Texas Motorplex, located in Ennis, Texas (south of Dallas), was the first all-concrete quarter-mile drag strip ever built when it opened in 1986. Now one of three concrete strips on the schedule, the track is still home to some of the fastest drag racing in the country.
Among the milestone achievements at the track:
April 1988 – Eddie Hill runs the first ever four-second quarter-mile pass – 4.990.
October 1997 – Cory McClenathan makes the first pass of more than 320 mph – 321.77 mph.
October 1998 – John Force, Gary Scelzi, Larry Kopp, and Warren Johnson make up the fastest qualifying field in NHRA history.
October 1999 – John Force clinches championship #9, defeating Tommy Johnson Jr. in the quickest side-by-side Funny Car race in NHRA history.
Texas Motorplex hosts a number of weekly and special events, as well as the NHRA Texas Fall Nationals, part of the Countdown to the Championship, taking place September 19th through 22nd. The weekend features all four major Mello Yello Drag Racing Series divisions – Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, Funny Car, and Top Fuel – as well as sportsman categories. Tickets are not yet on sale for the Fall Nationals, but check www.texasmotorplex.com for more information.
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