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In Memory Of David Minx...

posted Oct 1, 2014, 6:38 AM by John Mandabach

All of us at Houston Motorsports Park are deeply saddened by the recent death of David Minx on September 28, 2014. David was a well known and respected grudge racer and has been racing at HMP since day one. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family especially his father Larry, wife Amber and son David. HMP will be accepting donations at the track on behalf of the family and will also be donating a percentage of the ticket sales from this weekends events. At this time we ask you to keep Davids Family in your prayers.

‘Fiesta’s Summer Sizzler’ to turn up the heat at Houston Motorsports Park this Saturday

posted Jul 31, 2014, 7:40 AM by John Mandabach

The NASCAR Stock Car racing action should be as hot as the Texas mid-summer sun this Saturday at Houston Motorsports Park - better known as the ‘Palace of Power.’

With the weather not cooperating two weeks ago at the immaculate 3/8-mile paved/concrete oval, it has been almost a month since NASCAR racers and fans have had their ‘racing fix.’  And if you’ve been around stock car racing for very long, you know that translates to intense on-track action is a sure thing as drivers try to make up for lost time.

“You can count on it,” said HMP’s General Manager and Promoter John Mandabach. “When these guys and gals miss a race date, they’re fired up and ready to swap paint once the green flag flies.  We look for a lot of hard-nosed, door-to-door racing this Saturday.”

Along with the long layoff, the season championship battles are becoming more and more a factor as the number of race dates remaining on the 2014 NASCAR schedule dwindles.

“The battle lines are pretty much drawn in all three NASCAR divisions and the Eco Stocks, Legends and Bandoleros as well,” observed HMP Race Director Sarah Baker Mandabach. “There are a few drivers who normally are at the top of the standings at this point in the season who will be anxious to close the gap on the competition this Saturday. “

Indeed, perennial NASCAR Fiesta Modified champion Joe Aramendia is uncharacteristically in fifth place behind point leaders Michael Kourkoubes, Zach Knowles, Jason Morman and Zak Hausler with half the season already in the books

“We’ve been struggling with the car, that’s for sure, and we missed a race early in the season. And we got caught up in someone else’s mess early in the last race,” Aramendia said when asked about his season so far.  “But we’re far from out of it - I can assure you of that.”  

Aramendia explained that after the aforementioned wreck early in the last HMP event, they took the car apart and while putting it back together they discovered what was ailing their NASCAR Fiesta Modified.

“I’m not going to divulge what we learned, but we found a couple of things that were causing the handling problems we were struggling with in the front end of the car,” explained the San Antonio native who has a trophy room full of championship hardware.

“We ran very strong at Kyle (Central Texas Speedway) after fixing the problems and we were really pumped about racing at HMP two weeks ago and were disappointed about the “Double Double” rained out,” Aramendia said. 

“If anyone thinks I’m out of the running for the championship this year, they had better think again.  A couple of wins and a bonus point or two and we’re back in the hunt and they will be chasing us!” 

Aramendia and the rest of the NASCAR Fiesta Modified drivers will have ample opportunity to rearrange the point standings during their 75-lap feature event – the “Fiesta Mart 75” - on Saturday.

In the highly competitive NASCAR BWFS Coke Truck division, steady Kyle Books, veteran David Webster, young Travis Benson and hard-charging Mason Teague are all in position to make a run at point-leader Charles Evans, Jr, in Saturday’s “BWFS Industries 50.”  

NASCAR fans will also be treated to a 30-lap main event – “The TFE Company 30” - for the NASCAR American Muscle Cars (AMCAR), a 20-lap feature for the always-rowdy Eco Stocks and a 25-lap special event featuring the Dwarf Car Racing Series of Texas (DCRST) dwarf cars.

With $5 adult tickets available at any Houston-area Fiesta Mart and with children 12 and under admitted free, HMP will be the place to be this weekend.  Add those low admission prices to the $1 hot dogs, $1 cokes and $1 beer and you are looking at a very affordable, fender-banging night of family fun at the Palace of Power. 

