Everything You Need To Know About The Texas Motorplex In Ennis, TX

December 20th, 2019 by

A red and blue car are on the starting line at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, TX.

Situated about 40 miles south of Dallas in Ennis, TX, is the Texas Motorplex. This quarter-mile drag racing facility was built in 1986 and was the first super track recognized by the National Hot Rod Association. It was also the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing venue and has has been the home to many world record performances.

Our team of auto experts here at Frank Kent Chevrolet loves to attend the races at the Texas Motorplex. In preparation for the upcoming calendar of events for 2020, we decided to put together a handy list of things you need to know in order to plan your perfect trip to the Texas Motorplex.

Outside Food, Drinks, and Cameras

While tailgating may be a major part of Texas culture with football games, this isn’t necessarily the case with the Texas Motorplex. Outside food, drinks, and coolers are not allowed inside the facility. However, you can get a hand stamp and go out to your car to eat your lunch.

Cameras and video camcorders are allowed and encouraged. Your experience at the Motorplex should be captured for you to relive later or share with your friends on social media.


During the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, parking is free. There is also available parking and assistance for handicapped people, and folks with motorhomes can park in the far east corner of the lot. There is a roped off, designated area for motorhomes. Please keep in mind that 18-wheelers are not permitted to park on the premises.

First Aid

Typically, there are two first aid stations set up inside the Motorplex. The first is located near the concession offices on the spectator side, and the second one is situated behind the souvenir building on the pit side.

Lost and Found

If you find something that was left behind that doesn’t belong to you, you can turn it in at the Lost and Found located in the front offices. Needless to say, if you think you have lost something, you should check with the Lost and Found to see if a good Samaritan rescued it for you.


To quench your thirst, you can purchase beer in three locations. The first is one the spectator’s side, the second is on the pit side, and the third is in the Champion’s Club. Alcohol cannot be taken outside of the licensed premises or into the pit area. You can take your beer into the north or south stands and over into the Finish Line seating area. If you happen to come across an area in which alcohol is prohibited, you will notice signage that indicates this.

Miscellaneous Items

You can bring binoculars, scanners, bags, purses, backpacks, flags, strollers, headsets, and seat cushions into the facility. However, you should note that these items may be subject to inspection. Also, flags cannot be on poles and cannot be large enough to obstruct the view of other spectators. The tiny flags on little wooden sticks are allowed.

Prohibited items include firearms, fireworks, and weapons of any sort. Glass, metal, or aluminum containers are also not permitted, and you can’t bring in umbrellas, inline skates, scooters, bicycles, skateboards, or wagons. As mentioned before, no outside food or drink is allowed either.


Unfortunately, pets are not permitted inside the facility.


If you are visiting from out-of-state, you will most likely want to book a hotel room. Popular hotels that are nearby the Texas Motorplex include the following:

Quality Inn
107 Chamber of Commerce Dr.
Ennis, TX 75119

Holiday Inn
601 N. Sonoma Trail
Ennis, TX 75119

You can also find hotels in Waxahachie and Dallas if you are not staying in Ennis.

Fun Facts About the Texas Motorplex in Ennis

This outdoor facility can seat 35,000 fans and has a parking lot with 5,000 spaces. It offers patrons a restaurant, 10 concession stands, and massive 30,000 square foot Champion’s Club that is climate-controlled for optimal comfort.

It also has 28 luxury suites for super fans to enjoy the races. This recently renovated luxury suite area offers refreshed restrooms and an exciting new floor plan with balcony seating. A wait staff and full-service catering will ensure that you don’t miss one exhilarating moment of action on the track.

These are the best seats in the stadium, and each suite is furnished with comfortable lounge chairs and tables. They also have a 42″ Sony television that functions with a closed-circuit feed for you to enjoy the action down on the track.

If you want access to your own luxury suite, you have two options. You can get the Executive VIP Suite or the Platinum Double Suite. The Executive VIP includes 25 tickets and 4 VIP parking credits for the season. The Platinum Double includes 40 tickets and 8 VIP parking credits.

Texas Motorplex Historical Moments

In 1986, Darrell Gwynn broke the 5.30-second barrier in his run of 5.261 seconds, making him the fastest person in NHRA history. He also broke a speed barrier set at 275 mph by hitting a top speed of 278.55 mph.

Two years later, Eddie Hill broke the five-second barrier with his impeccable run of 4.990 seconds. This was a historical first.

Hitting the first top speed over 320 mph, Cory McClenathan set the track on fire in 1997 when he hit a top speed of 321.77 mph. This set a national record with the NHRA.

In 2001, Bob Force broke Bob Glidden’s career record by winning his 11th series championship.

More Than Drag Racing

The Texas Motorplex is so much more than a drag racing track. This facility can be used as a venue for concerts, monster truck rallies, bike races, and even rodeos. It can even be rented out for corporate functions, school events, and family functions. Food and hospitality services are available for these events as well. You can opt for a buffet, wait staff-served dinners, barbecues, and so much more.

The Motorplex has a 9600 square foot banquet hall that can accommodate 50 to 450 people. So, whether you want to host an exhibition, fundraiser events, a class reunion, or a birthday party, there is plenty of room to do it at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis.

Calendar of Events 2020

The calendar of events for the year 2020 has not yet been released. Typically, the Texas Motorplex hosts the AAA Fall Nationals during the autumn months. This championship tournament usually begins in mid-October and is shortly followed by the Auto Club NHRA Finals in November. Keep an eye out for next year’s calendar of events and be sure to snag tickets early because they usually sell out.

Frank Kent Chevrolet

If you live in Ennis, then you probably already know all about the Texas Motorplex. Our team of auto experts is obsessed with cars, so it should not come as a surprise that we also love drag racing. Our dealership lot is stocked with the best new and used vehicles. Whether you are looking for a commuter, an SUV, or a muscle car, we’ve got what you want. Give us a call or stop by Frank Kent Chevrolet for a test drive today!

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