In its 13 years of existence, TX2K has morphed from the Texas Supra Nationals to include many other makes and models and is also the official National GTR meet. Peter Blach, the event's organizer, and his primary sponsor, Dusty Womack of MVP Motorsports, try to make it bigger and better each year while maintaining the initial purpose of the meet: bringing car enthusiasts together to appreciate Supras as well as other (mostly turbocharged) sports cars.
As usual, Thursday greeted diehard road racers with a "driver's education event" at Texas World Speedway. The superspeedway near College Station built in 1969 adds a lot of fun with a high-speed oval included in the course. For those who chose to participate in the afternoon's time attack, most were chasing Paul Costas, who came in first in his heavily tracked-prepped Camaro, followed by Nathan Cicio and John Munsey in their GTRs.
Friday's dyno day would move the festivities to Lonestar Motorsports Park, where they would stay for the rest of the weekend. The morning started out feverishly with more than 30 cars dyno'd in the first two hours. As the afternoon went on, the two-wheel dyno lost the speed input, and even with a new sensor, they weren't able to get it working again. The four-wheel dyno picked up the slack, but the dyno day was called early with 55 cars having hit both dynos.
Top horsepower numbers for the day for Supras were Dynosaur Performance and Michael Tucker with 1,003 whp and 892 whp, respectively. GTR winners were Scott Vining and Chris Sweeb with 674 and 587 to all four wheels, and the biggest number of the day was put down by Nick Shortridge with his Cobra, laying down 1,222 whp. Notably, Josh Hill also put down 806 awhp in his Evo.
The final two days were all about drag racing. Saturday's qualifying saw 3,200 spectators come out to watch testing for Sunday's finals. Even though there was no unlimited class this year, with the usual suspects not racing for various reasons, there were nearly two dozen 8-second passes made. The quickest e.t. for a Supra was Jon Johnston with an 8.68 at 163, and notably, Ivan Phillips trapped 172.94 mph in his GTR running a 9.25.
Things weren't as eventful as the last couple of years, with only one person tapping the wall and no car to car collisions. Reid Dawson of Sound Performance made himself known each time at the starting line with his Pro-Efi two-step shooting fire out his 4-inch exhaust. It was also very exciting to see a 2,750hp Viper repeatedly (but unsuccessfully) try and get his car down the track with the wick turned up. One of the most exciting moments of the finals was when Sean Stanford kept in the throttle as his Camaro wagged down the track, leading Peter Blach to dub him Sean "Big Balls" Stanford.
With another successful event completed, we can all look forward to next year's festivities and know that it will be bigger and better. TX2K14 is bound to bring new enthusiasts, new and faster cars, and all of the camaraderie of the past 13 years, and I'm sure everyone is looking forward to the DVD from 1320 Video available at 1320Video.com and MVPMotorsports.com.
|Supra Class 2|
|1. Zach Webb||10.17 at 145 mph|
|2. Anna Costas||1.32 at 121 mph|
|Supra Class 3|
|1. Ross Baird||9.17 at 149 mph|
|2. Amar Sood||9.86 at 145 mph|
|Street Car Late-Model|
|1. Sean Stanford||9.10 at 152 mph|
|2. M. Anderson||9.73 at 144 mph|
|Street Car Modern|
|1. Richard Lesse||9.41 at 145 mph|
|2. Chris Lewis||9.76 at 150 mph|
|GTR Class 1|
|1. Andrew Temkin||10.42 at 134 mph|
|2. Sean Wilson||10.49 at 132 mph|
|GTR Class 3|
|1. Andrew Sweet||8.97 at 164 mph|
|2. Michael Hickey||9.34 at 165 mph|