Motorplex adds voice to show
Bob Unkefer is clearly a fan and racer favorite when it comes to voicing the sounds of any great drag racing event. He’s been around the block a time or two. He’s seen some things. And he’s described them beautifully and passionately, on microphones all over the United States.
Unkefer will bring his talents and his passion for the sport to Texas Motorplex next weekend, for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, April 15-17. He’s honored to be tabbed as the “man on the mic” but he isn’t happy about it. Unkefer is filling in for Lynn Nickerson, the beloved D4 announcer who is taking a break from announcing duties while he battles cancer.
“Announcing this year’s event will be bittersweet because of the fact that Lynn Nickerson can’t make it due to his current battle with cancer,” Unkefer said. “The weekend will be dedicated to Lynn, with a golf cart raffle and several fund raising activities scheduled for the three-day race.
“The legion of racers that will be in attendance are all members of Lynn’s extended racing family and will certainly have Lynn in their thoughts and prayers, while battling it out on the track for valuable points in the season long chase for the Lucas Oil national championships.
Texas Motorplex General Manager Gabrielle Stevenson said Unkefer is exactly what the D4 racers and fans need right now.
“We are thrilled Bob will be with us next weekend because it’s already been difficult not having Lynn in his usual chair, chatting with fans and racers throughout each day of racing,” Stevenson said. “But Bob is an amazing talent and he connects well with our racers and fans and we’ve already received a lot of sighs of relief knowing we have Bob in the tower with us next weekend.”
There will be a ’57 Chevy golf cart raffled off along with Jeg’s Mail Order items, LenMar Motorsports items, tickets to both national events at Texas Motorplex and Royal Purple Raceway and more. All proceeds will go to Lynn Nickerson’s medical bills.
And in the meantime, Unkefer will be the voice of Lucas Oil drag racing at the Motorplex.
“Texas Motorplex will always be a special track to anyone that that appreciates the history of drag racing,” Unkefer said. “It is t\he first of the ‘new design’ tracks that have become the standard for the sport, the first all-concrete track, and home of the first 4-second Top Fuel run are just a few of the accolades that the track can lay claim to.
“Over the years it’s been a privilege to work events at the Motorplex with some of the best announcers the sport as known, including Dave McClelland, Steve Evans, Bob Frey, Alan Reinhart and my good friend Lynn Nickerson. Be it a NHRA national event or a Lucas Oil drag racing series contest, announcing at the TexPlex is always memorable because you become a small but integral part of the track’s history.
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.