Texas Motorplex Celebrates 25 Years Of Being A Concrete Leader In Drag Racing Facilities

ENNIS, Texas – People thought Billy Meyer might just be crazy when construction started for the first all-concrete facility dedicated to drag racing. Construction had not even begun when he signed an agreement with NHRA officials to host a national event in the fall and his plans for the facility seemed to be something out of a fairy tale.

After all, it was 1986. No other “stadium” for drag racing had been created. That’s what makes the Texas Motorplex, and its 25th anniversary, so special. Without the Motorplex, who knows how long it would have taken to create other tracks that have been built specifically for the quickest and fastest form of motorsport?

“It’s exciting to be part of the growth of the sport and be connected to a special time in the sport’s history,” Meyer said. “Since the Motorplex was built, the quality of the facilities has greatly improved and it’s nice to be part of that and help the progression of building bigger and nicer places for the sport.”

Fans have been thrilled by the action on the track for 25 years with the nation’s top drivers and racing series. The awe-inspiring milestones didn’t take long to start piling up. During the first NHRA event, Darrell Gwynn turned in a 5.280-second run, setting the record in Top Fuel.

Since then, eight national records have been set at the Texas Motorplex – in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle alone.

John Force – 14-time NHRA Funny Car champion – has made the Motorplex his personal playground, earning seven national event victories here.

“Texas Motorplex fans have seen some of the best racing by some of the most accomplished drivers,” Texas Motorplex General Manager Gabrielle Stevenson said. “Our fans get to see the NHRA’s best drivers, the ADRL’s top performances, they get to race in the Fast Friday series, be part of the bowtie party during the Super Chevy Show weekend and so much more.

“The Motorplex caters to racers, fans and sponsors. It’s top-notch entertainment for the entire family nine months out of the year and we certainly are proud of our annual schedule of events.”

The 2010 season, however, will be even more special as fans will benefit from a season of anniversary celebration activities. There is a series of collector mugs that will be given out to fans highlight four events: The Lucas Oil Divisional, the VW Bug In, the Super Chevy Show and the NHRA Fall Nationals. The collector set of four mugs will be available during the Fall Nationals.

There also will be extensive giveaways that will include suite passes, meet-and-greets with drivers and other exclusive opportunities.

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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Texas Super Chevy Show Concludes in Grand Style

ENNIS, Texas (May 23) — The Texas Super Chevy Show at the Texas Motorplex ended in grand style on Sunday.

It included another day of high entry counts among racers and car-show participants. In all, 160 sportsman racers took to the all-concrete drag strip; 210 show cars, 68 Show and Shine entrants and 55 vendors for the swap meet. And the pits were rocking with live music from The Morticians and a BBQ.

“It was absolutely wonderful to see so many enthusiastic car owners, racers and fans out this weekend,” said Texas Motorplex general manager Gabrielle Stevenson. “It started with an amazing cruise on Saturday morning and ended with a packed car show award ceremony, nearly 200 passes made on the autocross course and great racing.”

Here’s a brief rundown of Sunday’s activities:

TRUE STREET CHALLENGE: The title of one of the more popular classes at the Super Chevy Show went to Jeff Kmosko. The True Street Challenge has competitors take a tour away and back to the track, then make three passes on the drag strip, with the lowest elapsed time average determining the winner. Kmosko topped all contenders with a 13-second average.

CAR SHOW REPORT: The Texas Super Chevy Show produced one of the highest entry list of the season. And the awards reflect that. There were several awards, including the Custom Classic Trucks Magazine Slick 6; Super Chevy Magazine Drag Racing Editors’ Choice and the Super Chevy Magazine Car Show Editors’ Choice. Ron Hafner was the top choice for the CCT Slick 6, with his 1961 Chevy Apache 10. Wiley Anderson, with a ’78 Camaro, took the top honor for the Super Chevy Drag Racing award and Gary Eller, of Crowley, Texas, took the top prize for the Super Chevy car show award with his ’64 Chevelle. Specialty awards were also handed out and those went to Anton Alford (Transport Award), of Citronelle, Ala.; Daryl Williams (ISCA Award), of Witchita, Kan. and Tom Potts (Trick Stick), of Rockwall, Texas.

