MUSTANG VERSUS CAMARO BY DAY, ULTIMATE STREET NIGHT WHEN THE SUN SETS AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX – ALL HAPPENING OCT. 5
WHAT: DRAG RACING is the quickest and fastest form of motorsport. While the kings of the sport, Top Fuel, exceed speeds of 320 mph with 8,000 horsepower, drag racing is inherently a sport that starts at the grass roots, street racing level. All that can be seen at Texas Motorplex!
The first ever Manufacturer’s Shootout will be held all day, Oct. 5, at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. The Motorplex is an all-concrete quarter-mile drag racing facility that opened in 1986, becoming the first super-stadium built specifically for drag racing. The Motorplex has hosted national event racing since 1986 and has been the site of record-breaking passes, championship-clinching performances and jaw-dropping performances.
The Mustang vs. Camaro, Ultimate Street Party event will feature drag racing, auto cross and more. It will be a day of Ford vs. Chevy before the track is opened to all makes and models for the Ultimate Street Night featuring the Texas 275 cars and the Texas Triple Threat. Both the Texas 275 and the Texas Triple Threat feature a full range of full-bodied cars that blast down an eighth-mile in less than five seconds. Pro Mod Motorcycles will also be on site during this marathon of drag racing and autocross.
WHERE: Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas. Track is located on Hwy. 287, two miles west of Ennis, between Interstates 35 and 45.
WHEN: Oct. 5, 2013
SCHEDULE: MUSTANG VERSUS CAMARO: Gates open at 8 a.m. and qualifying begins at 9 a.m. Both brands will have qualifying opportunities in autocross and drag racing before being paired against each other. Awards and prizes will be given to the most successful brand.
ULTIMATE STREET NIGHT: Open time trails start at 6 p.m. for the Texas 275, and Texas Triple Threat clubs. At 7 p.m., Ultimate Street Night will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Anyone with a street legal vehicle and a driver’s license can race for just $15.
PRICING: MUSTANGE VERSUS CAMARO: Drag racing only is $35; Autocross only is $35; Doing both drag racing and autocross is $45; Spectator tickets are $10. ULTIMATE STREET NIGHT: $10 to watch, $15 to race.
CONTACT: Texas Motorplex: (972) 878-2641, (800) MOTORPLEX or www.texasmotorplex.com
DRAG RACING MOVIE BASED ON NHRA LEGENDS SNAKE AND MONGOOSE OPENS IN NORTH TEXAS TONIGHT IN HURST AND MESQUITE
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 27, 2013) – The true story of one of NHRA drag racing’s biggest rivalries hits the big screen in North Texas starting TONIGHT as SNAKE & MONGOOS$E opens at the North East Mall 18 theater in Hurst and the AMC Mesquite 30.
The Funny Car legends, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom McEwen “Mongoose” revolutionized the sport of drag racing when they brought their high-octane form of competition into the boardrooms that made their cars and their sport household names. Their rivalry continues to be talked about as one of the fiercest in more than 60 years of NHRA drag racing.
The Snake earned 49 wins in Top Fuel and Funny Car competition in a career that spanned more than 30 years. Snake earned three wins at Texas Motorplex – two in Top Fuel (1991, 1994) and one in Funny Car (1989). McEwen never hoisted a winner’s trophy at the Motorplex.
The movie trailer can be seen at: www.snakeandmongoosemovie.com and tickets can be purchased at: www.snakeandmongoosemovie.com/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.
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 26, 2013) – If any racing series knows their fans and knows how to put on a great show, it’s the NHRDA. They have taken their diesel drag racing series all over the United States and Canada and created legions of loyal fans who love the thundering roar of diesel engines as plumes of black smoke bulge through pipes of all types of diesels.
Texas Motorplex is proud to host the NHRDA World Finals this weekend, complete with country concert and sled pull.
Qualifying for the 2013 NHRDA World Finals at Texas Motorplex starts at 5 p.m. Friday.
Racing continues at 9 a.m. on Saturday in a day packed with events and activities for fans. Diesel racing will be on the track all day featuring Top Diesel, Pro Stock, Pro Street, Super Street, Super Diesel and Sportsman. Eliminations begin at 11 a.m.
