The History of the Track
Texas Motorplex – “It was like a field of dreams”
-Don “The Snake” Prudhomme recalls his first glimpse of Texas Motorplex
Built in 1986, The Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. Ever since Darrell Gwynn christened the first all-concrete, quarter-mile, national records and speed milestones have been commonplace at Texas Motorplex.
The Texas Motorplex is a favorite of drivers for the all-concrete race surface and ideal weather conditions, NHRA national events at Texas Motorplex commonly yield national records. Season championship titles are commonly clinched here and race fans get a great speed show!
Texas Motorplex is 500 ft. above sea level.
Texas Motorplex Milestones
September 25, 1986
- Darrell Gwynn runs 5.280 to set Top Fuel ET record
April 9, 1988
- Eddie Hill turns in the first ever 4-second quarter mile pass! (4.990)
October 19, 1997
- Cory McClenathan makes the first-ever pass at more than 320 mph. (321.77)
October 24, 1998
- Gary Scelzi, John Force, Warren Johnson and Larry Kopp make up the quickest qualifying field in NHRA history!
October 23, 1999
- 1999 NHRA Champion Tony Schumacher earned his first-ever career NHRA Top Fuel national event
October 23, 1999
- John Force clinched his 9th NHRA Funny Car Championship by defeating Tommy Johnson Jr. in the quickest side-by-side race in Funny Car history!
September 23, 2004
- The Texas Motorplex becomes the first NHRA Track in the country to have starting line balcony seating.
September 26, 2004
- Greg Anderson clinches his second consecutive NHRA Pro Stock title at the Texas Motorplex. Anderson clinched the title faster than any other driver in NHRA history.
Texas Motorplex Track Records
|ET||3.784 seconds by Brandon Bernstein||Sept. 2010|
|MPH||324.05 mph by Spencer Massey||Sept. 2011|
|ET||4.062 seconds by Matt Hagan||Sept. 2010|
|MPH||309.63 mph by Jack Beckman||Sept. 2011|
|ET||6.553 seconds by Jason Line||Sept. 2011|
|MPH||211.20 mph by Jason Line||Sept. 2011|
|Pro Stock Motorcycle|
|ET||6.828 seconds by Hector Arana Jr||Sept. 2011|
|MPH||196.10 mph by Eddie Krawiec||Sept. 2011|