O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals
Innovator WJ appreciates Meyer’s efforts at Motorplex
However, as the POWERade Drag Racing Series heads to the Lone Star State for this weekend’s O’Reilly Fall nationals, Johnson wanted to acknowledge the significant contribution made by someone else, namely Texas Motorplex owner Billy Meyer, who 22 years ago introduced the sport to the all-concrete racing surface.
“What is often overlooked when discussing racetracks is how Billy Meyer was essentially a visionary, building the first concrete racing surface, which still stands today and on which we’ll race our GM Performance Parts GXP this weekend,” said Johnson. “At the time, I remember he was roundly chastised for doing it, but today a concrete track is the direction many of the newer tracks are taking, including the state-of-the-art facility we just left in
“When he built the Motorplex, the norm at other tracks was a 60-foot long concrete launching pad, after which there was asphalt. Over time, the length of concrete used has grown to 300 feet and then an eighth of a mile, which is now almost the standard, with a few having concrete for the entire quarter-mile. Any way you look at it, the Motorplex was simply ahead of its time.”
The six-time champion is uniquely qualified to discuss the merits of the Ennis quarter-mile, having participated in all 25 national events held there prior to this weekend. A review of previous races shows that it has been a good track for The Professor, whose five wins and eleven final round appearances pace the Pro Stock category.
“An all-concrete track can give you a false sense of security, because, if properly groomed, it has bite all the way through the finish line,” said Johnson. “Unfortunately, due to the relatively few undulations in the surface, the groove ends up being rather narrow, and if you end up out of it, there’s trouble in
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