History Channel’s Sliced Episode Filmed at the Texas Motorplex Airs Thursday

May 18, 2010 by  
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What’s the best way to understand how something works? Slice it in half! Dallas residents John McCalmont and Budd Kelley use a variety of incredible tools to literally slice objects apart, layer by layer, and explore their inner workings on the History Channel’s show, SLICED. From the macro to the micro, SLICED unveils the secret functions of the most complex machines, fastest engines and biggest structures, to reveal the mysteries of how these objects work by looking at them in a whole new way.

An episode about a spy car was filmed at the Texas Motorplex and will air Thursday at 9 p.m. (CST). Check out more information about the show here: http://www.history.com/shows/sliced

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Fun Will Reign Supreme at Texas Super Chevy Show

May 15, 2010 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (May 14, 2010) – The Texas Motorplex will play host to the Super Chevy Show, May 21-23 and will have a little of everything to offer fans, participants and anyone looking to have fun. There will be an eye-pleasing car show, the sound of outlaw nitro drag racing, a 1957 Chevy truck that runs on jet engines, a Texas BBQ, live music, a professionally designed autocross and more.

Just call it a Texas-style block party.

“This year’s Super Chevy Show at the Texas Motorplex is absolutely going to be the most entertaining one we’ve ever had,” said Gabrielle Stevenson, Texas Motorplex general manager. “We are getting a lot of positive feedback on the event already because people can already feel a difference in the excitement and investment by the new owners. Our goal was to make this an event that families would want to attend even if they weren’t racing or car show enthusiasts. With the additional entertainment like the band, the ’57 Jet Truck and everything else, we have something to entertain everyone.”

Drag racing fans will get their kicks with Saturday’s Pro Show, which will include “Beat the Heat” pro-mods, Kenny Nelson’s “Cool Bus” wheelstander and the fastest jet truck in the world — a Super Shockwave jet 1957 Chevy pickup – that runs on two Pratt & Whitney J34-48 engines.

If that wasn’t enough, there will be the Outlaw Fuel Altereds Association race too, which will feature two rounds of qualifying and eliminations. The OFAA is made up of independent races with blown alcohol and nitro burning altereds who run at events in the Southwest. It features 135-inch wheelbase cars, with a funny car type chassis.

“Beat the Heat” will make exhibition runs both Saturday and Sunday, and for those wanting a closer look, they will also be on display on the vendor midway.

“Our racing enthusiasts will be in for a treat,” Stevenson said. “The entertainment will not stop there. The show will also include a traditional Texas-style BBQ and live music, as fans and participants will enjoy great food, with live music from The Morticians a popular band based out of Waco.”

The BBQ has all the makings of a celebration in the pits that will allow fans, racers and car show participants to hob-nob with staffers from the Super Chevy and Custom Classic Trucks magazines. The magazine staffers will be handing out BBQ tickets throughout the day for free food. The BBQ should be a great time, if fans can pull themselves away from the new kids’ play area.

“The excitement level for this event is pretty high and it’s refreshing to feel such enthusiasm for Super Chevy Show again,” Stevenson said.

The Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, The 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 Champions Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

For schedule and ticket information, go to www.texasmotorplex.com or www.superchevyshow.com or call (800) MOTORPLEX.

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Texas-style Cruise to Highlight Super Chevy Show

May 12, 2010 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (May 12, 2010) – Summer is on the way and it’s time to cruise – to the Super Chevy Show at the Texas Motorplex.

The Super Chevy Show series is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2010 and what better way to celebrate it Texas-style than by cruising to the track with editors and photographers from Super Chevy Magazine and Custom Classic Trucks Magazine?

There will be Camaros, El Caminos and Silverados…oh my!

The day will start will donuts, coffee and car talk at Cowboys Dancehall in Arlington. Once the cruisers take off and head to the track, an exclusive entrance gate and early parking will await them as the Super Chevy celebration kicks into high gear.

The Super Chevy Show at the Texas Motorplex will offer a car show, drag racing, an autocross course run by the Texas Region’s Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) group, a swap meet, live music, BBQ and more.

It all starts with a cruise to celebrate one of the most beloved car brands in American history.

