Comments Off

 2013.FFW.OVAL                    2011 Texas Motorplex 4c



Fans That Bring Pet Food for Meals on Wheels AniMeals Program Save $5

ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 26, 2014) – Fun Ford Weekend fans have proven they like to help the homebound seniors in the community. For three years, fans that have brought canned goods to support the Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties, have received $5 off Fun Ford Weekend tickets and they have helped countless seniors with their donations.

This year, the same homebound seniors will still be assisted, but in a more furry-friendly way. And Fun Ford Weekend fans will be given multiple gifts in return when Fun Ford Weekend returns Nov. 8.

All fans who bring cat or dog food for Meals on Wheels homebound seniors will not only receive $5 off adult ticket prices (that’s HALF OFF!) but this year, Fun Ford Weekend is a car show, drag race AND the site of the Southwest Heritage Racing Association nostalgia car World Finals AND the Beat the Heat World Finals.

Fans that help our regional seniors save money, and get three times the show!

“Meals on Wheels is such a valuable asset to our community and they do so much for our seniors,” Texas Motorplex President Gabrielle Stevenson said. “Every one of our Motorplex managers all have one or more pets at home and when Meals on Wheels asked if we could do a pet food drive, we jumped at the chance. We know how important our pets are to us, and I think it’s even more important for our homebound seniors to have furry companions. We feel honored to help Meals on Wheels with their AniMeals program this year.”

Lisa Deese from Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis County said the AniMeals program provides a unique and valuable service unlike any other organization.

“AniMeals is just one of the special services provided by Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties to homebound seniors and disabled people in local communities,” Deese said. “Volunteers deliver donated dog and cat food to Meals-on-Wheels recipients in their community, once a month. AniMeals prevents clients with limited resources from sharing their home-delivered meals with their pets.  It enables individuals to keep their companion animals, providing a special quality to their lives and saving their pets from an uncertain fate.”

Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.



All participants must stop at Gate 10 when they enter the facility to pick up their Tech Cards, Car Show Judging Cards or their Swap Meet or Car Corral Registration forms. Participants who have purchased their registration in advance will show the print at home ticket at the gate when they arrive in exchange for the appropriate forms for competition. All goodie bags will be distributed to Fun Ford Weekend racers and car show participants at the Motorplex souvenir trailer.


Category                                Fee                              Payout

Fast Ford (Elec.)                     $70                              80% payback

Quick Ford (No Elec.)                        $70                              $1,000 to win

Mustang Guys 5.0 Shootout   $45                              Mustang Trophy

Street Ford                              $35                              Trophy

All judged car show                $25                              Plaques, goodie bags, prizes

Show-n-Shine                         $25                              Goodie bags, prizes

Swap Meet                              $25                              Goodie bags

Car Corral                               $25                              Goodie bags


Spectator Ticket Prices

-          Adult/Crew:                $10

-          Youth (Age 13-17):    $5

-          Children 12 & under are FREE

-          Adult tickets are $5 off with any pet food contribution to Meals on Wheels ANIMEALS helping senior citizens feed their pets.


Parking Fees

-          Spectator Parking: $5

-          Pit Side Spectator Parking: $20 (Gate 10)



-          Gates open at 6 p.m.; Racing 7 p.m. to Midnight

-          Street legal racing open to all makes and models: $15 to race, $10 to watch



Gates Open: 8 a.m.; Registration &Tech: 8 a.m. – noon; Time Trials: 9 a.m.

Car Show Judging: Starts at 11 a.m.; Eliminations: Start after two time trials

Car Show Awards: 3 p.m.




Show Car Categories:

-          Mustang: 1964-’68, 1969-’73, 1974-’78, 1979-’86, 1987-’93, 1994-’98, 1999-‘04, 2005-’09, 2010-present

-          Conversion (Ford powered vehicle)

-          Competition Sports: GT 40, Cobra, Kit Car, Road Race, Etc.

-          Compact- Focus-Front wheel drive

-          Open- Big Car

-          Thunderbird

-          Galaxie, Fairlane, Torino, Falcon

-          Rod (pre-1949)

-          Lincoln, Mercury

-          Nostalgia- Post 1950

-          Pre- 1989 SUV & Pickup

-          1990-2013 SUV & Pickup

-          2011-2013 Display only

-          Roush, Saleen, Steeda, GT 500

-          Shelby

-          SVT 1993-2013

Special Awards to include: Track Choice, People’s Choice and Best of Show



Racer Information: Classes

FAST FORD – Electronics Class, ¼- mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own

QUICK FORD – No Electronics Class, ¼- mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own

Mustangguys 5.0 Shootout- No Electronics Class, ¼ mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own

