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3545 Lone Star Cir.
6th Floor, PR Dept.
Justin, TX 76247

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PO Box 500
Ft. Worth, TX 76101

Phones: (817) 215-8500, (817) 215-8520
Fax: (817) 215-8424

Track Specs:
Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
Straightaways: Banking: 5 degrees;
Straights: Frontstraight - 2250 feet; Backstraight - 1330 feet
Grandstand Seating: 138,100 [approx. as of 12/2008]
Grandstand Seating WAS 154,861

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    Track Records & Stats

  • Track Specifications:
    Track Length: 1.5-mile quad oval
    Width: 58 feet (minimum)
    Turns: 750-foot radius
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
    Straightaways/dogleg: Banking: 5 degrees;
    Straights: Front Straight - 2250 feet; Back Stretch - 1330 feet
    Infield Capacity: Approx. 53,000
    Grandstand Seating: 122,377
    Total Permanent Seating: 138,122
    Total Estimated Capacity: 191,122 Pit Road: 45 pit stalls for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Opened: 1997

  • April 2014 Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 134.191mph, started 10th

  • November 2013 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 151.754mph, started 3rd

  • Track Race Record: Greg Biffle, April 2012, 160.577mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Burton, 1997, 125.102mph

  • Oldest Race Winner: Dale Jarrett, 44 years, 4 months, 6 days, 4/1/2001

  • Youngest Race Winner: Joey Logano, 23 years, 10 months, and 13 days, 4/7/2014

  • April 2014 Pole Winner: #14-Tony Stewart, 195.454mph, finished 10th

  • November 2013 Pole Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 196.114mph, finished 12th

  • Track Qualifying Record: #4-Kevin Harvick, 198.282, 4/5/2014 (1st round qualifying)

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 6 months, 0 days, 4/08/2002

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Brian Vickers, 23 years, 0 months, 12 days, 11/05/2006

  • Most Wins: 3 - Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson

  • Most Poles: 2 - Ryan Newman, Bobby Labonte, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 5's: 13 - Matt Kenseth

  • Most Top 10's: 17 - Matt Kenseth; 16 - Jimmie Johnson

  • Most Cautions: 12 - 4/2/2000 and 11/5/2006

  • Fewest Cautions: 2 - 4/14/2012

  • Most Caution Laps: 73, 4/6/1997

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 10, 4/14/2012

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 11/6/2005 & 11/2/2008

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 29 - twice, most recently 4/5/1998

  • Most Lead Changes: 33 - 11/7/2010

  • Most Leaders: 17 - 4/2/2000

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 11/8/2009 & 11/7/2010

  • Fewest Leaders: 4 - 11/8/2009

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 12 - Ford; 8 - Chevy; 4 - Dodge; 3 - Toyota

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 [of 334] - Jeff Burton 4/15/2007

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 278 [of 334] - Tony Stewart, 11/5/2006

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: #17-Matt Kenseth, 2002, started 31st

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 5
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 29: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 30: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 31: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 17 of 27
  • Races won from the top 10: 21 of 27


Track News and Announcements

  • Penske, Roush testing at Texas: Less than 24 hours after his impressive victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Team Penske driver #22-Joey Logano turned his focus to Texas Motor Speedway, site of an all-important two-day test session beginning Monday. Logano, along with Team Penske teammate and current Sprint Cup Series points leader #2-Brad Keselowski, were joined by Roush Fenway Racing drivers #99-Carl Edwards, #16-Greg Biffle and #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the test session. With the intensity of the Chase for the Sprint Cup and the first round of eliminations on the horizon, teams looked at both the present and the future - focusing on this weekend's race at Dover International Speedway while making preparations for the AAA Texas 500 on Sunday, Nov. 2 at Texas Motor Speedway.(TMS)(9-23-2014)