A similar cruise, which saw Chevy enthusiast join a parade from Southern California to Las Vegas, took place for the 2010 Super Chevy Show opener in March, receiving great reviews from all parties. The Texas version, of course, is expected to be bigger.

“The Super Chevy Magazine staffers are going to be on this trip and I think it’s a great way for them to get to know the car show participants and see firsthand how the Motorplex is situated within the DFW region,” said Gabrielle Stevenson, general manager of the Motorplex. “The Magazine photographers did a great photo shoot from the cruise from Los Angeles to Las Vegas at the season opener and I have high hopes that the Texas version of the cruise will be bigger.

“The series is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the Texas Motorplex is celebrating its 25th anniversary of being one of the best race tracks in the country. The Super Chevy Show is just going to be a big celebration of cars, racing and more.”

The cruise takes place Saturday morning, but the track will be hosting a test-and-tune on Friday, May 21. The ever-popular car show, swap meet and drag racing will continue May 22-23.’

Car Show Cruise Info – Saturday, May 22
Cowboys Dancehall (2540 E. Abram St., Arlington)
Gathering at 8 a.m. for coffee and donuts
Departing for the Texas Motorplex for the 2010 Super Chevy Show at 8:30 a.m. with Super Chevy Magazine staffers
Will enter the track through an exclusive gate

The drag racing portion of the event will feature bracket racing, including the new shoebox class, and a pro show that will include two rounds of qualifying and eliminations for the Outlaw Fuel Altereds, as well as Beat the Heat pro-mods, Kenny Nelson’s “Cool Bus” wheelstander and the fastest jet truck in the world — Super Shockwave jet 1957 Chevy pickup – that runs on two Pratt & Whitney J34-48 engines.

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THE VOICE OF TEXAS MOTORPLEX SET TO PARTICIPATE IN RELAY FOR LIFE

April 29, 2010 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (April 29, 2010) –Lynn Nickerson stuttered as a child. He’s not alone, many children do. But how many of those children grow up to be a nationally known PA announcer?

Nickerson, a Fort Worth resident, is the voice of Division 4 NHRA drag racing. He cleared a lot of hurdles that included speech therapy and loads of patience to become a highly revered man with a microphone.

The battle to overcome a stutter, however, is nothing compared to the two times he has fought cancer.  Nickerson beat esophageal cancer in 2004 and then conquered it again in 2006 when that same cancer traveled to his kidneys.

Simply put, Nickerson knows how to put up a good fight.

“I think that in order to beat something like cancer, you have to believe in yourself and place your belief in a higher power,” Nickerson said. “God’s intervention had a lot to do with my ability to beat cancer. I also had tremendous support from racers and everyone involved in the racing community.”

Nickerson will be in good company Friday when the Texas Motorplex plays host to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event. Participants will be walking for 12 consecutive hours to honor those lost to cancer, to celebrate those who have fought and survived cancer and to support continuing research.

“This is an incredible event because it creates awareness and the more people that are aware of cancer, the quicker we can find a cure,” Nickerson said. “We also need to realize that when your body sends us a signal, we need to respond. Mine started out as something that felt like heartburn, but it wasn’t heartburn. It takes a lot to survive and I’m grateful I listened to those signals.”

Texas Motorplex General Manager Gabrielle Stevenson said Nickerson is the perfect example of what makes the Relay for Life such a valuable event.

“Lynn is a part of the Texas Motorplex family and is an amazing positive force in the drag racing community,” Stevenson said. “He and all the other cancer survivors are the reason why people gather to celebrate accomplishments and pledge to find a cure. What Lynn has done to overcome cancer is nothing short of a brilliant example of strength and dedication. The Relay for Life honors that courage.”

The Relay for Life starts at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at 6 a.m. Saturday. There will be several ceremonies and celebrations throughout the event. The Luminaria Ceremony, one of the most moving moments of the event, will be held at 9 p.m. when walking stops and the names of those battling cancer or those lost to cancer will be read out loud under the glow of candlelight.

The Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, The 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 Champions Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

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Winners Crowned at Lucas Oil

April 27, 2010 by  
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DIVISION 4
Texas Motorplex
Ennis, Texas
 April 23-25, 2010

Sunday’s results

ENNIS, Texas – The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series tackled the Texas Motorplex quarter mile this weekend with hundreds of racers going head-to-head in Sunday’s elimination rounds.  Winners were crowned in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car, as well as the rest of the classes that make up the nationwide series.

NHRA South Central division racers head to Tulsa Raceway Park for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, May 14-16.

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

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
Round one
8) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 5.749, 268.49 def.
1) Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., 6.514, 265.27;

6) Malcolm Wahle, Claremore, Okla., 5.371, 247.02 def.
3) Buddy Domingue, Port Neches, Texas, broke;

5) Monroe Guest, Mannford, Okla., 5.256, 273.55 def.
4) Chase Copeland, Ft. Worth, Texas, 5.336, 265.06;

7) Kristen Wootton, Magnolia, Texas, 5.348, 267.53 def.
2) Michael Manners, Willis, Texas, 14.410, 51.43;

Semifinals
Guest, 5.403, 262.69 def. Thompson, 5.930, 265.48;
Wootton, 5.373, 265.64 def. Wahle, 5.384, 256.11;

Finals
Wootton, 5.336, 262.13 def. Guest, 5.462, 265.27.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:

Round one
1) Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., ’09 Mustang, 5.602, 256.99 def. 6) Lee Callaway, Channelview, Texas, ’07 Mustang, 15.980, 74.61;

4) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, ’08 Monte Carlo, 5.665, 255.58 def.
3) Steve Burck, Corpus Christi, Texas, ’02 Camaro, 25.294, 45.76;

2) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., ’07 Mustang, 5.613, 260.51 def.
5) Burl Brown, Gainesville, Texas, ’09 Mustang, 6.895, 157.04;

Semifinals
Payne, 5.655, 257.97 def. Foster, 5.673, 253.90;
Bartone, 5.606, 257.04 was unopposed;

Finals
Bartone, 5.625, 257.33 def. Payne, 8.598, 101.65.

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
Ernest Watson, Humble, Texas, ’05 Cavalier, A/SMA, 8.017, 170.49  def.
Don Thomas, Amarillo, Texas, dragster, C/ED, 7.720, 147.01.

SUPER STOCK
Bill Devine, Allen, Texas, ’95 Achieva, SS/AS, 9.222, 144.71  def.
Pete Peery, Bowie, Texas, ’91 Calais, GT/DA, 9.897, 131.38.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Kevin Helms, Schriever, La., ’69 Camaro, A/S, 10.419, 108.87  def.
Jody Simoneaux, Napoleonville, La., ’67 Chevy II, F/SA, 11.443,
103.91.

SUPER COMP
Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, dragster, 8.918, 151.14  def.
Rustin Mayse, Frost, Texas, dragster, 8.908, 159.83.

SUPER GAS
Jeff Lopez, Bedford, Texas, ’63 Corvette, 9.885, 150.87  def.
Audie Wood, Dallas, Texas, ’69 Chevelle, 9.858, 156.03.

SUPER STREET
Ray Dew, League City, Texas, ’70 Nova, 10.909, 131.04  def.
Tim Watson, Fort Worth, Texas, ’68 Camaro, 10.901, 131.88.

TOP DRAGSTER
P.J. Vicari, Marrero, La., dragster, 6.725, 196.30  def.
Jerry Story, Norman, Okla., dragster, 6.524, 206.80.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., ’07 GTO, 6.689, 205.44  def.
Billy Torrence, Kilgore, Texas, ’09 GXP, 16.413, 66.91.

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
Ben Brown, Irving, Texas, ’05 Hayabusa, 8.078, 161.29  def.
Mike McCullah, Houston, Texas, ’00 Suzuki, 8.226, 149.91.

Saturday

ENNIS, Texas – Competitors made their final qualifying runs and time trials today for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Texas Motorplex and will go into eliminations Sunday morning. Racing classes range from five second dragsters and Funny Cars, to Super Gas roadsters and wheelstanding Super Stocks, all battling it out on the quarter mile.

Gates open at 8 a.m. with racing action set for 9 a.m. and round 1 for Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car is scheduled for 11 a.m.

