Ashley, Capps, Anderson and M. Smith to be Celebrated at Inaugural NHRA Texas Fall Nationals Champions’ Dinner

ENNIS, TX (September 1, 2022) — Following the tradition of major sporting events around the world Texas Motorplex will host a Champions’ Dinner on Wednesday, October 12, in their upscale Champions Club for 2021 NHRA Texas Fall Nationals professional winners Justin Ashley (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle). All four winners will be in attendance to celebrate their 2021 accomplishment as part of the 2nd annual Stampede of Speed festivities. The event will feature a cocktail hour, plated dinner with entrees and desserts selected by the drivers themselves, individual photo opportunity with the drivers, Q&A hosted by NHRA announcer Joe Castello and post-dinner concert on the lawn behind the luxury suites.

“We took a page from a number of celebratory events to create a unique and personalized night with our Camping World Drag Racing Series event winners,” said Christie Meyer Johnson, Texas Motorplex co-owner. “We are thrilled to be honoring Justin, Ron, Greg and Matt and to give fans the chance to enjoy a special night with these four winners. We let the drivers select their favorite foods for the menu and we will have special gifts for all the attendees. This is a tradition we hope to build on for years to come.”

In addition to the previous year’s winners all previous NHRA Texas Fall Nationals professional winners were invited to return for the event. Fans will be welcomed by a red-carpet entrance with a unique Stampede of Speed backdrop as they make their way into the Champions Club. 

Once inside guests will have the chance to take their photo with the winners and enjoy a cocktail from the bar before the plated meal is served. During the dinner, which is sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts, each winner will be interviewed by NHRA’s Joe Castello, the voice of the Stampede of Speed, from guest submitted questions. The evening will wrap up with a special concert that will also feature a whiskey tasting and cigar bar. Guests will also receive an exclusive Champions’ Dinner gift.  

“It’s an honor to be recognized at the Champions’ Dinner with the other winners of last year’s inaugural Stampede of Speed,” said Ashley, a four-time NHRA Top Fuel winner. “The Texas Motorplex always goes the extra mile and I can’t wait for the opportunity to celebrate our victory one more time with all of those in attendance.”

Tickets for the event are available now for $200 per person here with a limited number available. Each ticket will include Wednesday night VIP parking, two drink tickets, dinner, photo with drivers, souvenir item and admission to the post-dinner concert. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails, dinner at 7 p.m. and the private concert at 8:30 p.m.