ENNIS, Texas – For over three decades, Texas Motorplex has hosted the premier National Hot Rod Association drag racing event, the Texas NHRA Fall Nationals.
This year, the expanded and rebranded event, the Stampede of Speed, is set to be held Oct. 2-10, as six days of racing plus a full day of professional testing will pump more money into the wallets of race teams from across the country than ever before.
“No one has ever put together a multi-day schedule as diverse or rich as the Stampede of Speed,” said Andy Carter, Texas Motorplex General Manager. “We will be paying $25,000-to-win Pro Mod on Tuesday night, over $30,000 in low-qualifier bonuses will be on the line on Friday night during the Friday Night Live event, and on Sunday our race purse for the Texas NHRA Fall Nationals will be over $1 million for all the classes combined, including the largest payout for the Camping World Drag Racing Series in over two years.”
The Stampede of Speed schedule will include a full day of professional testing on Wednesday, where many of the NHRA teams will be fine-tuning their 11,000-horsepower race cars to make a run at the added money on Friday night.
On Monday, NHRA veteran and showman Scott Palmer will produce his Nitro Side Show featuring Nitro Pro Mods, Dragsters, Funny Cars, Harleys and anything else that breathes NITRO.
The Tuesday night Pro Mod Shootout will feature some of the fastest race cars in the country and will pit outlaw racers with the stars of the NHRA for a $25,000 payday.
Additional purse money is creating a frenzy amongst the NHRA teams to enter the event.
“We will have one of the biggest fields of professional teams in the history of the track,” Carter said. “The interest has been off the charts with the addition of the low-qualifier money, as well as the specialty races leading up to the Fall Nationals. This will be the must-see motorsports event of October.
Wednesday features the pro invitational race before qualifying for Sunday’s big event on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.