more as the Motorplex turns back the clock for some Saturday night family-fun entertainment!Gates open at 8 a.m. for the Lucas Oil event and the Showdown starts at 3 p.m. with Opening Ceremonies.

A special highlight and new addition to the show this year is the high-powered, jaw-dropping old school Jet Train performance by KC Jones.

“All of us here at Team Steam are really looking forward to performing at the Texas Motorplex Old School Showdown for a number of reasons,” KC Jones said. “Tracks like the Motorplex recognize the fact that along with all the great sportsman racing that will be taking place for the Lucas Oil DRS event that putting on a show for the fans is also important. Years ago we used to run a lot of Division races, then for some reason they just went away for Exhibition Cars.

“The last couple of years we have had the opportunity to run at a few Lucas Oil events with great results, lots of fans get to watch great racing all day and see an exciting show to wrap up the event. Our goal is to help draw the fans to the event and give them a good bang for their hard earned buck.”

Jones said he also has a personal connection to the Billy Meyer-owned super track.

“I grew up in Southern California, dreaming about running at places like Texas Motorplex,” Jones said. “I started going to drag races when I was 5 years old and I will never forget some of the great moments in drag racing, including watching Billy Meyer win the Manufacturer’s Meet at OCIR. So running at his track is pretty cool.”

Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

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