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Event Guide: Stampede of Speed

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The Stampede of Speed returns to Texas Motorplex this October and, in true Texas fashion, it will be bigger and better than ever. Dubbed as “The Fastest Ten Days In Texas,” the week-plus of programming is centered around the Texas NHRA FallNationals. 

A few of the highlights include the High Noon Cattle Drive that kicks off the action on Oct. 7 and the Stars Over Texas Music Festival, which will be headlined by Brett Young. The Funny Car Chaos World Finals and Fan Fest in Waxahachie add to the full slate of race week activities. Take a closer look at the Stampede of Speed schedule so you can start planning your adventure in Ennis, Texas. 

Texas NHRA FallNationals

On the quarter-mile drag strip, drivers will compete for a championship in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. Texas Motorplex is a historic venue that was built in 1986 by retired funny car driver Billy Meyer as the NHRA’s first post-tension, all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility. 

The Texas FallNationals is scheduled for Oct. 13-16 as part of the Countdown to the Championship. Drivers will have just one more event before ending the 2022 Camping World Drag Racing Series with the Auto Club NHRA Finals which begin Nov. 10 in Pomona, Calif. 

Justin Ashley (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) all won their class at the Texas FallNationals in 2021. Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) are a few of the other top contenders to keep an eye on ahead of the Texas FallNationals.

Stars Over Texas Music Festival

Young, a multi-platinum recording artist with hits like “Sleep Without You” and “In Case You Didn’t Know,” will headline the Stars Over Texas Music Festival on Oct. 9 at Texas Motorplex. Other artists like Wade Bowen, Elvie Shane, Shane Smith and the Saints, and Kylie Frey will round out the exciting lineup.   

The music festival is scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. that day with a BBQ contest and beer expo to keep race fans entertained between acts. There will also be bull riding, and races featuring winners from the Funny Car Chaos World Finals.

Stampede of Speed Schedule

Friday, Oct. 7 – High Noon Cattle Drive
Friday/Saturday, Oct. 7-8 – Funny Car Chaos World Finals
Sunday, Oct. 9 – Stars Over Texas Music Festival
Monday, Oct. 10 – The Stampede of Speed Scott Palmer Nitro Side Show
Tuesday, Oct. 11 – 2nd Annual NHRA Texas Stampede of Speed Shootout
Wednesday, Oct. 12 – NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Pro Invitational
Thursday, Oct. 13 – Texas Fall National Sportsman Qualifying
Friday, Oct. 14 – Friday Night Live at Texas Motorplex
Saturday, Oct. 15 – Final Qualifying for Texas NHRA FallNationals
Sunday, Oct. 16 – Texas NHRA FallNationals Race Day

Stampede of Speed Tickets

Single-day and multi-day tickets are available for the Stampede of Speed so make sure to review the schedule and figure out which events interest you. There is also a Full Event Pass that gets you a seat for all the action as well as camping or trailer parking options.