28th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
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7500 W. Highway 287
Ennis, TX 75119
Elevation: 500 feet
Tickets: www.texasmotorplex.com; 800-668-6775
Radio Frequency: 88.7 FM
Texas Motorplex is one of four all-concrete dragstrips on the schedule (the first of its kind when it opened), which allows crew chiefs the opportunity to achieve national record performances. The event, which is the second chance for Countdown to the Championship 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.
2012 Recap: Texas native Michael Ray achieved the first win of his career in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. Antron Brown (Top Fuel) rebounded from a first-round loss and a skid to fourth place to start the Countdown by defeating Spencer Massey in the final and joining him atop the standings. Countdown spoilers Bob Tasca III and Matt Hagan met in the Funny Car final with Tasca winning a pedalfest. Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) strengthened his title bid with his fifth win of the season.
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