With T-shirt Weather Arriving in Texas

July 23, 2009 by  
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pokertshirt2With T shirt weather arriving in Texas, the Texas Motorplex has a one of a kind shirt for the drag race fan. The best hand in poker is four aces, and the best hand in Texas is this event shirt from the NHRA O’Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall Nationals, presented by Castrol Syntec, on September 24-27.

Available only to those who purchase tickets now for this action packed weekend, you can capture great seats and tell the world that you have them.

Just like on late night infomercials, this shirt is “not available in stores, but if you act now, it can be yours.” Operators are standing by, so just call the Texas Motorplex at 1-800-668-6775, or visit our web site at www.texasmotorplex.com to order tickets and receive your FREE shirt. Seats are available at the starting line or the finish line for Pro qualifying Friday and Saturday, and final eliminations Sunday as part of the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship.

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Follow Texas Motorplex on Twitter

May 14, 2009 by  
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You can now get the most up to date information about the things that go on at the Texas Motorplex by following us on Twitter. Twitter is an amazing service that allows you to keep track friends, family, co-workers, and just about anything you can think of. You can follow people using e-mail, Twitter applications (such as TweetDeck), Twitter.com and you can even have updates sent directly to your cell phone through Short Message Service (SMS Text Updates)

If you already have a twitter account and are recieving SMS Updates to your phone just text /follow txmplex to the number 40404.

You can also receive Twitter updates to your e-mail address through your Twitter account. You can find more information about this and about Twitter in general at http://www.twitter.com

You can find the Texas Motorplex on Twitter at http://twitter.com/txmplex

The Twitter service is free to sign up for, but if you plan to have the SMS Text updates sent to your cell phone, then your cell phone carriers’s standard text message costs will apply. Please check your cell phone carrier to see if your plan has any SMS Texting limits before you begin following anyone on Twitter.

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This Week: Super Chevy Show Blasts into Texas Motorplex May 15-17

May 14, 2009 by  
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** The line for the Super Chevy Show Participants will begin in the Main Spectator Parking Lot, all participants coming to the Super Chevy Show prior to the gates opening should go directly to the Main Spectator Lot and begin forming two lines on the main road. Those participants coming into the Super Chevy Show at or near the posted gate times should be prepared to go to the Main Spectator Parking Lot and pull in at the end of the line.

The gate times for the Super Chevy Show are as follows: Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 8am-5pm; Sunday 8am-5pm **

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jegs2Texas Chevy lovers – load up! It’s almost time for the popular Super Chevy Show presented by JEGS at TEXAS MOTORPLEX! The Super Chevy Show brings the 29th Annual “Feel the Power” Tour to Texas Motorplex, May 15-17, 2009. The 2009 Super Chevy Show tour brings high-powered Chevy racing excitement and beautiful classic Chevy Show Cars to Texas. The Super Chevy Show also boasts one of the nation’s finest Performance & Restoration Midways and AutoTrader Class Swap Meet / Car Corral at many of our events.

golgotha-hearseWeekend racing action at the Super Chevy Show includes the Nitro Coupe Challenge, featuring the short wheelbase, “Ground Pounding” Nitro Coupes, found only at Super Chevy Show. The “King of the Wheelstanders,” – Bob Hall thrills the crowd with his Airborne Express Astrovan, as he runs the ¼ mile on his rear wheels – steering the 10-second pass with only his brakes. Danchuk Jet Wars take off with two ear-shattering performances on both Saturday and Sunday with some of the fastest Jet Car drivers in the country.

bad-dude-burnoutSee hometown racers in the Bracket One Brawl, JEGS Bracket 2 Battle and the DOT Street Fight. The Super Chevy Show Bracket Racing series is open not only to Chevy bodied or powered cars, but all GM brands. GM brand means you can also race your Saab, Saturn, Hummer or even your Cadillac! Plus, Super Chevy will run the TREMEC True Street Challenge at all events throughout the 2009 Season!

Incredible show cars take center stage in the TREMEC Transmission Car Show Series – the nation’s largest single-make car show series. Chevy fans will be treated to two separate shows Saturday and Sunday! Don’t want your car to be judged? Then join your friends in the non-judged Show ‘n Shine Class. Don’t miss the Super Chevy Show presented by JEGS! For more information on our Texas event, check out www.superchevyshow.com or call AutoStar Productions, Inc. at 800.692.6230. See you at Texas Motorplex!’


** The line for the Super Chevy Show Participants will begin in the Main Spectator Parking Lot, all participants coming to the Super Chevy Show prior to the gates opening should go directly to the Main Spectator Lot and begin forming two lines on the main road. Those participants coming into the Super Chevy Show at or near the posted gate times should be prepared to go to the Main Spectator Parking Lot and pull in at the end of the line.