The Show-n-Shine area, always a fan favorite, will start at 10 a.m. with plenty of room for fans to wander around the jaw-dropping aray of diesel entries.
The only place more crowded than the show-n-shine is the Diesel Dyno, open to the public. Fans can bring their vehicles and drive on to the dyno trailer and see just what kind of power they pack under the hood.
Once racing is over, Sonny Burgess will be performing a country music concert as the track staff readies the sled pull competition. Sled Pull featuring Super Stock, 3.0 Diesel and 2.6 Diesel starts at 5:30 p.m.
Spectators pay just $25 for a weekend pass good for Friday and Saturday racing, concert and sled pull. Kids 6-12 are just $10 for the weekend and children 5 and under are free. Call (972) 878-2641 for more information.
KALITTA, C. PEDREGON, LINE AND KRAWIEC EARN AAA TEXAS NHRA FALLNATIONALS VICTORIES AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX
ENNIS, Texas – Doug Kalitta ended a 71-race winless drought by racing to the Top Fuel victory Sunday at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex near Dallas.
Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were winners at the second of six events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Kalitta claimed his first victory of the season and first since 2010 in Top Fuel, and moved into a tie for the NHRA Mello Yello Series points lead with the driver he beat in the final round, Shawn Langdon. Kalitta powered his Mac Tools dragster to a run of 3.842 seconds at 320.42 mph to hold off Langdon’s Al-Anabi Silver dragster, which finished in 3.896 at 291.32.
“This is huge,” Kalitta said. “It’s a good day for us. I’m really proud of Jim [Oberhofer, crew chief], Troy [Fasching, assistant crew chief], and the whole Mac Tools team. We were qualifying good and going rounds. I was just trying to make sure I didn’t screw it up. At the end of the day, we prevailed.”
Kalitta outran two-time Dallas winner Larry Dixon, rookie Brittany Force and Texas favorite Spencer Massey, who entered the event as the points leader, to advance to the final round and score his second career victory at Texas Motorplex. Kalitta was impressed with his team’s efforts, giving a special win to crew chief Oberhofer, who is a Texas native.
“They say, ‘To be the man, you’ve got to beat the man,’ and that was the case in the semifinals versus Spencer,” Kalitta said. “Hopefully this is a good precursor for the rest of the Countdown.”
Funny Car featured a final round battle between two veteran multiple world champions, as Pedregon prevailed in a thrilling duel with 15-time world champ John Force. Pedregon guided his Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry to his fourth win of the season and 34th of his career with an incredible performance of 4.106 at 312.06 to finish ahead of Force’s Castrol GTX Ford Mustang, which ran 4.22 at 270.27.
“A couple months back, I thought about how cool it would be to sweep the Texas races,” said Pedregon, who also won at Houston in April. “Lo and behold, here we are.”
Pedregon, who picked up his fourth win at Texas Motorplex, outran Blake Alexander, Bob Tasca III and defending world champion Jack Beckman to advance to the final round. With the victory, Pedregon moved to second in the Mello Yello Series points standings.
“It was an uphill battle,” Pedregon said. “I wasn’t feeling like our motor was running right, but we made the right adjustments every round. It was a great way to put an exclamation point on this event. It’s great for our team. We kind of hung around and built momentum as the race went on.”
Two-time Mello Yello Pro Stock world champion Line earned his second victory of the season and first in the Countdown by outrunning Shane Gray in the final round. Line powered his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro to his second Texas Motorplex win with a performance of 6.590 at 211.16 to hold off Gray’s Camaro. With the victory, the 31st of his career, Line claimed the Pro Stock points lead for the first time since 2011.
“I’m happy to get a cowboy hat,” Line said, referencing the prize winners at Texas Motorplex receive. “The points lead is definitely a big deal. From where we were two months ago to leave here as the points leader is a small miracle for sure and a testament to all the Summit folk.”
Line outran Texas native Rodger Brogdon, reigning world champ Allen Johnson and veteran V. Gaines in the first three rounds.