Racing action at the park-like facility starts promptly at 7 pm and normally finishes by 10:30 pm.  

Houston Motorsports Park is located at 11620 North Lake Houston Parkway in Northeast Houston.  The track can be reached via their email address,, by calling their information hotline, 281-458-1972, or via Facebook. 
For more information about Houston Motorsports Park and Saturday’s “Fiesta’s Summer Sizzler” visit

"Double Double NASCAR Night" means Double Action at Houston Motorsports Park this Saturday

posted Jul 16, 2014, 8:49 AM by John Mandabach

Double features are on tap for all NASCAR Stock Car Racing divisions this Saturday at Houston Motorsports Park as well as the Eco Stocks, Legends and Bandoleros.  This gives drivers twice as many chances to swap paint on the tight, 3/8-mile paved oval known as the “Palace of Power.”  And if history is any indicator, there surely will be plenty of not-so-friendly paint swapping before the last checkered flag flies.

The other “Double” of the “Double Double” means double value for NASCAR fans with two adult admissions for price of one $12 adult admission.  Add those savings to the fact that children 12 and under are free and that hot dogs, cokes and beer are only one dollar each and you have a very affordable recipe for an exciting family night out.

Of course, double features also means double points for drivers as they race for championship honors and prize money at the end of the NASCAR season in their respective classes.

Michael Kourkoubes is on a roll in the NASCAR Fiesta Modified division, winning two of the three most recent feature events for the super-quick, ground-hugging Modifieds, but is only leading in the point standings by a scant nine points over steady Zach Knowles and by 27 points over veteran Jason Morman.   

Besides Knowles and Morman, there are a dozen, or more Modified drivers capable of winning one or both of the twin features including Zak Hausler, Joe Aramendia, Johnny Walker and, well, nearly the whole roster.  Look for the NASCAR Fiesta Modified point standings to get re-arranged this Saturday. 

In the NASCAR BWFS Coke Truck class, there is a six-driver battle for the top spot.  Charles Evans, Jr, is on top for the moment,  but Kyle Books , David Webster, Travis Benson , Mason Teague and Mike Coursey are all well within striking distance as we approach the halfway point in the season.  Look for any one of these drivers to move up the list on Saturday.

Last time out (July 5) race fans witnessed the long-awaited debut of a “new style” NASCAR American Muscle Car (AMCAR) in the newly-created NASCAR division at HMP.  Clayton Green, in a sharp-looking new Camaro built by his father and veteran-driver Steve Green, finished third in the feature behind points-leader David Webster and Nathan Demski. Green was battling Demski for second at one point and the car looked fast down the straights.

“That was our first time out with the car and we need to work on the setup a little more,” the 17 year-old Green said. “I know it’s going to be plenty fast once we get it dialed in and we’re looking to win with it this week.”

Also on tap are double 25-lap features for the Legends, twin 15-lap events for the rough-and-tumble Eco Stocks and two 15-lappers for the quick little Bandoleros.

Racing at the park-like facility starts promptly at 7 pm and normally finishes by 10:30 pm. 

Houston Motorsports Park is located at 11620 North Lake Houston Parkway in Northeast Houston. 

The HMP information hotline is 281-458-1972.

The HMP email address is and the information hotline is 281-458-1972.

For more information about Houston Motorsports Park and Saturday’s “Double Double NASCAR Night” visit or look us up on Facebook at

Houston Motorsports Park set for some on-track fireworks this Saturday

posted Jul 2, 2014, 9:00 AM by John Mandabach

Houston Motorsports Park is aptly named the “Palace of Power,” but based on recent on-track events an equally appropriate slogan might be the “Palace of Paybacks.”  

For the most part, the NASCAR stock car racing at the 3/8-mile paved/concrete oval is clean and green, but there are a few rivalries in each class that fans know are likely to provide some fireworks this Saturday  during the “Fiesta Independence Shootout” – and not just because it’s the Fourth of July weekend.  

