Royal Purple Raceway
Baytown, TX 77520
This 440-acre drag racing complex is one of the fastest tracks on the National Hot Rod Association's Winston Drag Racing Series annual tour.
Royal Purple Raceway (formerly Houston Raceway Park) opened its doors in 1987 and became Houston’s largest privately funded stadium, seating more than 25,000 race fans. With a full 1/4 mile racing surface, 1/2 mile of shutdown area, state of the art lighting for night racing, a new Compulink timing and scoring system, one of the largest paved pit areas ever built at a drag racing complex and spectator amenities.
The raceway attracted the attention of the National Hot Rod Association and held the first ever Fram SuperNationals in August of 1987. With crowds filling the stands, professional drivers coming from all over the world and a press room that was filled to capacity, thousands watched as the NHRA Top Fuel E.T. record was shattered by Eddie Hill running the first ever NHRA 4.99 second quarter-mile run.
Since that day, the facility has continued to evolve. Paving was expanded, additional grandstands were erected and spectator amenities were added. In 1999, the finest weekly racing 3/8 mile High Banked Dirt oval track was built.
Today, Royal Purple is also home to Challenge Races--excellent opportnities for team building, fundraising and convention attendee activities. Challenge Race events include a suite in the VIP corporate tower, full-service staff for the event and the opportunity to compete in race-ready Ford Mustangs. Catering, beverages, alcohol (post-race, only), and prizes can be coordinated by our Hospitality Director.