STREET FORD – Street Legal, ¼- mile, Full Tree, Dial Your Own, All Run

Purse and Payout

E.T. Bracket Classes:
Fast Ford Winner: 80% payback
Quick Ford Winner $1,000, runner-up $300
Street Ford Winner TROPHY, runner-up TROPHY

Class Rules
FAST FORD (ELECTRONICS) – ¼- mile, Full Tree
Fast Ford Winner 80% payback
Electronics Class, ¼- mile, box, transbrake, full tree, dial your own, all run field, no throttle stops, any power adder combo allowed, any tire size allowed, no weight limit

QUICK FORD (NO ELECTRONICS) – ¼- mile, Full Tree
Quick Ford Winner $1,000, runner-up $300
No Electronics Class, ¼-mile, no box, no transbrake, full tree, all run field, no throttle stops, any power adder combo allowed, any tire size allowed, no weight limit, must leave off footbrake 5.0 Shootout-1/4- mile, Full Tree
5.0 Winner receives Fastest 5.0 Shootout Trophy

Eligible to any driver of a Mustang or Ford vehicle with a 5.0L displacement with a Windsor or Coyote engine and only one power adder is allowed (Turbo charger, super charged or nitrous). Any Dial-in, DOT street Tires & Mufflers required, No Electronics.

STREET FORD – ¼- mile, Full Tree
Street Ford Winner TROPHY, runner-up TROPHY
No slicks, DOT tires, registration required, all run field, no throttle stops, any power adder combo allowed, any tire size allowed, no weight limit

For more information, contact Texas Motorplex at (972) 878-2641, go online at or



October 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured Articles, Latest News

Comments Off

Raymond Beadle, a three-time NHRA Funny Car world champion and driver of the famed Blue Max Funny Car, died Oct. 20 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He was 70.

Beadle, who got his start in NHRA in the early 1970s driving for team owners Prentiss Cunningham, Mike Burkhart and Don Schumacher, started his own team with Harry Schmidt in 1974 and the duo raced to 13 NHRA national event victories in 28 final round appearances and won world championship titles in 1979, 1980 and 1981. He was a two-time winner of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, claiming victories at the world’s most prestigious drag race in 1975 and 1981.

The Spur, Texas, native’s first world championship title in ’79 ended Don “The Snake” Prudhomme’s four-year reign of Funny Car dominance. Beadle is one of only four Funny Car drivers in NHRA history who have won at least three consecutive championship titles. His Blue Max Funny Car was one of the most popular machines on the national drag racing match race circuit and he is widely credited with being the first in motorsports to sell team branded souvenirs such as T-shirts and hats.

Beadle also was successful in other forms of motorsports. In 1989 he and driver Rusty Wallace teamed to win the NASCAR Cup championship. Before that his NASCAR team featured Tim Richmond as driver. He also fielded a World of Outlaws sprint car for Sammy Swindell.

Beadle was named No. 20 on the list of NHRA’s greatest drivers through its first 50 years. In 1980 he was named to the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters All-America team. Already a member of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, Beadle earlier this year was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Novi, Mich.

Once he retired from motorsports in 1990, Beadle operated cattle ranches in Texas and Arkansas as well as a farm for quarter horses. Prior to his death he and wife Roz resided in Dallas.



October 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured Articles, Latest News

Comments Off


WHAT: Fun Ford Weekend is back at Texas Motorplex, Nov. 8, Fun Ford Weekend is a celebration of one of America’s most popular brands and will be a massive celebration of all things Ford! The Motorplex will be filled with a family-friendly event featuring a car show, swap meet, car corral, drag racing with the region’s top racers!

This year is even more special as the Southwest Heritage Racing Association and Beat The Heat join Fun Ford Weekend. SHRA will be featuring six categories ranging from heads-up to dial-in with some of the fastest cars around. Beat the Heat will feature drag racing police departments from around the country for its World Finals!

WHERE: Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas. Track is located on Hwy. 287, two miles west of Ennis, between Interstates 35 and 45.

WHEN: FAST FRIDAY is open to all FFW participants and any street legal racer on Friday, Nov. 7 between 7 p.m. – Midnight. All makes and models are welcome.

SCHEDULE: FRIDAY, Nov. 7 – Fast Friday gates open 6 p.m.; Racing from 7 p.m. – midnight.
SATURDAY, Nov. 8 – Gates open 8 a.m.; Registration and Tech 8 a.m. – noon; Time trials start 9 a.m.; Beat the Heat start 10 a.m.; Nostalgia cars start 10:30 a.m.; Car Show judging starts at 11 a.m.; Final eliminations start at 2:30 p.m.; Car show special awards 3 p.m. followed by Beat the Heat Finals and Southwest Heritage Nostalgia Finals.

TICKETS: Fast Friday, Nov. 7: Free parking, $15 to race, $10 to watch.

