Texas Motorplex Signs Contract Extension for NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 24, 2008) – The Texas Motorplex has signed a contact with NHRA to host an annual national event through 2028, it was announced this week.
The 23rd annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals wrapped up Sunday after four successful days of the quickest and fastest racing in motorsports – something that Texas Motorplex owner Billy Meyer is thrilled to know will keep happening for many years to come.
“We’re excited to have a formal relationship with the NHRA through 2028,” Meyer said. “With the continued growth of the sport, the expansion into new markets like Charlotte and everything else NHRA is doing to make the sport even better, I think the next 20 years are going to be just as, if not more thrilling, than the last 20 years.”
Meyer, a former Funny Car racer, opened the Texas Motorplex in 1986. It has been a fan favorite on the 24-race POWERade tour ever since.
“We are pleased to continue to bring the excitement of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series to the Texas Motorplex,” said Peter Clifford, executive vice president and general manager, NHRA. “The NHRA has a long history of racing at this great facility and working with owner Billy Meyer. As the first ‘Supertrack’ in NHRA history with its all-concrete track surface, the Texas Motorplex continues to provide a great venue for showcasing NHRA POWERade Series racing to the great fans in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.”
Until the drag strip in Charlotte opened earlier this month, the Texas Motorplex was the only all-concrete quarter-mile facility on the NHRA POWERade tour.
“My vision for the Texas Motorplex was to make a quality facility that would be enjoyed by racers, fans and sponsors equally,” Meyer said. “We continue to make improvements every year and I’m glad to see that other tracks are stepping up and giving the racers and fans the kind of facilities they deserve.
“We’ve had some of the greatest moments in drag racing here at the Texas Motorplex and I’m proud to know that we can continue that tradition for a long time.”