The following are Saturday’s final qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, South Central Division event at Texas Motorplex:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., 5.361 seconds, 268.12 mph
2) Michael Manners, Willis, Texas, 5.386, 272.45
3) Buddy Domingue, Port Neches, Texas, 5.420, 247.16
4) Chase Copeland, Ft. Worth, Texas, 5.445, 260.76
5) Monroe Guest, Mannford, Okla., 5.504, 266.00
6) Malcolm Wahle, Claremore, Okla., 5.510, 246.71
7) Kristen Wootton, Magnolia, Texas, 5.623, 248.39
8) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 5.856, 265.53
Not Qualified
9) David Brounkowski, Cypress, Texas, 6.070, 234.49

First round TAD pairings
1) Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., 5.361 seconds, 268.12 mph vs.
8) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 5.856, 265.53

2) Michael Manners, Willis, Texas, 5.386, 272.45 vs.
7) Kristen Wootton, Magnolia, Texas, 5.623, 248.39

3) Buddy Domingue, Port Neches, Texas, 5.420, 247.16 vs.
6) Malcolm Wahle, Claremore, Okla., 5.510, 246.71

4) Chase Copeland, Ft. Worth, Texas, 5.445, 260.76 vs.
5) Monroe Guest, Mannford, Okla., 5.504, 266.00

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., ’09 Mustang, 5.608 seconds, 256.70 mph
2) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., ’07 Mustang, 5.610, 260.41
3) Steve Burck, Corpus Christi, Texas, ’02 Camaro, 5.682, 250.27
4) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, ’08 Monte Carlo, 5.683, 256.75
5) Burl Brown, Gainesville, Texas, ’09 Mustang, 5.897, 244.29
6) Lee Callaway, Channelview, Texas, ’07 Mustang, 15.219, 63.41

First round TAFC pairings
1) Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., ’09 Mustang, 5.608 seconds, 256.70 mph vs.
6) Lee Callaway, Channelview, Texas, ’07 Mustang, 15.219, 63.41

2) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., ’07 Mustang, 5.610, 260.41 vs.
5) Burl Brown, Gainesville, Texas, ’09 Mustang, 5.897, 244.29

3) Steve Burck, Corpus Christi, Texas, ’02 Camaro, 5.682, 250.27 vs.
4) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, ’08 Monte Carlo, 5.683, 256.75

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Joey Tanksley, Greenwell Springs, La., dragster, C/D, 6.721 seconds, -0.709 (under index)
2) Kevin Self, Caddo, Okla., ’32 Bantam, F/EA, 7.903, -0.627
3) Rhett Fulton, St Gabriel, La., dragster, C/ED, 7.258, -0.612
4) Mike Trumble, Pasadena, Texas, ’08 Cobalt, A/SMA, 7.913, -0.607
5) Scott Cashio, Ventress, La., ’09 Cobalt, B/SMA, 8.066, -0.604
6) Raymond Martin, Mt Belvieu, Texas, ’32 Bantam, K/AA, 7.710, -0.600
7) Adam Hickey, Hammond, La., ’06 Cobalt, C/SMA, 8.116, -0.594
8) Stephen Rosen, Harahan, La., dragster, G/ED, 7.871, -0.589
9) Pete Carbery, Odessa, Texas, ’07 Cobalt, B/A, 7.007, -0.553
10) Robert Hass, Houston, Texas, ’08 Stratus, B/AA, 7.072, -0.548

SUPER STOCK
1) J.W. Hames, Madison, Miss., ’89 Daytona, GT/IA, 10.249 seconds, -0.951 (under index)
2) Lloyd Wofford, Jonesboro, Ark., ’78 Volare, SS/JA, 10.088, -0.912
3) Tony Cowell, Hudson Oakes, Texas, ’81 Camaro, GT/JA, 10.394, -0.906
4) James Caro, Houma, La., ’05 Stratus, SS/AM, 8.115, -0.885
5) Chris Chaney, Claremore, Okla., ’02 Cavalier, GT/DA, 9.633, -0.867
6) Byron Latino, St. James, La., ’09 G5, SS/BS, 8.829, -0.821
7) Larry Stewart Jr., Clinton, Miss., ’67 Chevy II, SS/FA, 9.642, -0.808
8) John Covington, Center, Texas, ’98 Grand Am, GT/DA, 9.704, -0.796
9) Bryan Chaney, Claremore, Okla., ’92 Camaro, GT/GA, 10.112, -0.788
10) Ken Howell, Baytown, Texas, ’10 Cobalt, GT/D, 9.604, -0.746