In the fast and furious NASCAR Fiesta Modified division a couple of weeks ago, we witnessed some heated discussion between Johnny Walker and Brandon Kelley on the front straight next to their wrecked race cars after the pair claimed the same real estate coming through turns three and four. Both drivers blamed the other for the wreck and some believe we haven’t seen the end of this feud at this point in the season.  

And although the score in the ongoing feud between multi-time NASCAR Fiesta Modified champion Joe Aramendia and Michael Kourkoubes – a relative newcomer to the class – seemed to be settled with Aramendia’s last-lap “take-out” of Kourkoubes, insiders are betting this one, like the Walker-Kelley deal, is not over yet.

And there is a growing rivalry between a pair of young NASCAR Fiesta Modified drivers named Zach – well, one’s named Zak Hausler and the other is named Zach Knowles, but you get the idea. Although there were no obvious flare-ups as the pair battled side-by -side and bumper- to- bumper for most of the feature race two weeks ago, fans would be well-advised to keep their eye peeled on this pair of up-and-comers during the “Fiesta Mart 75” on Saturday.

Not be outdone, the NASCAR BWFS Trucks may have some unresolved rivalries of their own.  Points leader Charles Evans, Jr, might want to check his rear view mirror often during Saturday’s 50-lap main event, the “BWFS Industries 50.”  It would surprise no one if front-runners Mason Teague, Jake French and Kyle Books were to give Evans a nudge or two.  

With admission prices only $5 for the “Fiesta Independence Shootout” when purchased at any Houston-area Fiesta Mart, bringing the whole family to enjoy the NASCAR-sanctioned stock car racing this weekend will be very cost effective.  And with $1 hot dogs, $1 cokes and $1 beer, well, it’s the best entertainment value this weekend in Houston.

In addition to the “Fiesta Mart 75” and the “BWFS Industries 50” the NASCAR American Muscle Cars will compete in the “TFE Company 25,” the Legend Cars in the “B&R Industries 25” and the Bandoleros in the “Harvey Racing 15.” 

Racing starts promptly at 7 pm and normally finishes by 10:30 pm at the well-maintained, park-like 3/8-mile oval which is located at 11620 North Lake Houston Parkway in Northeast Houston. 

The HMP information hotline is 281-458-1972. Their email address is 
For more information about Houston Motorsports Park and Saturday’s Whelen NASCAR Night visit or find us on Facebook at

HMP gearing up for intense NASCAR racing Saturday, June 21

posted Jun 18, 2014, 8:12 AM by John Mandabach

Houston Motorsports Park, one of the nation’s finest motorsports facilities, is gearing up for some intense NASCAR stock car racing action this Saturday, June 21.

Officially billed as the “Whelen NASCAR Night,” it would be better named “Have at it Boys and Girls Night” if the stock car racing is as competitive this weekend as it has been for the past several races.

Last time out, for instance, multi-time NASCAR Fiesta Modified champion #79 Joe Aramendia was leading the modified feature with just a handful of laps remaining when #4 Michael Kourkoubes, who was running second at the time, made solid contact with Aramendia’s rear bumper, causing him to spin.

Kourkoubes went on to win the race with Aramendia recovering to finish twelfth.

“I don’t mind a tap or two from someone,” Aramendia said when asked about the incident, “but I do mind getting turned around. If I were him, I’d think twice before doing that to me again.”

Under the so-called “Madhouse Rules” in force at HMP, only the car(s) that actually cause a caution flag are put to the rear of the pace regardless of who was “at fault.” In other words, one driver can intentionally spin another driver and, as long as he doesn’t also spin, he gets to keep his spot. HMP management believes that respect is given and earned on the track and that drivers will sort it all out over time when things happen.

“Joe (Aramendia) knows how to make his car pretty wide,” Kourkoubes said. “He’s been around a long time and knows how to keep someone behind him. I did give him a couple of taps before his spin, but I would back out and let him go. But his car was having some handling issues and would push up in the middle of the turns and I needed to get by. So I did get into him a little bit harder and this time I didn’t let him go.”

Will there be any paybacks this weekend?

