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Old School Showdown set for Saturday


Kebin Kinsley is just one of those people. When you meet him, it’s obvious. He loves his job.

Kevin Kinsley brings Toby Keith Foundation's Wild Child to Old School Showdown Saturday at the Texas Motorplex.

Kinsley will be joined by a full cast of veteran racers and top-notch entertainment at Texas Motorplex this weekend during the first ever Old School Showdown. Gates open Saturday at 8 a.m. for the second of three days of NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing series action, but the Showdown starts with opening ceremonies at 4:30 p.m.

Kinsley will be piloting his Wild Child Toby Keith Foundation/Crewkids Ford Mustang in a Ford vs. Ford match race with current AA/FC Champion and record holder John Hale’s Nitro Boss Mustang. Kinsley’s nitro-burning nostalgia car has been a massive project for the award-winning painter, fabricator and innovator from Kennedale, Texas.

Kinsley won’t be racing as much Top Alcohol now that he has the Wild Child.

“I don’t want to take anything away from the alcohol racing days and it was a blast winning at tracks like the Motorplex and in Houston,” Kinsley said. “But I wish I had done this (build a nostalgia Funny Car) 10 years ago. This car is so much fun. Just backing it up from the burnout is over-the-top fun.

“I’ve been drag racing and driving top fuel drag boat since the 80s but this is the first car my wife and I have owned. Having your own deal is way cool and I think this has rejuvenated my crew because we are having more fun than ever.

Kinsley said that while the team is still in its infancy, they plan on giving Hale all the competition possible at the Motorplex this weekend.

“We want to give John Hale a run for his money this weekend,” Kinsley said. “They run very well and that’s what makes him a champion but we are going to give it everything we have. I think I will miss some of the high-quality competition in the alcohol classes but this is a very competitive category of cars too. These cars are all about putting on a show, running well and having fun with the fans, but the racers doing this are all very competitive.”

Kinsley will be hosting some kids from the Snowball Express – an organization with a mission to foster hope and create positive memories for the children of fallen military heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11.The Snowball Express is a very unique Texas-based organization with which Kebin and the Crewkids (a pediatric outreach program) are proud to be working with this year.“Kebin is one of the most dedicated racers we have the pleasure of working with throughout the year,” said Texas Motorplex President/General Manager Gabrielle Stevenson. “He brings Crewkids out to races as often as possible, he works on the car but still makes time for all of the fans and he loves racing and anyone who meets him knows that within seconds.

“Kebin is just one of many fantastic racers and entertainers we have for the first Old School Showdown. We want to make this an annual event so families can come out and see the best in racing and entertainment all for a very reasonable price. We will have food and drink specials, driver autographs and our prize wheel will be spinning for free tickets and Motorplex merchandise.”

WHAT:                 Texas Motorplex Old School Showdown at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event will be a where drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $560,000.  Categories include Sportsman MC, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.

This year is the debut of the Texas Motorplex Old School Showdown featuring old school hot rods from the Texas Blown Fuel Association and the Southwest Jr Fuel Association and an old school, match race between AA Fuel nostalgia funny cars. Texas Motorplex will turn back the clock for some Saturday night family-fun entertainment! Gates open at 8 a.m. for the Lucas Oil event and the Showdown starts at 4 p.m. with Opening Ceremonies.

WHERE:               Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas. Track is located on Hwy. 287, two miles west of Ennis, between Interstates 35 and 45.  From Dallas, take I-45 to Hwy. 287 west to the track, or take I-35


WHEN
: Friday through Sunday, April 20-22, 2012E to Hwy. 287 east to the track.  From Fort Worth, take Hwy. 287 east to Waxahachie toward the track.

SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY APRIL 19: TRACK OPENS: 10 a.m., NHRA TECH: 1 – 6 p.m.

FRIDAY APRIL 20

GATES OPEN: 8 a.m.
TIME TRIALS: 9 a.m.
T/D-COMP-T/S: noon & 4 p.m.

OLD SCHOOL SHOWDOWN SATURDAY APRIL 21

GATES OPEN: 8 a.m.
TIME TRIALS: 9 a.m.
T/D-COMP-T/S: Noon & 4 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies: 4:30 p.m.
Showdown and Exhibition: 6 & 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY APRIL 22

GATES OPEN: 8 a.m.
ELIMINATIONS: 9 a.m.

TICKETS:               GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS – Adult 2-day pass: $30; Children’s 2-day pass: $15; Adult 3-day pass: $45; Children’s 3-day pass: $20. Friday: Adult, $15; Junior (6-15 years), $5. Saturday: Adult, $20; Junior (6-15 years), $10. Sunday: Adult, $20; Junior (6-15 years) $10.  Children (5 years-under), free with paying adult in general admission and pit access areas each day. Saturday spectator parking is $10.

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.

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