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Sammy Pizzolato, Houma, La., ’69 Corvette, B/SA, 10.309 seconds, -0.941 (under index)
2) Austin Williams, Burleson, Texas, ’69 Camaro, G/SA, 11.059, -0.941
3) David Buckner, New Waverly, Texas, ’72 Duster, F/SA, 10.932, -0.918
4) Sam Pourciau, Walker, La., ’00 Camaro, C/SA, 10.507, -0.893
5) R.J. Sledge, Boerne, Texas, ’67 Fairlane, F/SA, 10.964, -0.886
6) Kent LaPorte, Lafayette, La., ’91 Camaro, I/SA, 11.425, -0.875
7) Kyle Ratcliff, Denton, Texas, ’98 Firebird, C/SA, 10.530, -0.870
8) Patrick Courts, New Iberia, La., ’87 Firebird, N/SA, 12.147, -0.853
9) Jacob Pitt, Mansfield, Texas, ’77 Volare, H/SA, 11.309, -0.841
10) Mike Cotten, Broken Arrow, Okla., ’73 Duster, F/SA, 11.017, -0.833

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., ’07 GTO, 6.385 seconds, 219.61 mph
2) Billy Torrence, Kilgore, Texas, ’09 GXP, 6.490, 216.06
3) Greg Lair, Canyon, Texas, ’05 Grand Am, 6.712, 207.75
4) Allen Firestone, Velma, Okla., ’01 S-10, 6.770, 203.74
5) Joseph Mohana, Bourg, La., ’70 Camaro, 6.780, 204.54
6) Jerry Holt, Collinsville, Okla., ’08 GTO, 6.806, 205.10
7) Bert Prejean, St. Amant, La., ’06 GTO, 6.883, 201.82
8) Scott Randall, Carrollton, Texas, ’08 GXP, 6.887, 200.41
9) Vince Hoda, Diamondhead, Miss., ’00 Firebird, 6.930, 200.92
10) Keith Daniels, Ft. Worth, Texas, ’97 Camaro, 6.931, 200.62

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Michael Kile, Westlake, La., dragster, 6.122 seconds, 227.92 mph
2) Rob Mckinley Jr, Conroe, Texas, dragster, 6.224, 220.58
3) Don Aydelott, Vernon, Texas, dragster, 6.292, 220.30
4) Jerry Story, Norman, Okla., dragster, 6.514, 208.65
5) Jenifer White, Conroe, Texas, dragster, 6.521, 207.94
6) Keith McCullar, McAlester, Okla., dragster, 6.528, 206.35
7) Lee Lightfoot, Odessa, Texas, dragster, 6.533, 214.11
8) Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., dragster, 6.544, 204.70
9) Ed Schneider, Cedar Park, Texas, dragster, 6.596, 200.41
10) Douglas Barnhart, Katy, Texas, dragster, 6.600, 209.23

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
1) William Keele, San Antonio, Texas, ’82 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.000 seconds reaction time
2) Mike Hudson, Broken Arrow, Okla., ’97 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.000
3) Raegan Gentili, Crosby, Texas, ’83 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.001
4) Ricky Martin, Coweta, Okla., ’80 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.001
5) Rob Bennett, Lucas, Texas, ’07 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.001
6) Robert Sanders, Katy, Texas, ’04 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.002
7) Ronnie Harris, Metarie, La., ’03 Harley, ETMX, 0.004
8) David Latino, Donaldsonville, La., ’05 Hayabusa, ETMX, 0.004
9) Tony L. Davis, Houston, Texas, dragster, ETMX, 0.005
10) Rich Gentili, Humble, Texas, ’83 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.007

Friday

ENNIS, Texas – NHRA South Central division racers invaded Texas Motorplex today to kick off the weekend’s action for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.  The event is the first of five events in the 2010 season where competitors will earn points toward both national and divisional championships.

