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  1. Mike Knotts … As you posted on Face Book, “A sad day for Texas Motorsport”. YES … It is a sad day to read the recent announcement by LSSZ Administrator Nick Holt that Lone Star Speedzone is signing off effective October 1, 2018. It was inevitable that Nick would have to eventually sign off and terminate the Lone Star Speedzone site. LSSZ has been a valuable segment of motorsports and concerning local asphalt Texas auto racing when the sport was active and still vital in the state of Texas. It would seem apparent the termination of Lone Star Speedzone simply mirrors the current status of the sport in Texas. It was inevitable and Nick Holt could only do what he regrettably has done. Thank both Mike Knotts and Nick Holt for your many years of participation in and support of various elements within Texas racing and particularly the Texas Pro Sedans. Neil Upchurch Founder Texas Pro Sedans TIDA Late Model Series Texas Race of Champions at Texas World Speedway
  2. Mike Knotts … As you posted on Face Book, “A sad day for Texas Motorsport”. YES … It is a sad day to read the recent announcement by LSSZ Administrator Nick Holt that Lone Star Speedzone is signing off effective October 1, 2018. It was inevitable that Nick would have to eventually sign off and terminate the Lone Star Speedzone site. LSSZ has been a valuable segment of motorsports and concerning local asphalt Texas auto racing when the sport was active and still vital in the state of Texas. It would seem apparent the termination of Lone Star Speedzone simply mirrors the current status of the sport in Texas. It was inevitable and Nick Holt could only do what he regrettably has done. Thank both Mike Knotts and Nick Holt for your many years of participation in and support of various elements within Texas racing and particularly the Texas Pro Sedans. Neil Upchurch Founder Texas Pro Sedans TIDA Late Model Series Texas Race of Champions at Texas World Speedway
  3. I had the opportunity and honor to record a one-on-one interview with Dan Gurney at the first USAC Indy Car 500 mile race at the Ontario Motor Speedway in California. Dan was a great race car driver and a true gentleman. Rest in Peace Dan Gurney. Neil Upchurch Founder - Texas Pro Sedans, TIDA Late Model Series and Texas Race of Champions at TWS
  4. Prayers for Tom Taylor who lost his son

    Tom: I extend my sincere sympathy to you and all of your family. I wish you strength at this time of the loss of your son. Neil Upchurch
  5. Prayers for Greg Davidson

