*** Due to the unseasonably cold and possibly wet forecast for Saturday March 14, 2009, the Texas Motorplex has rescheduled the PINKS All Out “Second Chance Qualifier to Sunday March 15, 2009. ***
Texas Motorplex still has over 30 spots to give away March 15th for the PINKS All Out event held March 20th-21st, presented locally by Doug Stanley Ford – DeSoto. “Texas Motorplex had a great turnout this past weekend,” Ashley Kellough states. “We had racers from Oklahoma, New Mexico, and all over Texas come out to compete for a spot in the PINKS All Out event.”
This weekend, March 15th, Texas Motorplex will host their final “Second Chance Qualifier”. Gates open at 8am. Racers will have 3 qualifying rounds held at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm. In addition to the PINKS All Out Qualifiers, there will be an Open Test & Tune session beginning at 10am, and held in between qualifying rounds, if time allows. The Test & Tune sessions are open to any racer. PINKS All Out Qualifier Tech Cards will be $30, Test & Tune Tech Cards are an additional $15. Crew and spectator price will be $10.00.
If you are qualifying for PINKS All Out we ask that you arrive when gates open at 8am. You will need to be parked, unloaded, and completed tech before 11:30am. If you do not make it to the 1st round of Qualifying you will not be eligible to compete for the chance to get in to the PINKS All Out event. Qualifiers will have to complete 3 qualifying runs, scheduled for 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm. At the end of the event, the 30 most consistent racers will be calculated. WILD CARD winners will be announced on-site, and the 30 most consistent racers will be posted online on the next business day.
Texas Motorplex looks forward to seeing everyone this weekend and wishes everyone the best of luck.
The first ever PINKS All Out was staged at the Texas Motorplex on September 2, 2006, and the first ever PINKS All Out qualifier is now in the history books. Over 85 racers towed to Ennis TX for a second chance to qualify for the showdown for $18,000 on March 21, and 40 left with a spot on the hottest drag racing show on TV.
Using a revolutionary computer program developed by Sagera Live Timing, racers made three qualifying attempts, and the thirty racers that made the most consistent runs were rewarded with a spot at PINKS All Out on March 20-21 at Texas Motorplex. The racer who towed the longest distance, Tim Taylor from Hobbs, New Mexico, an 850 mile round trip, was the number one qualifier. He foot- braked his 1967 Olds Cutlass to three runs all within .008 seconds.
Besides the thirty most consistent racers on Saturday, eleven lucky racers were rewarded with a “wild card” entry in to PINKS All Out by having their names drawn at random.
A final PINKS All Out second chance qualifier race will be staged Saturday, March 14 the Texas Motorplex. Thirty more places in PINKS All Out will be awarded to the most consistent, and two “wild card” entries will be drawn at random.
Here is the list of people who were the most consistent racers and the “Wild Card” winners at the first PINKS All Out Second Chance Qualifier on March 7, 2009. Second Chance Qualifier Winners & Wild Cards should call 972-878-2641 and speak with Amber to complete their registration.
1 Tim Taylor
2 Everett Vassar
3 Lawrence Lohr
4 Jimmy Martin
5 James Gifford
6 Tony Sanders
7 Derek Lewis
8 James Garcia
9 Ronnie Davis
10 Steve Hight
11 Rudy Jimenez
12 Mike Barmes
13 Michael Petree
14 Lee Ward
15 Brandon Weaver
16 Cliff Elliot
17 Pete Castillio
18 Kevin Johnson
19 Donnie Fowler
20 Fernando Ayala
21 Chris Hankins
22 Mark Mueller
23 Keith Moyer
24 AJ Hauk
25 Clint Goolsbay
26 John Lee
27 Danny Marlow
28 Terry Tanner
29 Victor Sanchez
30 William Larry Neighbors
Wildcard #1 Chris Hegge
Wildcard #2 Duane Deatherage
Wildcard #3 Charles Baucum
Wildcard #4 Eddie Kyle
Wildcard #5 David Salinas
Wildcard #6 Ryan McDonald
Wildcard #7 Jesse Flick
Wildcard #8 Larry Cooper II
Wildcard #9 Duke McClain
Wildcard #10 Brent Rains
Wildcard #11 Ray Silverman
Second Chance Qualifier Winners & Wild Cards should call 972-878-2641 and speak with Amber to complete their registration.
