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.


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  “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.”



February 24, 2011 by  
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VP Racing Fuels Available at Texas Motorplex


ENNIS, TX (February 24, 2011) Track officials today announced an agreement naming VP Racing Fuels the Official Racing Fuel of the Texas Motorplex beginning in 2011.  VP will be the exclusive supplier of race fuels on site with VP110, C12, unleaded VP100 and an array of VP’s other specialty fuels available in drums and pails.  As part of the agreement, racers also will be eligible for special VP Racing Fuels prizes and giveaways throughout the Texas Motorplex Bracket Racing Series.

“We are thrilled to have VP Racing Fuels as part of the Texas Motorplex family,” Motorplex General Manager Gabrielle Stevenson said. “VP does an outstanding job of providing racers of all levels the high-performance fuel they need to make every run count and we appreciate their continued support of racing from the grassroot level all the way up to the professionals.

“Our racers will just benefit by having VP Racing Fuels on site and the track will benefit from having such a well-respected partner come on board this season.”

“VP is proud to partner with Texas Motorplex, long one of the premier motorsports facilities in the country,” said Brad Horton, Regional Manager for VP.  “We’re excited about working with Billy Meyer and his staff and look forward to providing quality fuels at their historic facility for many years to come.”

The first event at which VP Racing Fuels will be available will be the March 5 driver’s meeting and test-n-tune. The Texas Motorplex Bracket Racing Series has its official points kickoff on Sunday, March 13. Gates open at 8 a.m., time trials begin at 10 a.m. and eliminations will start at Noon.

All Sunday bracket events will feature a RFC Chapel service at 8:30 a.m. in Champion’s Club. Check for more details and up-to-the-minute event information.

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.

VP Racing is the Official Racing Fuel of NHRA Championship Drag Racing, American Drag Racing League (ADRL), American LeMans, World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and Late Models, among nearly 60 VP-sponsored series.

In addition to racing fuels, VP recently introduced SEF Small Engine Fuel, formulated specifically for portable gas-powered equipment to ensure quicker, more dependable starts and worry-free long-term storage.  More information is available online at and


NHRA announces 2011 Full Throttle Series television schedule

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Entering its second decade exclusively on ESPN2, NHRA has announced that the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will again be showcased on the worldwide leader in sports television in 2011. ESPN2 is in nearly 100 million homes nationwide.

 NHRA will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2011 with a yearlong campaign to pay homage to the evolution of the hot rod, the impact of the sport’s legendary racers, and the lifeblood provided by the many millions of loyal and passionate NHRA fans. ESPN2’s coverage during each of the 22 races will include historical recaps and rarely seen footage celebrating NHRA’s 60th anniversary. The season will open again as it has for 51 consecutive years with the tradition-rich Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Valvoline at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona Feb. 24-27. 

 The 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series television schedule features 16 of the 22 events in the Sunday night prime-time slot on ESPN2. All six of the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship playoff events are scheduled to offer eliminations coverage in prime time. NHRA works with ESPN each year to provide qualifying and finals programming with the best possible airtimes. The prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Sept. 1-5, will again feature 11 hours of wall-to-wall coverage, including complete coverage of final eliminations Monday, Sept. 5, from noon to 6 p.m. ET. 

 In all, the network will dedicate more than 100 hours of original programming to the world’s quickest, fastest, and most intense motorsport with live or same-day coverage of qualifying Saturday and eliminations Sunday. All telecasts will be aired in high definition on ESPN2HD. 

 The shows are developed by the production team at ESPN, which has been producing NHRA programming since 2001. Paul Page returns to call the action as host alongside former drag racer Mike Dunn, who will provide expert analysis and insight. Dave Rieff and Gary Gerould will return as pit reporters. Veteran announcer John Kernan, who joined the NHRA telecast team in 2007, will serve as a third pit reporter at select races. 

 The telecasts will feature competition in all four classes in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and in 16 telecasts Pro Stock Motorcycle. In addition to coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD, NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing will be aired and distributed internationally through ESPN International. ESPN International is available to more than 35.9 million homes in 127 countries and territories. In addition, U.S. troops and their families serving around the world and Navy vessels at sea can watch NHRA through American Forces Network, bringing total countries and territories to 206.

