THREE MORE ACTS SIGN ON FOR CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVAL CONCERT AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX

May 1, 2013 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Feb. 22, 2013) – Three more fan-favorite musical acts have signed on to perform at the first Cinco de Mayo festival presented by Texas Motorplex. The bands, Stampede and Costumbre along with solo artist Shelly Lares, will all join headliner Intocable for the day-long festival on Sunday, May 5.

The Cinco de Mayo festival will feature music on the main stage on the starting line at Motorplex all day along with specialty food, vendors and more. General admission tickets are on sale now for the advance price of just $20 for adults, $10 for youth under 12 years old and kids 5 and under are free.

Parking in the spectator lot is FREE to anyone who buys tickets on or before May 3, 2013. Click here to go to the ticketing page for the Cinco de Mayo festival tickets at Texas Motorplex.

Intocable, the award-winning band from Zapata, Texas, has set the tone for all Tejano bands that have followed in their storied, award-winning career.

Stampede is a six-piece outfit that is primed to make a push for the top of the Tejano market. With an energy level that compares to a “stampede,” the band’s live performances display its versatility by mixing covers with its cumbia and ranchera originals.

Formed in 1996 in the DFW Metroplex, the award-winning Stampede is known for its innovative, urban-Tejano sound that respects tradition.

Costumbre, also hails from Zapata, and is a five-man group that has amassed thousands of fans with their amazing songs and sound.

Shelly Lares is a multi-talented singer, songwriter and producer with a high-energy show that showcases her dynamic vocal talent. Lares first signed a record deal with San Antonio-based Manny Records and has toured the world ever since.

Check www.texasmotorplex.com to buy tickets and for more festival details as they are announced. Call (800) MOTORPLEX for more information or to buy tickets.

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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TEJANO SINGING SENSATION BOBBY PULIDO TO PERFORM AT CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVAL CONCERT AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX

May 1, 2013 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (Feb. 27, 2013) – Bobby Pulido, the 2012 Tejano Artist of the Year, will perform at the first ever Cinco de Mayo Festival at Texas Motorplex on Sunday, May 5.

Pulido, an Edinburg, Texas native, is a platinum-selling recording artist who has claimed honors for nearly 20 years including being named the best Male Vocalist of the Year, entertainer of the year and claimed the song of the year with DIAS DE AYER at the 2011 at the Tejano Music Awards.

Pulido joins a stellar lineup for the day-long family festival: Intocable, Stampede, Costumbre and Shelley Lares.

The Cinco de Mayo festival will feature music on the main stage on the starting line at Motorplex all day along with specialty food, vendors and more. General admission tickets are on sale now for the advance price of just $20 for adults, $10 for youth under 12 years old and kids 5 and under are free.

Parking in the spectator lot is FREE to anyone who buys tickets on or before May 3, 2013. Click here to go to the ticketing page for the Cinco de Mayo festival tickets at Texas Motorplex.

Pulido, a Sniper Records recording artist, is one of the leading artists in Latin Music. Since the release of his first album “Desvelado,” his voice, his style, and his music have made waves in the Grupero and Regional-Mexican genres of the U.S. and Mexico.

Considered by People en Español Magazine as one of the “Most Guapo” (Good Looking) Latin artists, Pulido quickly took the music industry by storm with his selling and drawing power. The ability to cross over musical boundaries as well as bridging the gap between two distinct cultures is one of the most impressive things Pulido has accomplished; all this is attributed to the fact that he can impact both Spanish and English speaking Latinos with his ability to speak both languages fluently.

Intocable, the award-winning band from Zapata, Texas, has set the tone for all Tejano bands that have followed in their storied, award-winning career.

Stampede is a six-piece outfit that is primed to make a push for the top of the Tejano market. With an energy level that compares to a “stampede,” the band’s live performances display its versatility by mixing covers with its cumbia and ranchera originals.

Formed in 1996 in the DFW Metroplex, the award-winning Stampede is known for its innovative, urban-Tejano sound that respects tradition.

Costumbre, also hails from Zapata, and is a five-man group that has amassed thousands of fans with their amazing songs and sound.

Shelly Lares is a multi-talented singer, songwriter and producer with a high-energy show that showcases her dynamic vocal talent. Lares first signed a record deal with San Antonio-based Manny Records and has toured the world ever since.

Check www.texasmotorplex.com to buy tickets and for more festival details as they are announced. Call (800) MOTORPLEX for more information or to buy tickets.

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 OR NO CAR – ENTHUSIASTS MOTTO WHEN IT COMES TO CARS

April 23, 2013 by  
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MOPAR OR NO CAR – ENTHUSIASTS MOTTO WHEN IT COMES TO CARS

Mega Mopar Action Series Takes Over the Motorplex on Saturday

ENNIS, Texas (April 23, 2013) – When it comes to the love of a car brand, most car club members are very clear about their choices: It’s EITHER Mopar, Ford or Chevy. Rarely is it a combination of the Big 3 manufacturers.

