HMP News Releases


HMP PACE CAR GETS SNAPPY!

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 houstonmotorsportspark.com or call 281-458-1972.  For more information on Car Snappy, visit carsnappy.com 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.

For more information, please visit our website at houstonmotorsportspark.com

 

 

HMP TO CROWN SERIES CHAMPIONS AT BWFS INDUSTRIES NASCAR NIGHT

posted Oct 16, 2013, 9:08 AM by Russ Goodall

Houston Motorsports Park will crown four series champions on Saturday night, Oct. 26, at the season finale of the 2013 season – BWFS Industries NASCAR Night.

Championships will be won in the NASCAR Fiesta Modifieds, NASCAR BWFS COKE Trucks, NASCAR Stock Cars and Ecostocks.

The tightest race of the season will come down to this final event, as Rick Pollaro and Zach Knowles will battle on the track for the truck championship.

I am confident that we will finish our season strong, but I am not counting our chickens before they hatch,” Pollaro said. “It maybe the last race of the season, but from my seat there is a lot of racing to do being a double feature night. As past race nights have shown, anything can happen. My confidence comes from knowing what my team has done all year for me and I couldn't ask for a better group to race with.”

Pollaro leads Knowles by just 25 points, which can be erased on this final night of racing.

Well, going into the last race we have had an awesome season,” Knowles said. “And, it's not over yet. … We are going to do what we always do – race hard and make sure we do nothing to beat ourselves.”

Despite Joe Aramendia's big lead in the NASCAR Fiesta Modified class, there are still battles to be won in the points standings, as Bayley Currey, Michael Kourkoubes and Ian Webster battle it out for third, fourth and fifth places.

This has been a great season,” said John Mandabach, vice president and general manager at Houston Motorsports Park. “With one last night of racing on the 2013 schedule, there are still plenty of great storylines to play out on the track. I can't wait to see what BWFS Industries NASCAR Night brings.”

While brothers David Webster and Ian Webster sit in the top two spots in the NASCAR Stock Cars there is still a battle for third place, where John Winne leads Scotty Barber by just one point.

In the Ecostock class, Taylor Harris leads Robert Henson and Richard Cook in the race for the title.

Three of the four major classes running on Saturday night will crown first-time Houston Motorsports Park champions,” Mandabach said. “That is just proof that we have some of the best drivers and competition in the country right here at HMP. It's gonna be a great night!”

Along with double features for the NASCAR classes, fans will also be treated to racing in the Dwarf Cars series.

HMP is a state of the art complex, situated in a park like setting inside Beltway 8, on the North-East side of Houston, only 20 minutes from downtown and 20 minutes from Bush Intercontinental Airport.

For more information on racing at HMP, visit www.houstonmotorsportspark.com or call 281-458-1972. If you want information on Fiesta go to www.fiestamart.com, see www.coca-cola.com for info on Coke products and www.bwfsindustries.com for info regarding BWFS Industries LLC.

MOCZYGEMBA GOING FOR WINS IN FINAL EVENTS ON 2013 SCHEDULE

posted Oct 9, 2013, 5:52 PM by Russ Goodall

With two races left in the 2013 oval track schedule at Houston Motorsports Park, NASCAR Fiesta Modified driver Brian Moczygemba will have just one thing on his mind – winning.

That is because his place in the points is all but locked up, needing really just to make the final two starts of the season to finish second.

This season's been successful because of the work that goes into the cars at the shop,” Moczygemba said. “Every time we unload the car is fast. I'm just the guy lucky enough to be in the seat. … We put a crate motor in the car after Speedfest, which I think also contributes to alot of the success. We won the first night out after Speedfest.”

The 27-year old from San Antonio currently sits second with 468 points on the season, which is 114 points behind series leader and three-time track champion Joe Aramendia, his uncle, and 124 points ahead of third-place driver Ian Webster.

However that kind of cushion over third won't get Moczygemba to change his driving style. No, it will be peddle to the floor as usual for the driver of the No. 50.

I've never been much of a points racer, or had the mindset to points race,” Moczygemba said. “If you're consistently running up front and winning races, the points will fall your way. We will unload on Saturday with the same goal we have had for every race this year – winning, plain and simple.”

