Before drag racing popularized high-speed thrills, aspiring speed demons got their rapidity fix by joining fast-talking high-school debate teams. Get on the right track with today's Groupon: for $14, you get two general-admission tickets to Thundering Thursdays at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, plus two burgers and two Coca-Cola beverages (a $28 value). Gates open at 7 p.m. on select Thursday evenings, and racers compete until midnight. Children 12 and younger receive free admission.
For a quarter of a century, the Texas Motorplex has entertained speed-thirsty audiences with heart-pounding drag races peppered with acclaimed performances from rubber-burning legends such as Darrell Gwynn. On Thundering Thursdays, drag-race devotees can watch speed demons grudge race on an all-concrete track planted 500 feet above sea level. A duo of meaty burgers and thirst-battling beverages keeps mouths from shouting uncomfortable personal questions at passing fenders (an $18 value).
Texas Motorplex's show and shine area gives necks a much-needed break by allowing auto fanatics to ogle cars at rest. On select evenings, the motorplex treats patrons to an electrifying fireworks display. Texas Motorplex asks that race watchers leave their in-line skates, skateboards, and scooters at home with a baby sitter, but adult-accompanied personal cameras are welcome to attend.