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Texas Motorplex Drags Set

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, March 17 2012

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Texas Motorplex will launch its spring drag racing season Saturday with a driver’s meeting and test-n-tune session for Fast Friday/NHRA Street Legal competitors, a prelude to the first official Bracket Racing Series points race on Sunday.

The driver’s meeting will start at 9 a.m. in the Champion’s Club with a quick review of the points system, safety tips and overall facility review. The all-concrete quarter-mile then will open for a test-n-tune scheduled to last until about 5 p.m. Entry to spectators is free and the test-n-tune tech card for racers is $15. Mark Pratt will be on-site performing chassis certifications from noon until 5:30 p.m.

The 2012 Bracket Series starts with a seven-event spring season, with additional summer or fall dates to be determined. Racers in Electronics, No Electronics and Jr. Dragster classes can sign up for points on Saturday as well as register for a loyalty racer program that will be unveiled during the meeting. For more information, contact Eric McClelland at (972) 878-2641 or at eric@texasmotorplex.com.

The season’s first Fast Friday is booked for April 13. Fast Friday events are open to anyone with a driver’s license and a street-legal vehicle.

“We are opening our gates to the local street racer with 20 Fast Friday events, and we are going to be the host of some incredible feature events for the entire family,” said Gabrielle Stevenson, Motorplex president/general manager. “The AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals is a major playoff race on the national tour; we also are hosting the season-finale for the ADRL and NHRDA and we are going to host the National Biker Roundup in August. We have a major season on tap for our racers, fans and partners.”

An addition to the Fast Friday schedule will be the VERSUS THE WORLD series prior to each of the three car manufacturer events. CHEVY VERSUS THE WORLD will kick off the three-event tour on May 11. MOPAR VERSUS THE WORLD is set for May 18 and FORD VERSUS THE WORLD will be contested on Sept. 7.

In addition, pre-registration now is open for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series “Old School Showdown” on April 20-22. Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors can save $25 on event entry fees as well as $10 on each crew pass by pre-registering by April 6. After the deadline, participants can register at the gate, with fees of $160 (car and driver) and $55 (crew pass).

The Motorplex’s 2012 schedule includes the 27th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals (Sept. 20-23), the Super Chevy Show (May 12), Fun Ford Weekend (Sept. 8), a full slate of Bracket races, the NHRDA Texas Diesel Nationals (April 14), Import Face Off (April 29 and Nov. 11), 20 Fast Friday street legal grudge races, the American Southern Nationals (June 10) and the ADRL World Finals (Oct. 19-20). The Import Face Off and NHRDA diesel events have booked second races for 2012.

New to the Motorplex this year is the Mega Mopar Action Series on May 19. The National Biker Roundup set for Aug. 1-5 will bring more than 20,000 bikers into the facility.

The Motorplex also will be one of the stops on the Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week Tour on Sept. 11.

“We’ve always been fortunate to have some of the best racing in Texas and now we’ve expanded our schedule to offer even more unique events. We plan to ‘wow the crowd’ from March through November this year,” said Billy Meyer, former Funny Car driver and Motorplex owner. “We know families are always looking for ways to spend their weekends and enjoy themselves and Texas Motorplex is going to be a place for families to come out for some great entertainment.”

Texas Motorplex, which opened in 1986, was the first all-concrete, stadium-style facility constructed for championship drag racing. In addition to hosting various racing and car show events, the Motorplex features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, March 17 2012
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