That mindset has earned him two wins this season – the first coming in Feature No. 1 at Harlem Shake Double Feature Night on April 13, with the second coming at Fiesta's Summer Sizzler on July 6, as well as numerous second place finishes.

In between those victories, Moczygemba took time out to get married and didn't miss a start at HMP.

My wife, Lauren, is very understanding of racing and the time it takes at the shop to perform well,” Moczygemba said. “I really don't know how else to explain it. She knows racing is a big part of my life and now hers as well. I think she enjoys it almost as much as I do.

We are expecting our first child in April of next year, so I am sure that will change things a bit. But I don't plan on slowing down too much.”

The newlyweds, and soon to be parents, will get another opportunity to enjoy a victory lane celebration when racing resumes on Saturday night, Oct. 12, at Fiesta's Fall Fastival.

It will be another chance for Moczygemba to get his third win of the season in the NASCAR Fiesta Modifieds and lock up his place in the points.

Then it will be on to the 2014 season, where things are still up in the air for Moczygemba.

I don't know what our plans for 2014 are just yet,” he said. “I'm not sure I'll run for the championship next year of not, but hopefully we'll be racing more times than not.”

DRIVERS RESUME CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE ON OCTOBER 12 AT FIESTA'S FALL FASTIVAL

posted Oct 7, 2013, 6:49 PM by Russ Goodall

After rain wiped out the last oval track event at Houston Motorsports Park, it leaves just two more scheduled in the 2013 season.

Drivers resume their championship battles at Fiesta's Fall Fastival on Oct. 12 at HMP, with heat and feature races in all three NASCAR classes – NASCAR Fiesta Modifieds, NASCAR BWFS COKE Trucks and NASCAR Stock cars, as well as the always entertaining and competitive Ecostock class.

Taylor Harris and Robert Henson are in a tight battle for the Ecostock track championship. Harris holds a 43-point lead over Henson, but with a full field anything can happen, including a swapping of the top two spots before the season finale.

Both Robert and Taylor have been consistent all season long, so it is of no surprise that they are the two battling it out for the Ecostock championship,” said John Mandabach, vice president and general manager of Houston Motorsports Park. “You can expect them both to be at their very best at Fiesta's Fall Fastival on Oct. 12, where one wrong move can jumble things heading into the final race of the season.”

While Harris and Henson will be doing battle, there are championships still to be won in all of the NASCAR classes.

NASCAR Fiesta Modified points leader Joe Aramendia and NASCAR Stock car points leader David Webster hold substantial leads in their respective classes, while the NASCAR BWFS COKE Truck series is as close as it has been all season. Rick Pollaro leads Zach Knowles by just 25 points, and neither driver is ready to give the other an inch.

There is not much else to say about the battle Pollaro and Knowles have been waging all season at Houston Motorsports Park,” Mandabach said. “The NASCAR BWFS COKE Truck class has been downright outstanding all year long. We have had six different winners this season and one of the best championship battles this track has ever seen. I can't wait for the fireworks on Saturday night.”

Tickets are available for this exciting night of racing for $5 at area Fiesta Marts, or for $12 on Saturday night at the gate.

Fans that purchased tickets for our event on Sept. 28 that was rained out are in luck,” Mandabach said. “We will be honoring those tickets for the newly named event on Oct. 12. If you don't have your tickets yet for Fiesta's Fall Fastival then get over to Fiesta and take advantage of the $5 ticket deal. You don't want to miss this night of racing.”

TIGHT AT TOP OF TRUCK SERIES POINTS HEADING INTO FIESTA's FALL FASTIVAL

posted Sep 24, 2013, 10:30 AM by Russ Goodall

With three events to go in the 2013 speedway schedule at Houston Motorsports Park, nothing has been decided in the three NASCAR classes.

While NASCAR Fiesta Modified points leader Joe Aramendia and NASCAR Stock car points leader David Webster hold substantial leads in their respective classes, the NASCAR BWFS COKE Truck series is as close as it has been all season.