Event Air Date/Time
Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals Qualifying, 11 p.m.-1 a.m., Sat., Feb. 26
Pomona Eliminations, 7-10 p.m., Sun., Feb. 27
Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals Qualifying, midnight-1:30 a.m., Sat., March 12
Gainesville Eliminations, 6-9 p.m., Sun., March 13 NHRA Nationals Qualifying, 7-9 p.m., Sat., April 2
Las Vegas Eliminations, 4:30-7 p.m., Sun., April 3
NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Qualifying, 6-8 p.m., Sat., April 16
Charlotte Eliminations, 7-10 p.m., Sun., April 17
O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals Qualifying, 6-8 p.m., Sat., April 30
Houston Eliminations, 7-10 p.m., Sun., May 1
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals Qualifying, 7-9 p.m., Sat., May 14
Atlanta Eliminations, 7-10 p.m., Sun., May 15
NHRA Summer Nationals Qualifying, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sat., May 21
Topeka Eliminations, 9 p.m.-midnight Sun., May 22
NHRA SuperNationals Qualifying, 5-7 p.m., Sat., June 4
Englishtown Eliminations, 4:30-7 p.m., Sun., June 5
Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Qualifying, 7-9 p.m., Sat., June 18
presented by Tri-Cities Area Ford Dealers Eliminations, 4:30-7 p.m., Sun., June 19
Bristol, Tenn.  
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Qualifying, 10 p.m.-midnight, Sat., June 25
Norwalk Eliminations, 8-11 p.m., Sun., June 26
O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals Qualifying, 5-7 p.m., Sat., July 9
Chicago Eliminations, 7-10 p.m., Sun., July 10
Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals Qualifying, 7-9 p.m., Sat., July 23
Denver Eliminations, 7-10 p.m., Sun., July 24
Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals Qualifying, 5:30-7 p.m., Sat., July 30
Sonoma Eliminations, 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Sun., July 31
O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals Qualifying, 5:30-7 p.m., Sat., Aug. 6
Seattle Eliminations, 7-10 p.m., Sun., Aug. 7
Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Qualifying, 11 p.m.-1 a.m., Sat., Aug. 20
Brainerd Eliminations, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Sun., Aug. 21
Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Qualifying, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sun., Sept. 4
presented by Lucas Oil Qualifying, 5-7 p.m., Sun., Sept. 4
Indianapolis Eliminations, noon-6 p.m., Mon., Sept. 5
O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals Qualifying, 10:30 p.m.-midnight, Sat., Sept. 17
Charlotte Eliminations, 8-11 p.m., Sun., Sept. 18
AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals Qualifying, 10:30 p.m.-midnight, Sat., Sept. 24
Dallas Eliminations, 7-10 p.m., Sun., Sept. 25
Uni-Select Auto Plus NHRA Nationals Qualifying, 10:30 p.m.-midnight, Sat., Oct. 1
Reading Eliminations, 7-10 p.m., Sun., Oct. 2
NHRA Arizona Nationals Qualifying, 10:30 p.m.-midnight, Sat., Oct. 15
Phoenix Eliminations, 7-10 p.m., Sun., Oct. 16
NHRA Las Vegas Nationals Qualifying, 10:30 p.m.-midnight, Sat., Oct. 29
Las Vegas Eliminations, 7-10 p.m., Sun., Oct. 30
Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals Qualifying, 10:30 p.m.-midnight, Sat., Nov. 12
Pomona Eliminations, 7-10 p.m., Sat., Nov. 13
* All times Eastern. Schedule subject to change. Please check local listings.

Wild Rides DVD offer extended!

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We love our fans! To express our affection to the fans who enjoy watching the best racing in Texas, we have extended the FREE Wild Rides DVD with each ticket order with an added BONUS!  Texas Motorplex is offering a ticket package that will fill your heart with joy… and the smell of nitro! Call and order your 26th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals tickets and Texas Motorplex will include a FREE copy of Wild Rides* from the NHRA library AS WELL AS two complimentary tickets to your choice of either the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Divisional event, April 16-17 OR two tickets to June 4-5 Super Chevy Show. Just mention this special offer when you call the Texas Motorplex office at (800) MOTORPLEX.   

Call now and get the bonuses we love to give out to our fans!

* Offer good while supplies last.

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