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CUSTOM CLASSIC TRUCKS MAGAZINE READY FOR SUPER CHEVY SHOW AT THE TEXAS MOTORPLEX

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Custom Classic Trucks Magazine editor Ryan Manson and his staff will be on site for the Super Chevy Show at the Texas Motorplex, it was announced today. The third of 10 national Super Chevy Show events will be at the Texas Motorplex May 21-23 as the series continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Manson sent the track and CCT Magazine fans a message, preparing the crowd for special awards and feature shoots. 

“We’ll be in Ennis, Texas on the weekend of May 21-23 for the show, handing out awards and scouting for that next feature for CCT, will you?” Manson asked. “Bring your truck out and enter it in the Autocross and give those muscle cars a run for their money! Or just come out and hang with us in the sun. Either way, it’s guaranteed to be a good time for all! Check out the details at: www.superchevy.com.See you there!”

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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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Bug In event mug giveaway Sunday May 2

April 27, 2010 by  
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This weekend, Sunday May 2, the first 150 people that come in for the Bug In will get a collectible limited edition souvenir mug. 

Each mug includes a coupon for one free fountain drink from the Get Loose Café in the Food Court.

There will be four special edition mugs offered during the 25th anniversary season here at the Motorplex: NHRA Lucas Oil Divisionals , VW Bug In on May 2, Super Chevy Show on May 21-23 and the NHRA O’Reilly Fall Nationals Sept. 23-26.

Get yours today and start collecting!

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