ENNIS, TX – Iconic drag racer Don Prudhomme and award-winning drag racing photographer Richard Shute will be recognized as Texas Motorplex Legends during the opening ceremonies of the 36th annual Texas NHRA Fall Nationals. Prudhomme won the Fall Nationals three times including a Funny Car title in 1989, Top Fuel in 1991 and his final professional Top Fuel win was recorded at the 1994 Fall Nationals. Shute has chronicled every Texas NHRA Fall Nationals winner’s circle as part of his 50-year career as one of the sport’s most popular photographers.
“These two legends, Don Prudhomme and Richard Shute, have made an enormous impact on the success of the Texas Motorplex,” said Texas Motorplex owner Billy Meyer. “Prudhomme was one of the first Funny Car drivers to see this facility and he is one of only four drivers to win in Funny Car and Top Fuel at the Fall Nationals. Richard has photographed every significant event and milestone this facility has produced. His eye behind the lens is legendary and it is my honor to celebrate these two amazing people.”
Prudhomme, a true legend of the sport, concluded his 47th year in drag racing in 2009, his 15th season as an owner after logging 32 seasons behind the wheel as one of the sport’s elite drivers. His remarkable driving career began in 1962 with his first Top Fuel victory at “Smokers March Meet” in Bakersfield, Calif., before ending with 49 NHRA career victories – the sixth most in NHRA history – following his farewell “Final Strike Tour” in 1994. For his career, Prudhomme reached the finals 68 times, posting a remarkable 35 wins in 45 Funny Car finals and 14 wins in 23 Top Fuel finals rounds.
ENNIS, TX – The inaugural Stampede of Speed at the Texas Motorplex (7500 Hwy 287, Ennis, Texas 75119) will kick into high gear on Sunday, October 3, with a country music festival headlined by Dustin Lynch along with Flatland Calvary, Wade Bowen and Kyle Park. General admission tickets for the show will be $25 with children 12 and under free with a paid adult. Additional VIP tickets will be available for $100 and will include access to the Stampede of Speed VIP Corral featuring cash bar, private restrooms, an elevated viewing area and VIP parking[MOU1] . Gates will open for the festival at 12 p.m. and fans will also be treated to a Beer Expo and BBQ contest throughout the afternoon.
“We are excited to be starting a week of amazing events with our first Country Music Fest,” said Christie Meyer Johnson, Texas Motorplex Co-Owner. “The Stampede of Speed will be nine days of family-friendly entertainment including music, racing, movies, fireworks, autograph events and most of all, a traditional Texas vibe every day. We know Dustin Lynch, Flatland Calvary, Wade Bowen and Kyle Park will put on a great show for country music fans.”
ENNIS, TX – The expansion of the 37th annual NHRA Texas Fall Nationals, which includes over a week of Texas-themed events dubbed the Stampede of Speed, has created the opportunity for fans from across the country to descend on Texas Motorplex, October 2-10. The multi-use facility, located just 35 minutes from Dallas and Fort Worth, recently announced the Stampede of Speed and its weeklong schedule of non-racing activities, concerts, educational and business events. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available to fans and potential marketing partners from across the country.
“There are some details that are still being worked out, but there is no doubt that the Stampede of Speed will be one of the biggest multi-day events to happen in the Metroplex in years,” said Andy Carter, Texas Motorplex General Manager. “We will be hosting events for diehard motorsports fans, non-traditional motorsports fans and people that have never even heard of the Texas Motorplex. We want to introduce our facility to a new audience as well as host some exciting events that we think will draw people into Texas from all over the country.”
ENNIS, TX – The Texas Motorplex, home of the Stampede of Speed and NHRA Texas Fall Nationals, has hired Charles Myers to the newly created Operations Manager position at the multi-use motorsports facility located in Ennis, Texas. Myers joins the Texas Motorplex staff with a wealth of motorsports and event management experience. Myers will work with the sales manager on new sponsor recruitment as well as current sponsors support to maximize relationships with the race track. He will also focus on all production aspects of events, including planning, creative, staff and promoter management.
“Adding Charles to the staff is a major benefit to our sales and event management team,” said Andy Carter, Texas Motorplex General Manager. “We announced the Stampede of Speed earlier this month and Charles will be a major factor in the success and growth of that event as well as dozens of our other events. We are taking every event we host and produce to the next level and bringing Charles on board will make our whole team better.”
The motorsports marketing professional joins the Texas Motorplex after serving as Business Development Manager for Nitrous Supply in Huntington Beach, California, where he grew the business from $900,000 in sales to $3.5 million in one year. He also developed and implemented a dealer program in 29 states while increasing profits and expanding the brand internationally. Myers also worked with government officials on a variety of projects.
