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‘Pinks’ films at Motorplex

In September 2006, Speed network came to the Texas Motorplex to film a television special called “Pinks All Out.” The special aired Thanksgiving night that year, and had two million viewers prompting the network to develop the idea into a series.
The show has grown in popularity, and is currently filming its third season and will return to the Texas Motorplex this weekend, marking the first time the show has returned to any location to film an episode.
“The Texas Motorplex was basically the birthplace of the show,” said David Harris, media relations manager for Speed. “We couldn’t be more excited about coming back.”
The show is a spin off of “Pinks,” in which two racers compete against each other, with the winner getting the loser’s pink slip to his car. The original series was filmed from 2005 to 2007, Harris said. Because of legal issues, the show had a very limited selection of venues.
“It also became much more difficult to find people who would be willing to give up their cars,” Harris said.
Speed network decided to pursue another type of show, and Pinks All Out was developed.
“This show is more of a celebration of racing,” Harris said. “It’s a competition we can bring to all 50 states.”
Instead of competing for each other’s car, the racers compete for money and prizes. Once an agreement is reached with a prospective track, each track will coordinate sign ups for racers.
“Even though this show has national appeal and reaches millions of households, we want the grassroots racers to be largely from the local and regional areas,” he said. “It brings a certain flavor to each show. This year, demand has been so high for an entry, including here at the Texas Motorplex, that many of the websites and phone lines have been overwhelmed and have crashed.”
There are usually 475 entrants per show, and for the filming this weekend, two entrants are from Ennis. Jimmy Falkenbach will be bringing his 1989 S10 Chevrolet truck. He found out about the show from watching it on TV, and found out about this weekend’s filming when he saw it online. Falkenbach said although he has been racing for only two years, he won three times in his first year. He is in the top five of his category at the Texas Motoplex and said he’s excited for the opportunity to race for the show.
“I just hope I get picked as one of the top 32,” Falkenbach said. “It’s just a chance. The TV part doesn’t mean much to me; I just like racing.”
Also coming out for a chance to race on the show is Falkenbach’s brother-in-law, Marcus Cervantes. Cervantes said he couldn’t get through to sign up through the internet or phone lines, so he went up to the Texas Motorplex to sign up in person.
“That’s how I got in there,” he said. “I was lucky.”
Cervantes, who has been racing for a long time, will be racing a 1981 Camaro this weekend. He bought the car a few months ago, and just finished putting it together last week.
“I thought I’d put it together to race at Pinks All Out,’ Cervantes said. “I’m taking a brand new car out there. I don’t normally drive it. It’s pretty nerve-wracking.”
Although the entrants are competing for $10,000 and a NAPA tool chest, most are there for the excitement of racing in front of 15 to 20 thousand fans.
“For most of these guys, the thrill is in getting to race in front of a packed grandstand, and on national TV,” Harris said.
The event is this Saturday. For tickets, call 1-800-Motorplex or visit www.texasmotorplex.com and click the Pinks All Out link.

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