In 1985, funny car driver Billy Meyers signed a contract with NHRA to host an event at the future home of the Texas Motorplex. The Texas Motorplex was to be the first of its kind with an all concrete post tension track from start to finish, stadium style seating and executive style suites at the starting line. Located in Ennis, TX, just 40 minutes south of Dallas, north Texans had their first NHRA super speedway.
Ironically celebrating the 30th annual AAA NHRA event this weekend the Motorplex is just 29 years old – 2016 will be the 30 year celebration of the track itself.
Friday’s NHRA qualifying day was full of excitement and great weather. The Oct 15-18th weekend date was pushed out from the usual September date, bringing cooler track temperatures and record breaking speeds. However, one racing team – Hennon Motorsports sponsored by Gas Monkey – had quite a hot drag mid-day Friday.
The Motorplex has a great midway with pit access for those who want to get up close to the cars, drivers and crews. You can tour the pits and watch the teams wrench on their mechanical monsters and possibly catch your favorite driver signing autographs. You’ll also find many vendors in the midway offering everything from food to race merchandise and many sponsors pitching their products.
While hosting just a couple of NHRA events each year, the Motorplex is home to several other racing events and clubs. Billy Meyers’ philosophy is to get drivers off the streets and let them race where it is safe. An alternative to illegal street racing, the Motorplex now hosts an event called Instant Green Street Night and Fast Fridays, where drivers can race their own cars and compete. In addition, the venue hosts several car show events throughout the year that are family-friendly.
Take a look at some of our photos from Friday’s Qualifying day.