Rick Pollaro and Zach Knowles have been fighting for the top spot in the NASCAR BWFS COKE Truck points standings all season,” said John Mandabach, vice president and general manager of HMP. “They have put a show on for the fans each an every time out. I know that will continue on Saturday night (Sept. 28) at Fiesta's Fall Fastival.”

Pollaro and Knowles will again have their work cut out for them, as they will take on a field of drivers that will include four drivers – Kyle Books, Jake French, Charles Evans Jr. and Justin-Paul Steiner – that have won races in the NASCAR BWFS COKE Truck series this season.

All four are locked into their own points battles, as a spot up or down in the finishing order on Saturday night could drastically affect their final spot in the points standings and winnings that come along with that place.

The drivers in the NASCAR BWFS COKE Truck class are fighting for a points purse of $5,000 to be split among the top 16 finishers – with the top spot taking home $1,000,” Mandabach said. “Right now Pollaro has the top spot, but Zach is right on his heels. If Saturday night's battle on the track is like what we are used to seeing from these two, then we could certainly have a new points leader by the end of the night.

This is definitely the most exciting time of the season.”

Fans will also see racing in the Ecostock class, where Taylor Harris and Robert Henson will continue their battle for the 2013 championship.

Tickets are available for this exciting night of racing for $5 at area Fiesta Marts, or for $12 on Saturday night at the gate.

GREEN SEALS 2013 HMP LEGEND CHAMPIONSHIP WITH VICTORY IN FINAL RACE OF SEASON

posted Sep 10, 2013, 3:53 PM by Russ Goodall

With a win on the biggest night of racing in the Legend class at Houston Motorsports Park, Clayton Green went home with a victory, a check for $4,000 and the 2013 track championship.

He is ecstatic,” said Dana Green, Clayton's mother. “This means a lot to him as he will be ending his Legend career and moving into a Modified next year. He is happy to have ended his Legend career at his home track winning the championship.”

Green entered the night, and the final race of the season – where a purse of $10,000 was on the line for the Legend class at HMP, needing a strong finish to wrap up the 2013 track championship and that is exactly what he got.

But it wasn't easy.

Green had to battle the biggest Legend car field of the season at HMP in the Harvey 30. And despite racing up front for most of the night, he did have to fight through some adversity.

I didn't expect to go back to fifth,” Green said. “My car was set up for, hopefully, 30 green flag laps. The car was loose, more than expected. I knew my car would come in, but it was difficult at first to get it down on the bottom (of the track). This allowed them to get under me. Once my car came in, I was able to pull a car length or more each lap. I knew if I remained focused and consistent with each lap and took my time, I would find my way back to the front. That hard work brought me back into the lead.”

From there, Green battled it out with Derek Shumaker for the win.

My dad (Steve) and I spent countless hours building this new car two days before (the race), “ Green said. “After practice on Thursday, I was completely comfortable in it. Drivers and cars have to 'fit' together too and this just did. Add that to my years of experience competing against skilled driver, and that made it a winning combination.”

Green, racing in the PRO division, started nine of the 10 scheduled races this season at HMP, winning six of those and finishing second in the other three. That allowed him to accumulate 891 points, enough to beat second-place finisher Christopher Hogan by 56 points and third-place finisher Jake Thomasson by 136. points.

Clayton captured the 2013 HMP Legend championship because of his consistency, dedication and passion for the sport,” said Sarah Mandabach, race director at HMP. “I have enjoyed watching Clayton improve over the years. I believe there is much more for him to come.”

Hogan was the top finisher in the Young Lions division with 835 points, while Roger Williams, fifth overall, was best in the Masters division with 646.

While the season is over for Legend drivers, the championship battles continue on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Martin Chevrolet NASCAR Night in the NASCAR Fiesta Modified class, the NASCAR BWFS COKE Truck class and the NASCAR Stock cars class, as well as the Ecostock and Bandolero classes.

HMP is a state of the art complex, situated in a park like setting inside Beltway 8, on the North-East side of Houston, only 20 minutes from downtown and 20 minutes from Bush Intercontinental Airport.

