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  1. Harry Osburn requesting prayer

    Ozzie: Speaking in behalf of all former Texas Pro Sedans Series Drivers, Car Owners, Officials, Crews and Sponsors out there… we wish you success in your future “medical feature events”. If you have your laptop or smart phone with you, please keep everybody up-to-date on your recovery. If you don’t have the needed equipment with you, call me and I’ll post on here for you. Good luck – Neil Upchurch Founder: Texas Pro Sedan Series TIDA Late Model Series Texas Race of Champions at Texas World Speedway
  2. To my knowledge, even though Bill Bailes was co-owner of Import Cars and Parts of San Antonio and also the primary sponsor of my Texas Pro Sedan VW, I don’t remember Bill building race or any type of engine(s). He did once paint my #76 with a new aircraft paint named Imron. After racing in the 24 Hours of Monterrey, the bugs, oil, tire rubber and everything else was easily cleaned off with gasoline, Bon-Ami and water. It looked like a new paint job. Thanks for asking – Neil Upchurch Founder: Texas Pro Sedans Series TIDA Late Model Series Texas Race of Champions at Texas World Speedway
  3. TSTRS Question

    It is a strange comparison … while the dirt tracks continue to operate … ALL TEXAS ASPHALT TRACKS ARE CLOSED. Many have been plowed under and will never race again. The only exception is Houston Motorsports Park with eight scheduled races in 2019. (4 races were run, 3 were cancelled due to rain). This is sadly true because my organizations raced at all Texas asphalt tracks hundreds of times before closure. Neil Upchurch Founder: TIDA Late Model Series Texas Pro Sedans Series Texas Race of Champions at Texas World Speedway
  4. Obituary – Bill Bailes William Davis Bailes (Bill) died September 21, 2019 at home surrounded by family after an extended illness. He was born March 11,1939, to Dutton Jones and Rosalynne Howsley Bailes in Seymour, Texas. The middle child of a loving family, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dutton J Bailes, Jr. After graduating with a master's degree in vocational education from East Texas State College (now Texas A&M University Commerce) in August 1962, he married Frances Elizabeth Fergeson (Betsy). After the wedding, they drove to Hobbs, New Mexico to start his first day of teaching the next day. He taught auto mechanics to high school students for four years, then was asked to set up the welding and mechanic shops at New Mexico Junior College where he continued to teach. There he developed a relationship with Volkswagon Southwest and in 1968 he moved his family to San Antonio and began teaching in their Mechanic Training Center. Then in 1971 he started Import Cars and Parts, which he called an unauthorized Volkswagen dealership, selling and servicing Volkswagens. Bill had a life-long love of cars and could remember every vehicle he had ever owned. He got his driver’s license at age 12, built a dragster in his teens and when in Hobbs built and began racing stock cars. In San Antonio he raced VW’s at Pan Am speedway and became interested in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Formula Vee racing. He won often. In the Vee he twice qualified for the American Road Race of Champions in Atlanta. He was also an original member of the Texas International Drivers Association (TIDA) and raced in two 24 hour races in Monterrey Mexico - winning one of them. His fellow racers counted it a good day if they could beat Bill. In 1984 his interest turned to tractors and he moved to Southeast Bexar County to sell used Ford 8N and 9N tractors to customers buying small acreages outside the city. Thus Bill’s Tractor began. For several years he and his wife Betsy, invited the community to buy and sell agricultural equipment at auctions four times a year. In the early 90s they were one of the first Mahindra tractor dealers in the USA and introduced the Indian tractor company to South Texas. In 1999, Bill’s Tractor and Equipment, LTD moved to its current location on Highway 87 South and became the largest single Mahindra dealership in the USA. Bill was an innovative businessman. He owned one of the first Apple computers and allowed his daughter to talk him into switching to DOS when the IBM personal computers came out in the early 80’s. An early adopter of internet technology. He built the first website for Bill’s Tractor and developed the first online shopping cart for Mahindra parts. Over the years, he personally entered thousands of parts with detailed instructions so customers could find exactly the part they needed. Bill helped Mahindra become an established name and won top sales awards year after year. The family dealership has passed on to his children Rick and Becky who continue Bill’s legacy. Bill’s faith was very private. He made a profession of faith in Christ in high school. In his childhood and early adulthood, he regularly attended church, but dropped out of the institutional church in mid-life for personal