2009-03-07 PINKS All Out hopefuls storm the Texas Motorplex gates for the PINKS All Out Second Chance Qualifier
Racers from all over Texas stormed the Texas Motorplex gates this morning for thier chance to capture one of the coveted spots at PINKS All Out on March 21, 2009. Racing began a little late this morning but the first qualifying round of the PINKS All Out Second Chance Qualifier at 10:00am. The remaining PINKS All Out Second Chance Qualifiers will be held at 1:00pm and 4:00pm.
Florida’s warm climate and Southern charm combined with great on-track action and 40 years steeped with history and performance milestones have made the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals one of the must-see events of every NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season, with racers and fans alike looking forward to the first East Coast national event of the season. Pro Stock driver Kurt Johnson is among those who look forward to the trip to Florida each season, and in addition to the history and warm weather that accompany the event, when ACDelco assumed title-rights sponsorship of the race in 2006, the Gatornationals became an even bigger event for the 45-year-old racer; the urgency to be at the top of his game and run at the front of the pack became a greater priority at Gainesville Raceway than ever before.
“It seems that we try twice as hard when we go to the ACDelco races,” Johnson said. “We’ve struggled a couple of years at Gainesville. Then, in 2005, we won the ACDelco race in Las Vegas, so it’s been a mixed bag of tricks for us. At the same time, we’re going to do everything we can to pull out a win at the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals. There are going to be a lot of great customers there who buy our products, and that’s what it’s all about - marketing high-quality ACDelco parts and services. We’re going to do all we can to win this thing.”
Johnson has been going to Gainesville Raceway since 1976, when he made the long trek south from Minnesota with his dad, Warren, and his mom, Arlene, and since that trip to the Gatornationals more than 30 years ago, the veteran Pro Stock driver has understood the appeal and excitement surrounding the Gatornationals.
“Everybody is tired of the winter; they want to see sunshine and great drag racing, and the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals is the perfect place for that,” Johnson said. “The fans are excited. They want to see those boards light up with a great number. You have a lot of barometer at Gainesville, which helps these Pro Stock cars run fast if the air is right.
“When you leave Minnesota, you have cold and snow and slush, and then you hit the Florida border, and you’re looking at oranges and grapefruits and warm climate. My first time at the Gatornationals, I thought it was cool. It was the first time I had been in Florida or that far south - I was digging it.”
Johnson’s first Gatornationals as a Pro Stock driver was during his rookie season, in 1993, and admittedly, it was a memorable race, but for all the wrong reasons.
“There was a lot going on at that race,” Johnson said. “We borrowed a Cutlass from Gary Chimeri that was one of Dad’s old cars. We qualified, and I think we blew up some motors, too, but it was a good car. I was a little hard on equipment at that time in my career. I lost to Larry Morgan in the second round. The Scribner brothers were helping me, and I was using Dad’s motors. I was getting a lot of help from a lot of people.”
In 1999, Johnson advanced to his first Gatornationals final round when, after qualifying No. 2, he defeated Hurley Blakeney, Morgan, and Troy Coughlin before losing to his dad in the championship heat. Four years later, in 2003, Johnson captured his first Gatornationals victory with a pair of decisive round-wins against Greg Anderson in the semifinals and Jeg Coughlin in the final.
“That was a great day,” Johnson said. “Greg was running good and was tough, and then to get by Jeg Coughlin in the final took about everything we had. I was good on the Tree in those two rounds, .013 against Greg and .016 against Jeg, but that’s what it takes to win a national event: not only running fast on the track but also letting out the clutch on time. The 2003 Gatornationals was a special race to win [because] the whole family was there, Kathy, Erin, Conner, and Jarrett.”
Since making his Pro Stock debut in 1993, Johnson has won 39 national events, earned 29 No. 1 qualifying awards, and 16 top 10 points finishes, 13 of which were in the top five. In fact, Johnson has never finished outside of the top 10 during his career and has averaged a fourth-place points finish in his 16-year career. The resident of Lawrenceville, Ga., has also won at least one race every year since 1995 (the longest current streak in NHRA Pro Stock), and his 507 round-wins are second among full-time, active Pro Stock drivers only to those of his six-time NHRA Pro Stock world championship father.
“It takes everybody at the shop in Sugar Hill to create a winning program,” Johnson said. “There are 12 of us that work on the two cars. Justin Belfance primarily takes care of the clutch and the transmission and that particular part of the car when we get to the track, but he oversees pretty much everything at the shop as far as getting the ACDelco Chevrolet ready for competition. Bobby Wunderlich does the back half, including tires and rear-end gears, and Mike Smith tunes the motors and works between both cars. Then we have Randy Chambers and Adam Drzayich off of Dad’s team, who came over and helped out at Phoenix, with Dad overlooking everything. Greg Pitts orders all the parts and anything else we might need, Craig Cash and Ronnie Seeger do the CNC work, Mom takes care of the administrative stuff, and Kathy is a big help when the kids are in school.”
