February 1, 2024

Texas Motorplex and Night Lights Event Launch Two Stellar Event Weekends

ENNIS, TX – Texas Motorplex and Night Lights Event are thrilled to announce a groundbreaking partnership, promising to elevate your festival experience to new heights. This collaboration brings together the charm of Night Lights and the electrifying atmosphere of Texas Motorplex, crafting two unique, heart-stirring events.

April 4th - 8th: Funny Car Chaos & Camp Cosmico

Prepare for a journey into excitement with Funny Car Chaos and Camp Cosmico. As Funny Cars roar through the Texas Motorplex, Camp Cosmico offers a serene counterpoint with family-friendly activities, culminating in a breathtaking lantern release (Sunday night) and a mesmerizing eclipse viewing party (Monday). Experience the wonder as the path of totality passes directly overhead, promising a celestial spectacle like no other.

Funny Car Chaos Classic

(Thursday April, 4th - Saturday, April 6th, 2024)

Experience the thrill at Texas Motorplex with the Funny Car Chaos Classic! Witness the explosive power of Funny Cars in a fierce battle of speed. Join us for a weekend of unforgettable racing action, where every second is adrenaline-packed. Don't miss the chaos!


  • Friday, April 5 - Saturday, April 6

Ticket Options:

  • Single Day — General Admission & Champion’s Club
  • Weekend — General Admission & Champion’s Club
  • Full Experience — Funny Car Chaos Classic & Camp Cosmico

Tickets are on sale now at texasmotorplex.com

Camp Cosmico

(Saturday, April 6th - Monday, April 8th, 2024)

Join the fun at Camp Cosmico, a family-friendly summer camp at Texas Motorplex! Packed with engaging activities, the camp culminates in a magical lantern release on Sunday night and an awe-inspiring eclipse viewing party on Monday. It's the perfect mix of excitement and wonder for all ages. Don't miss this unique blend of nature, community, and celestial celebration at Camp Cosmico!


  • Saturday, April 6 - Monday, April 8: Glamping & camping
  • Sunday, April 7: Lantern Festival in partnership with Night Lights Event
  • Monday, April 8: Eclipse Festival

Camping Options:

  • Reserved Glamping tent and accommodations
  • Camp sites
  • RV & Motorhome sites

Ticket Options:

  • Sunday Only: Lantern Festival
  • Monday Only: Eclipse Festival
  • Monday Only: Eclipse Tailgate (Access to spectator lot, prices are per vehicle)

Ticket sales begin on Friday, February 2, 2024 at campcosmico.com

Total Solar Eclipse

(Monday, April 8th, 2024)

Mark your calendars for April 8th, 2024, when Texas Motorplex becomes the prime spot for witnessing a spectacular solar eclipse! With the path of totality passing directly overhead and over 4 minutes of totality, you're guaranteed an unrivaled viewing experience. Embrace this once-in-a-lifetime celestial event where day turns to night and the sun's corona makes a majestic appearance. Join us at the Texas Motorplex for a front-row seat to one of nature's most awe-inspiring shows, right in the heart of Texas!

October 4th - 13th: Stars of Texas and Stampede of Speed

Immerse yourself in the essence of Texas culture with the Stars of Texas festival, a prelude to the exhilarating Stampede of Speed week. Live, epic country music sets the stage for unforgettable nights, complemented by the mesmerizing glow of lantern releases. The Stampede of Speed crescendos into the NHRA Texas Fall Nationals, offering a week of speed, excitement, and unforgettable racing action.

Stars of Texas Festival

(Friday, October 4th - Sunday, October 6th)

Get ready for the Stars of Texas Festival, the electrifying kickoff to the Stampede of Speed week at the Texas Motorplex! Dive into three nights of live, epic country music, setting the rhythm for a week of high-octane excitement. The sky will come alive with magical lantern releases on Saturday and Sunday, adding a touch of wonder to the vibrant atmosphere. But that's just the beginning – immerse yourself in the thrill of bull riding, indulge in the finest BBQ, and feel the adrenaline of racing events. Stars of Texas isn't just a festival; it's the grand opening to a week of unforgettable action and entertainment, Texas-style!


