On the second day of the inaugural Stampede of Speed the Texas Motorplex will host a massive day of family-friendly events leading up to country superstar Dustin Lynch, Flatland Calvary, Wade Bowen, and Kyle Park taking the stage for a full night of country music. For $25 fans will be able to enjoy a full day of activities. Beginning at 1 p.m. the pits will be filled with hundreds of classic cars and trucks alongside a BBQ contest and impressive beer expo hosting eight of the top Dallas/Ft. Worth craft breweries. The expansion of the 36th annual NHRA Texas Fall Nationals, the richest week in drag racing, to include over a week of Texas-themed events dubbed the Stampede of Speed has created the opportunity for fans from across the country to descend on Texas Motorplex, October 2-10.
“We wanted to produce an event like nothing Texas has ever seen,” said Christie Meyer Johnson, Texas Motorplex co-owner. “I don’t think any venue has ever hosted a major concert, bull riding, car show, beer expo and BBQ contest for a $25 ticket. That kind of value is unheard of especially when we throw in kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult. We will have activities for the kids, too. It is the best value for entertainment in the state hands down .”
The Kid’s Korral will be filled with interactive games and fun activities for kids of all ages. At the conclusion of the event a massive fireworks display will be the perfect ending for a full day of family friendly activities and music.
Highlighting the beer expo will be Armadillo Brewing, Lakewood Brewing, Four Corners, Texas Ale Project, Trinity Cider, Hop & Sting Brewing, 3 Nations Brewing and Martin House Brewing. Ticketed fans over 21 will receive a beer expo passport providing eight, three-ounce samples from any of the participating breweries. Additional passports will be available for purchase for $5 throughout the event.
“We have to thank the participating breweries, especially Armadillo Brewing for creating the beer expo,” said Andy Carter, Texas Motorplex General Manager. “Having that kind of event along with the bull riding gives this event a real Texas vibe that we know fans will enjoy. We are excited to have such a wide variety of events leading up to the Dustin Lynch concert and we are thrilled to be starting the Stampede of Speed.”
Fans will be able to enjoy a wide variety of BBQ as well as beer while they stroll through the hundreds of classic cars and trucks on display. Later in the afternoon the United Pro Rodeo will produce a bull riding event that will have fans jumping out of their seats.
The multi-use facility located just 35 minutes from Dallas and Fort Worth recently announced the Stampede of Speed to the traditional four-day Texas NHRA Fall Nationals. The weeklong schedule of non-racing activities, concerts, educational and business events was finalized over the summer with tickets and sponsorship opportunities available to fans and potential marketing partners from across the country.
The Stampede of Speed event calendar will feature ticketed and non-ticketed events leading up the NHRA Texas Fall Nationals. Fans can visit www.texasmotorplex.com or www.stampedeofspeed.comfor more information. Highlights of the Stampede of Speed include:
Saturday, October 2 – Night Lights
Night Lights is a celebration and a reminder of how precious special moments together are. Sending a decorated lantern into the sky to join thousands of others adorned with hopes, dreams, and messages creates an undeniably profound and unforgettable experience.
Sunday, October 3 – Stampede of Speed Beer, BBQ and Music Festival with Dustin Lynch
BBQ and music will be the theme of the day as some of the best grill masters show off their tasty delicacies paired with some refreshing cold beer from Metroplex area breweries. Multiple musical acts from Nashville to Texas will entertain the crowd from the afternoon into the evening leading to the first of many fireworks displays to celebrate the inaugural Stampede of Speed. Look for the line up in the coming weeks.
Monday, October 4 – The Stampede of Speed Nitro Side Show
This ticketed event will feature some of the wildest race cars on the planet as they try and set speed records and breathe fire as they roar down the track. The pits will be open for fans to get up close and personal with some of the most exotic race cars on the planet. Following the racing action a massive fireworks display caps off an eye-opening, pulse pounding evening of racing and music.
Tuesday, October 5 – Inaugural NHRA Texas Stampede of Speed Shootout
Racing action will be the theme of the day as competitors from across the region race in the Stampede of Speed Shootout featuring Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and Pro Mods. The Top 16 sportsman and Top Dragsters will battle it out with a winner take all Shootout to end the day. Pro Mods from every association including NHRA will battle it out in a first-ever, no rules, anything goes battle to be the quickest at the Stampede.
Wednesday, October 6 – NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Pro Invitational (9a – 6p)
Pub Crawl and Movie night with The Snake (6p – 10p)
See the fastest, most powerful race cars on the planet make test laps in advance of the NHRA Texas Fall Nationals. The stars of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will be on-site preparing for the fourth race of the NHRA Countdown. This first ever for NHRA open schedule test session is a chance for curious motorsports fans to get a taste of the ground pounding excitement that will play out Friday-Sunday.
Join the stars of the NHRA as they sample local brews and eateries in Waxahachie on a walking Pub Crawl followed by an exclusive showing of the film Snake & Mongoose featuring drag racing legend Don “The Snake” Prudhomme hosting an in-person Q&A and autograph session.
Thursday, October 7 – Texas Fall Nationals sportsman qualifying (9a – 6p)
Fan Fest in downtown Waxahachie (6p – 9p)
Racing action continues at Texas Motorplex as the NHRA Texas Fall Nationals officially begins with sportsman qualifying action.
The wildly popular and free Fan Fest event will begin in downtown Waxahachie highlighting race cars interactive games, live music and family fun. A massive driver autograph session will be the highlight of the evening which will be capped off with a fireworks show.
Friday, October 8 – Friday Night Live at Texas Motorplex
For the second year in a row Friday Night Live will turn the traditional qualifying schedule on its head as music, exhibition runs and a special guest DJ will surround the Friday night NHRA pro qualifiers as they try and run to the top of their respective categories at speeds over 330 mph in under four seconds. The night will conclude with a free after-party on the starting line.
Saturday, October 9 – Final Qualifying for NHRA Texas Fall Nationals
The last day for teams and drivers from across the country to make the highly competitive sixteen car fields will conclude on Saturday. Teams will only have two chances to make the show or be relegated to spectator status so tension will be high and the competition jumps to a new level as teams vying to be one of the lucky 16. The annual DRAW auction accompanied by a concert will begin following racing action.
Sunday, October 10 – NHRA Texas Fall Nationals Race DayFollowing a massive opening ceremony the top drag racers from around the country will be racing to get one step closer to a world championship at the only playoff race in the state of Texas. Hundreds of thousands of dollars will be on the line as well as the chance for racing immortality. The pits as always will be open for fans to mix and mingle with the racers throughout the day. At the conclusion of the event fans are welcome to join the winner’s circle celebration on the starting line where the Stampede of Speed will be closed with the largest fireworks display of the week.
Tony Fay PR