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Winners Abound at Southwest University Motorplex’s First Race Weekend

Over the weekend, the 2018 drag racing season got off without a hitch at the Southwest University Motorplex in Clint.

Racers from all over west Texas and New Mexico got to flex their muscles under sunny blue sky conditions. At the start of the tournament the drivers pits and the bleachers were packed with excited fans as the track went hot for the opening of the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Sportsmen Series.

The racing kicked off with the one round Dash-4-Cash in which the driver who comes closest to their self imposed “dial in”, without breaking out, would win and that driver was El Pasoan, Lorenzo Hidalgo as he dialed a 9.60 in his ’93 Chevrolet S-10 drag truck and won with a 9.6075 which is known as a .0075 pass.

From there, the rest of of the class racing was underway and by 9:45 pm the event crowned its winners as follows:

Super Pro:

Winner Danny Dean (El Paso, TX) ’93 Dodge Daytona

Runner Up Andrew Jaramillo (Las Cruces NM) ’69 Dodge Dart

Semifinalist Sammy Franco III (Anthony NM) ’67 Chevy Camaro

Pro:

Winner James McCall (El Paso TX) ’72 AMC Gremlin

Runner Up George Aguilar (El Paso TX) ’69 Chevy Camaro

Semifinalists May Lazoya (Socorro TX) ’67 Chevy Chevelle

Mark Jones (Alamogordo NM) ’90 Rear Engine Dragster

 

Motorcycle:

Winner Laura McIntyre (El Paso TX) ’16 Hyosung GT650R

Runner Up Mike McIntyre (El Paso TX) ’16 Hyosung GV650 Pro

Semifinalists Demond Williams (El Paso TX) ’11 Suzuki GSXR 750

Juan Romero (El Paso TX) ’88 Honda Hurricane CBR

 

Sportsmen:

Winner Daniel Zarate (El Paso TX) ’09 Chevrolet Corvette

Runner Up Crystal Anguiano (El Paso TX) ’11 GM Terrain

Semifinalist Joseph Del Valle (El Paso TX) ’02 Ford Crown Victoria

Congratulations to all of the winners and round two of the Summit Racing series will be on Saturday May 12th.

Until then, the track will be open every Friday night for Street Legal/TNT drag racing and on Wednesday April 25th the track will host their first Street 2 Stip racing event.

Drag Racing Returns to El Paso Under New Name: Southwest University Motorplex

Drag racing returns to the borderland as the newly-named Southwest University Motorplex is set to kick off their 2018 season.

According to track officials, “Southwest University is the first Technical College to take an active roll in supporting and promoting the sport of drag racing.”

The NHRA sanctioned facility, located in Clint and just off of I-10 and is celebrating its opening day this Saturday with the first round of the 8 race NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series which features competition in the Super Pro, Pro, Motorcycle, Street and Junior Dragster classes as the racers vie for both points and prize money.

On Saturday the track will open at noon for racers with time trials running from 2-4 pm followed by the Dash 4 Cash and class eliminations beginning at 5pm.

Spectator tickets are $12 with discounts for Seniors and Military and children 12 and under get in free!

The track is also open every Friday night, weather permitting, for the NHRA Street Legal Drags where – as long as the participant has a car and a valid drivers license – they can run their vehicles down the track, as many times as they’d like, between the hours of 8pm til midnight.

Spectator pricing is $7 per person $5 with Military ID and Racers pay $25 and $20 with a Military ID!

On Wednesday April 25th the track will be hosting its first Street to Track Night and like Friday nights, is intended to curb illegal street racing and allows everyone to race for only $10. Spectators pay only $10 per carload.

The races will be run from 8pm til 2am and all food at the concession stand will always be half price on Wednesday; nights coolers are always allowed but no glass bottles are allowed.

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