Qualifying continues on Saturday for all classes beginning 9 a.m. with the series’ premier Top Alcohol Dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny Cars qualifying at 1 and 4 p.m.  Sunday’s schedules gets under way at 9 a.m. with final eliminations followed by winner’s circle and the crowning of the champions.

The following are Friday’s qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Texas Motorplex.

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Michael Manners, Willis, Texas, 5.386 seconds, 272.45 mph
2) Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., 5.481, 266.53
3) Malcolm Wahle, Claremore, Okla., 5.563, 246.71
4) Chase Copeland, Ft. Worth, Texas, 5.589, 257.97
5) Kristen Wootton, Magnolia, Texas, 5.623, 248.39
6) Buddy Domingue, Port Neches, Texas, 5.814, 232.19
7) Monroe Guest, Mannford, Okla., 6.390, 193.79
8) James Thompson, Vernon, Texas, 6.439, 229.35
Not Qualified
9) David Brounkowski, Cypress, Texas, 7.105, 216.76

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., ’07 Mustang, 5.625 seconds, 256.60 mph
2) Steve Burck, Corpus Christi, Texas, ’02 Camaro, 5.712, 250.27
3) Chris Foster, Davenport, Iowa, ’08 Monte Carlo, 5.811, 250.74
4) Burl Brown, Gainesville, Texas, ’09 Mustang, 6.012, 227.92
5) Lee Callaway, Channelview, Texas, ’07 Mustang, 15.219, 63.41
6) Tony Bartone, Long Island City, N.Y., ’09 Mustang, (no time)

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Rhett Fulton, St Gabriel, La., dragster, C/ED, 7.357 seconds, -0.513 (under index)
2) Kevin Self, Caddo, Okla., ’32 Bantam, F/EA, 8.027, -0.503
3) Stephen Rosen, Harahan, La., dragster, G/ED, 7.971, -0.489
4) Raymond Martin, Mt Belvieu, Texas, ’32 Bantam, K/AA, 7.822, -0.488
5) Robert Hass, Houston, Texas, ’08 Stratus, B/AA, 7.133, -0.487
6) Steve Holloway, Lakewood, Colo., ’06 GTO, B/AA, 7.139, -0.481
7) Clark Smiley, Denver City, Texas, ’05 Cavalier, C/A, 7.492, -0.478
8) Craig Bourgeois, Metarie, La., ’09 Stratus, B/DA, 6.929, -0.461
9) Ernest Watson, Humble, Texas, ’05 Cavalier, A/SMA, 8.060, -0.460
10) Scott Cashio, Ventress, La., ’09 Cobalt, B/SMA, 8.214, -0.456

SUPER STOCK
1) J.W. Hames, Madison, Miss., ’89 Daytona, GT/IA, 10.320 seconds, -0.880 (under index)
2) Lloyd Wofford, Jonesboro, Ark., ’78 Volare, SS/JA, 10.184, -0.816
3) James Caro, Houma, La., ’05 Stratus, SS/AM, 8.208, -0.792
4) Tony Cowell, Hudson Oakes, Texas, ’81 Camaro, GT/JA, 10.536, -0.764
5) Ken Howell, Baytown, Texas, ’10 Cobalt, GT/D, 9.641, -0.709
6) Chris Chaney, Claremore, Okla., ’02 Cavalier, GT/DA, 9.795, -0.705
7) Bryan Chaney, Claremore, Okla., ’92 Camaro, GT/GA, 10.201, -0.699
8) Larry Stewart Jr., Clinton, Miss., ’67 Chevy II, SS/GA, 9.853, -0.697
9) John Covington, Center, Texas, ’98 Grand Am, GT/DA, 9.808, -0.692
10) Korey Mawhee, Frisco, Texas, ’95 Achieva, GT/DA, 9.848, -0.652

