(Editor’s Note - A series of stories based on the upcoming Chamber of Commerce annual auction theme, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” will conclude this week with a look at the Texas Motorplex located in Ennis. The chamber will also feature information on all three aspects of the theme at their auction. For more information, contact the chamber at 972-878-2625.)
Since its beginning in 1986 the Texas Motorplex has had hearts racing as well as cars with record breaking high speed challenges.
The Motorplex has seen many records broken with many winners not only securing the best time for the facility, but also the fastest speed for the country.
The facility offers a quarter-mile concrete track with perfect racing conditions and was the first to offer starting line balcony seats.
Some track records include:
In the top fuel category -
Estimated time 4.483 seconds by Doug Kalitta in 2003 Miles per hour 333.95 by Scott Kalitta in 2003
In the funny car category -
Estimated time - 4.753 seconds by Whit Bazemore in 2001
Miles per hour - 325.73 by Scotty Cannon in 2003
In the pro stock category -
Estimated time - 6.774 seconds by Jeg Coughlin Jr. in 2004
Miles per hour - 204.35 by Jeg Coughlin Jr. in 2004
The track has brought thousands of race fans to Ennis every year and is expected to draw a large crowd this fall as the O’Reilly Nationals are held at the track from September 20-23.
The Motorplex also features the Champions Club which can be used to host large events and offers companies and industries within the community to hold their functions locally. The club is the site for the quarterly luncheon and roundtable meetings held by the Chamber of Commerce.