“It was definitely a strange final but we won,” Line said. “Timing is everything and this is a big win being that it’s my 31st. You have to be willing to go backwards sometime in order to go forward. We have a great car and we’re going the right way.”
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, reigning world champion Krawiec claimed his first win of 2013 and first victory at Texas Motorplex, riding his Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a holeshot victory of 6.951 at 191.87 in the final round to hold off Matt Smith’s Viper Motorcycle Company Buell.
“A lot of luck went my way this weekend,” Krawiec said. “I’m just happy to be here. This is a huge win for the Harley-Davidson team. It’s easy to show up to a race but it’s hard to be competitive. There’s a lot of great motorcycles and racers.”
Krawiec beat teammate Andrew Hines, Texas fan-favorite Michael Ray and H. Arana Sr. to advance to the final round.
“This weekend, I was riding great but I wasn’t racing great,” said Krawiec of his first victory at Texas Motorplex. “If we can continue and improve, I think you’re going to see our Harley’s sitting up front.”
The NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs continues with the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, Sept. 27-29 at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis.
“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven-A time to give birth and a time to die…a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance…He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart…I know that everything God does will remain forever…” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 2, 4, 11, 14
And the season changes for each one of us; the time is appointed. And it is appropriate, beautiful…A time for birth, healing, building up, laughter, dance, gathering, embracing, searching, finding, sewing together, silence, speaking, love, peace. And the opposites are also true.
This weekend is one of my family’s favorite times of the year. As the crispness of the fall makes its way into summer weary Texas, for years our family has planned and welcomed an annual event, synonymous to us with this fall season. Although the AAA Fall Nationals showcases the finest drag racing in the nation, and the cars and drivers provide thrilling entertainment, the most valuable and memorable experiences come from the incredible people and relationships formed over lifetimes.
Yes, there have been years of marriages, births, healings, laughter, dance, gathering, embracing, victories, travels…And the pendulum of life swings…”And the train to Jordan travels coast to coast…no baggage needed, no ticket, just faith…Just thank the Lord…”
The lyrics of Curtis Mayfield’s timeless ballad, “People Get Ready”, released in 1965, have influenced millions of listeners…inspiring, challenging, convicting, reminding its audience that there is an appointed time for everything…a time for the train to Jordan to make its run, stopping for its passengers, according to God’s appointment…but,
Early in our marriage of thirty-four years, (blissful, I might add), I had the privilege of being welcomed into an amazing sport. Billy had begun his drag racing career in a funny car in his later years of high school. While most teens engaged in the social gatherings of high school, with parties, football games, and other school events, Bill left town on Thursday or Friday to travel to a drag race, compete, and then return to Waco with the intention of attending school. (Making it there occasionally) Needless to say, being the youngster on the circuit opened up many opportunities for friendships and mentorships to develop. It was a bit unusual for a teen to participate solo because young people most often found their way into the sport because of their family’s involvement. This was not the case with Bill, however. It was through adult friendships that he became involved, and it was through many of these adult friendships that he found his way…Yes, our Mighty, Loving God makes everything beautiful in its time…in His timing.
In our early years of marriage, I had the privilege of meeting and establishing relationships with many people whom Bill had encountered in his already lengthy career. There were several married couples who embraced us as newlyweds, and for those dear friends, I am deeply grateful. There is no doubt that God had gone before us, to prepare a way to help us build and fortify a healthy marriage. And for many years, we have done life together with these people, these friends. Although times, and seasons have changed, there is a bond, a connection with these dear people so valuable and meaningful.
One of the wonderful things about the Fall National event at the Motorplex is the incredible gathering of these people who have been such an integral part of our lives. For the last few years, the race cars and the event rank second in importance to the weekend gathering in our hospitality suite. Retired racers, sponsors, crew members, family and other friends crowd around tables to reminisce (to embellish tales) about the past seasons of their lives. It is one of the most amazing times! It is a season to laugh and to enjoy these relationships. On Sunday afternoon, when the goodbyes begin, I always experience that tugging and stirring in my heart…knowing that the possibility is great that the dynamics of this yearly event, will possibly be different in the future, knowing that the train…the train to Jordan makes its stops, often unannounced.