  • Friday: Live music
  • Saturday: Live music, lantern festival in partnership with Night Lights Event
  • Sunday: Live music, lantern festival in partnership with Night Lights Event


  • General tickets sales start Mid-April
  • Pre-sale Valentines pricing launches Friday, February 2nd!
  • Waitlist and more information available at starsoftexas.com

Stampede of Speed

(Friday, October 4th - Sunday, October 13th)

Step into the heart of racing excitement with the Stampede of Speed at Texas Motorplex, culminating in the pinnacle event – The NHRA Texas Fall Nationals. This thrilling week-long extravaganza is a celebration of speed, power, and community, showcasing the best in drag racing. Feel the ground shake and your pulse race as top competitors battle it out on the track. The Stampede of Speed is more than an event; it's an adrenaline-fueled journey, leading up to the grand spectacle of The NHRA Texas Fall Nationals. Join us for a week where speed reigns supreme and every moment is a rush! There is a reason we call it the “Fastest Ten Days In Texas!”

  • Ticket renewals are live now for past purchasers
  • Tickets go on sale to the general public Mid-March

Voices from the Heart of the Partnership:

Christie Johnson, Owner/Operator of Texas Motorplex, shares her vision for Camp Cosmico, emphasizing the venue's role as a communal space for families and friends to enjoy the eclipse and the weekend's festivities away from the hustle.

"As we gear up for Camp Cosmico, it's not just about the event; it's about embracing our neighbors in Ennis and Waxahachie and providing a unique spot for everyone to experience the eclipse together. Texas Motorplex is in the heart of this celestial path, and we've created a space where families can step away from the traffic, kick back, and enjoy a weekend filled with fun and togetherness. We're eagerly looking forward to opening our gates for this special occasion."

Billy Meyer, Racing Legend and Founder of Texas Motorplex, reflects on the growth of the Stampede of Speed and the exciting addition of Stars Over Texas. He emphasizes the visceral experience of the races and the joy of welcoming new fans to the world of racing.

"Every year, the Stampede of Speed brings a buzz that's hard to match, and with the Stars Over Texas Festival launching us into the week, it's set to be even more electric. Night Lights Event is helping us light up the track in a whole new way, drawing in folks who've never felt the thrill of a race before. Seeing that spark in the eyes of new fans – that's what this is all about."

Shane Kofoed, Brand Manager of Night Lights Event, celebrates the partnership with Texas Motorplex, highlighting the creative and imaginative journey that has led to the fusion of lantern events with the exhilarating world of racing.

"Working with the team at Texas Motorplex feels like coming home. Together, we've cooked up something really special, blending the calm beauty of our lantern releases with the amazing energy of the track. It's more than just adding two great things together; it's creating a whole new level of excitement and connection."

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of something extraordinary. Join us as Texas Motorplex and Night Lights Event redefine festival magic, promising events that are not just witnessed but felt, leaving lasting memories and a yearning for more.

For more details and to secure your spot at these can't-miss events, please visit:

  • texasmotorplex.com
  • nightlightsevent.com
  • campcosmico.com
  • starsoftexas.com
  • stampedeofspeed.com

Media Contacts:

Texas Motorplex


Night Lights Event



About Night Lights Event:

Night Lights Event is synonymous with creating magical experiences, uniting communities under the glow of lanterns to celebrate life's most cherished moments.

About Texas Motorplex:

Texas Motorplex, a beacon in the world of racing, stands committed to delivering heart-racing excitement and top-tier events, where the thrill of the track meets the spirit of innovation.

OCTOBER 4-13, 2024

Stampede of Speed and NHRA Texas Fall Nationals Tickets on Sale! Buy your tickets early to lock in the best seats.
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