A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from March 06, 2013
Cowboy NASCAR (chuck wagon races)

The chuck wagon (or “chuckwagon”) is the official vehicle of Texas. Chuckwagon racing didn’t begin in Texas, but they are held in Bandera, the place that bills itself as the “Cowboy Capital of the World.”
Chuckwagon racing has been nicknamed “cowboy NASCAR” since at least 2010.
Wikipedia: Chuckwagon racing
Chuckwagon racing is an equestrian rodeo sport in which drivers in a chuckwagon led by a team of Thoroughbred horses race around a track. The sport is most popular in the Prairie Provinces of Canada, where the World Professional Chuckwagon Association and the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association, are the two major racing circuits. The most famous chuckwagon race in the world is held annually at the Calgary Stampede, where the total prize money for the ten-day event tops C$1.5 million
The Daily Texan (University of Texas)
Ride on yonder to the ‘cowboy capital of Texas
Published on April 23, 2010 at 12:00 am
Chuck wagon races are a familiar sport in the Midwest and nearly famous in Arkansas, where the sport originated. Twin Elm Guest Ranch hosted the first Texas Open in 2003 but stopped with Cap’n Kury’s absence. Now, he’s determined to bring the races back.
“[Chuck wagon races] just belong here in Texas, especially in the cowboy capital of the world,” Cap’n Kury said.
The sport is nicknamed the “cowboy NASCAR.” Wagons race around a barrel in an open pasture, and an outrider must mount the horse from the ground just as the wagon takes off. Whoever’s rider crosses the finish line first, closely followed by the wagon, wins.
Chuck wagon races: “It’s Like Cowboy NASCAR!” http://lockerz.com/s/99637631
2:55 PM - May 7, 2011
Bandera County (TX) Courier
Twin Elm Chuck Wagon Races - fast, wild & western
Those who have witnessed a chuck wagon race in an arena know it’s not for the faint of heart. Often referred to as “Cowboy NASCAR,” the sport is wild, fast, dangerous, crazy - and, of course, pure western!

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Wednesday, March 06, 2013 • Permalink

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