The team’s hard work is already paying off this year. At the series’ last event in Phoenix, the ACDelco Chevrolet driver rebounded off a disappointing season opener in Pomona to advance to his 74th final round.
“We had four strong qualifying runs in Phoenix where we learned something every time out,” said Johnson, who is in sixth place in the Full Throttle standings. “On Sunday, we continued to improve as the day went along. We did everything except win the race, and we came awfully close to doing that. We feel really good right now, and obviously, we would have felt better if we would have won, but it was an upward stroke, and with a little more testing and fine-tuning, I think we can do some damage in Gainesville.
“Once you get to the racetrack, you only have so much horsepower, so lately we’ve looked at trying to make better runs, maximizing the horsepower that we have. You have to make everything work in sync.”
Johnson hopes to carry the momentum he gained in Phoenix into Gainesville, but he knows that the competition will be tough and that he and his ACDelco team will need to be on their game if they hope to score another Gainesville Wally.
“With the number of terrific teams that will be on hand at Gainesville Raceway fighting for the 16 qualifying spots, we can’t leave anything to chance,” Johnson said. “You have to be on your game for all four qualifying sessions, and it’s going to take a good hit right out of the box. We want to win one of these — preferably the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals — and then we’ll see what happens after that.”
Load up your car and bring the crew, Texas Motorplex is waiting for you!
This weekend, racers from all over the area will load in the pits at 8am for 3 qualifying runs in an attempt to make the cut for PINKS All Out on March 20-21. The 30 most consistent racers will be announced at the end of the qualifying event this weekend. Texas Motorplex will also invite 6 additional racers to compete at PINKS All Out by luck of the draw. “We will be drawing 6 random tech cards from the 2nd chance qualifier this weekend. We understand that racers have bad days too, but we still want to extend the offer to 6 racers to come out to compete at PINKS All Out. We originally were only going to be able to draw 2 WILD CARDS from each qualifier, but we wanted to be able to reach out to 4 more racers,” says Ashley Kellough. Entry fee is $30 for PINKS hopefuls. Other cars may test & Tune for $15 per car; spectator and crew admission is $10.
In the event that wind speeds increase as predicted, there is a possibility that we will be contesting the event on the eighth mile. We will still invite the 30 most consistent racers, as well as 6 additional WILD CARDS drawn at random to participate in our PINKS All Out event March 21st. We will make the final call on the quarter mile or eighth mile on Saturday morning.
Come out to the Texas Motorplex to compete against some of the best racers around! Texas Motorplex will be holding the final 2nd chance qualifier next weekend on March 14. If you are not able to attend this weekends event or do not make the cut, come out March 14 for your final chance. “Texas Motorplex looks forward to seeing everyone this Saturday. We wish everyone the best of luck and encourage everyone to HAVE FUN!” states Kellough.
Texas Motorplex would like to thank everyone who came out this weekend to kick off our 2009 Racing Season. We would also like to congratulate all of our March 1st, 2009 class winners. Click here for the O’Reilly Bracket Racing Series #1 Results
Jr Dragster Program: Top Eliminator-Taryn Greene, Modified-Hailey Strnad, Sportsman-Raymond Longoria, Run For the Trophy-Joseph Williams, Best Appearing Crew-Bailey Williams.
Bracket Program: Super Pro-Gerald Haning, Pro-“Mad”Max McGlothin, Quick 16-Mike Crader, No Electronics-Austin Williams, Trophy Street Carlisle Wykes
Reher-Morrison Racing Engines is proud to be taking one of this weekend’s winners to school. Each point class winner received a Reher-Morrison Championship Engine Assembly book, and was entered into a drawing. Reher-Morrison would like to Congratulate Mike Crader of Bedford. Mike won a certificate to attend the Reher-Morrison Racing Engine Building School held on March 21st-22nd. Congratulations Mike!
This season Texas Motorplex is dedicated to making positive changes for our racers. We appreciate everyone who gave us feedback from this weekend’s event, and hope to continue to keep an open communication with our racers. Texas Motorplex will be accepting Points Registration Forms until April 11th. Check our website for Weekly Results, Winner Photos, and Upcoming Events. We look forward to a great season and appreciate your support in rebuilding the bracket program.