Kaley Caperton may only be 16 but has had quite an action packed career already! A Texas native, Kaley sings, plays the guitar and the keyboard, lives on a ranch and has rodeoed most of her life. Kaley also comes from a racing family. Her dad raced supercomp and supergas in Divisions 4 and 5, causing her to be an avid Drag Racing Fan. She has never missed a National event at the Texas Motorplex!
With too numerous events to mention each one, some special engagements have been: Kaley opening for Rick Trevino, Michael Peterson, Asleep at the Wheel, and sharing the stage with artists such as Ted Nugent, Lynn Anderson and Johnny Gimble. She has performed in Las Vegas for the Wrangler’s 60th birthday party, sang at the homecoming of the President of the US and she is scheduled to open for The Village People in February and Patti LaBelle in May.
Kaley recently opened for Asleep at the Wheel in Wyoming at the BearTrap Festival in July 2009. She also had the opportunity to sing for the Roundup Riders of the Rockies, which is exclusively male, but gained special permission to sing for them on the mountain top in Steamboat Springs, CO. She will also be singing the National Anthem for the Texas Stampede this November.
This will be Kaley’s third appearance singing the National Anthem at the Texas Motorplex. She began singing here at 14 and has dubbed herself to be one of the mascots for this race and hopes the O’Reilly Fall National Fans do as well!
Kaley will not only be singing the National Anthem on Sunday, but she is excited to host a free concert after the race on Saturday before the DRAW Auction, outside of the Champions Club.
Kaley will be signing autographs and selling merchandise at the Texas Motorplex Souvenir Stand on the Pit Side every day of the race.
The Motorplex is excited to announce that you can now purchase the Official Texas Motorplex Merchandise on the website. Simply go to the Texas Motorplex home page and select Shop Online. The Texas Motorplex has been hard at work creating new merchandise for everyone. Do not miss the opportunity to be the first to show off the new merchandise at the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals.
New section name billboards are being put in place for the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, September 24-27. The new billboard names will not be reflected on your tickets so be sure to pay attention to the section locator signs located under the grandstands and on the front of the grandstands facing the track. The section names, the name in parenthesis are what will show on you ticket, that will be affected on the north side grandstands will be Walkabout RV (Sec F) now named the Bombardier Section and Stainmaster (Sec G) will be Super Start Section. Sections on the south side grandstands that will be renamed are the AT&T section (Sec J) will now be the Redline Technology Section and Tradicional Azul (Sec K) is now the HoltCAT Section.
If you have an issues finding your seat during the event, ushers will be posted at the staircases on the front of the grandstands. Below is an updated seat-map that you can use as a reference.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 8th
PARKING & CREDENTIALS
GATES OPEN AT 12pm. GATES WILL BE OPEN ALL NIGHT. OVER NIGHT CAMPING WILL BE PERMITTED WITH A FULL EVENT CREDENTIAL.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 9th
TIME TRIALS 9am
SECURE TRACK 6pm
TEAM SPIRIT COMPETITION WILL FOLLOW TIME TRIALS
GATES OPEN ALL NIGHT
SATURDAY OCTOBER 10th
1 TIME TRIAL FOR ALL 9am
HIGH SCHOOL RACE 1pm
MANAGERS RACE 1pm
RACE OF CHAMPIONS 1pm
ROUND #1 OF ELIMINATIONS TO FOLLOW
SUNDAY OCTOBER 11th
ELIMINATIONS CONTINUE 9am
FRIDAY & SATURDAY TIME TRIAL RUN ORDER
FRIDAY WILL HAVE 2 RUNS & SATURDAY 1 RUN.
TIME TRIALS WILL BE CALLED BY CLASS IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER:
7.50 – 11.99
5.00 – 7.49
6.40 – 8.99
4.00 – 6.39
4.50 – 9.99
For more information on Texas Motorplex E.T. Finals Team, please visit Top Points Standings as of 9-3-09 REMEMBER, OCTOBER 3rd POINTS WILL BE ADDED TO DETERMINE THE FINAL POINT STANDINGS! If you need to register for the E.T. Finals Texas Motorplex Team, please email AshleyK@texasmotorplex.com for more information. If you will be racing with another team and have questions regarding the event, you can email AshleyK@texasmotorplex.com
Texas Motorplex will see you soon!
Ennis, Texas (Sept. 16, 2009) – When Tim Wilkerson earned the Funny Car victory at the 2008 O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, he thought he had the world at his beck and call.