As the Mopar Action Series brings the Mopars to the Motorplex back to Texas Motorplex this Saturday, Bill Boon talks about his love of cars from an early age. Boon, known as the Texas Trailer Man, is one of the supporters of the Mopars at the Motorplex event and his club, Cowtown Mopars, will be vying for car show awards and drag racing titles when gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Texas Motorplex sat down with Boon to get an idea of what separates a Mopar lover from all other car enthusiasts.

 

Q: When did you first start paying attention to cars?

BOON: To me, it’s “MOPAR or no car”.  I’m sure most car enthusiasts have heard that saying throughout the years. I grew up in a family that owed Buicks and Fords. Buicks for cruising and Fords for “show and go”, and noise!

When I was about 9 years old, my dad had a good friend who owned a big ‘55 Chrysler 300 that would scald the tires in first and second gears. I thought that was really cool. That car was fast and I loved riding in it, I went every time I got a chance. I remember getting the brochures and reading them over and over again. The car had a 331 Firepower Hemi motor, and it had power steering. It was cool looking too, much better looking than Granddad’s Buick. That was the beginning of my interest in, and my love for MOPAR’s.

 

Q: How many Mopars have you owned in your lifetime?

 

BOON: I’ve owned 18 MOPAR’s total. The first one was when I was 16 and in high school – a 1933 Plymouth 2 door sedan. I owned two MOPAR’s that I wish I had today because I could retire on them. In 1971 I bought a ‘71 Sport Fury GT 440 HP, and in 1986 I bought a ‘70 Hemi Cuda Convertible.

Plus I have had five MOPAR Drag Race Cars, a ‘70 Duster 340ci SS/IA, which in ‘77 I turned into a bracket car. That car was sold in Houston and is still running in South Texas, somewhere.  I also had a ‘70 Cuda 440ci bracket car that I got from my good friend Jackie Lewis who owns Prescott Raceway Park in Arkansas. I once owned a ‘73 Dodge Colt 440ci Super Gas car which I sold to a chiropractor in Albuquerque, NM, and is now in Indianapolis, IN. There was also a ‘69 Dart 440ci bracket car, a ‘70 Challenger 440ci Super Gas/bracket car-which a young man and his dad from Blum, Texas bought. And right now I have a ‘74 Dodge Dart Sport 440ci Super Street or Super Pro Electronics Bracket Car – the Texas Trailer Man car!!

Q: What is your daily driver?

 

BOON: I currently own a 2004 Ram Quad Cab with 5.9 Diesel and 6 speed with 320,000 miles, and a 2007 Ram Quad Cab Dually with 5.9 Diesel and Automatic with 82,000 miles. Those trucks are the best I have every owned.

 

Q: What Mopar do you have your eye on for the future?

 

BOON: I would like to own one of the new Challenger’s with the Modern Hemi, but my wife won’t let me. She says I need to do all my racing on the drag strip, not on the street. She has been telling me that since 1965, and I’ve learned to mind her pretty well!!  I almost convinced her earlier this year to get one of the Chrysler 300’s with the Modern Hemi.

 

Q: What makes Mopar such a special word and important part of your life?

 

BOON: I have been in love with MOPAR’s since 1956 and proud of it. When they came with the new Charger and Magnum rear wheel drive cars I knew they were on to something good. The younger generations really began to be interested in Chrysler cars again. Next came the new Challenger’s and the bigger, badder Modern Hemi’s which created a whole new generation of Hi Performance enthusiast’s. As MOPAR Pro Stock Drag Racer Allen Johnson would say “They are bad to the bone” and it’s something we can all celebrate together every year at the Mopars at the Motorplex event.

 

WHAT:         Texas Motorplex plays host to an all Mopar party on April 27 with the region’s best Mopar car clubs, drag racing, swap meet, car corral, vendor midway, car show and more!

 

WHERE:      Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas.  Track is located on Hwy. 287, two miles west of Ennis, between Interstates 35 and 45.

 

WHEN:          April 26-27, 2013

WHAT ELSE:   Fast Friday will usher in the weekend when Mopar racers will take on any and all non-Mopar competitors during the Fast Friday event on Friday, April 26.

 

SCHEDULE:      Friday, April 26: Gates open at 6 p.m., racing 7 p.m. – midnight. Saturday, April 27: Mega Mopar Action Series’ Mopars at the Motorplex: Gates open: 9 a.m.: Time trials begin; 10 a.m.: Car show judging begins

TICKETS:     Adults $15; Youth tickets (ages 13-17) $5, Children (12 and under) FREE. Every ticket includes a pit pass. Adult tickets are just $10 if purchased online before April 25.

 

CONTACT:  For more information, contract Texas Motorplex: (972) 878-2641, (800) MOTORPLEX or www.texasmotorplex.com

 

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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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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