    Greg Davidson drove his familiar #96 and was a regular and consistent competitor during most of the 134 races on the TIDA Late Model Series circuit. Greg Davidson won 5 TIDA-LM events as follows: August 17, 1991 - Corpus Christi Speedway <> 50 laps October 30, 1993 - Corpus Christi Speedway <> 125 laps July 3, 1994 - Sooner International Raceway/Altus, OK <> 100 laps September 14, 1996 - River City Raceway, (aka San Antonio Speedway) <> 100 laps September 21, 1997 - San Antonio Speedway <> 100 laps Speaking in behalf of his fellow TIDA-LM and Texas Race of Champions competitors and all TIDA & TROC Officials, Greg we sympathize with the loss of your left leg. We also try to understand the anguish which Peggy, Heather, Chris and all the Davidson family must have gone through during the past months and particularly this week. We send our best wishes for your speedy recovery and to a very good race car driver … Greg Davidson From - Neil Upchurch Founder - TIDA Late Model Series, Texas Race of Champions at TWS, Texas Pro Sedans
  6. Fryar Fan … FSAERacer … top_shelf_12 – I very much appreciate your laudatory remarks about the article I wrote with the help of seven listed contributors at the bottom. However, I have a comment in evaluating Texas asphalt racing to Alaska or New England and offer the following: Comparing Texas asphalt racing to Alaska stock car racing is as inappropriate as to compare the popularity of Texas high school or college football with that sport in Alaska. Comparing Texas asphalt racing with New England is as inappropriate as comparing the popularity of eating New England lobster with feasting on Texas catfish. To once again use an old southwest saying, “Different strokes for different folks” is appropriate in this instance. Btw: It was nice to read your reply post Fryar Fan. Thank you – Neil Upchurch
  7. top_shelf_12 - Thanks for your post which summarized by saying: "All that being said, I mean no disrespect towards any driver, crew, owner, promoter, or fan and definitely respect all involved in any format of racing and especially those that took the time to write this informative article. Great piece and would love nothing more to see asphalt racing not only come back, but thrive in Texas". I will summarize by self-quoting what I wrote toward the end of the article, "It is unlikely that we shall travel this road again". Thanks - Neil
  8. Wiley Doran - 1939-2017 Winston Wiley Doran II passed away at his home on July 24, 2017 at the age of 77. I was privileged to have called Wiley Doran my friend, and a co-driver in three 24 Hour road races at the Autodromo of Monterrey, Mexico, a Race Control Assistant at Texas World Speedway’s Texas Race of Champions and occasionally a valued legal advisor. My wife Terry and I send our sympathies to all his family and a great wife Jeanne who supported Wiley’s auto racing career and once co-drove with Wiley and I in the 24 hour race. We also know the loss of their Dad which Shelley and Marcey and Julie must feel at this time. We had the pleasure of meeting his three impressive daughters when they were young girls in Houston. Forever may you Rest in Peace - Wiley Doran. Wiley’s family, friends and associates shared a Celebration of his Life at the Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, 1734 West ALABAMA Street, Houston, Texas 77098 during the afternoon of Saturday, August 5th. They honored and remembered "the gone but not forgotten man" we called our lawyer, golfing buddy, auto racer and a sincere friend, the late Wiley Doran. The Doran family appreciates everyone who read this announcement and remembrance and attended. Thank you my friend - Neil Upchurch Founder - Texas Pro Sedans & TIDA Late Model Series Race Director Texas Race of Champions at TWS
  9. Hello readers of my article. I spent a lot of time working on the NSSN article to make sure it was journalistically correct. I will attempt to answer your remarks on questions here. Before I do, the entire article, with many photos to illustrate the findings along with our contributors is posted and available by logging onto www.texasprosedans.com www.texasprosedans.com and clicking on the first menu item “NEARLY ALL TEXAS ASPHALT SHORT TRACKS ARE GONE”. Regarding the posting by FSAERacer … Thanks for your appreciation of my article. You correctly wrote; “the owners of CCS have publicly stated that it is their intentions to use the harbor bridge money to modernize and upgrade and then reopen CCS”. I read the same post and I also hope CCS is reopened. A lot of Texas racing history resides at that ¼ mile Corpus Christi Speedway track on 241 Flato Road. However, I understand from TX Dot the new Harbor Bridge construction project in Corpus Christi is a five year undertaking and so is the five year lease use of the CCS property. Their occupancy is to produce hundreds and hundreds of tons of concrete to build the new bridge. Not very many tracks I’ve known who closed for a lot less than five years were able to reestablish their car counts and spectator attendance and therefore show a profit. Your other comment, “SAS is also far from a lost cause, there are multiple efforts underway to reopen it”. A lot of good luck and much money would have to be poured into reopening of SAS. I worked at Highway 16 Raceway prior to the original track opening in 1977. I organized, promoted and ran a large number of TIDA Late Model Series and Texas Pro Sedans races at SAS and for several years did all the promotional work and advertising production for Don Bierschwale and later Joe Horne who ran the track in those days. I hope you are correct but I wouldn’t bet very much on your ambitious prediction. From King237 … “Hi Mr. Upchurch.....that was a GREAT article and I am appreciative of your time to research and write it along with the contributors”. The article was a labor of love by me and the contributors I credited at the bottom of the article. I spent more than two months on it and I very much appreciate your understanding of our efforts. You also commented … “I am curious about the reason for the driver’s boycott of Pan Am Speedway and why this occurred”. I was working as the pace car driver at Pan American Speedway when the boycott happened. A large number of the drivers formed a driver’s association. They felt their understood purse percentage payback was being shorted. Many invested their money in shares of Highway 16 Raceway and its construction. You also wrote: “Thanks again for the terrific article and history lesson”. Thanks again for your comments. dy97 … Your comment recalls the days Midland/Odessa drag racing. My article concentrates only on Oval Asphalt racing. I appreciate you reading my piece anyhow. Thank you - Neil Upchurch Founder - Texas Pro Sedans and Former Administrative Director
  10. Texas History Racing Article

    Thank you Neil Upchurch ... Founder – TIDA-LM Series, Texas Pro Sedans and Former TPS Administrative Director
  11. How many different tracks have you been to?

