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Texas Motorplex Hosts REDEMPTION 7.0 “No Prep Series”


Popularity of drag racing has been on the rise in the last few years thanks to a big part in the “Street Outlaws” tv show on Discovery.  In particular  the No Prep racing spurred on by the Redemption group and it’s ties to the show through a huge part to a little engine building shop in Grand Prairie Texas called Morgan & Son Racing Engines and of course the 405 group and the real life drama that makes good tv.

Popularity of Redemption has been noticed by the big boys in NHRA by inviting the group to participate in a huge event.  It participated in a special eight-car exhibition race on Friday, April 21, as part of the 30th annual NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway.  A huge accomplishment and a testament to the leadership of Redemption and the fans of “No Prep” drag racing.  The announcement was made at Stroker’s in Dallas last Thursday by Shannon Morgan the queen of drag racing in Texas. There was a hosted a pre-event party at Stroker’s before the big race at Ennis this last weekend.   It was the start of a new points series in No Prep.  The announcement was made that NHRA will add another exhibition at this years Fall Nationals in Ennis to include the 8 fastest Big tire cars of the Redemption No Prep racing from the point series.  It has been discussed that those 8 racers will be a chosen by series points, fan favorite or picked by Shannon.

On to the race this last weekend.  Great success starting with Friday night races of 6 classes including Jr Dragsters a new event for the series.  Track was a little slick on the big end with several crashes in the early going but it improved with each race.  All drivers came thru those wrecks in good condition with only Lea Ochs having to go to the hospital with a concussion and x-rays which came back negative for a break. She is ready to load up and start racing already she said.

Winners of Friday Night were:

True street
Win–Jason Doisher
R/u–Rick Hilton

Jr Dragsters
Win–Addyson Owen
R/u–Ashton Meggison

Small tire
Win–Tony Thorn

Old school Outlaw
Win–Tony Foulks
R/u–Chuck Deathtrap

Factory Street
Win–Chris Dearmond
R/u–Brent Baker

Win–Ray Garcia
R/u–Scott Lassiter

Saturday Texas Motor Speedway was packed with a huge field of racers for the big payouts at Redemption No Prep 7.0 Winners:

Outlaw Street
Win–Tim Oswald
R/u–Duane Biddle

Small Tire
Win–Eric Stubbs

Outlaw Big
Win–Jerry Bird
R/u–Spencer Johnson

Win–Ryan Jock
R/u–Rylan Mcclaskey

Win–Jesse Garza
R/u–Cody Lange

Win–John Dittmer
R/u–Ray Espericueta

Best appearing crew
Ray Espericueta

All the way from New York L.O.D. Speedworks


Bad 57


Larry Baker and his super fast 62 Impala


Number 1 on the “Street Outlaws” is Chuck being toted around by one super cool dude in Jerry “Monza” stopping to talk to Barrett Green sporting a “One piece Romper”.


Ahhh…. a refreshing moment splashing in the water behind the grandstands.


Dad’s and future drag racers getting in some quality time.


Catching the cool guys from “SpeedVideo” grabbing a bite before all the racing day two.


There were fans of all ages. This little cat was catching a little drink before the racing started.


Chuck holding a super fan.


No caption necessary. A moment of silence for the fallen on this Memorial weekend, the invocation and of course the National Anthem before the racing on Saturday.


“The Probe” of Bird Brothers Racing and the BigTire $20k winner.


Shannon Coan and his “bad to the bone” 53 Vette.


Dennis Sugrue sitting in the cockpit at the tree waiting on the green light.


Mom adjusting the headphones for the little fan of racing who has her ears covered up as the race cars are blasting down the track.


Wondered what these young fellows were discussing.


Bobby Ducate from Street Outlaws New Orleans staging up.


“Doc” James Love in the beautiful “Street Beast” hitting the first bulb.


Chuck giving it his all and making some good hits but came up a little short on Friday in the finals and getting knocked out on Saturday by the same guy that beat him on Friday night. Chuck was really funny photo bombing and having a good time at the track meeting all of his fans.


“The 55” driven by Chuck Parker lined up by Kirk Peters came up a little short but made some good hits making it to the semi finals on Saturday.


Labeled “The FASTEST Street Legal Truck Ever! This is the FASTEST street legal Truck on the planet… Only from Larry at Larson Race Cars! They say this truck can be transformed in a matter of minutes to run legally on the street. Now that is quite a feat.


David Bird Jones in his new ride.


Yep”We are having fun at the track in our Radio Flyer”


Thank you Redemption No Prep 7.0 Looking forward to the rest of the series.

Will Crews
Will Crews is a Dallas-Fort Worth based photographer specializing in concert, live event and sports photography. He especially enjoys capturing crucial and precious moments of the sports lives of the athletes he photographs. Check out more of his work at Will Crews Photography.
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