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NHRA Nationals benefit the area

The impact of the National Hot Rod Association’s Fall Nationals event in Ennis, which has been going on for more than 20 years, is extremely positive for Ennis and Ellis County as a whole.
For days every September, racers from around the country, as well as their teams, crews and friends, racing fans, technicians and spectators of every kind visit the track located off of U.S. 287.

That drag strip has gained a reputation as its own kind of small city when the annual event really ramps up as the week wears on. The taste we’ve gotten so far — trucks and mobile homes rolling down through the city, people from out of the area packing in — is just that.

We’ll sit down to the full meal when the weekend gets going and the racing field narrows as competition speeds up.

And we will enjoy the benefits. The whole region, in fact, benefits.

Hotels across the area are booked solid through the weekend’s racing and associated events, and expectations are only going up for attendance at the annual race.

Food sales will spike in local restaurants and at grocery stores as hungry race-goers break away from the track, where concessions pricing can sometimes be a bit over the top, to find a bite. Visitors to the area number in the tens of thousands on any given day, and our community has on its Sunday best, so to speak, to ensure they are greeted with the hospitality Ennis is known for.

We help with police and fire protection. We support the activities with the promise that it will end up good for all involved once the smoke clears off the track and the drivers take their racecars back
to their particular corner of the country.

Racing is big business, and Texas has no shortage of experience in the racing arena. Everywhere we turn, the signs of its wild popularity surround us. We have a lot to feel lucky about in hosting an annual event like the Fall Nationals right in our back yard.

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