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Sammy Pizzolato, Houma, La., ’69 Corvette, B/SA, 10.309 seconds, -0.941 (under index)
2) David Buckner, New Waverly, Texas, ’72 Duster, F/SA, 10.932, -0.918
3) Sam Pourciau, Walker, La., ’00 Camaro, C/SA, 10.507, -0.893
4) Kyle Ratcliff, Denton, Texas, ’98 Firebird, C/SA, 10.530, -0.870
5) R.J. Sledge, Boerne, Texas, ’67 Fairlane, F/SA, 11.002, -0.848
6) Jacob Pitt, Mansfield, Texas, ’77 Volare, H/SA, 11.311, -0.839
7) Mike Cotten, Broken Arrow, Okla., ’73 Duster, F/SA, 11.017, -0.833
8) Jason Buckner, New Waverly, Texas, ’72 Challenger, G/SA, 11.171, -0.829
9) Patrick Courts, New Iberia, La., ’87 Firebird, N/SA, 12.172, -0.828
10) Nolan Grier, Cypress, Texas, ’67 Mustang, C/SA, 10.584, -0.816

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Billy Torrence, Kilgore, Texas, ’09 GXP, 6.507 seconds, 214.55 mph
2) Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., ’07 GTO, 6.763, 205.51
3) Greg Lair, Canyon, Texas, ’05 Grand Am, 6.782, 205.85
4) Jerry Holt, Collinsville, Okla., ’08 GTO, 6.826, 202.61
5) Joseph Mohana, Bourg, La., ’70 Camaro, 6.852, 202.18
6) Allen Firestone, Velma, Okla., ’01 S-10, 6.907, 200.44
7) Bert Prejean, St. Amant, La., ’06 GTO, 6.926, 201.37
8) Scott Randall, Carrollton, Texas, ’08 GXP, 6.936, 198.70
9) Jeffrey Cummins, Cypress, Texas, ’04 Cavalier, 7.093, 195.28
10) Danny Leibham, Tomball, Texas, ’01 Camaro, 7.154, 190.78

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Don Aydelott, Vernon, Texas, dragster, 6.338 seconds, 217.95 mph
2) Brandon Chauvin, Gonzales, La., dragster, 6.676, 199.61
3) Kevin Ford, Amarillo, Texas, dragster, 6.721, 199.73
4) Mallori McCullar-Rodgers, McAlester, Okla., dragster, 6.723, 201.04
5) Keith McCullar, McAlester, Okla., dragster, 6.762, 202.58
6) Keith Raftery, Lake Charles, La., dragster, 6.765, 197.19
7) Scott Barker, Davis, Okla., dragster, 6.769, 198.99
8) Jerry Holt, Collinsville, Okla., dragster, 6.779, 199.35
9) Allen Constantine, La Place, La., dragster, 6.782, 201.82
10) Wayne Johnson, Kress, Texas, dragster, 6.831, 197.48

SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE
1) William Keele, San Antonio, Texas, ’82 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.000 seconds reaction time
2) Ronnie Harris, Metarie, La., ’03 Harley, ETMX, 0.004
3) Rich Gentili, Humble, Texas, ’83 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.014
4) Mike McCullah, Houston, Texas, ’00 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.015
5) Ricky Martin, Coweta, Okla., ’80 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.017
6) Mike Hudson, Broken Arrow, Okla., ’97 Kawasaki, ETMX, 0.018
7) Rob Bennett, Lucas, Texas, ’07 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.018
8) Michael Nash, Texarkana, Texas, ’09 Koenig, ETMX, 0.022
9) Ben Brown, Irving, Texas, ’05 Hayabusa, ETMX, 0.026
10) Raegan Gentili, Crosby, Texas, ’83 Suzuki, ETMX, 0.029

Preview
DALLAS — Texas Motorplex will be the home for the division opener of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series South Central division on April 23-25, 2010.  The event is the first of five in the South Central division and the seventh of 39 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 $560,000.

Gates at Texas Motorplex open at 8 a.m. each day. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman qualify twice on Friday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and have two sessions on Saturday at noon and 3 p.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car have one qualifying session on Friday at 4p.m. and two on Saturday at 1 and 4 p.m.  Eliminations begin Sunday at 9 a.m. with Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car running round 1 at 11 a.m.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Texas Motorplex are $15 Friday, $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday.  A three-day ticket is $50.  Children 6 to 15 years old are $5 Friday, $10 Saturday and $10 Sunday.  Kids 5 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.  Spectator parking is $5.

