BAKER, HOWARD AND ROGERS EARN VICTORIES AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX BRACKET RACING SEASON OPENER

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ENNIS, Texas (March 15, 2011) – Texas Motorplex kicked off the 2011 Bracket Racing series Sunday with the first of 15 events. The region’s best racers are competing for cash prizes and vitally important Texas Motorplex points.

Racers are earning points for the overall Texas Motorplex track championships as well as a place on the team that will represent the Motorplex at the Summit E.T. Bracket Finals, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

Don Baker opened the Electronics season with a victory in his 2000 Dodge Viper Roadster. Baker’s 5.938-second pass at 115.47 mph beat Chad Broom’s 4.683 at 145.38 in a dragster.
The No Electronics win went to Jake Howard, who drove his Trans Am to a 6.654 pass at 102.45, beating Michelle Riedel’s 9.185 at 75.07 in a ’71 Ford Maverick.

Jason Rogers took the win in Quick by beating Broom. Rogers turned in a 4.793 at 138.29 to take the win over Broom’s 4.679 at 148.62 in a between two dragsters.

The Jr. Dragster racers proved there are no offseason cobwebs to shake off this year. Samantha Ray earned the Jr. Modified victory with a 9.066 pass at 70.98 to beat Manie Cantrell’s 9.334 at 69.32 in his ’05 Motivational Jr. Dragster.

 Jr. Quick winner’s points went to Erin Scott, behind the wheel of her ’10 Hardens Jr. Dragster. Scott turned in a 7.964 pass at 82.81, beating Jimmy Sackuvich’s 7.991 at 83.41 in his ’10 1/2 Scale Jr. Dragster.

 The next event will be Sunday, April 3. Gates open at 8 a.m. Check out www.texasmotorplex.com for photos and more information about the 2011 Texas Motorplex Bracket Racing series, including the complete schedule.

Watch all the Texas Motorplex bracket racing events and more on LiveTiming: http://www.1320go.com/texasmotorplex/livetiming.php

 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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HARRY “THE HAT” LEADS THE WAY IN SUPER CHEVY SHOW SWAP MEET AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX IN 2011

March 9, 2011 by  
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ENNIS, Texas (March 9, 2011) – The Super Chevy Show is the Smorgasbord of motorsports,  offering a little bit of everything for car enthusiasts, from the finest sportsman drag races to one of the best car shows around.
But for some, a Super Chevy Show is the perfect place to locate that hard-to-find part for their custom car, and for them, the vendor swap meet at Super Chevy Shows is a Godsend. And this season, they will feel like they’ve hit the mother lode as Super Chevy Show has brought in custom car guru Harry “The Hat” LaPlatte, who has organized swap meets at various racing events for more than 20 years. He will direct swap meets at six of the series’ 12 events – including the June 4-5 Super Chevy Show at Texas Motorplex.

“Last year, I started at Virginia and it sold out,” said LaPlatte. “It was amazing to be part of that energy. When I got the call from Texas, it was a great feeling. Billy Meyer, being one of my drag race heroes in the 1970s and 80s, well, it was a good phone call. I just want (everyone) to load up and come to the Texas Motorplex.”

The feeling is mutual for Texas Motorplex officials, who believe they have struck gold by bringing in LaPlatte, who also makes it fun for the fans, giving away a variety of products and show stickers.

“Having someone like Harry on board is a tremendous benefit for the Super Chevy Show series and especially the participants coming to Texas Motorplex,” said Gabrielle Stevenson, Texas Motorplex general manager.  “He has incredible amounts of knowledge and experience and that is going to be a huge advantage to our show participants and fans. In our first conversation I could tell how enthusiastic Harry was to join our team and make this the best Super Chevy Show ever at Texas Motorplex.”

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 MOTORPLEX UNVEILS SUPER CHEVY SHOW SCHEDULE

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The event schedule for the Super Chevy Show June 4-5 , 2011 at Texas Motorplexhas been released.  Click here for a printable version or see the schedule below.

Super Chevy Show Schedule of Events

June 4-5, 2011

Friday, June 3, 2011 – FAST FRIDAY
6 p.m.:                 Fast Friday gates open
7 p.m.:                 Test-n-Tune
12 a.m.:                Secure track

Saturday, June 4, 2011
7 a.m.:                 Racer gates open / participant parking
7 a.m.:                  Meet at Soulman’s in Rockwall for cruise registration
8 a.m.:                 Cruise departs Soulman’s in Rockwall
8 a.m.:                 Spectator gates open
8 a.m.:                 Tech opens / Fuel opens
9 a.m.:                 Car show registration & Setup (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Autocross
10 a.m.:               Open Time Trials for all race classes
10:30 a.m.:        Quick Qualify #1
10:30 a.m.:        Car show judging seminar (10:30 a.m.)
11 a.m.:                True street challenge cruise
11:30 a.m.:         Quick Qualify #2
12 p.m.:                BONUS bracket race & 5th Gen Camaro Shootout
12-2 p.m.:           FREE Revell “Build a Car” for kids at the Texas Motorplex booth 
1-3 p.m.:             Live band “The Morticians” play in the car show tent area/ BBQ
3 p.m.:                 Pro show – featuring Texas Blown Fuel Association
Following Pro:  BONUS bracket finals
3:30 p.m.:          Car show special awards
4 p.m.:                 QUICK 8 bracket race (electronics class, no electronics class)
5 p.m.:                 Pro show – featuring Texas Blown Fuel Association
5:30 p.m.:          QUICK 8 finals 
6 p.m:                  Pro show – featuring Texas Blown Fuel Association
7 p.m.:                 Secure track