    Josh42: You asked, "Didn't some of the TIDA and local racers run in the Aqua Festival races?" YES ... As part of the Austin Aqua Festival, the River City Road Races were conducted. When the event was held, several TIDA-LM Series drivers and many Texas Pro Sedan drivers participated. Both had road racing experience at Texas World Speedway in the TROC and in Monterrey Mexico 24 Hour Race for 4 cylinder cars. I raced in the Austin event several times. The 1 1/2 mile course used about a half mile of Riverside Drive, turned left just prior to the railroad underpass, ran through several parking lots and around what I recall known as the Convention Center or Auditorium. It was quite a road racing experience. I am glad that I participated and placed well each year. Neil Upchurch
  12. With the assistance of seven consulting experts I recently wrote a historical Texas asphalt short track racing article. The shorter version is currently published in the National Speed Sport News magazine and later in July, the article will be posted on the NSSN website. The longer version of the article with several additional photos is now posted under the title of “NEARLY ALL TEXAS ASPHALT SHORT TRACKS ARE GONE” is now available for reading and photo viewing on ... www.texasprosedans.com The historical article details the closure of all southwest asphalt tracks, with the exception of Houston Motorsports Park which was closed for two and a half years. HMP recently and successfully reopened with a race on July 8th for a limited and exploratory racing schedule which includes Saturday, September 23rd. Thank you - Neil Upchurch Founder – TIDA-LM Series, Texas Pro Sedans and Former TPS Administrative Director
  13. With the assistance of seven consulting experts I recently wrote a historical Texas asphalt short track racing article. The shorter version is currently published in the National Speed Sport News magazine and laterin July will be posted on their website. The longer version of the article with several additional photos is now posted under the title of “NEARLY ALL TEXAS ASPHALT SHORT TRACKS ARE GONE” is now available for your reading on www.texasprosedans.com The historical article details the closure of all southwest asphalt tracks, with the exception of Houston Motorsports Park which was closed for two and a half years, but recently reopened on July 8th for a limited and exploratory racing schedule. Thank you - Neil Upchurch Founder – TIDA-LM Series, Texas Pro Sedans and Former TPS Administrative Director
  14. Rest In Peace Judy Machen

    She was a good woman. Rest in peace - Judy Machen. Neil Upchurch
  15. TPS and TIDA and Longhorn Speedway History posted on Texas Racing History An article was written and posted by Alanis King. She is a journalism student at the University of Texas in Austin. She asked TIDA-LM and Texas Pro Sedans Founder Neil Upchurch for major input material from his memory of the racing history of Longhorn Speedway in Austin, Texas and other Texas asphalt racing history material for her University of Texas THESIS and for posting on the website where she works as a writer. The complete posting of her long version story with all photos re-posted and authorized by Alanis King and her website supervisor is available by logging onto www.texasprosedans.com Her article was preceded by a memo to Alanis King from Neil Upchurch. The entire article and every quality photo are shown to visually support her THESIS. As most know, I was closely involved in southwest auto racing since 1969. Her article is a “memorial” about the part of Texas and southwest motorsports that is gone, but not entirely forgotten. I told her I regret all the money, time and work spent by car owners, drivers and crews and the support of loyal spectators and track and car sponsors. I also regret all the effort and funds gambled and lost by track operators, (sometimes called promoters) which I was for some TPDA-LM track rentals and which all eventually came up “snake eyes” in short track version of auto racing’s craps. I also mentioned to her that having written quite a few racing News Releases. I appreciated her studied preparation and journalistic ability and I hoped she receives a high grade when she turns in her THESIS at the University of Texas. I later learned she made an “A”. In my part of the article, I posted complete list of the southwest asphalt tracks which have closed over the years. I can tell all of you Lone Star Speed Zone readers that Alanis King’s story is good Texas racing history and deserves a complete read. I told Alanis King I was proud to assist her and appreciated her asking for my input. Neil Upchurch Texas Pro Sedans Founder, Race Director & Administrative Director Texas Intl Drivers Association TIDA-LM Founder & Race Director Texas World Speedway Texas Race of Champions Race Director & P.A. Announcer
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