Watch Full Throttle TV

June 8, 2010 by  
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Full Throttle TV is a trackside digital network that takes fans behind the scenes and in the pits with the drivers and crews of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. FTTV which features stories and interviews with the personalities of the NHRA, also can be found online at NHRA.com.

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Texas Motorplex officials have moved Sunday’s bracket race to Saturday night (June 5)

June 3, 2010 by  
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Texas Motorplex officials have moved Sunday’s bracket race to Saturday night (June 5) in an attempt to give racers cooler conditions to run down the all-concrete track. Please note the schedule and time changes below. This is the third O’Reilly Bracket Racing Series event of the season and will count toward the 2010 Texas Motorplex championship points program. The schedule will run as planned.

Gates open: 2 p.m.

Time trials begin: 4 p.m. (eliminations will follow TT)

 Click here for more information.

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

June 1, 2010 by  
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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

May 24, 2010 by  
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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

May 23, 2010 by  
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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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