“I went over to Joe and apologized after the race,” Kourkoubes said. “And he said it was a good thing I did because he was going to return the favor in the next race if I hadn’t. And in the second feature he ran behind me and had plenty of chances to get to my bumper, but he didn’t, so I guess it’s safe to say this deal is behind us.”

Well, not so fast.

“I drive people clean and I drove him clean in the second feature even though I could have taken him out like he took me out,” Aramendia explained. “But, make no mistake, if he bumps me this weekend he had better expect something in return.”

There will be ample opportunity to see how this all plays out this weekend with the NASCAR Fiesta Modifieds competing in a 10-lap heat race and a 75-lap feature event – the “Fiesta Mart 75.”

Heat races and feature events for the two other NASCAR-sanctioned classes – the NASCAR American Muscle cars (the “TFE Company 25”) and the NASCAR BWFS Coke Trucks (the “BWFS Industries 50”) are also on the schedule as well as an 8-lap heat race and a 15-lap feature for the rough and tumble Eco Stocks.

In addition, the snazzy Bandoleros will run a 15-lap feature event (the “B&R Industries 15”) while the lightning-quick Legends will compete in the “TFE Company 25.”

With $1 hot dogs, $1 beer, $1 cokes and free parking, it's a great way to spend an exciting, yet very affordable, evening with the whole family. Adult tickets are only $12 and kids 12 and under are admitted free.

Racing starts promptly at 6 pm and normally finishes by 10 pm at the well-maintained, park-like 3/8-mile oval which is located at 11620 North Lake Houston Parkway in Northeast Houston.

The HMP information hotline is 281-458-1972. HMP email is

For more information about Houston Motorsports Park and Saturday’s Whelen NASCAR Night visit or find HMP on Facebook at

Tempers boiling at Houston Motorsports Park as “Double Feature Night” takes center stage

posted Jun 2, 2014, 10:12 PM by John Mandabach

Houston Motorsports Park is well-known in the Texas stock car racing community as a place where rivalries develop early in the season and provide plenty of paint-swapping, fender-bending action for the entire NASCAR All-American Series racing season.

For instance, during the “Fiesta Memorial Powerfest” event on May 24, NASCAR Fiesta Modified drivers Johnny Walker and Brandon Kelley nearly came to blows in front of the packed grandstands while their crumpled race cars sat smoldering on the front straightaway.

The pair were racing hard for position near the front of the pack when, well, the story differs depending on who you talk to, but to put it mildly, they made hard contact coming off turn four of the 3/8-mile asphalt/concrete oval and ended up a few feet short of the finish line up against the retaining wall.

Walker has been quoted as placing the blame for the wreck squarely on Kelley’s shoulders while Kelley disputes that contention.

“He (Walker) came down on me in turn four and forced me down onto the apron,” Kelley said. “Once he had me down there the car wiggled a bit and I got loose coming back up onto the track. That’s when we collected each other, but it wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t come down on me."

End result: Two fire-breathing, low-slung, very-expensive NASCAR Fiesta Modifieds wrecked. Two very different versions as to why. And a bit of bad blood perhaps.

We’ll see how this all plays out this Saturday, June 7, when the pair meet again in their two 40-lap features – the “Fiesta Mart 40” and the “The Worlds Supermarket 40.”

Not to be outdone, earlier this season a couple of NASCAR BWFS Coke Truck pilots, Mason Teague and Charles Evans, Jr., tangled as they battled for the lead on the last lap of the first of their twin feature events. While no on-track face-to-face confrontation took place between the pair, rumor has it that they will not be exchanging Christmas cards this year.

And there’s also some drama building in the NASCAR American Muscle Car class (formerly known as the Street Stocks) since David Webster has been all but unbeatable, winning every feature event so far this season. While no one’s naming names, there are a growing number of AMCAR drivers who would love to see that win streak come to a screeching halt.

Perhaps even literally.

In addition to the double features for the NASCAR Fiesta Modifieds, the NASCAR BWFS Coke Trucks will compete in twin 30-lap main events, the “Coca-Cola 30” and the “BWFS Industries 30,” while the NASCAR American Muscle Stock Cars will run two 20-lap features, the “B&R Industries 20” and the “TFE Company 20.” Also on the program are two 15-lap races for the wild and wooly EcoStocks.

