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.
– Billy Meyer signs an agreement to host an NHRA event the following September, before ground was broken on the facility.
– Ground breaks for Texas Motorplex – designed to be the first post tension, all-concrete, quarter-mile facility specifically created for drag racing.
Sept. 25, 1986
– Darrell Gwynn runs 5.280 to set Top Fuel E.T. record with the first national event pass ever.
– Texas Motorplex becomes the first non-NHRA-owned track to host two national events.
– Texas Motorplex opens the Divisional 4 Hall of Fame, becoming the only track to host a hall of fame.
– Texas Motorplex becomes the first facility to build a permanent hospitality structure to host fans in a VIP atmosphere; originally known as The Top Eliminator Club and now known as the Champion’s Club.
April 9, 1988
– Eddie Hill turns in the first four-second quarter mile pass – a 4.990 run.
Oct. 19, 1997
– Cory McClenathan makes the first pass in the 320 mph-range – a 321.77 run.
Oct. 24, 1998
– Gary Scelzi, John Force, Warren Johnson and Larry Kopp lead the quickest qualifying field in NHRA history.
Oct. 23, 1999
– En route to his first NHRA championship, Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher earns his first national event victory.
Oct. 23, 1999
– John Force clinched his ninth NHRA Funny Car championship by defeating Tommy Johnson Jr. in the quickest side-by-side race in Funny Car history.
Sept. 23, 2004
– Texas Motorplex becomes the first NHRA track in the country to have starting line balcony seating in the tower suites.
Sept. 26, 2004
– Greg Anderson clinches his second consecutive NHRA Pro Stock title at Texas Motorplex. Anderson clinched the title sooner than any other driver in NHRA history.
Sept. 23, 2007
– John Force and Kenny Bernstein crash after their second-round matchup in Final Eliminations. Force is severely injured and doesn’t race again until the 2008 season. Force would earn a semifinal finish at Texas Motorplex in 2008 and a second-round finish in 2009.
Sept. 26, 2010
– John Force vows to win at Texas Motorplex again and earns his first final round appearance at Texas Motorplex since his 2007 crash, earning a runner-up finish against Matt Hagan.
|ET||3.761 seconds by JR Todd||Sept. 2014|
326.71 mph by Doug Kalitta
|ET||4.039 seconds by Courtney Force||Sept. 2014|
|MPH||314.90 mph by Courtney Force||Sept. 2014|
|ET||6.550 seconds by Allen Johnson||Sept. 2012|
|MPH||211.99 mph by Allen Johnson||Sept. 2012|
|Pro Stock Motorcycle|
|ET||6.828 seconds by Hector Arana Jr||Sept. 2011|
|MPH||197.22 mph by Michael Phillips||Sept. 2011|
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