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2014 track profile: Texas Motorplex

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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.

Among the events scheduled for the Texas track this season is the Great Bull Run, taking place Saturday, April 5th. The event brings the Spanish tradition of running with the bulls to the U.S. and features a day-long festival highlighted by the Tomato Royale – an “insane tomato food fight,” according to the track’s website. The track will also host the Rugged Maniac 5K mud run obstacle course on Saturday, October 11th.

Texas Motorplex hosts the 29th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals – part of the Countdown to the Championship – on Thursday through Sunday, September 18th through 21st. 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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