Here’s the complete list of the Slick 6 and the Top 10 for the drag racing and car show awards, along with the special awards:

Custom Classic Tuck – Slick 6
1. Ron Hafner – ’61 Chevy Apache 10
2. Mike Henderson – ’71 Chevy C-10 (Greenville, Texas)
3. Kelly Baird – ’56 Chevy (Mt. Vernon, Texas)
4. Dan Roberts – ’54 Chevy (Orange, Texas)
5. Melvin Champagne – ’59 Chevy Apache (Harlingen, Texas)
6. Jay Roberts – ’72 Chevy C-10 (Tyler, Texas)

Super Chevy Magazine Drag Race Editors Choice
1. Wiley Anderson – ’78 Camaro
2. Rudy Ortiz – Lubbock, Texas, ’66 Chevy II
3. Robert Watson – Forney, Texas, ’71 Vega
4. Richard Watson – Forney, Texas, ’55 Del Ray
5. Laurie Vontur – San Antonio, Texas, ‘ 66 Chevy ll
6. Heath Mitchell – The Colony, Texas, ’53 Pickup
7. Jeff Saldivar – Odessa, Texas, ’66 Chevelle
8. Danny Hatfield – Canton, Texas, ’63 Nova
9. Randy Perks – San Antonio, Texas, ’67 Camaro
10. Jeff Kmosko – Fort Worth, Texas, ‘02Camaro Z28

Super Chevy Magazine Car Show Editors Choice
1. Gary Eller – Crowley, Texas, ’64 Chevelle
2. Russel Ely – Hutchinson, Kan., ’66 Chevelle
3. Joe Gonzales – Dallas, Texas, ’52 Chevy
4. Clark Kirby – Arlington, Texas, ’75 Cosworth Vega
5. Mitch Tate – Conrue, Texas, ’63 Nova SS
6. Mike Yale – Tumball, Texas, ’70 Camaro
7. Tony Dyran – Arlington, Texas, ’74 Z/28
8. Cris & Emily Gross – Colleyville, Texas, ’69 Camaro
9. Joe Ortega – Grand Prairie, Texas, ’57 Bel Air
10. Mike Beerden – Emory, Texas, ’37 Packard

SPECIAL AWARDS
Transport Award: Antton Alford – Citronelle, Ala., ’66 Chevy II
ISCA Award: Daryl Williams – Witchita, Kan.,, ’57 Nomad
Trick Stick: Tom Potts – Rockwall, Texas, ’69 Camaro

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Cruise, Racing, Car Show Highlight a Big Saturday at the Texas Super Chevy Show

ENNIS, Texas (May 22) — Saturday produced a little of every thing for car and truck enthusiasts at the Texas Super Chevy Show, which is event three of the 30th anniversary season.

There was racing, the popular car show, which for this event included a high number of classic and contemporary trucks, and a day of fun that featured a live band with The Morticians and a BBQ in the pits.

CRUISING TO SUCCESS: The day began with the Texas Super Chevy Show Cruise, which had 50 show cars make the trek from the Cowboys Dancehall in Arlington to the Texas Motorplex in Ennis.

CAR SHOW: The Super Chevy Show is all about a car show like no other, and that proved to be true at the Texas Super Chevy Show, which featured 152 show cars and 55 who participated in the Show and Shine portion of the show. There will be another car show on Sunday, and we will have a complete list of all the winners. Saturday also included the popular midway, which featured some 55 vendors at the swap meet portion of the show.