With $1 hot dogs, $1 beer, $1 cokes and free parking, it's a great way to spend an exciting, yet very affordable, evening with the whole family. Adult tickets are only $12 and kids 12 and under are admitted free.

Racing starts promptly at 6 pm and normally finishes about 10 pm at the well-maintained, park-like racing facility which is located at 11620 North Lake Houston Parkway in Northeast Houston.

The information hotline is 281-458-1972 and the track email is

Visit or check us out on facebook at for more information.

Perseverance pays off for Johnny Walker

posted May 22, 2014, 6:44 AM by John Mandabach

Johnny Walker, who competes at Houston Motorsports Park (HMP) in his low-slung, fire-breathing NASCAR Fiesta Modified, knows the meaning of perseverance. 

Walker, 51, who lives in Pasadena, has been racing in the top stock car racing divisions in Texas for over 25 years with mixed success, but is on the verge of a breakout season at Houston Motorsports Park this season. Walker has won two of the first three NASCAR Fiesta Modified events this season - the season-opener in March and the prestigious Feista Speedfest event in April.

With those wins, Walker takes a ten-point lead in the point standings over rival Zach Knowles going into this Saturday’s  Fiesta Memorial Powerfest races at the well-maintained 3/8-mile oval speed plant in Northeast Houston.

“I started racing in 1987 in the Texas International Drivers Association Late Model Series with Neil Upchurch,” Walker said. “I ran with the TIDA series off and on for several years, but the best I ever did in the championship standings was sixth place.
“In the early 90’s I ran several All -Pro races east of the Mississippi and ran an ARCA series race at Texas World Speedway,” Walker continued.  “At that point I thought my racing career was going to take off. But in 1993 I ran out of money and had to go back to work, raising my family and making a living.”

Most would have given up their racing career at that point, but not Walker.  After a 15-year layoff, Walker - now better able to fund his racing endeavors - decided to make a comeback in 2008. 

“Jumping back in was the hardest thing I’ve done. The cars are very different than they used to be. The stock car racing industry as a whole had technologically passed me way by,” Walker explained. 

“I came back with a Late Model and campaigned it at HMP.  Thankfully, my good friend and multi-time champion Greg Davidson helped me with the new technology but it took a year just to get my first win.  We finally pulled off a couple of wins before the track dropped the Late Models,” Walker said.

With his new-found Late Model success suddenly at a dead end, Walker decided to campaign a NASCAR Fiesta Modified – now the top-tier division at the track - two years ago.

“I struggled at first but I never gave up and now we’re achieving the sort of success I have always hoped for,” Walker said. “I never gave up and worked my way through the learning curve and hooked up with some of the smartest, most experienced guys in the sport. The difference this year is the addition of Tommy Owens as my Crew Chief and some great support from Marc and Bailey Currey.  Their expertise is definitely what made me much more competitive.”

“It seems in racing that everything comes in bunches whether it’s wrecking, breaking or winning,” Walker said. “It seems to stay with you and you have to race your way through the bad stuff. That’s perseverance.”


Johnny Walker will be competing  in the “Fiesta Mart 75” this Saturday at Houston Motorsports Park in the Fiesta Memorial Powerfest event in his black, number 72 NASCAR Fiesta Modified against some of the best racers in the country. 

In addition, the NASCAR BWFS Coke Trucks will line up for the “BWFS Industries 50,” the NASCAR American Muscle Cars will compete in the “TFE Company 30,” while the wild and wooly EcoStocks will beat and bang in a 15-lap main event. 

Tickets for the Fiesta Memorial Powerfest are $12, but are only $5 if purchased at Houston-area Fiesta Marts.  Children 12 and under are free.  And one dollar Cokes, one dollar beer and one dollar hotdogs make for an affordable outing for the entire family and a great opportunity to see some of the best NASCAR short track racing in the South. 

Houston Motorsports Park is located in Northeast Houston at 11620 North Lake Houston Parkway.