Wilkerson and his Levi, Ray and Shoup Shelby Mustang drove into first place in the Funny Car standings after the Dallas event in ’08 by beating Tony Pedregon – the driver in first place at the start of the 2008 Countdown.
“Well, obviously, (the 2008 Texas Motorplex win) was just huge for us, and we really thought we had the world by the tail just about then,” Wilkerson said. “We came into the Countdown in the top spot, then when we won Dallas we felt really good about our chances and kind of allowed ourselves to think that maybe (the championship) was meant to be.
“We went right from there and won Memphis, but we learned a big lesson after that. Like they say, ‘it ain’t over ’til it’s over,’ and Cruz Pedregon answered our back-to-back wins and trumped us by winning the last three races to take the championship.”
Going into the 2009 Countdown playoff series of six events, Tony Pedregon leads the Funny Car pack.
Wilkerson is in sixth place, hoping to make a similar move up the standings with another victory at the Texas Motorplex when the 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals comes for the 2009 stop (Sept. 24-27). The Motorplex is the second of six playoff events in 2009.
Wilkerson won’t have to worry about Cruz Pedregon this year –he missed the Countdown cut. But he will have Tony Pedregon, four John Force Racing cars and five other anxious teams to contend with as he seeks his first NHRA Funny Car championship.
Ashley Force Hood, fresh off her victory at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, is in third place in her Castrol GTX Ford Mustang. John Force is in seventh place with his Castrol GTX High Mileage Ford Mustang. Mike Neff (Force Racing Ford Mustang) and Robert Hight (Auto Club Ford Mustang) are ninth and 10th, respectively.
“We are really excited to be returning to the Texas Motorplex for the second race of the Countdown,” Force Hood said. “The track is in good shape and since this race falls at the end of September, we are hoping for cool conditions and I think fans will see great times and speed and some amazing races at this event. Every round of the Countdown from qualifying to the finals is critical and we hope to be doing both very well at the Dallas event.”
Hight managed to slip into the 10th and final Countdown spot at the U.S. Nationals – the last of 18 opportunities racers had to qualify for the 10 Countdown positions. Only the top 10 drivers in each professional category are eligible for the playoffs and quest for a championship title.
Hight earned the 2006 Funny Car victory at the Motorplex and believes his team is poised to continue a recent upswing in performance.
“My Auto Club Mustang’s performance has really been coming around the last couple of races,” Hight said. “Our team earned the No. 1 qualifier in Indy and almost beat Ashley in the final. I am looking forward to getting to some of the tracks that are constructed to be high performance tracks. The Texas Motorplex is definitely one of those tracks with its all-concrete racing surface and great conditions. I have been to the winner’s circle there before and I’d like to get back there this year. Billy Meyer (Texas Motorplex owner) was a great funny car driver and to be able to win at his track is a big deal to me.”
Waco resident and legendary drag racer Billy Meyer opened the Motorplex in 1986. Meyer had the benefit of a Funny Car racing career to help create the sport’s first super stadium that rewarded fans with some of the best seating in racing while equally benefiting the competitors with an all-concrete racing surface that serves up more consistent racing surfaces in both lanes.
He knows the racers look forward to competing on the Motorplex surface and makes sure the Motorplex staff has the quickest and fastest surface possible.
“We built this facility so that both fans and racers win when coming to the Motorplex,” Meyer said. “We’re proud to provide our fans the best racing at a great facility that does everything possible to make sure racers can put on the best performance possible for the people sitting in the seats.”
Wilkerson is hoping to get another serving of Texas hospitality next week when the competition lines up on the all-concrete surface for some heated side-by-side racing.
“Winning at the Motorplex is a great deal because the Texas fans are terrific and it’s a unique atmosphere at a great track,” Wilkerson said. “We loved winning there, and we’d love to do it again, for sure. This time, if we’re in the hunt for the championship, we’ll be on a mission to keep it going and not let anyone sneak up on us, right to the end.”
Sportsman qualifying begins at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24. The first of four rounds of professional qualifying is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sept. 25, continuing at 4:45 p.m. that evening. Qualifying wraps up with sessions at 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 26. Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. on Sept. 27.
Tickets for all four days of racing can be purchased by phone at 800-MOTORPLEX (800-668-6775); www.texasmotorplex.com; or through Ticketmaster.