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.
The “problem” at Indy, or more accurately, the “HIGHT-light” of an otherwise mundane season, was the direct result of a moronic and “un-en-FORCE-able” rule in place to begin with (puns intended).
If I were King, there would be NO RULE against “team orders” or “intentionally” manipulating the outcome of a race. There would be no such rule because to make one is nothing more than foolishly attempting to bend the following un-bendable, “natural laws”:
1. You can’t legislate morality.
Whether laying down for a teammate is “right” or “wrong” is, at best, arguable.
This King’s position is that it is not only “right” to do so, but to do anything else is stupid and self defeating. In baseball it’s called a “Sacrifice Play”; in billiards, it’s called a “Safety”, and its all part of the game. Is the ball player who bunts actually “cheating”, or doing what’s in the best interest of the team?
And, what would have been accomplished had he taken out his teammate? It would have accomplished nothing, except letting his sponsors and fans down by preventing his teammate from getting to “second base”, and having a shot at the championship.
How smart was it, in a previous season, when a racer who was not in contention at all, took out his own teammate; a teammate who could very possibly have won the championship? Did that racer get an ovation for “doing the right thing”? No, no one really cared and all that remained was the obvious question, “why’d he do that?”
When such a rule is in place, aren’t those who attempt to enforce it actually guilty of breaking their own rule; of “intentionally manipulating” the outcome of a race?
No matter your personal position, attempting to legislate morality is futile.
2. The first rule of racing is: “If it’s gray it’s legal; if it’s undetectable, it’s legal”.
Team orders fall into the “undetectable” category. No matter how you slice it, it’s impossible to actually PROVE that one “intentionally” lost a race. “Intention” is an intangible, and as such is very difficult if not impossible to prove.
One of my loyal subjects suggested that allowing multi-car teams is the real problem.
This King disagrees with that as well, as again, it would be impossible to prevent independent team owners from making “deals”, and even harder to prove it if they did.
3. “Inconsistent” (as in “we’re going to look for any inconsistencies”) is a relative term, and therefore impossible to define.
When facing a teammate, is there a rule that says your tune-up has to be “consistent”? No, there is not! And if there were, exactly where would the line between “consistent” and “inconsistent” be? And, more importantly, who is the person qualified to draw that line?
And, even if there are no “inconsistencies” in the tune-up, what’s to prevent a driver from (“intentionally”) red lighting, driving out of the groove or being late? And if they did or if they were, can it be proved it was “intentional”? The answers of course, are “Nothing” and “No”.
4. “Fairness is the enemy of justice”
One of the most attractive aspects of drag racing, is the fact that it’s almost completely free of judgment calls. Once those two cars stage, and short of crossing the centerline, what happens between the start and the finish line is entirely up to just three people; the two drivers and the Lord above. That’s the way it is, and that’s the way it should be!
At Indy, the truth is there actually was no problem at all; there was just some darn good and very smart racing! The “perceived” problem was only in the minds of those who failed to take full advantage of the enforceable rules, and instead chose to give credence to one that is not; to hang their hopes on a “Pooka”!
The sanctioning body should know that including “Pookas” (un-enforceable rules defined in relative terms) in their rulebook, will only cause confusion, division and needless controversy.
If I were King, team orders would immediately be “de-criminalized”, and there would be no such prohibition in all of Nostalgia Land!
-Blood Did It
The Texas Motorplex has had the honor of having drag racing’s most prolific artist, Kenny Youngblood, create the first of a one of a kind racing t-shirt with the official “Blood Did It” signature. This shirt can be purchased online or at the Texas Motorplex Souvenir Stands at all drag racing events. Do not miss the opportunity to have this one of a kind “Blood Did It” shirt.
Reprinted courtesy of VintageFuel.com Magazine