7500 W. Highway 287
27th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals
Elevation: 500 feet
Tickets: www.texasmotorplex.com; 800-668-6775
Radio Frequency: 88.7 FM
Texas Motorplex is one of three all-concrete dragstrips on the schedule (the first of its kind when it opened), which provides optimum traction and allows crew chiefs the opportunity to achieve national record performances. The event, which is the third chance for Countdown teams to earn points, takes place just a week after the Charlotte event, making for a long tow and a quick turnaround for the championship-hungry teams.
2011 recap: Bob Vandergriff Jr., appearing in his 14th final round, finally won his first NHRA Top Fuel event to highlight eliminations at the second of six races in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown playoffs. Joining Vandergriff in victory were Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock), and Michael Phillips (Pro Stock Motorcycle), all of whom overcame 100-degree temperatures Sunday to reach the winner’s circle.
How to Get There: The track is on Highway 287, two miles west of Ennis and eight miles east of Waxahachie between interstates I-35E and I-45. From Dallas, take I-35E south to Exit 403, then Highway 287 south (east) 10 miles to the track, or take I-45 south to Exit 251B, then Highway 287 north (west) five miles to the track. From Fort Worth, take Highway 287 south (east) eight miles past Waxahachie to the track.
Visitor Information: Texas Motorplex, 972-878-2641; Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau, 972-878-4748,www.visitennis.org