Super Chevy Show Series Announces Car Show and Feature Category Information for 30th Anniversary Season
KANSAS CITY (Dec. 8, 2009) – The Super Chevy Show series announced bracket and car show class information along with early information about the new Shoebox Shootout class on its redesigned Web site today.
The ownership group wants to give fans and participants as much specific information as possible about the car show and bracket series. SCSW, Inc., purchased the Super Chevy Show series in November. The ownership group is a mix of race track owners, promoters and racing experts who want the 30th anniversary season in 2010 to be its best year yet.
Summit Motorsports Park’s Bill Bader said one of the ways to make the 2010 season shine is to bring a good, old, American classic back to the track – the 1957 Chevy. The Shoebox Shootout will feature a racing category for 1960 and older Chevy models at each of the national Super Chevy Show events. The rules and car specifics will be announced in January, but Bader wants people to pull their heavy metal out of the garage now and start preparing for the 16-car showdown at each track.
“The Shoebox Shootout is still in its infancy phase and we’re working on the rules and structure but it will certainly be a race category for 1960 and older vehicles,” Bader said. “We want those really fast, big, heavy ’55 Chevys, ’57 Chevys and bubbletops back out at the track. They have a tremendous amount of mainstream appeal and when you see a ’57 Chevy blasting down the track at a high rate of speed, you won’t be able to help but watch. It’s going to be very entertaining.”
Bader said the series wanted to give a home to a stylish and quick vehicle that seems to have lost its place in racing over the years. All of the vehicles will be body-correct and look just the way they did when they rolled off the original assembly line.
The Shoebox Shootout will have qualifying and then move to a dial-in format for the single-elimination bracket of 16 to get down to the winner. Bader hopes the series will move to a heads-up format in the future when the fields are ready.
“A lot of these cars have been parked over the years because racers couldn’t compete with other makes and models,” Bader said. “These cars are in garages and barns and it’s time they start inspiring ‘wows’ at the race track again. It will take a couple of years for this class to mature but we know this is going to be a tremendous class for racers and fans alike. This is going to be a completely unique feature of the Super Chevy Show.”
The car show also will have some changes in 2010. Virginia Motorsports Park’s Bryan Pierce is on the Car Show Committee and said the goal is to listen to what car show participants have to say about the series and incorporate the high-priority changes as early as next season.
“I’ve been talking with car show participants from around the country and they all said the top priority needs to be better and more detailed descriptions of the car show classes,” Pierce said. “The car show is a gathering for car enthusiasts from around the country to come together and it’s an important element of the series. We want to make it easy for people to go online and see where their car will fit in the car show. We’re working on ways to make it more fun and relaxing to come out with your car and be part of the experience.”
Pierce said the committee is feverishly working on what he considers the most important element of the car show – prestige.
“The Super Chevy Show has a tremendous history and we want to respect the history and bring back the prestige of winning a trophy at the event,” Pierce said. “We want a high-quality car show so that if you win a trophy, you are honored by the award.”
Racers, car show participants, fans, vendors, and sponsors alike can call 1-800-692-6230 to receive further information on the Super Chevy Show series.
At the Racer Appreciation Awards Banquet it was announced that a Drivers Committee is being established in 2010. The Committee will consist of racers, nominated by the racers to represent their class throughout the 2010 season. The Committee will meet periodically, usually away from the track, and will be asked to provide feedback on the bracket program throughout the 2010 season. We need your help in nominating a driver from your class. Please email AshleyK@texasmotorplex.com with your nomination. The 2010 Driver Committee will be announced in January. We appreciate your input.
On Saturday, December 5th, Ellis County Auto and Reher-Morrison presented the 2009 Racer Appreciation Awards Banquet in the Texas Motorplex Champions Club. Racers and crew came together to look back on the 2009 O’Reilly Bracket Racing Series and crown the class champions.
Over $5,500 was awarded to the top racers, along with their 2010 Gold Card, trophy, $200 from Royal Purple, and Reher- Morrison apparel. Jr Class Champions also received a Game Card from Speed Zone.
Throughout the banquet, door prizes were given out. Some of the door prizes included an autographed hockey blade from the Dallas Stars, 4 game day tickets to see the Dallas Stars in action, ShowBiz Cinemas movie tickets, and tickets to see the Waxahachie Tour of Homes Christmas Show. Local restaurants donated gift certificates, including Fat Daddys, Cotton Patch, Buffalo Wild Wings, TaMolly’s, and Chick-Fil-A. Die cast cars from Robert Hight, Tony Pedregon, and Gary Scelzi were also on the prize table. Autographed pistons from John Force, Ashley Force Hood, and Robert Hight were among the door prizes as well. Royal Purple t-shirts, hats, visors, and gloves were another popular choice with winners.
The winner of the new JCL 4X4 300 four wheeler was Carol Jenkins of Dawson, Texas. Throughout the season, entry forms were given out at bracket races. Bradley Wilson, Jr Overall Points Class Champion, stepped up to draw the winning name.
Jeff Lopez and Jackie Jones went to the final round at the AER Race Of Champions “Run For The Block” race on October 31st, 2009 and were awarded their AER Long Block at the banquet.
