World Champion Wright, Caprock Motorplex set to host inaugural D7 Summit Team Finals
By IHRA Media
Sep 11, 2012
It may be an understatement, but the Wright family sure does love its drag racing.
World championships, divisional championships and dozens of wins, Glenn Wright and his son Kamron have made a positive impact on the sport and rank today as two of the most accomplished drag racers in the state of Texas. So with so much success behind the wheel, what could possibly be left to do for the dynamic racing family out of Odessa?
Own a drag strip, of course.
And in the fall of 2011 Glenn officially acquired the former Penwell Raceway located just west of Odessa and in 2012 reopened it under the name Caprock Motorplex. During the offseason the Wright family went to work turning the hollow shell of a facility into a working drag strip and will see all that hard work finally pay off this weekend when Caprock Motorplex hosts the inaugural Division 7 Gun Slingers Summit Team Finals presented by AMSOIL and Moser Engineering.
“This is the very first year for Division 7 and we are very excited to host the first Team Finals,” Wright said. “Division 7 will compliment Division 4 very nicely and as many people know we are very passionate about our division. This will be a great opportunity, not only for me and for the track, but for new racers and tracks to be a part of the experience. We are going to have a good, fun race this weekend and I am very much looking forward to it.”
But it hasn’t been an easy road. The past year has been filled with the near impossible task of racing fulltime in IHRA’s Division 4 while also rebuilding the facility. Wright admits that it all happened a little faster than he expected, but that the experience and growth he has seen already in the first year has made the journey worth every step.
Glenn Wright after winning the 2011 IHRA Top Sportsman World Championship
“We bought the track in auction in November, took possession in February and our first race was in March,” Wright said. “It really wasn’t fair that we had so little time to get the track up and going, but that is what we were up against. We had nothing to start with. We installed 100 percent of everything from the timing to the concessions. If it is there, we installed it. Because of that we know the system inside and out and if there is ever a problem we know how to fix it.
“Once we got on the track all of the hard work started to pay off. Our car counts were very good this year culminating with our big Labor Day race where we drew 250 entries from California, Oklahoma, Utah, Arizona, east Texas and elsewhere. Thanks to that success we are now the top facility in the area and we hope to become known as one of the best destinations in the state.”
Wright was also instrumental in bringing the brand new Gun Slingers division to life to compete in the IHRA’s Summit SuperSeries program and, hopefully in the near future, the Summit Pro-Am Tour as well. For now IHRA is pleased to unveil yet another brand new division when Caprock hosts its very first Summit Team Finals this weekend.
The Division 7 Summit Team Finals will kick off on Thursday with a test and tune followed by three full days of racing Friday through Sunday. Nearly 2,000 miles away the Division 3 Summit Team Finals will also get underway this weekend at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park in Michigan. Both races will feature teams of racers from regional IHRA tracks culminating with the crowning of divisional Summit SuperSeries representatives who will advance to the Summit World Finals in October to compete for the Summit SuperSeries World Championships at Memphis International Raceway.
Wright, the defending world champion in IHRA’s Top Sportsman class, and his son Kamron, a three-time divisional champion, will both join three lucky racers from the Division 7 Team Finals this weekend at the Summit World Finals.
And while Wright is certainly excited to be both hosting such a big event and once again representing his own division at the World Finals, he admits that there is one thing he is more proud of than any other after this year.
Wright's beautiful Chevrolet Camaro he debuted in 2012
“We have gained some notoriety as one of the best biting track in the country and I am very proud of that fact,” Wright said. “A few years ago I got my kids involved in track prep so we would have some advantage in our racing endeavors not knowing that it would ever be put to use prepping a real track. So when I bought the track the kids came to me and said ‘we got this’ and the track has been flawless ever since.
“We have drawn some very fast cars from all over the country for our events and while some of them were skeptical, many of them now consider this their favorite track. We have a great tech and a great track and we really only draw fast cars and put on some great racing.
“That is going to translate well this weekend when we host all of these great racers in the new division. We want to give them the best race possible.”
From divisional champions, to world champions and now hosting one of the most prestigious sportsman competitions in the country, the Wright family has done it all in drag racing. But don’t think for a second that they will be slowing down anytime soon.
“Are you kidding me? This is what we live for. We love to race and we love to win and that is exactly what we are going to keep doing,” Wright said. “We have made a lot of friends and accomplished a lot in this sport, but we aren’t done yet. Not even close.”
for complete results from the Division 7 and Division 3 Summit Team Finals this weekend.