 For more information call the track, (972) 878-2641, or visit www.texasmotorplex.com.

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES: Fact Sheet

WHAT: NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event 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 $560,000. Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The event is the first of five in South Central Division competition. The division’s Sunset RaceCraft Top Sportsman Series, TCI Comp Cams Top Dragster Series and NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson will also be run in conjunction with the event.

WHERE: Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas. Track is located on Hwy. 287, two miles west of Ennis, between Interstates 35 and 45. From Dallas, take I-45 to Hwy. 287 west to the track, or take I-35E to Hwy. 287 east to the track. From Fort Worth, take Hwy. 287 east to Waxahachie toward the track.

WHEN: Friday through Sunday, April 23-25, 2010

SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, April 23 – Gates open at 8 a.m. Time trials at 9 a.m. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman qualify at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying begins at 4p.m.

SATURDAY, April 24 – Gates open at 8 a.m. Time trials at 9 a.m. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman qualifying begin at noon and 3 p.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying begin at 1 and 4 p.m.

SUNDAY, April 25 – Gates open at 8 a.m. Eliminations at 9 a.m.

TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS — Friday: Adult, $15; Junior (6-15 years), $5. Saturday: Adult, $20; Junior (6-15 years), $10. Sunday: Adult, $20; Junior (6-15 years) $10. Children (5 years-under), free with paying adult in general admission and pit access areas each day. Spectator parking is $5. For more information call Texas Motorplex, (972) 878-8641.

2009 EVENT WINNERS: Malcolm Wahle, Top Alcohol Dragster; Steve Harker, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Shane Gray, Comp Eliminator; Mike Bryant, Super Stock; Sam Lusco Jr., Stock Eliminator; David Warren, Super Comp; Rick Prudhomme, Super Gas; Jay Johnson, Super Street

BONUS  PROGRAMS
NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES POINTS FUND – a $561,000 point fund from Lucas Oil, PROGRAMS: which will be shared by 2009 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional champions and national champions.

Divisional awards include $8,500 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions; $3,000 to the champions in both Competition and Super Stock; $2,000 each to the champions in Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The seven national champions will share a bonus of $135,000.

JEGS ALLSTARS: The best of the best from each of NHRA’s seven divisions will compete for a share of the $119,000 point fund from Jegs High Performance. The 2010 Jegs Allstars event will culminate a year-long points battle between drivers in each of NHRA’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series’ eight classes as well as Top Sportsman and Top Dragster. The top points earner in each category will qualify to represent his/her division at the 2010 Jegs Allstars. Points are based on in-division races only.

The winning division’s team will share $20,000 and individual awards include $7,000 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions, $6,000 to champions in Comp Eliminator and Super Stock, and $4,500 to the Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street champions. Winners in Top Sportsman and Top Dragster will each earn $5,000. Runners-up in all categories will earn $2,000 apiece. Each Allstars competitor will also receive a share of a $25,000 towing fund to get to the event.

Event sponsor Jegs High Performance is offering a “double up” bonus to Jegs Allstars participants. Any 2010 Jegs Allstars champion who also wins the national event will have his/her Allstars prize doubled.

SUNSET RACECRAFT Top Sportsman Series: Run in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Series, competitors in the Top Sportsman class are vying for division championships. The top points finisher will earn a year-end bonus of $1,000 and the runner-up will get $500. Top Sportsman racers may run the seven South Central Division Lucas Oil events as well as three Lucas Oil Series races in the other NHRA divisions.

TCI COMP CAMS TOP DRAGSTER SERIES: Run in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Series, competitors in the Top Dragster class are vying for division championships. The top points finisher will earn a year-end bonus of $1,500 and the runner-up will get $800.

NHRA SPORTSMAN MOTORCYCLE SERIES presented by HARLEY DAVIDSON: The NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle Series presented by Harley Davidson, run in conjunction with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, is an opportunity for competitors in NHRA’s Sportsman Motorcycle class to earn points toward divisional championships. The $14,000 champions’ purse posted by Harley Davidson will be paid to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place points finishers in NHRA divisions that host Sportsman Motorcycles.

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