The gate times for the Super Chevy Show are as follows: Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 8am-5pm; Sunday 8am-5pm **

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2009 Holley National Hot Rod Reunion Honorees

April 28, 2009 by  
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April 28, 2009

 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Top drivers from every era of NHRA drag racing,

the first woman to win an NHRA division championship and the inventor of the tire-screeching

burnout make up the Honorees for the 2009 Holley National Hot Rod Reunion on June 19-21 at

Beech Bend Raceway Park, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Grand Marshal – Darrell Gwynn

Selected as one of NHRA’s all-time Top 50 Drivers, Florida’s Darrell Gwynn

won 28 national events in a short ten year career. At age 18 he was runner-up in

Pro Comp at the U.S. Nationals. He scored ten wins in Alcohol Dragster before

moving up to Top Fuel at age 23. In March, 1990 Gwynn made the quickest run

in drag racing, at the time 4.90. Just weeks later, he crashed at England’s Santa

Pod Raceway, changing his life forever. He was paralyzed from the chest down

and lost part of his left arm. Even while recovering, he changed roles to team

owner where his car scored 14 victories. He is dedicated to the cure of paralysis

and maintains a very active schedule of public speaking, technical consulting

and enjoying life with his wife and daughter.

Chuck Nelson

Chuck Nelson has been NHRA’s South Central Division Tech Director

since the position was created nearly a half century ago. Nelson’s

dedicated career began at the NHRA Nationals in Oklahoma City in 1958.

He was selected by NHRA founder Wally Parks to be just one of nine

attendees at the first official NHRA rules meeting in 1959. When he

began, the racers had to build everything themselves, and he’s seen the

tech side of the sport evolve into cars that are professionally

manufactured. Nelson says, “You learn every day because the racers keep

you on your toes. I keep trying to retire but Craig (Div. 4 Director Craig

Hutchinson) won’t let me.”

Bob Creitz

Known as an engine wizard, the inventor of the burnout and the most prominent

Top Fuel racer in Oklahoma, Bob Creitz was a member of the unofficial group of

hard-core fuel racers known as the “Greek Fleet”. Creitz’s cars have been runner up

at the ’67 Winternationals, made the first six-second pass in NHRA Nationals

history, and at the PDA meet at Orange County in 1968 won the last 64-car Top

Fuel show ever held. He won the inaugural PHR Championships in 1969 and

runner-upped at the ’72 Supernationals. He has restored his last front engine

fueler for Cacklefest events.

Vance Hunt

A name synonymous with Top Fuel racing in the southwest from 1960 to 1971 is

Vance Hunt. As an owner/tuner, the Arlington, Texas racer fielded a long series

of dragsters driven by Ed Mabry, J.L. Payne, Ted Arnold, Jerry Ellis, and Watus

Simpson. Hunt began racing in the late ’40s at “any place we could.” Fuel racing

beckoned in 1960, and with J.L. Payne driving Hunt defeated both Don Garlits

and Chris Karamesines for the Number One spot on the Drag News Mr.

Eliminator list and won the ’62 AHRA Nationals. In his final season he even

briefly raced a Mustang Funny Car. In recent years he’s remained active as a tuner

on nostalgia Top Fuel dragsters.

Jerry Baltes

Beginning his drag racing career in 1951 at Paradise Mesa near San Diego,

Jerry Baltes raced for over two decades. He worked his way up from gas

coupes, through altereds to a gas dragster, then in 1962 to Top Fuel. He made it

to number 3 on the Drag News Top Ten List, set an NHRA speed record, won

the 1964 World Series of Drag Racing at Cordova, and finished number 2 in

1964 NHRA points. After a crash ended his driving career in 1967, he fielded

the Tom and Jerry Mustang Funny Car as a member of the Coca-Cola

Cavalcade of Stars. He has recently restored his 1964 Top Fuel car for

Cacklefest events.

Amy Faulk

Experienced in Stock, Super Stock and Competition eliminator categories, Amy

Faulk was the first woman to win a national event in Alcohol Dragster and the

first woman to win an NHRA division championship. In 1979 Faulk won the

Super Stock national championship and in 1980 was elected to Car Craft

Magazine’s All-Star team. In addition to her racing career, Amy has held

management roles in the automotive aftermarket and currently serves as the

chief administrative officer of Hypertech. She has served on the

SEMA Board of Directors, was named SEMA’s Person of the Year in 1996, and is a member of

the SEMA Hall of Fame.

 

About the 7th Annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion

The 7th annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion, June 19-21 at Beech Bend Raceway in

Bowling Green, Ky., is a 3-day festival of speed, hot rods and American automotive enthusiasm.

Produced by the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of

Southern California and located in Pomona, Calif., the Reunion is part of the museum’s “living

history” philosophy, which works to bring to life the sights, sounds and people who made history

in the early days of drag racing, land speed racing and the golden age of American car culture.

Unique among motorsports events, the Reunion honors some of the top names in hot

Rodding from the past and features a fabulous array of fast drag cars, hot rods, street rods and cool customs.

 

Media contact: Monique Valadez, 909-622-3389 office, 909-287-6029 cell, mvaladez@nhra.com

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Results: Texas Muscle Car Club Challenge

April 26, 2009 by  
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April 26, 2009 -

We had some delays in the early part of the day, but the weather held out for a good day of racing.  Congratulations to all of the winners of first Texas Muscle Car Club Challenge of the Texas Motorplex 2009 Season.  We hope to see everyone again on the September 13 Texas Muscle Car Club Challenge.

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