Sunday, June 5, 2011
8 a.m.:                 Racer gates open / tech for new arrivals
8 a.m.:                 Spectator gates open
8:30 a.m.:          RFC service in car show tent
9 a.m.-3 p.m.:   Autocross
9:30-11 a.m.:    Open Time Trials for all race classes
10:30 a.m.:       Car show judging seminar
11:00 a.m.:       “Run for the Money” – dial-in run
11:30 a.m.:         Bracket race round one (Elec, No/E, DOT, 5th Gen Camaro Shootout)
3:30 p.m.:           Car show series event awards
5 p.m.:                  Secure track

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Get FREE NHRDA Texas Diesel Nationals tickets at Soulman’s BBQ!

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Soulman’s BBQ will be distributing FREE tickets to the NHRDA Texas Diesel Nationals coming to Texas Motorplex April 2, 2011.   Visit any of the eight regional Soulman’s BBQ locations including: Royse City (818 East I-30), Garland (3410 Broadway Blvd.), Terrell (1081 FM 148), Rockwall (691 East I-30), Mesquite (1125 Gross Rd.), Dallas (1054 Regal Row), Van (2904 Interstate 20) and Greenville (3201 I-30 East).   Hurry these tickets are available only while supplies last.

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Harry “The Hat” to be at six Super Chevy Shows in 2011

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KANSAS CITY,  Mo (Feb. 24, 2011) – The Super Chevy Show is the Smorgasbord of motorsports,  offering a little bit of everything for car enthusiasts, from the finest sportsman drag races to one of the best car shows around.

But for some, a Super Chevy Show is the perfect place to locate that hard-to-find part for their custom car, and for them, the vendor swap meet at Super Chevy Shows is a Godsend. And this season, they will feel like they’ve hit the motherload as Super Chevy Show has brought in custom car guru Harry “The Hat” LaPlatte,  who has organized swap meets at various racing events for more than 20 years. He will direct swap meets at six of the series’ 12 events. His schedule will begin with season-opener at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Fla. on April 8-10. LaPlatte will also lead the swap  meet vendors’ row for the Super Chevy Shows in Petersburg, Va. on May 20-22; Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas on June 3-5;  Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa. on July 14-17, Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway  on Sept.  23-25 and Rockingham (N.C.) Dragway on Oct.  21-23.

One of the key factors for the swap meet side of Super Chevy Shows is that they also offer a specific audience. Just like racers and fans come just for the sportsman races, and car enthusiasts come just for the car shows, the same can be said for some of the custom car set, who want to see what special part they can get for their unique ride. And the Super Chevy Shows offer some of the top quality parts from the top brands in the country.

“Yes, there are (fans) who come to the event specifically for the swap meet,” said LaPlatte, whose wide knowledge in this field is his own attraction, with a rather big following.

“Rockingham is having (a program) where it’s just $5 to go to the swap meet. You don’t have to go to the races (or car shows). A lot of the swap meet fans don’t care to go to the races.”
LaPlatte also said that a big key for the Super Chevy Show swap meets this season comes from some of the track operators, specifically Rockingham’s Steve Earwood and Palm Beach’s Jason Rittenberry, who both have a history of knowing the importance of putting together a  quality swap meet.

“Steve is unbelievable,” LaPlatte said. “He’s been doing this stuff since the beginning of Super Chevy as far as swap meet’s go.  Jason (came from Memphis), and Memphis had the largest swap meet (vendor count)  ever. ”

Virginia Motorsports Park, which brought in LaPlatte, put on one of the bigger swap meets last season, along with the show at Maple Grove.  LaPlatte, who also said  the key is planning ahead, is also looking forward to the show in Texas, which should add its own flair to the Super Chevy Show.

“Last year, I started at Virginia and it sold out,” said LaPlatte, who in addition to his swap meet  expertise has found time to create a website that honors cars of the past at dragracehalloffame.com.  “It was amazing to be part of that energy. When I got the call from Texas,  it was a great feeling. Billy Meyer,  being one of my drag race heroes in the 1970s and 80s, well, it was a good phone call. I just want (everyone) to load up and come to the Texas Motorplex.”

The feeling is mutual for Texas Motorplex officials, who believe they have struck gold by bringing in LaPlatte, who also makes it  fun for the fans, giving away a variety of products and show stickers.

“Having someone like Harry on board is a tremendous benefit for the Super Chevy Show series and especially the participants coming to Texas Motorplex,” said Gabrielle Stevenson, Texas Motorplex general manager.  “He has incredible amounts of knowledge and experience and that is going to be a huge advantage to our show participants and fans. In our first conversation I could tell how enthusiastic Harry was to join our team and make this the best Super Chevy Show ever at Texas Motorplex.”
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