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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SUPER CHEVY SHOW AT THE TEXAS MOTORPLEX WILL FEATURE AUTOCROSS

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ENNIS, Texas (May 4, 2010) – The Texas Motorplex has partnered with the Texas region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) to feature an autocross at this year’s Super Chevy Show event May 21-23.

The Super Chevy Show has already proven over the course of 30 years to be one of the most exciting and celebrated events in the country. Now there is one more opportunity to thrill racers, car lovers and spectators – autocross.

The Texas Motorplex hosts the third of 10 national Super Chevy Show events throughout the 30th anniversary season of the series. There will be drag racing, a judged car show, a show and shine area, BBQ, live music, a kid’s play area, autocross and more when the series makes its first stop in Texas.

Autocross is quickly growing in popularity, and Texas Motorplex officials wanted to offer another form of entertainment to new fans and autocross experts during a weekend aimed at celebrating classic and modern cars and trucks.

“We are thrilled the Texas Region of the SCCA is going to come out here and help put on an even better show during Super Chevy Show weekend,” Texas Motorplex General Manager Gabrielle Stevenson said. “I was fortunate enough to be at the season opener in Las Vegas and was blown away by how many people took their cars through the course. There were drag racers that, when they got eliminated from racing, just drove straight over to the autocross course and took it for a spin around the cones.”

Texas Region SCCA’s Brad Maxcy has helped bring autocross to the Texas Motorplex for the first time. He said the reason for the growth in autocross popularity has been due to accessibility and excitement.

“Autocross is one of the cheaper forms of motorsport because you can literally do it with your everyday car with a quick tech inspection,” Maxcy said. “It’s accessible and inexpensive but you can take your car to an extreme edge at the same time with the comfort of doing it in a safe environment. Autocross is basically doing gymnastics with your car and it’s amazing to see how many people are hooked after just one lap.”

Maxcy said he is most interested to see how drag racers make the transition to a coned course that features hairpin turns.

“It could be a difficult cross over for some drag racers because autocross isn’t just about ultimate top speed,” Maxcy said. “Autocross is about handling and agility and I hope the drag racers come over and take on the challenge. This is another form of motorsport and there is that adrenaline rush, but it’s a different form. Most of the time we never go faster than 60 mph.”

Stevenson said she expects autocross to be a big hit with racers and car show participants. 

“A lot of our racers have been behind the wheel of several kinds of cars, like midgets, sprint cars and motorcycles,” Stevenson said. “But autocross is a finesse sport and I am hoping more than a few dedicated drag racers and show and shine participants get out there and take their cars for a spin.

“The Super Chevy Magazine staffers were eager to cover autocross in Las Vegas and I think we’re all waiting for that ’57 bubbletop to make a run through the course. Of course, this is Texas, so I’m sure we’re going to have more than our fair share of trucks going through the course too.”

Super Chevy Show at the Texas Motorplex – May 21-23
Friday, May 21: pit gate opens 10 a.m., spectator gate opens 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 22: pit gate opens 9 a.m., spectator gate opens 11 a.m.
Sunday, May 23: pit gate opens 8 a.m., spectator gate opens 8 a.m.

Spectator pricing:      Weekend         Fri      Sat      Sun
Adult:                                    $35             $10    $20    $15
Children (11-15):               $15             $5      $5       $5

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

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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VW’s SET TO TAKE OVER THE TEXAS MOTORPLEX ON MAY 2

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ENNIS, Texas (April 5, 2010) – The more VWs, the better! The Texas Motorplex will play host to the 25th annual VW Bug In on May 2, and all VWs are invited.
 
The track has added a new category for racing – Street Trophy Eliminator – that will open the racing possibilities for even more VWs this year. If there is a VW in the region, it has a place to race at the Motorplex on May 2 as there will be Pro Stock Eliminator, E.T. Bracket Eliminator, Show Car Drag class, Import Class and open time trails for race vehicles.
 
The 25th anniversary VW Bug In will also start celebrating early, as the campgrounds will open at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 1 with a BBQ featuring free hot dogs and DJ. There will be games for kids, special meal deals for families and more during Sunday’s Bug In.
 
“We are celebrating 25 years of racing at the Texas Motorplex and we have featured a VW event each of those 25 years,” Texas Motorplex General Manager Gabrielle Stevenson said. “The VW Bug In is one of the most entertaining events of the year and this year will be even more special.”
 
Saturday May 1
Camping gates open at 6 p.m.
DJ and  Free Hot Dogs to first 200 people

Sunday May 2 – Bug In

Gates open 8:00 a.m.
Car Show Registration 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Time Trials 9:30 a.m.
Eliminations  begin at 1:30 p.m.
Car Show Awards  3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m.

Swap Meet, Car Corral, Food & beverage concessions all day.

General Admission:
Adult: $15
Child (6-12) : $5
Children 5 & under are FREE

Street Trophy Eliminator: $15 – Open to all VW’s through the muffler exhaust and D.O.T. tires. This class is open to water-cooled VW’s only. Trophies given to winner and runner-up. This is your chance to see how fast your VW will go, or just feel what it’s like to run down the drag strip.
 
Pro Stock Eliminator: $100/100 percent payback – 4/10 Pro Tree. Runs on a sportsman ladder
 
E.T. Bracket Eliminator: $35 – Open to all cars with a 7.50 E.T. and up. Purse is based on a 32-car field.
                $1,000 Winner
                $500 Runner-up
                $100 Semi’s
                $30 Quarter’s       
 
Show Car Drag Class: $10 – Open to car show participants. Cars must go through tech before parking in show area. Must run street tires with a 13.20 E.T. and up. Winner and Runner Up receive trophies.
 
Import Class: $35 – Open to all street legal import bodied or powered vehicle. Purse is based on a 32-car field and first to the finish line wins.
                $500 Winner
                $200 Runner-up
                $75 Semi’s
                $35 Quarters
 
Open Time Trials: $15 – Open to all cars to make time trial runs during designated times throughout the event.
 
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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Super Chevy Show Discounts for Car Clubs Announced

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ENNIS, Texas (March 29, 2010) – When the Super Chevy Show series was purchased by a group of track owners and racing enthusiasts in November, they have a vision of what a revamped series would look like: a sparkling sea of shiny Chevys in the car shows, the rumbling of Chevys on the drag strip and car enthusiasts walking the property with beaming looks of joy over being surrounded by the celebrated brand.

One way to make the Super Chevy Show at the Texas Motorplex, May 21-23, even better is to reach out to car clubs and make sure they represent the great state of Texas. Motorplex officials announced today that car clubs who pre-register 10 or more cars will get a serious discount on entry fees. Car clubs who register before May 1 also will get an exclusive speed pass to use at a special Speed Pass gate that will allow priority entrance into the event on Saturday, May 22.

“The Super Chevy Show is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2010 and we want this to be the best show it’s ever had in Texas,” Texas Motorplex General Manager Gabrielle Stevenson said. “There are so many car clubs and Chevy die-hards in this region, it’s fitting that we host such an exciting event. We want to offer a special price for the groups to help celebrate the anniversary and the return of such a premier event.”

Car club and groups of 10 or more cars who register together at TexasMotorplex.com before May 1 will get priority access at an exclusive Speed Pass gate and the discounted rate of $30 for the weekend pass. Groups and car clubs who register after May 1 will still be eligible for the discount, but will not get priority entrance.

Schedule and price information is listed below. There also will be specific classes for trucks on the drag strip and in car show judging. For more information, go online at www.texasmotorplex.com or call (972) 878-2641.

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