2023 Texas NHRA FallNationals

The 2023 Texas NHRA FallNationals was the pinnacle part of the week long Stampede of Speed that took place at the Texas Motorplex over the course of 10 days. Under near perfect conditions, record fields were assembled, record performances achieved and close racing were the norm. Several Louisiana based racers took full advantage of the great conditions to record multiple rounds wins, none more so than Raceland’s Holden Laris who took home the “Wally” in Top Dragster. A complete recap of the race can be found at NHRA.com . Click HERE for round by round results.

Holden Laris of Raceland celebrates in the winner’s circle with his crew after claiming the Top Dragster title.
Top Fuel racer Clay Millican suffered this catastrophic engine explosion during the third round of qualifying. Millican was uninjured in the mishap and went on to a semi-final finish on raceday.
Matthews, La resident and multi time Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champion Angelle Sampey made her debut in Top Alcohol Dragster. Sampey upset #1 qualifier Mike Coughlan in round one and NASCAR legend Tony Stewart in round two before bowing out in the semi-finals.
Former World Champion, Metairie’s Craig Bourgeois continues to make progress with his new C/DA, racing to a second round finish in Competition Eliminator
Matt Hagan took over the points lead in route to winning Funny Car over John Force.
Christine Foster took a wild ride in her TA/FC.
Erica Enders became the winningest female drag racer of all time when she claimed the Pro Stock title
Leah Pruett claimed a hole shot win over Steve Torrence to take home the Top Fuel title and take over the points lead. Pruett’s 3.84s – 330 mph run barely edged Torrence’s 3.662 – 333mph blast.
Benton La’s Steve Collier raced to a runner up finish in Super Gas
Gaige Herrera continued his dominance of the Pro Stock Motorcycle category with a 6.64 – 203mph win over teammate Eddie Krawiec’s 6.70 202 mph run
NASCAR legend Tony Stewart celebrates his team’s first “Double” following Matt Hagan’s win in Funny Car and Leah Pruett’s win in Top Fuel
Kenner’s Darien Boesch bowed out of competition in round one of Top Sportsman.