ENNIS, TX – NHRA announced today the remainder of the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. In collaboration with all stakeholders, NHRA plans to hold six national events to complete the 2020 season. The Texas Motorplex will be hosting the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, October 14-18 at the famed motorsports facility located just south of Dallas/Fort Worth. The track is celebrating its 35th anniversary and will be hosting a wide variety of classes and events throughout the week.
The 2020 NHRA season has looked very different due to the global pandemic. NHRA has worked closely with its partner tracks and race teams to construct a schedule that will honor its rich racing history.
“We have been racing under a special order from the Governor of the Great State of Texas since the end of May and our COVID numbers in our area are rapidly decreasing,” said Texas Motorplex owner Billy Meyer. “We are providing a variety of safety measures throughout the facility to ensure fans, racers and sponsors have a positive experience. Our number one goal is to host an exciting event from October 14-18.”
Wide Variety of Classes Makes Motorplex Event One of Biggest of Season
ENNIS, TX – The world renowned Texas Motorplex will be celebrating its 35th year of showcasing the fastest sport in the world, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, and following the reorganization of the NHRA schedule the event will feature additional classes along with the traditional playoff atmosphere. Tickets for the October 14-18, NHRA AAA Texas FallNationals are on sale now following a highly successful renewal period and until July 1st each order will receive a commemorative 35th anniversary coin. As one of the last four races of the season title hopes are on the line and fans will be thrilled with exciting racing action.
The FallNationals will feature five days of racing action with all the top pro classes including Top Fuel and Funny Car as well as Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle racing Saturday and Sunday. Wednesday and Thursday will feature a National Open for sportsman competitors from across the country. Friday will be highlighted by the “Friday Night Live” featuring jet cars, nostalgia Funny Cars as well as a wide assortment of NHRA classes along with continued sportsman qualifying. Additionally, this will be the final event for Top Fuel Harleys so the championship will be on the line and will be crowned in front of the Texas Motorplex crowd.
Fans offered PPV option to watch entire race weekend
ENNIS, TX – The Texas Motorplex will be one of the first sporting venues in the state to host events following Governor Abbott’s new directives on public gatherings and sporting events. The Keurig Dr Pepper Lone Star Nationals presented by Driven Automotive Protection, a primarily participant only event, will be held May 21-23. The event will be an opportunity for race teams to test as well as race for one of the largest cash purses ever offered to Alcohol Funny Cars and Dragsters. The Mid-West Pro Mods will also be competing showing off their 200 mph door-slammer speed.
“First we want to assure everyone that we are taking all necessary safety precautions to keep our employees, competitors and fans safe during this event,” said Andy Carter Texas Motorplex General Manager. “We know racers have been staying at home for over two months and we just want to give them one of the first opportunities to get back on the track. We have set up a program for fans to watch from home from their mobile devices, computer or even smart TV. The Lone Star Nationals will feature a great assortment of race cars and the track will be in great shape.”
ENNIS, TX – The world renowned Texas Motorplex will be celebrating its 35th year of showcasing the fastest sport in the world, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, and the upcoming International Drag Racing Hall of Fame induction of track founder and owner Billy Meyer with a season long Hall of Fame celebration. Since 1986 Texas Motorplex, located between Ennis, Texas and Waxahachie, Texas has featured the most exciting racing and biggest names in professional drag racing. Tickets for the October 15-18, AAA Texas FallNationals are on sale now following a highly successful renewal period and while supplies last each order will receive a commemorative 35th anniversary coin. The fourth of six Countdown championship playoff events, the FallNationals, is where title hopes are on the line, and champions are won.
“We had one of the most successful ticket renewal periods we have every experienced,” said Andy Carter general manager of Texas Motorplex. “More of our long-time FallNationals ticket holders either upgraded their orders to areas like the Champions Club with starting line seats or they added tickets to their previous packages. We had an amazing race last year with Kilgore’s own Billy Torrence getting the win in Top Fuel before going on to win his second consecutive Top Fuel world championship.”