  • Texas Motor Speedway Announces 2015 Racing Schedule: Texas Motor Speedway's 2015 racing schedule returns to its more traditional look as April's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 moves back to a Saturday night race while the AAA Texas 500 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race and Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 fill their familiar slots. The 2015 season opens April 9-11 with the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend featuring the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 returns to a Saturday evening race on April 11 after being shifted to a Sunday afternoon event this season to avoid a conflict with the NCAA Final Four men's basketball tournament that was held in Arlington. In a tradition that began in 2011, the Duck Commander 500 will be the fourth Saturday evening Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway and televised live on FOX in prime time. It will be an all-evening weekend of races as the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 will be held Friday, April 10, and broadcast live on FOX Sports 1. The racing season at Texas Motor Speedway concludes Nov. 5-8 with the AAA Texas 500 playing a pivotal role in determining the four drivers that will vie for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the season finale at Homestead, Fla.
    The AAA Texas 500, set for Sunday, Nov. 8, is part of the three-race Eliminator 8 segment of the playoff-style, 10-event Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The AAA Texas 500 will be the middle event of the three-race playoff that will determine the four drivers of the eight remaining that will earn the right to contend for the Sprint Cup Series crown at Homestead. The AAA Texas 500 will be broadcast live on NBC. The AAA Texas 500 highlights a NASCAR tripleheader weekend that includes the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. The NCWTS WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 will be held the evening of Friday, Nov. 6, and broadcast live on FOX Sports 1. The O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge will be held Saturday, Nov. 7, and like the AAA Texas 500 will be broadcast live on NBC.
    The 2015 season also will showcase Texas Motor Speedway's third generation of its "No Limits" marketing campaign. The speedway has "created" its own town of No Limits, Texas that will be prominent throughout the race weekends at the venue and its encompassing 1,500 acres. Season tickets for 2015 go on sale beginning Monday, Oct. 27, and start as low as $270 for adults and $150 for children 12 and under. For more information, contact the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(8-26-2014)

  • Texas 500 tickets on sale: The new town of No Limits, Texas, officially will be open for business beginning Friday, Aug. 15, as individual tickets go on sale to the general public for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend set for Oct. 30-Nov. 2 at Texas Motor Speedway. Beginning at 9:00am/ct, individual frontstretch tickets for the AAA Texas 500 - the eighth race of the revamped 10-event Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship format scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 2 - will be available starting as low as $30 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Individual tickets for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 - which also includes Sprint Cup Series qualifying - on Friday, Oct. 31, and the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 1, also will be on sale with prices beginning at $30. Texas Motor Speedway also has created several ticket packages that cater from the novice to the staunch NASCAR fan.(TMS)(8-14-2014)

  • Texas Special Pre-Sale Opportunity on Friday: Texas Motor Speedway will offer a special one-day, pre-sale opportunity to the public Friday for individual frontstretch tickets to November's AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race that will be available for as low as $24. The price point will be the lowest available for the AAA Texas 500 scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 2, and offers a 20% discount on the lowest frontstretch seating currently available for Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway. The AAA Texas 500 pre-sale begins at 12:01 a.m. CT (late Thursday evening/early Friday morning) and continues until 11:59 p.m. Friday night online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500. After this one-day, pre-sale event, individual tickets for the AAA Texas 500 will not be available again until the official on-sale date of Friday, Aug. 15.(TMS)(6-12-2014)

  • Duck Commander 500 a huge hit at TMS: Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Properties introduced a new line of merchandise with Duck Commander making its debut as title sponsor of Texas Motor Speedway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race last week and the result was one of the highest grossing race weekend's in the speedway's 18-year history. Speedway World, Texas Motor Speedway's souvenir store located on property, reported its best race week sales total since 2000 and SMIP enjoyed its best overall event sales total since April's Samsung Mobile 500 in April of 2009. A Duck Commander 500 trailer, specially designed and wrapped for this event, was located at Texas Motor Speedway's main gate entrance and accounted for 14.6% of the total sales. Also, online sales were more than 900% higher than a typical NASCAR race weekend. The revenue total, which was not disclosed by SMIP, was an 81% increase from last year's April NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 doubleheader weekend that enjoyed significant growth in comparison to previous years. That increase was buoyed by an 87% increase in grandstand and merchandise trailer sales. The best-selling items were the Duck Commander 500 camouflage caps, camo t-shirts, total print t-shirts, feather flag, legacy t-shirt, splash-down t-shirt, koozie and bandana. Duck Commander, which grew to fame with the masses through the Robertson family exploits on A&E's "Duck Dynasty" hit reality television show, is in the first year of a three-year entitlement sponsorship with Texas Motor Speedway for its annual spring NASCAR doubleheader weekend. Fans interested in purchasing Duck Commander 500 merchandise can go to www.GoSpeedwayWorld.com or visit the Duck Commander merchandise trailer in the midway during the June 5-7 Firestone 600 INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader and the Oct. 30-Nov. 2 AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader at Texas Motor Speedway.(TMS)(4-13-2014)