SATURDAY RACE REPORT: The Super Chevy Show is also about racing, and there was plenty of that as some 142 cars showed up to dance on the famed all-concrete Texas Motorplex quartermile. Saturday’s winners were Neil Shary in the bonus bracket race; Adaryl Hamin Jr. in the Electronic Quick 8 and Marcus Cervantes in the No Electronics eliminator. Shary won with a time of 8.113 seconds at 155.85 mph. Hamlin drove to a 7.408 pass at 178.71 mph, while Cervantes powered his Chevelle to a 9.347 at 134.30 mph.

SUNDAY’S SCHEDULE: A big day is slated for Sunday, with another car show and more bracket racing, highlighted by the Shoebox Shootout and a Pro Show that will feature 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. A car show seminar is also planned.

Here is the complete schedule for Sunday and event information:
8 a.m.: Racer gates open / tech for new arrivals
8 a.m.: Spectator gate
8:30 a.m.: RFC service in car show tent
9:30 a.m.: “Run for the Money” – time trial
10:00 a.m.: Shoebox Shootout – qualifier one (16-car qualifier)
10:30 a.m.: “Run for the Money” – dial-in run
10:30 a.m.: Car show judging seminar
11:00 a.m.: Shoebox Shootout – qualifier two (16-car qualifier)
11:30 a.m.: Bracket race round one (elec, no e, Shoebox, DOT)
3 p.m.: Pro show – (Wheelstander, Jet)
3:30 p.m.: Car show series event awards
5 p.m.: Secure track

CLASS INFORMATION
Sunday Bracket 1 (Electronics) Payout – 1/4mile, .5 full tree, Cross-Talk ON
Winner: $3,000
Runner-Up: $1,500
Semi: $500
¼: $200
1/8: $100
Entry: $60
Time and schedule permitting, first round buybacks will be available for Bracket 1 – $40.
Sunday Bracket 2 (No Electronics) Payout – 1/4mile, .5 full tree, Cross-Talk OFF
Winner: $1,500
Runner-Up: $600
Semi: $200
¼: $100
1/8: $75
Entry: $60
Time and schedule permitting, first round buybacks will be available for Bracket 2 – $30.
Sunday Shoebox (No Electronics, Shifter) Payout – 1/4mile, .5 full tree, Cross-Talk OFF
8 quickest cars
Winner: $1,000
Runner-Up: $500
Semi: $250
¼: $500
1/8: $25
Entry: $60
Sunday D.O.T. Payout – 1/4mile, .5 full tree, Cross-Talk OFF (DOT Street Tires and Mufflers required.)
Winner: $1,000
Runner-Up: $400
Semi: $125
¼: $100
Entry: $60
Time and schedule permitting, first round buybacks will be available for D.O.T. – $20.
Payout Information: All payouts will be available in Race Control Suite 208, the day of the race once we reach the payout rounds.
NOTE: All classes must be Chevy bodied -or- Chevy powered.

PRICE SHEET
Sportsman Racer Entry Fees
Sunday Bracket Race: $60
Restricted Area Crew Pass: $40 (valid Friday – Sunday)
Extra Pit Vehicle Parking Pass: $30
Bracket 1 Buyback $40
Bracket 2 Buyback $30
DOT Buyback $20
Car Show Fees
Car Show (2-day judged class): $45
Show & Shine (2 day not-judged): $35
Additional Participants
Swap Meet $45
Car Corral $45
Spectator Pricing:
Adult Children (11-15)
Sunday $15 $5

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 more information about the Super Chevy Show at the Texas Motorplex, call (800) MOTORPLEX or go online at www.texasmotorplex.com or www.superchevyshow.com.

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Texas Super Chevy Show is Off and Running

ENNIS, Texas (May 21) — There was a lot of buzz during the first day of the Texas Super Chevy Show at the Texas Motorplex.

It included a steady flow of sportsman cars taking advantage of Friday’s test-n-tune and an over-flow crowd of car enthusiasts anticipating such a great day of racing, car show, cruise to the track, and just some good fun that they arrived a little early.

