Stampede of Speed racing action got underway Monday night with a variety of race cars, Top Fuel Harleys and music from country musician Scott Sturgeon as the Texas Motorplex hosted the Scott Palmer Nitro Side Show. The show was scheduled to highlight match races, grudge races, exhibitions and big money payouts.
Frankie Taylor took out Doug Reister for $10,000 as the opening pair of grudge match competitors. The pair of Pro Mods blasted down the track with Taylor keeping it hooked up for the whole 1/8 mile to grab the dough. In a preview to the big money grudge match for an estimated $140,000 Stevie Fast Jackson and Bubba Stanton each took a shakedown run. Neither driver tipped their hand to their full potential, setting up a high stakes run for all the cash. Chuck Loftin and Terry Haddock took to the track with their nostalgia Funny Cars and it was Loftin getting the best of the Nitro Top Fuel and Funny Car pilot. Two Top Fuel Harley’s from the Jay Turner stable closed out round one of the Nitro Side Show as Jay Perry took off on Jay Turner to get the win light. Turner had issues off the starting line and Perry kept his 5,000 hp bike firing on all eight as it belched header flames down the left lane.
Between sessions Scott Sturgeon took to the starting line stage. The Fort Worth based country music singer well known on the Texas music scene as a versatile musician who since 2012 has been making a name for himself in the country scene throughout Texas. Sturgeon was a Texas Country Music Artist (TMCA) nominated artist in 2014.
Following Sturgeon’s performance, the action on the track began to heat up. Nostalgia Funny Car action wowed the crowd as the Blue Max tribute car outran Kebin Kinsley in the Wild Child Funny Car. More big money match races filled the show with Travis Brandt winning $10,000 over Aaron Philpot who blew the tires off his Pro Mod at the hit of the throttle. In the next pair Frankie Taylor picked up another $10,000 when he bested Brandon Pesz in a tight Pro Mod battle.
The highlight race of the night was the $140,000 cumulative purse for the Jackson versus Stanton Pro Mod grudge race. The hype was building all night and the race lived up to its top billing with Jackson narrowly getting the win light hitting the stripe .001 second ahead of a charging Stanton. Jackson’s starting line supporters roared their approval as the green win light on the scoreboard flashed the color of money for the team.
“We gave the fans an awesome show tonight and this event will only get bigger and better,” said Andy Carter, Texas Motorplex General Manager. “I have to thank Scott Palmer for his support and passion for drag racing. We had a crazy group of racers and they put on a great show. These are the kinds of events the Stampede of Speed was built for. We want to highlight all sorts of racing for fans across the country.”
The night was closed out by a pair of Scott Palmer’s Nitro Pro Mods. These 11,000-horsepower door-slammers are a work in progress and a passion project for the Top Fuel racer. The interest in the development of these race cars cannot be discounted as the fans watched in amazement as Palmer executed a massively long burnout. The race car launched hard but quickly overpowered the track as fireworks lit up the Texas night sky.
The Scott Palmer Nitro Side Show captured the attention of the fans in attendance and was an excellent first day event for the inaugural Stampede of Speed. Racing action continues Tuesday with the conclusion of the Houston NHRA SpringNationals sportsman national event racing action followed by the $25,000 Pro Mod Showdown Tuesday night.
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.com for more information. Highlights of the Stampede of Speed include:
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 Day
Following 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.