Congratulations to all of the Class Champions, runner ups, and top finalists in each class, as well as our Contingency Connection Bonus Winners, and Special Recognition Winners.
JR Sportsman: Bradley Wilson, Ryan McClaskey
JR Modified: Taylor Bright, Adrian Acevedo, Nicholas Aydelotte, Bailey Williams
JR Top Eliminator: Ryan Gleghorn, Kyle Armstrong, Will Winn, Daniel Aydelotte
JR Overall Points Champion: Bradley Wilson
Super Pro: Jeff Lopez, Jackie Jones, Bob Koski, Rusty Branum, Jack Mauldin Jr
Pro: Robby Lopez, Jack Mauldin Jr, Jeff Lopez, Jackie Jones, Doug Haning
No Electronics: Austin Williams, Charles Dickenson, Wayne Pratt, Jimmy Falkenbach, Glenn Morphew
Quick 16: Jeff Lopez, Doug Haning, Mike Crader, Shane Cox
Bracket Overall Points Champion: Robby Lopez
Hedman Hedders/Trans-Dapt Champion: Jackie Jones
PerformanceParts.com Champion: Charles Dickenson
PX3 Lubricants All Stars Champion: Doug Haning
JE Pro Seal Rings Sportsman of the Year Champion: Jack Mauldin Jr
Richmond Gear Weekend Warrior Champions: Wayne Pratt, Jason Rogers, Jeff Lopez, Cliff Loveless, Robby Lopez, Austin Williams
AER Race of Champions Finalists: Jeff Lopez, Jackie Jones
Reher Morrison Engine Building School Winner: Mike Crader
NHRA King of the Track Aerospace Components Champion: Jeff Lopez
2009 ET Finals Race Of Champions representatives: Robby Lopez, Austin Williams
2009 ET Finals Class Winners: Warren Wrights, Jason Kizlinski
2009 Summit Racing Series Finals Participants: Warren Wright, Jason Kizlinski
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KANSAS CITY (Nov. 18, 2009) – The recent SCSW, Inc. purchase of the Super Chevy Show series represents a completely different concept in the world of motorsports in general, and drag racing in particular. People with racing experience who have invested their careers in the sport are now invested in the series. The benefactors of the purchase will be fans, sponsors, racers and participants.
Drag racing facility owners and operators throughout the United States formed the American Promoters Association (APA) in early 2009. As part of their discussions and work through the APA, several highly experienced track operators became interested in the opportunity to build or acquire their own series. Those owners wanted to put their experience and dedication to the sport into a national series. They formed SCSW, Inc., and purchased the Super Chevy Show series.
The board of directors for SCSW is like a ‘Who’s Who’ in drag racing history: President – John Bandimere Jr.; Executive Vice President – Lex Dudas, Vice Presidents – Bill Bader, Charlie Allen, Bryan Pierce, and Secretary Treasurer – Billy Meyer.
Bandimere is the owner and operator of Bandimere Speedway in Denver. Bandimere Speedway will host a Super Chevy Show event in August. It will be the first time the Speedway has hosted a Super Chevy event in several years.
Anyone who knows Bandimere will agree that he is not a gambling man. But if he was, well, he would bet big on the Super Chevy Show series.
“There is a tremendous amount of talent within the group of operators who now control the Super Chevy Show,” Bandimere said. “One person may have a great way to deal with new sponsors. One person may have a tremendous program for selling tickets. Another will be an expert on participant relations. We are going to take the best methods and apply them all to this one series. This gives us the opportunity to work together and develop a great series. If I was a betting man, I would bet that this series is going to blossom and we are going to bring it back to being the historically great event that it has been in the past.”
Events like the Super Chevy Show have typically been owned by just one individual or one company who rented facilities to host events. They merely paid a small fee to the track owner to use the facility for the event date. In that scenario the promoter operated everything from afar and only came to the venue on the week of an event and provided assignment for track staff.
SCSW is not a single entity promoter; it is only a resource to help provide a point of coordination for the track owners. Now the host tracks will have a stake in ownership and each will be personally involved with the overall series and will be personally responsible for their event.
SCSW is working to hire the competition director position that will help guide the activities at each event, and SCSW is also is working with Forward Sports Marketing on the promotional elements for the series that include sponsorship, media and fan interaction.
“A racer at a recent event put it in perspective to me on what it means for tracks to now own a series,” Forward Sports Marketing’s Ryan Haas said. “They said that all of the sanctioning bodies from ADRL, NMRA, NMCA, NHRA, IHRA, etc…. basically rent or partner with track owners just like the Super Chevy Show Series used to do every season. Now the tracks own the series and are personally invested in the success of the series.
“The tracks hosting the 2010 Super Chevy Show series selected the dates for the schedule, and have committees that will decide everything from racing classes to car show awards and other aspects of the show. It is amazing to be on a conference call with 10 national-caliber track owners and operators to see how well they work together on a project like this.”
Bandimere said the anticipation is brewing across the nation as the ownership group works to put together a thrilling season of Super Chevy Show events.
“I can feel and see the excitement growing with the SCSW members,” Bandimere said. “This has everyone focused on putting on a great show in 2010.”