  • Joey Logano wins rain delayed Texas race: #22-Joey Logano won the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for his 1st win of 2014 and his 4th career win. Logano is the seventh different winner in seven races in 2014. Logano led the most laps with 108 of 334.
    Logano is the youngest Sprint Cup Series race winner ever at Texas at 23 years, 10 months, and 13 days old beating the old record set by Ryan Newman in 2003 who was 25 years, 3 months, 22 days old.
    The race was delayed a day due to rain. The race was scheduled to run Sunday, April 6th. The race started under green-yellow allowing the cars to warm up the track for the first ten laps. During the 10 laps #2-Keselowski got too close to one of the track dryers and it popped the hood up. Keselowski made a few pit stops and the crew taped down the hood. Other cars that came in to get the cowl flaps checked and closed included: #1-McMurray, #10-Patrick, #18-Busch, #51-Allgaier, #31-Newman, #15-Bowyer, #5-Kahne, #48-Johnson, #20-Kenseth.
    Logano was leading just before the white flag when #41-Busch lost another tire and left debris on the track. All the lead lap cars made pit stops with #24-Gordon and #55-Vickers coming out 1-2 after changing only two tires. #22-Logano came out 3rd and passed Gordon at the white flag to take the lead and coasted to the win, cementing a spot in the 2014 Chase.
    #24-Gordon finished 2nd followed by: #18-Busch, #55-Vickers, #42-Larson, #16-Biffle, #20-Kenseth, #15-Bowyer,#27-Menard and pole winner #14-Stewart.
    On lap 12 of the Duck Commander 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, #88-Earnhardt Jr. went low on the front stretch, getting into the grass, which was wet. The left front of the car buckled and the left front tire blew sending the #88 up the track and into the outside wall hard. The car caught fire but Earnhardt Jr. got out and was fine. The car was not and retired from the race. #48-Johnson's car was damage when debris from the wreck hit the nose of the car and damaged thew windshield. Johnson fell 2 laps off the pace and never recovered, finishing 25th.
    #42-Lason was the rookie of the race, finishing 5th.
    #88-Earnhardt Jr., who came into the race as the points leader finished 43rd when he wrecked on lap 12, fell to 6th in points and #24-Gordon takes over the points lead for the first time since after Charlotte in May 2009, 4 points over #20-Kenseth.
    There were 18 lead changes among 9 drivers and there were 7 cautions for 49 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 134.191 mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Texas Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Texas Penalty Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Texas Motor Speedway Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-7-2014)

  • Teams could use the "Big Hoss TV" for strategy: It sits on the backstretch, dwarfing the facility's standard-sized billboards as it rises up against the Texas sky. At 94.6 feet tall and 218 feet wide, "Big Hoss TV," the largest High-Definition LED video board in the world, personifies the attitude here at Texas Motor Speedway -- bigger and bolder. 'Big Hoss' has been busy this weekend, whether it's broadcasting the day's on-track activities or playing "Smokey and the Bandit" Thursday night in the midst of a lightning storm. The screen is more than just eye candy for Texas Motor Speedway. The video board's size and clarity means that it could come into play on Sunday as the Duck Commander 500 unfolds. The screen, built to give fans a better race-day experience, may also have the watchful eyes of drivers, crew chiefs and spotters upon it. "We've had Sprint Vision televisions around the track before, and sometimes we'd be able to catch up or watch during yellows," #18-Kyle Busch said. "Certainly the crew guys or even the spotters can pick up on it on 'Big Hoss,' and the spotters being up on the roof and watching the leaders or watching different lines -- you can see all that from the roof, but they can see a little bit better (on 'Big Hoss') from the cameras zooming in on the cars and see what's going on. So yeah, it's definitely an option to use that."(NASCAR.com)(4-6-2014)