“Cars are rolling in and there is a lot of excitement over (Saturday’s) cruise form Arlington to the track, the True Street Cruise, The Morticians (band) playing at the Super Chevy Show BBQ and we have a tremendous lineup of race cars,” said Gabrielle Stevenson, Texas Motorplex general manager. “I’m excited at how many people are already in the pits and having a good time.”

TEST-N-TUNE REPORT: The track tech crew was busy for much of the day on Friday as as there was a steady flow of sportsman cars being checked out, beginning at 9 a.m. to the early evening. Officials are expecting a solid day of racing on Saturday, which will have the look of a national drag racing event.

ARE YOU READY FOR A CRUISE?: The highly-anticipated Super Chevy Show Cruise from Cowboys Dancehall in Arlington to the Texas Motorplex in Ennis is finally here and will take place Saturday morning, with all participants ready to go at 8:30 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be provided to all participants, who will also mingle with staff editors and photographers from Super Chevy and Custom Classic Trucks magazines. Cruisers will ride in style from the Cowboys Dancehall and head to the track, where they will receive an exclusive entrance to the Texas Motorplex and early parking will await them as well as the Super Chevy Show roars into high gear.

YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS: The Super Chevy Magazine editor staff, including writer Patrick Hill, publisher Ed Zinke and editor Jim Campisano were in awe on Friday, planning a feature on a bright yellow Bel Air. Will their next feature be you?

MAKING NEWS: The Texas Super Chevy Show, which continues Saturday and runs through Sunday, received major play in Friday’s editions of the Dallas Morning News.

SATURDAY’S EVENTS: The Super Chevy Show kicks into high gear on Saturday, starting with the cruise to the track in the morning. Also on tap are the ever-popular car show, which is expected to receive a high invasion of trucks, from classic to contemporary; sportsman and pro show drag racing, which will include the 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. The True Street Cruise and live music, featuring The Morticians and BBQ will also highlight the day’s activities.

Here is the weekend schedule:

Saturday
8 a.m.: Cruisers meet at Cowboys Dancehall in Arlington (2540 E. Abram St.
Arlington, TX 76010)
8:30 a.m.: Cruisers depart Cowboys Dancehall in Arlington for Texas Motorplex
9 a.m.: Racer gates open / participant parking / tech for new arrivals
9 a.m.: Car show registration & Setup (9 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Autocross
10:30 a.m.: Car show judging seminar (10:30 a.m.)
11 a.m.: Spectator gates open
11 a.m.: Time-trial runs for bracket classes
12 p.m.: True street challenge cruise
2 p.m.: BONUS bracket race (Elec run together, no E run together, mix classes for Final Round)
5 p.m.: Pro show – (Beat the Heat, all run Q1, fuel altereds)
Following Pro: BONUS bracket finals
5:30 p.m.: Car show special awards
6 p.m.: Pro show – (Fuel altered, 10 Q2, Beat the Heat, Wheelstander, Jet)
7 p.m.: QUICK 8 bracket race (electronics class, no electronics class)
8 p.m.: QUICK 8 finals
8 p.m.: Pro show – (Beat the Heat, fuel altereds, Wheelstander, Jet)
9 p.m.: Secure track

Sunday
8 a.m.: Racer gates open / tech for new arrivals
8 a.m.: Spectator gate
8:30 a.m.: RFC service in car show tent
9:30 a.m.: “Run for the Money” – time trial
10:00 a.m.: Shoebox Shootout – qualifier one (16-car qualifier)
10:30 a.m.: “Run for the Money” – dial-in run
10:30 a.m.: Car show judging seminar
11:00 a.m.: Shoebox Shootout – qualifier two (16-car qualifier)
11:30 a.m.: Bracket race round one (elec, no e, Shoebox, DOT)
3 p.m.: Pro show – (Wheelstander, Jet)
3:30 p.m.: Car show series event awards
5 p.m.: Secure track

CLASS INFORMATION

Saturday Bonus Race – $2,500 total Payout – .5 Full Tree – Cross-Talk ON
Winner: $1,200
R/U: $500
Semi: $200
¼: $100
Entry: $60
Saturday’s bonus race will feature Electronic and Non-Electronic racers running in separate categories until the final round. Electronic winner and the Non-Electronic winner will face-off for the $1,200 to win and $500 to runner-up final.