SATURDAY, Nov. 8, 2014: Parking is $5 in spectator lot, $20 in VIP pit area
Adult: $10 ($5 off to anyone who brings pet food for ANIMEALS – helping Meals on Wheels program senior citizens feed their pets.)
Youth (13-17): $5, Children (12 and under): FREE

Pre-Register or GET TICKETS here!

PARTICIPANT ENTRY FEES: All Fun Ford Weekend participants must enter Gate 10
Category Fee Payout
Fast Ford (Elec.) $70   80% payback
Quick Ford (No Elec.) $70   $1,000 to win
Mustangguys Fastest 5.0 Shootout $45 Trophy
Street Ford $35   Trophy
All judged car show $25    Plaques, goodie bags, prizes
Show-n-Shine, Swap Meet, Car Corral $25   Goodie bags

CONTACT: Texas Motorplex: (972) 878-2641,


1970 NHRA Springnationals Top Fuel Champ Gibson Named Grand Marshal of SHRA FINALS

October 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured Articles, Latest News

Comments Off

Former NHRA Top Fuel national event winner Bob Gibson has been named the Grand Marshal of the Southwest Heritage Racing Association CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS that will take place Saturday November 8th at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX.

Gibson had a short but rewarding career in the early Top Fuel wars of drag racing. A lifelong Dallas area resident, he began at age 18 driving an A/Fuel dragster for John Dodson in 1967 and spent the next 5 years wheeling a variety of dragsters with success. His biggest win had to be the 1970 NHRA Springnationals at Dallas Intl Motor Speedway where he took the Top Fuel title driving the Carroll Brothers ‘Texas Whips’ digger. At this race, Gibson took out Jimmy Dupstadt (who had run Low ET at a 6.59), Don ‘The Beachcomber’ Johnson’s fueler, Bennie Osborn, Don Moody and in the final defeated ‘Superman’ Jim Nicoll for the title. He also wheeled in his brief career the Top Fuel dragsters of Ray Godman’s ‘Tennessee Boweevil’, Glenn O’Neals fueler at west coast events at OCIR, Lions and Irwindale, a short stint in the Jenkins, T-Bar and Cortines fueler (that he owns today and recently restored!) and he ended his career behind the wheel of the Peebles & Williams slingshot at the 1971 NHRA World Finals in Amarillo. After that, Bob’s career changed from driving to a career at TRW where he worked NHRA events from 1972 to 1982. Today Bob enjoys taking his restored Jenkins, T-Bar and Cortines front engine digger to cacklefests all across the country.

The Southwest Heritage Racing Association CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS is the final race of the yearlong series for the SHRA and will decide 2014 series champions in all three nostalgia eliminator classes along with the two nostalgia bracket classes. Taking place on Saturday November 8th at the legendary Texas Motorplex south of Dallas, the SHRA SHOOTOUTS will also take place. In addition to the SHRA FINALS, this ‘race within a race’ will take place during qualifying for the FINALS with two rounds of SHRA SHOOTOUT action. Racers in the Nostalgia Eliminator 1 will compete in the Good Vibrations Motorsports SHOOTOUT, Nostalgia Eliminator 2 racers will battle in the Meyer Enterprises SHOOTOUT and Nostalgia Eliminator 3 competitors will have it out in the SHOOTOUT. In each SHOOTOUT there will be $1500 up for grabs for the racers who place in the finals of those special races that will occur during the qualifying sessions at the Motorplex. Over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded at this event, making this the largest single payday in SHRA history. For additional information about the SHRA, go to




ENNIS, Texas – Texas Motorplex will host the 2014 NHRA South Central Division Summit Racing Series Finals, October 17-19.  Top drivers from NHRA member tracks across the South Central division will compete in six classes for individual and team honors.  Individual champions in No-Electronic Quick, No-Electronic Street, Motorcycle, and Super Pro (or Pro) will advance to a run-off against the winners from NHRA’s other six divisions at the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., in November.  (The winners in Super Pro and Pro have a runoff to determine who will compete in Pomona.)

Participants in the top classes will compete for cash awards of more than $20,000.  Drivers who advance to Pomona will each receive $3,500 and the champions in each class will earn $5,000.  Competitors in the High School class will earn trophies.

Individual winners from last year were Kyle White in Super Pro, Alvie Marrill in Pro & Non Electronics Quick, Jeff Hefler in Sportsman & Non Electronics Street, and John Fitzpatrick in Motorcycle.

Time trials at Texas Motorplex are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.  The Race of Champions, a race within a race where the top points-earning drivers from each track square off in head-to-head competition, will start Saturday at 1 p.m. and all classes will run first round of eliminations afterward.  Final eliminations begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

For more information contact the Texas Motorplex, (972) 878-2641 or visit


Page 4 of 169« First...23456...Last »

For event information or tickets please call 972-878-2641
or 1-800-MOTORPLEX (1-800-668-6775)