News Ticker

NHRA Countdown Playoff Contenders Headline Pre-Stage FanFest on Oct. 17


fall nats tx motorplexENNIS, Texas (October 2, 2019) – The biggest names racing for Mello Yello NHRA championships will be in downtown Ennis on Thursday, October 17 during the 6th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals Pre-Stage FanFest. This free event will be highlighted by an autograph session with 16-time Funny Car champion John Force and two-time Funny Car champion Robert Hight as well as Pro Stock Motorcycle world champions Matt Smith and Jerry Savoie. The quartet of world champions are all vying for the 2019 Mello Yello NHRA championships and will be joined by Pro Stock world champions Greg Anderson, Jason Line and Bo Butner as well as Arlington-based Top Fuel racer and U.S. Nationals runner-up Kebin Kinsley, Top Fuel championship contender Mike Salinas, Pro Stock racer Shane Tucker, Rookie-of-the-Year front-runner Austin Prock and a host of Pro Stock Motorcycle racers.

“This event is once again a great way to kick-off the AAA Texas FallNationals,” said Texas Motorplex General Manager Andy Carter. “The City of Ennis has been a great partner and we will have race cars on display plus food, kid’s activities and music for fans. The highlight will be the driver autograph session and we are excited to have some of the biggest names in Funny Car from John Force to Robert Hight to future stars like Austin Prock and Jianna Salinas signing for our fans.”

The City of Ennis and Texas Motorplex are partnering for the sixth family-friendly Pre-Stage FanFest between 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. in Downtown Ennis. Main Street and Knox Street (200 NW Main Street) will be blocked off for fans to wander between NHRA pro and sportsman cars, food trucks, music and more. Professional racers will be available for autographs during the event from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Qualifying will begin on Friday, October 18 with two sessions capped by Friday Prime Time night qualifying and continue on Saturday, October 19. Final eliminations for the fourth race of the Countdown to the Championship will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 20. For additional information about the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals visit