reasons. In the last couple of years of his life, Bill and his daughter conversed about faith on several occasions and he acknowledged that he knew and believed in Jesus. He acknowledged to others that the most important thing in this life is to have peace with God. The songs that Bill selected for his funeral service, Why Me, Lord? and Me and Jesus evidence his faith in Christ. Bill worshipped God by serving people through many acts of kindness. Bill loved people and helped many employees and friends throughout the years. He served the community supplying tractors for the Battle of the Flowers parade in San Antonio, Texas for several years helping them transition to a newer mode of transportation for the floats. He was a dedicated Board Member of the East Central Special Utility District. Bill was a loving husband and father, a loyal friend, an entrepreneur, patient teacher, talented mechanic, a car guy, a fiercely competitive race car driver, an astute businessman, and a mentor to many young men. He is survived by his wife Betsy Bailes; son Richard D. Bailes (Linda Byrd); daughter Rebecca Price (Paul) and their children: Matthew (Elizabeth) granddaughter Mabel, Mark (Julia), and Rebecca; sister Nixie Bailes Kiker and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation - will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 1:00pm-2:00pm, at Finch Funeral Chapel, La Vernia, Texas. FUNERAL SERVICE - Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 2:00pm, Finch Funeral Chapel, La Vernia, Texas Pastor Wesley Craig will be officiant of the service. A graveside service will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Oddfellow Cemetery in Seymour, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Pregnancy Center of the Coastal Bend at https://ccpregnancy.org/south-texas/support/, San Antonio Pets Alive at https://sanantoniopetsalive.org/donate/, or the La Vernia United Methodist Church at http://www.laverniaumc.org/. THE FAMILY REQUESTS THAT DONATIONS BE MADE IN LIEU OF FLOWERS. To send flowers in memory of William Davis "Bill" Bailes, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store. Written by Bailes family members Posted on LSSZ by: Neil Upchurch Founder: Texas Pro Sedans Series TIDA Late Model Series Texas Race of Champions at Texas World Speedway
  5. Richard S Villanueva January 20, 1930 – July 5, 2019 Richard was born in Eagle Pass, Texas to Guadalupe and Ricardo Villanueva. He was the was the first of four children. Richard was a star football and baseball athlete at Edgewood High School in San Antonio, Texas, and graduated in 1950. Richard had a successful semi-pro baseball career as a player and a manager from 1944-1970. He played for Garza Finance Company, National Credit Clothiers, and Jordan Ford Slow Pitch Softball Team. He was a huge supporter of auto racing, so Creswell Wrecker Service was the proud sponsor of many race car drivers at San Antonio Raceway and the TIDA Late Model Series and TIDA Pro Sedans . On September 16, 1956, Richard married the love of his life, Belia Dominguez. They were happily married for 63 years. Richard and Belia founded Creswell Wrecker Service in 1958 on a small piece of property on Dallas Street. As the business grew, so did the need for a larger piece of property. The business was moved to a new location at 114 E. Brooklyn. Creswell continued to grow for many more years. After 43 years, they decided to sell the towing business and enjoy retirement. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and sister Dolores Salas. He is survived by his wife, Belia Villanueva, brothers Bobby “Burrhead” and Juan “Blackie” (Irene), numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.
  6. Upon reading Nick’s post I was saddened to learn that that Richard Villanueva recently passed away. I extend our sincere sympathies to Richard’s wife Bea Villanueva. Yes, he was a very generous man and a true racer. He did sponsor several area racers which also included the TIDA Late Model Series and the Texas Pro Sedans. For arrangements TIDA and TPS members may remain logged into this site and/or frequently read the Obituaries in the San Antonio Express news which is also available on https://www.mysanantonio.com Neil Upchurch Founder – Texas Pro Sedans, TIDA Late Model Series, Texas Race of Champions at Texas World Speedway
  7. TSTRS Message to Drivers

    Gina: I wish you and all involved good luck and great success in this noble HMP undertaking. Thank you, Neil Upchurch – Retired Founder TIDA Late Model Series Texas Race of Champions at Texas World Speedway Texas Pro Sedans Series
  8. Very sad loss

    Jerry: You were the winningest Super Stock class winner at TWS. Regarding the passing of your wife Judy, please accept my sincere sympathies. Neil Upchurch - Founder Texas Race of Champions at Texas World Speedway Texas International Driver’s Association Late Model Series Texas Pro Sedans
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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