For Immediate Release
Texana Raceway Park
January 13, 2008
Texana Raceway Park Prepares to Wave the Green Flag on the 2008 Season
The 2008 racing season is fast approaching, and the crew at Texana Raceway Park is working behind the scenes with many exciting things planned for 2008.
With what’s become an annual tradition since acquiring Texana Raceway Park in 2005, owners Bruce and Donna Tesch have invested in physical improvements to the raceway property during the off-season. In preparing for the 2008 season, they’re at it again. The Tesch’s are constructing a new and enlarged announcers booth, which will house the track announcers and scorers. Additionally, a new pad was poured for the drink side windows of the new concession stand. If that wasn’t enough, just before the end of 2007 the Tesch’s acquired adjacent property and expanded the general admission parking and also added a new sound system to the complex, complete with state of the art outdoor speakers. “Each year, we try to make improvements to the property to continue with our mission of making Texana Raceway Park a venue that both fans and race teams will remember favorably. This year with the construction of the announcers booth, it got a little larger than I expected, but we wanted to provide a nice set-up for the folks who perform the very important tasks of announcing and monitoring the electronic scoring system. Also, the sound system is great and much better than I actually expected.” stated Bruce Tesch. To further capitalize on the sound system, Promotions Director Monty Chamberlain is working on theme songs which will be played at the start of the feature races for each class with a song that the fans can connect to each class.
With the work behind the scenes that is generally transparent until the gates open, the track has also published the 2008 season schedule with several special events already thrown in the mix. The opening night for points competition is March 29th. Probably the most anticipated event during the season will be the ASCS Sprint Cars making their first ever stop at Texana Raceway Park. The raceway will play host to the annual Sprint Car 4th of July Classic. Always a guarantee for speed, you won’t want to miss this special event. In addition to the nights races, the raceway is planning for a large fireworks show, which will be the first one put on by the raceway in several years.
Another first for Texana Raceway Park is the opportunity to play host to the much sought after Brooks – Shaw Chassis seminar. This will be a two day event on March 8th & 9th with an eight to 10 hour indoor classroom session on the 8th and a day at the track on the 9th. Kevin Shaw and Wayne Brooks will deliver the two day seminar and are well know car builders and set-up guru’s who will open this opportunity up for a variety of divisions. Kevin and Wayne will work hands on with drivers and their cars on the day at the track. A rare opportunity, this will be a don’t miss event for those who desire to master the secrets of car set-up. Registration for the two day seminar is being handled by Angel Armstrong who can be contacted at 281/851-9474.
The raceway staff will look at additional special features throughout the season and have several other extras already inked in. The well received “Spectator Race” will be back in 2008 and is scheduled for May 10th. By special request, the raceway will have three demolition derbies scheduled during the season with at lease one of the nights consisting of the addition of a blindfold race and a reverse race. Additionally, the annual “Kids Bicycle Give-away” which normally produces around 30 bicycles for the kids will be back. Stay tuned throughout the season for other special events on the calendar.
Well received by the race teams, was the announcement of increased purses for several of the raceway’s divisions. The most notable increase is the open-wheeled modified class which will pay $800 to win in 2008. Tesch noted, “Our track is located in an area this is a good driver from any of the urban areas. In 2007 we had a different winner in the modified division each night with no one being able to repeat a win. That made for good racing and we had visiting drivers coming in from across the state. With the increase in fuel prices and the desire to continue to deliver some of the best racing that the state has to offer, we’ve increased the purse in several of the classes and will be offering some good money, especially with the $800 to win in Modifieds. We’re anxious to see competition in 2008 as close as it was in 2007.”
With about two months counting down to the kick-off of the 2008 season , this year looks to be the most exciting year of racing at Texana Raceway Park, yet. To keep up to date with points for the drivers, and for up to the minute special announcements, mark www.texanaracewaypark.org on your favorites list.
Texana raceway is located 2 miles south of Edna on SH 111. Be sure to come out for the season opener and enjoy America’s fastest sport. We’ll see you at the races!