The track was originally established in September of 1966 under the name of Penwell Raceway. Caprock Motorplex, as it’s known today, was formed in 2012, and with many renovations has become the premier state-of-the-art dragstrip in West Texas. During the 70’s and 80’s, the track was known to many as the most participated independent 1/4 mile drag strip in the United States. Many of the racers were approaching professional status, due to the monetary input from the boom in West Texas and their knowledge of race cars.
Many legends, still heroes today, made passes down these lanes. Names like John Force (in the Coca-Cola funny car), Don Gartlis (the founder of the rear engine dragster), and Hayden Proffitt (who owned a rocket car than ran 4.35 seconds in the 1/4 mile at 326 mph).
Top fuel dragsters today run mid 4’s under the right conditions. Motorcycle records were also broken — Otis Lance of Odessa, at the time, recorded the quickest speed on a cycle on one wheel (wheelie), which was recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records. Ed Erskine held the record for the fastest motorcycle in the early 90’s. Many Saturday nights were raced in perfect conditions (no wind) under the West Texas stars.
The famous PenDog (hot dog) was always available for dinner for the thousands of spectators at the track.
We have an extensive choice of eats to fill your hunger, as well as snacks, drinks, and candy. We usually cook up a healthy dose of bar-b-qued meat prior to race day. Some of the items readily available include Sausage on a Shifter, Sandwiches, Burritos, Hotdogs, Chillidogs, Frito Pie, Nachos, Chips, Pickles, Sunflower Seeds, Candy, and more! Our concessions are always stocked with energy drinks, tea, sodas, and plenty of water. Of course, the new line of Caprock t-shirts are also available there!
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