And this year is different. The train came…”But He makes all things beautiful in His timing…His appointment”…
Paul and Rita were some of the first people to embrace Bill and his young career. They were a beautiful, wonderful couple from Des Allemands, LA. rearing a gorgeous family, and were immersed in a family business as well as incredibly competitive and successful drag racing. They were one of those wonderful families that enjoyed the sport as a family venture. Their kindness and goodness extended to me when Bill and I married. I remember their incredible hospitality, their warmth, their generosity, and their love. And, we did life together.
One of the most beautiful experiences with Paul and Rita was the celebration of our daughter and son-in-law’s wedding in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. Paul and Rita flew in to celebrate with our family; they knew the deep value and worth of a godly marriage…Today, our daughter still mentions them as some of the ‘guests of honor’…Doing life together.
The yearly events at the Motorplex showcased some of the finest visiting with Paul and Rita, hearing the family updates, the grand-children stories, beautiful conversations about God’s faithfulness to answer prayer, sharing laughter and tears, victories and defeats in their family racing ventures, and the finest wines and crab-claws, all the way from Louisiana!
Doing life together…The train came…it came for Paul a few weeks ago. His bags were not packed because he did not need them. He did not have a ticket…he did not need one. He had his faith…and he thanked the Lord with his life. He and his beautiful bride, Rita, lived their lives as an altar of love.
Suddenly, Paul experienced his home-coming. Bill and I traveled to Thibodaux to celebrate his life and to love the family. Instead, we found ourselves once again, immersed in the rich deep love of their family. It was also apparent by the huge response of the small city that a pillar of their community had boarded the train. Their church was a testimony of their faith and the beauty and majesty of their Lord Jesus Christ. Instead of gathering at the tables in the hospitality suite of our racetrack, we sat side-by-side with many of the racers, sponsors, friends, and family members in the beautiful cathedral to remember. We remembered deep and abiding love for family and friends, a passionate love for life and laughter, a loyalty to friends and to family…and a beautiful and compassionate call to each one attending…reminding each one to embrace the love of the Savior Jesus Christ, where true and eternal life is found.
No one of us knows when the train will stop…the train to Jordan…It will stop for each one of us at some time…some appointed time, requiring faith…to board…but no burden, no weight, no trappings, no baggage…just faith and a “thank you Lord”…
This week-end, there is an empty chair. But there are many people whose lives are richer and fuller, and they are reminded of true, meaningful life because of the lives of Paul and his bride Rita. And may I mention that she is a beauty; she is strong; she is passionate; she is loving; she is the matriarch of her family…and we hope to once again sit with her and to reminisce, when she is ready.
As the celebration service came to a close on that Wednesday, a voice sang the lyrics into the hearts and the minds of the congregation…
“People get ready, there’s a train a-comin’
You don’t need no baggage, you just get on board.
All you need is faith…Don’t need no ticket, you just thank the Lord.
So people get ready for the train to Jordan…”
(Curtis Mayfield, 1965)
And the season changes for each one of us. And the time is appointed. And it is appropriate and beautiful…A time for birth, healing, building up, laughter, dance, gathering, embracing, searching, finding, sewing together, silence, speaking, love, peace…And, the opposites are also true. But…
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.”
I thank God for each one of you, for what you mean to our lives and to God’s Kingdom. I pray that each one of us will speak boldly and lovingly the truth of God’s love and His faithfulness. May each of our lives be a testimony to the goodness and kindness of the Lord. I know that Paul and Rita’s lives continue to shine as examples of this kind of love. And I know that when the train came for Paul, his life and his example did not leave our lives. His chair may be empty, but their lives and their examples fill my heart, Bill’s heart and the hearts of countless other friends and family members…
I trust God with you that He will heal hurting hearts, He will restore the laughter and the dance…He will love the lonely…He is the Almighty God…He will not forsake His children…He paid for our ticket with His life…He carries our burdens and our baggage on His cross…May all people respond to Him with faith and thanksgiving…because,
Abundant love and joy, Billy and Deborah Meyer
And the Lord…said, “I have loved you with an everlasting love…” Jeremiah 31:3