Saturday QUICK 8 Race – $800 total Payout – .5 Full Tree – (Electronics- Cross-Talk ON, NO Electronics- Cross-Talk OFF)
Winner: $ 500
R/U: $ 200
Semi: $ 50
Entry: $ 100
The Quick E class of 8, and Quick NoE class of 8 will be determined based of f the 2 runs made Saturday at12pm. A Qualifier list will be posted at 3pm and the Top 8 of each will then go to Race Control to pay and enter for the QUICK 8 Saturday night Show. If a Top 8 does not pay to enter, then the next alternative will have the option to pay to enter the Quick class, etc until both classes have 8 racers.

Sunday Bracket 1 (Electronics) Payout – 1/4mile, .5 full tree, Cross-Talk ON
Winner: $3,000
Runner-Up: $1,500
Semi: $500
¼: $200
1/8: $100
Entry: $60
Time and schedule permitting, first round buybacks will be available for Bracket 1 – $40.

Sunday Bracket 2 (No Electronics) Payout – 1/4mile, .5 full tree, Cross-Talk OFF
Winner: $1,500
Runner-Up: $600
Semi: $200
¼: $100
1/8: $75
Entry: $60
Time and schedule permitting, first round buybacks will be available for Bracket 2 – $30.

Sunday Shoebox (No Electronics, Shifter) Payout – 1/4mile, .5 full tree, Cross-Talk OFF
8 quickest cars
Winner: $1,000
Runner-Up: $500
Semi: $250
¼: $500
1/8: $25
Entry: $60

Sunday D.O.T. Payout – 1/4mile, .5 full tree, Cross-Talk OFF (DOT Street Tires and Mufflers required.)
Winner: $1,000
Runner-Up: $400
Semi: $125
¼: $100
Entry: $60
Time and schedule permitting, first round buybacks will be available for D.O.T. – $20.

Payout Information: All payouts will be available in Race Control Suite 208, the day of the race once we reach the payout rounds.

NOTE: All classes must be Chevy bodied -or- Chevy powered.

PRICE SHEET
Sportsman Racer Entry Fees
Saturday Quick 8 (Electronics): $100
Saturday Quick 8 (No Electronics): $100
Sunday “Run For The Money”: $20
Saturday Bonus Race: $40
Sunday Bracket Race: $60
Racer Full Event Combo: $115

Saturday True Street Challenge: Racers who purchase a Drag Race entry will be eligible to also compete in the True Street Challenge (If their car meets the class rules.) All True Street Participants will also be able to compete in Sunday’s DOT Race at NO ADDITIONAL FEE.

Restricted Area Crew Pass: $40 (valid Friday – Sunday)
Extra Pit Vehicle Parking Pass: $30
Bracket 1 Buyback $40
Bracket 2 Buyback $30
DOT Buyback $20

Car Show Fees
Car Show (2-day judged class): $45
Show & Shine (2 day not-judged): $35
Additional Participants
Swap Meet $45
Car Corral $45

Spectator Pricing:
Adult Children (11-15)
Friday $10 $5
Saturday $20 $5
Sunday $15 $5
Weekend $35 $15

Spectator Advance Ticket Offer: Buy your weekend spectator tickets in advance of the event and save $15.

Car show discounts: Save $15.00 with advance purchase of car show entry. Clubs of 10 or more that order in advance also receive to the Car Show Fast Lane at gate 12 first thing Saturday morning.

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 more information about the Super Chevy Show at the Texas Motorplex, call (800) MOTORPLEX or go online at www.texasmotorplex.com or www.superchevyshow.com.

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

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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