BATTLES RESUME AT MARTIN CHEVROLET NASCAR NIGHT

posted Sep 4, 2013, 1:53 PM by Russ Goodall

The NASCAR BWFS COKE Truck series at Houston Motorsports Park continues to be the most exciting racing series in Texas, and that couldn't be more true as drivers ready for Martin Chevrolet NASCAR Night on Sept. 14.

Coming off an exciting race on Aug. 31 at Fiesta's Spectacular, that saw Jake French get the win and the top two in the points standings – Rick Pollaro and Zach Knowles – wreck each other on the track and then, during the caution, had their pit crews fight it out Royal Rumble style in the infield.

It was a heck of a race,” said John Mandabach, vice president and general manager at HMP. “It literally had it all. We had a first time winner in Jake French, good hard racing throughout the 30 laps and a pit crew fight.

Now you know, the final four events of the season are going to wild. I can't wait for Martin Chevrolet NASCAR Night. That is a double feature night, so these guys are gonna have two chances to show each other who's the best on the track, and maybe off the track as well.”

Along with the exciting NASCAR BWFS COKE Truck race, HMP also crowned its first champion of the season when 16-year old Clayton Green, from Marble Falls, Texas, won the night's Legend race to capture the 2013 HMP Legend title.

It was a great night at the track,” Mandabach said. “We crowned a worthy champion with one of the best Legend races in our history. Congratulations to Clayton and Team Green.”

Along with double-feature racing in the NASCAR BWFS COKE Truck series during Martin Chevrolet NASCAR Night at HMP, fans will also see double features in the NASCAR Fiesta Modifieds, NASCAR Stock Cars and Ecostocks, as well as a single feature for the Bandoleros.

Tickets are available for free at Martin Chevrolet Buick GMC and $12 at HMP on race night, Sept. 14.

2014 RACE SCHEDULE RELEASED!

posted Sep 3, 2013, 10:52 AM by John Mandabach   [ updated Sep 3, 2013, 10:54 AM ]

Click the link below to view the 2014 HMP Race Schedule:

U.S. LEGEND CARS DRIVER THOMASSON SET TO FINISH OFF ANOTHER TOP SEASON

posted Aug 31, 2013, 8:41 AM by Russ Goodall

For Jake Thomasson, his weeks are spent divided.

During the weekdays the 15-year old from Spring attends high school, reads books and plays the cello, but when the weekend hits he is in a completely different world.

Thomasson spends Friday through Sunday burning up race tracks in Texas and Louisiana in a Legend car for Thomasson Motorsports, which is owned by his dad, Bruce Thomasson.

All with one goal in mind – a NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.

I couldn't catch, run or throw, but I knew I could drive,” said Jake Thomasson, who enjoys books by George R.R. Martin and Dan Brown and is a past Spelling Bee and Science Bee champion.

Since he started racing at nine years old in 2008, and now in his sixth year behind the wheel, Thomasson has amassed a track championship at Houston Motorsports Park – in 2011, as well as a pair of Texas State championships in 2010 and 2011.

(This takes) dedication and hard work,” Thomasson said. “Effort is important to everything you do.”

His dedication led him to at least six victories in 2010 and another 16 wins in 2011, as well as another 10 top 3 finishes racing in the Bandolero and Legend series in both years.

This season, with just one event left on the schedule at HMP, Thomasson, who sits ninth nationally, is third overall and second in the U.S. Legends Cars' Young Lions division, but is 147 points back of first.

But another solid season for the young driver in a tough car to handle.

It is the hardest race car they say you will ever drive,” Thomasson said. “That makes it a perfect teaching tool for the cars I will drive in the future.”

That future is just around the corner.

Thomasson Motorsports has already built the sophomore at Oak Ridge High School a modified car to race, which he has recently practiced.

But for now, Thomasson is focused on the Legend series and the final race of the season.

He and a full field of Legend drivers will take the green flag in tonight's Fiesta's Spectacular at HMP with a race purse of $10,000 on the line.

Due to the unpredictability of auto racing and the stupidity of racers willing to destroy a $10,000 car trying to win $3,500 – heck I've seen some destroy a car just to try and win a 1-inch taller trophy. I try not to think of the 'what ifs' and instead focus on the things I can control,” Thomasson said. “If I were to win though, the money would go a long way towards improving the car.”

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