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Although I post images on my website of all the car shows we go to, sometimes I send extended coverage to HOT ROD HOT LINE. To visit their website, click on their logo above or to go directly to our images, go to hotrodhotline.com/leal-brothers.

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I had previously mentioned my having issues with images from my coverage of the 2007 Goodguys event here in Texas. I went back and reloaded the images from one of my CDs and here they are. Enjoy! 

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HOUSTON RACEWAY PARK

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The "TEXAS TANGO" event scheduled on June 4-5 at Houston Raceway Park (Baytown) was postponed due to inclement weather to June 18-19. The busy two-day event will feature Pro Modifieds, Funny Cars, Pro Outlaw Top Sportsman, Pro Outlaw Top Dragsters, Junior Dragsters and more. Spectators get in free but parking will cost $20 or $30 for VIP parking.   

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Just got word that due to the possibility of a storm formation in the Gulf, the above TEXAS TANGO has been indefinitely postponed. As the week goes on, the rain chances continue to go up for Saturday.  

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Checking the results of the recent Mecum Auction in Tulsa, I came across this nice looking Mopar race car. The 1963 Plymouth Belvedere is powered by a 440 Max Wedge backed by a 727 Automatic back to a Dana 60 Rear End. The vehicle was a "NO SALE" with a high bid of $30,000. 

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This past weekend was a good one for "couch potatoes" who enjoy auto racing; even those without cable or a "sports package" that includes racing. The local FOX Channel televised an NHRA National Event on Sunday (final eliminations) and the local NBC Channel showed an Indy Car race on the streets of Detroit, both Saturday and Sunday. What caught my eye on the TV  schedule (CBS)  was  the  CAMPING  WORLD  SRX  (Superstar Racing 

Experience) SHORT TRACK SERIES which was new to me. I know Camping World sponsors NASCAR's Truck Series but short track events are rarely televised, especially a "series". As it turned out, this is a new series that is co-founded by Ray Evernham and Tony Stewart and this past weekend was their first of six consecutive weekend races, all on short tracks (1/2 mile) with two on dirt. The 12 identically prepared race cars are driven by well known racers that include Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Paul Tracy, Tony Kanaan, Willy T. Ribbs, Bill Elliott, Michael Waltrip and Helio Castroneves fresh off his Indianapolis 500 victory. At each race, one of the racing vehicles is reserved for a "Local All-Star", depending at which track they're at. As it turned out, the "Local All-Star" (Doug Coby) won the event. The racing format includes two 15-minute heats and a 100 lap feature with points awarding leading to a 2021 Series Champion. 

If you've followed NASCAR racing a few years, you probably recognize the above SRX Series format. It's similar to the old IROC (International Race Of Champions) Series that also included 12 identical vehicles with drivers from different forms of motorsports. Their last event was in 2006 (15 years) and surprisingly enough, it was won by Tony Stewart. 

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Ever since the Pandemic, I've joined several Facebook Automotive Groups and have been sharing some of my old images. I feel bad when they ask if it's for sale because some of my images go back 40 years. The "T-Bucket" on the left got an interesting comment recently. The comment read "Damn, what size tires are those? They're bigger than my ex-wife's azz!"   

They say "A picture is worth a thousand words". Well this image is worth a lot more; at least two thousand! This image was posted on a Facebook Racing Page and if you follow drag racing and/or know its history, you know the "history" that's depicted on this image; an action photo of Don Garlits at Lions Drag Strip. I've had several of my images autographed by Garlits (below) and even had the pleasure of attending an event at Lions Drag Strip back in 1970 when I spent the summer (from Texas) in southern California.    

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Almost all of the television programs I watch are recorded. From reruns of the Andy Griffith Show to auto racing to the live local news. I set my recorder and watch them on my own time. Anyway I was watching the posted above SRX Series race and only watched the two heat races and then took a break. On this break I posted the information above. When I started watching the 100 lap feature, I quickly noticed something that I had forgotten to mention. Check out the series "Pace Car" on the left. This is the only image I could find on the internet. One more thing; the event winner Doug Coby who was the event's "Local All-Star", not only won the event, he dominated it! He won the second heat and led 80 laps of the 100 lap feature. Let's see what happens this coming weekend.  

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Below are some of my old images that I recently shared on several Facebook Groups. 

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Gassers and Drag Racing Cars and Parts For Sale.....(One of the Facebook Groups I joined sells cars and parts and I'll be posting some of them below. Click on the "Happy Face" (left) to visit their page for more vehicle information)

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1926 HOT ROD SHOW CAR. All Steel, 327 SBC, Rochester Carbs, Winters Quick Change Rear End, Model T Wire Wheels, Firestone Dirt Track Tires, Arizona, $35,500.

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1955 CHEVY GASSER PROJECT. Flared Rear Fenders, Tilt Front End, Arizona, $10,999. 350 and Trans Available. 

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150" ALTERED. 604 Injected Aluminum BBC, Nebraska, $25,000; $14,000 Less Engine and Trans.

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CHASSIS RESEARCH DRAGSTER. Stock 348 plus Cam, Tri-Power, Saginaw Four-Speed, Illinois, $11,000.

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1956 CHEVY. Steel Body, Fiberglass Front End, 460 BBC, Weiand Tunnel Ram, 660 Holleys, MSD Ignition, Indiana, $17,500. 

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