ENNIS, TX – The Texas Motorplex announced today a major expansion and rebranding of their wildly popular NHRA Texas FallNationals, one of seven National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) playoff races to be contested in 2021. The “Stampede of Speed” will begin with a special opening ceremony during the 5th annual Night Lights sky-lantern festival on Saturday, October 2, and will conclude with the NHRA Texas Fall Nationals, October 7-10. A full week of events, conferences and activities will highlight the economic benefit of motorsports in Texas as well as provide a wide variety of entertainment options for sports fans from across the state and around the country.
“We have been working for the past two years to add more elements to the NHRA Texas FallNationals to make it more than just one of the largest motorsports events in the state,” said Christie Meyer Johnson, Texas Motorplex co-owner and daughter of Motorplex founder Billy Meyer. “We have been studying other major events and the Stampede of Speed will be a full week of events promoting Texas, racing and family entertainment. Our goal is to make this a premier destination sporting event for years to come.”
Plans are in development to host racing themed events throughout the week including a 5K race, BBQ contest and cook-off, a variety of concert events, business development conferences for track operators from across the country and additional racing events leading up to the 37th annual NHRA Texas FallNationals.
TEXAS MOTORPLEX LAUNCHES ‘BUY A TICKET, GIVE A TICKET’ TO BENEFIT CHRIS KYLE FOUNDATION WITH MEMORIAL DAY OFFER
ENNIS, TX – For the third year in a row the Texas Motorplex, home of the historic Texas NHRA FallNationals, held October 2-10, is teaming up again with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to offer military and first responders free tickets to the annual NHRA national event. The “Buy a Ticket, Give a Ticket to a Military or First Responder” campaign will also once again be supported by three-time NHRA Top Fuel World Champion and long-time Chris Kyle Frog Foundation supporter Steve Torrence.
“We are so proud to continue to support this promotion to honor our military and first responders,” said Torrence. “The past two years we have seen so many people at the races and it wouldn’t be possible without the ‘Buy a Ticket, Give a Ticket’ program. Everyone at Capco Contractors is behind this program and we think this is a great way for all NHRA fans to show their appreciation to our military and first responders.”
ENNIS, TX – The continuing positive developments across the state of Texas have Texas Motorplex, home of the NHRA FallNationals, eager to host fans from across the country. Since the beginning of the year FallNationals preferred customers have been renewing their seats for one of the biggest motorsports events in the state and last year’s largest NHRA national event. Today tickets for the 36th annual NHRA FallNationals went on sale to the general public, for the national event slated to be contested, October 7-10. The fourth of six Countdown championship playoff events, the FallNationals, is where title hopes are on the line and championship aspirations become a reality.
“Last year we overcame a lot of hurdles to get to the FallNationals. That race was one of the biggest outdoor events in the state and I could not be prouder of how our whole team pulled together with the NHRA,” said Texas Motorplex General Manager Andy Carter. “We saw an incredible renewal rate and we are excited to start making tickets available to the general public. Once again we will have the top NHRA competitors in almost every premier class, plus our Friday Night Live show and many more extra family-friendly add-on elements. Coming to the FallNationals will be more than a playoff race it will be a full blown entertainment experience for everyone.”
The NHRA FallNationals will feature the four top-tier categories competing in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series highlighted by Top Fuel and Funny Car stars like John Force, Brittany Force, three-time Top Fuel champion and Kilgore, Texas resident Steve Torrence, Matt Hagan, Ron Capps, J.R. Todd, Shawn Langdon, Alexis DeJoria and 2020 Rookie of the Year Justin Ashley. Additionally Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle competitors like Erica Enders, Alex Laughlin, Greg Anderson, Matt and Angie Smith, Scotty Pollacheck, Angelle Sampey will also be battling for the Camping World Drag Racing Series world championships. Pro Mods, Factory Stock and a host of Lucas Oil Series sportsman categories will also be on the property.
Additionally the NHRA FallNationals will feature the return of the “Friday Night Live” which will include Top Fuel and Funny Car qualifying under the lights as well as specialty exhibition races and the popular Friday Night Live After Party on the starting line with Laney Newman.
At the end of the month Texas Motorplex will kick off their major event schedule with the inaugural Nitro Madness event which is shaping up to be one of the largest Funny Car events in the last 50 years. Over 60 competitors have entered with additional competitors reaching out to Funny Car Chaos promoter Chris Graves every day. The event will be held Match 26-27 with tickets on sale now.
Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between January and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.
Fans can order tickets at www.texasmotorplex.com or call 800-MOTORPLEX.