For more information about HMP and this Saturday’s Fiesta Memorial Powerfest, visit, call 281-458-1972 or visit the HMP Facebook page. 

NASCAR Racing is Back at HMP on May 10th!

posted May 10, 2014, 7:08 AM by John Mandabach   [ updated May 10, 2014, 7:11 AM ]

Finally!!  This Saturday, May 10th, NASCAR racing returns with Springleaf Financial NASCAR Night.  

With two races completed, the season is just getting heated up and some rivalries have already gotten hot!  Also, DOUBLE FEATURES mean drivers have double the chance to move to the points lead on their way to a championship.

NASCAR Fiesta Modifieds
NASCAR American Muscle Cars
Ecostocks, Legends & Bandoleros

FREE Parking!  $12 Adult Admission.  Kids ages 12 and under get in FREE! 

Racing starts at 6pm and goes to about 10pm.  Plus walk on the race track, meet the drivers, get autographs and maybe sit in race cars during intermission!

This is the most AFFORDABLE FAMILY FUN in Houston!  Bring the whole family for a thrilling night of hard charging, wall slamming, fender banging, beating, smashing and crashing all the way to the checkered flag!

Have At It, Boys!!


posted Apr 12, 2014, 6:51 PM by John Mandabach

Houston Motorsports Park and Car Snappy have reached an agreement for the remainder of the 2014 season.  Car Snappy is the Official Pace Car sponsor and will provide a Dodge Challenger to lead the pack around the 3/8th mile high banked oval. 

“We chose HMP because we wanted to support the local community,” said Chris Hess of Car Snappy. “We also wanted to be a part of the excitement brought to fans in every race. Once we checked HMP out we knew it would be the perfect home for "Snappy Car".”

Fans can not only see the Car Snappy Pace Car for the first time on April 19th at Fiesta’s Speedfest but one lucky fan will also win a chance to ride in it during the NASCAR Fiesta Modified feature race of the night.  Every NASCAR race night Car Snappy and HMP will pick a winner during intermission. All fans have to do is drop the bottom of their ticket stub in the raffle box.

“Car Snappy was founded to provide customers with an easy, no hassle way to get more for their vehicles,” said Joe Montealvo, Car Snappy President.  “We guarantee to pay more for vehicles than big dealers do and since Car Snappy doesn’t sell to the public, there isn’t any of that pressure to buy a vehicle. Plus Car Snappy will pay immediately for all vehicles purchased”

“I believe HMP fans will benefit from our partnership with Car Snappy,” said John Mandabach, HMP vice president and general manager.   “HMP’s motto is affordable family fun and Car Snappy helps put a little fun into selling a car at an affordable deal.  Plus I think fans are going to love the look of the Car Snappy Pace Car as it’s a very cool design.”

For more information on racing at HMP, visit or call 281-458-1972.  For more information on Car Snappy, visit or call (866) CAR-SNAPPY.

March 28th & March 29th Cancelled

posted Mar 29, 2014, 2:50 PM by John Mandabach

It is with great regret that HMP will not be open Friday, March 28th and Saturday, March 29th due to water seeping onto the track from the amount of rain received this week.  HMP is located not too far above sea level.  Though the altitude helps race engines create more power here, it does present a challenge in the early spring when the rains are more frequent, the temperatures are lower and the many trees/vegetation in the area are still dormant. As the year progresses and warmer, drier weather approaches, this no longer becomes as much of an issue.

With the amount of water currently seeping today, HMP is confident that Saturday will present the same issue.  To save our racers and fans both the travel expense and disappointment of coming out only to have racing cancelled, we have chosen to cancel Saturday’s Radial Rumble event as well.

Any tickets purchased for either March 1st or March 29th will be valid at Xtreme Meltdown on May 17th, which features Pro Mods, X275, Ultra Street and Index drag racing, or any other HMP event this year.  Any racer entry fee from March 1st will be valid on May 17th as well.

HMP hopes that with another day of sunshine, the track will be ready for Grudge Drags plus test and tune this Sunday.

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