Fans who buy any adult ticket with pit pass for any day of the FallNationals will receive one Texas Motorplex 35th Anniversary Commemorative Coin to be redeemed at the Texas Motorplex souvenir stand during the FallNationals. This promotion is limited to one coin per household while supplies last.
Waco, TX – Among the 2020 inductees into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame announced this week by “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and the Hall of Fame selection committee is Texas Funny Car driver and racetrack developer Billy Meyer who, in his career on the NHRA pro tour, appeared in 22 final rounds and hoisted the trophy 12 times and his IHRA career appeared in 13 final rounds and won 8 trophies. Meyer will share the podium at the March induction ceremonies in Gainesville, Fla., with fellow legends Lee Beard, Roy Hill, Larry Minor and Don Enriquez.
“This is quite an honor for me and everyone that supported me throughout my racing career, especially my wife Deborah,” said Meyer. “I fell in love with drag racing as a teenager and never looked back. Winning Indy (1982) was a career highlight and we chased the NHRA championship a lot of years (finishing second in 1980, 1982 and 1984). Winning the IHRA championship (1980) and working with Hal Needham and Burt Reynolds was also equally as thrilling. When I got out of the seat, I turned my attention to the Texas Motorplex wanting to assist in taking the sport to the next level. I have given a lot of my life to drag racing and I am honored to be recognized by the International Hall of Fame.”
AFTER EARLY SLIP REIGNING TOP FUEL WORLD CHAMP STEVE TORRENCE BACK ON TRACK HEADING TO AAA TEXAS NHRA FALLNATIONALS
ENNIS, TX – It was a shocking start to the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship for reigning Top Fuel world champ Steve Torrence. But the talented Texan has more than made up for it at the past two races, looking back in championship form as he heads to his NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series home track with another world title on his mind.
Torrence started the six-race playoffs with a first-round loss – his first opening-round loss since February and first in the Countdown to the Championship since 2016 – but those concerns immediately went by the wayside. He rebounded with a final round appearance in St. Louis and a victory on Monday in Charlotte, regaining the points lead in his 11,000-horsepower Capco Contractors dragster and putting Torrence back on track for a possible second straight title heading to Texas Motorplex for this weekend’s 34th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.
“You have to go rounds and you need to win races,” said Torrence, who has nine wins in 2019. “I think we need to win two more races to be pretty solid and have an opportunity to win another championship. We’ll just do the best we can do. I’m looking forward to going to Dallas. It’s a good time right now having the momentum going back-to-back. We need to try to go there and carry this momentum and see if we can be successful.”
DALLAS, TX – Since its very first race in 1986, Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas, has been bringing high speed and exciting motorsports action to North Texas. As the longest running major motorsports venue in the Metroplex Texas Motorplex continues to raise the bar on fan-friendly events as well as record setting performances. Racing action will begin on Friday October 17 and run through Sunday October 20 but prior to and during the event fans will be treated to additional festivities both on and off the track.
“We look at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals as one of the premiere motorsports events in the state. We have the quickest and fastest race cars and no one can compete with our fan access,” said Andy Carter, Texas Motorplex general manager. “Also with the Thursday night free FanFest in downtown Ennis featuring over 20 drivers and riders, including 16-time Funny Car champion John Force, two-time champion Robert Hight and reigning Funny Car champion J.R. Todd as well as our pit access you will not get a better fan experience.”
Featured Race Week Events Include:
Pre-Stage FanFest, October 17 – The City of Ennis and Texas Motorplex are partnering for the sixth annual Pre-Stage FanFest between 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. in Downtown Ennis. Main Street and Knox Street (200 NW Main Street) will be blocked off for fans to wander between NHRA pro and sportsman cars, food trucks, music and more. Professional racers will be available for autographs during the event from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.