  • Duck Commander 500 winner to receive Victory Lane duck calls: Members of the winning team in Sunday's Duck Commander 500 will receive unique Victory Lane duck calls from Duck Commander in addition to the traditional Texas Motor Speedway six-shooters and custom-made cowboy hats. The winning Sprint Cup team, along with Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage and Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson, will all participate in a celebratory duck call. Two different duck calls will be presented to the winning team. The driver, crew chief and team owner will each be given a Black Wood Duck Call made from a rare African wood featuring Duck Commander President Phil Robertson's patented double reed system. The rest of the team will be given the Classic Commander Duck Call made with a Cypress wood barrel and a Cedar insert. This all-wood call has been a staple for the Duck Commander brand since 1972 and was the first call that Phil Robertson had patented.(TMS)(4-5-2014)

  • Guinness Book of World Records to certify "Bigg Hoss TV' as worlds largest LED video board: One may assume that Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage's claim of having the world's largest, high-definition LED video board may be hyperbole, but the Guinness Book of World Records is going to set the record straight. During Sunday's pre-race festivities for the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Guinness Book of World Records adjudicator Philip Robertson will be on hand to present Texas Motor Speedway with a certificate officially certifying "Big Hoss TV" as the world's largest, high-definition LED video board. "Big Hoss TV" will officially make its debut and be certified at 12:16 p.m. CT during the pre-race activities on the frontstretch stage leading into the 2 p.m. start of the Duck Commander 500. The Panasonic-built video board, which is located in the center of the backstretch grandstand area, will feature a staggering 20,633.64 square feet of HD display - roughly a half acre -with overall dimensions of 218 feet wide by 94 feet tall. The actual height of the structure will rise to nearly 125 feet above ground level with its support structures and weigh more than 108 tons. The display showcases 281 trillion different colors, 4.8 million pixels and 14 million LED lamps.
    Frontstretch tickets are still available for fans wanting to catch a glimpse of "Big Hoss TV" during the Duck Commander 500 weekend. Tickets for the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race and Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race are available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(4-4-2014)

  • Cowboys Witten to drive Duck Commander 500 pace car: Dallas Cowboys perennial All-Pro tight end Jason Witten will be honored by Texas Motor Speedway by receiving the opportunity to drive the official pace car to start Sunday's Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Witten, with the guidance of NASCAR pace car driver Brett Bodine, will be behind the wheel of the Chevrolet SS Official Pace Car that will lead the 43-car field to the green flag for the Duck Commander 500. "I'm honored to be asked to drive the pace car on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway," Witten said. "I'll be in town to cheer on Denny Hamlin and the #11 FedEx team and raise awareness for their special March of Dimes paint scheme, and it will be a cool experience to get behind the wheel before the drop of the green flag." NASCAR has granted Texas Motor Speedway special permission to allow Witten to drive the car pending a mandatory on-track orientation prior to the Duck Commander 500. Tickets for the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend, which also includes Friday evening's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race, are available by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com or by call the TMS ticket office at (817) 215-8500.(TMS)(4-3-2014)

  • Texas World Speedway to be replaced by houses: The College Station City (Texas) Council unanimously gave conditional consent to create a new municipal utility district that will replace the Texas World Speedway just outside of College Station. The plan will now go to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for its approval, during which time a series of agreements will come before city council to ready services and sync up the development plans with the city's building standards. The developer is asking for the city to provide water and sewer services to the community. The concept plan for the development will span about 550 acres in College Station's extra-territorial jurisdiction, and add about 1,400 single-family homes, 27 acres of commercial development, 14 acres for a future College Station school district school and 73 acres of detention and greenways. The Brazos County Appraisal District values that land at $5.4 million, but the projected build out value is $514 million. Three of the public speakers spoke on behalf of the racing community that would miss the track. Mayor Pro Tem Karl Mooney said the speedway just hasn't been able to keep up with the times.(The Eagle)(4-2-2014)

  • Hungry Fan TV Dinner available at Texas: Levy Restaurants will usher in the debut of "Big Hoss TV" fittingly with the "Hungry Fan TV Dinner" that is suited for the world's largest appetites during next weekend's Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend. The "Hungry Fan TV Dinner" is the latest culinary creation by Levy Restaurants that will coincide with the premiere of the world's largest high-definition LED video board during the Duck Commander 500 weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The oversized TV dinner takes on the "Go Big or Go Home" theme generated by "Big Hoss TV" and features some of the flavors that have grown to symbolize Texas' southwest roots. The "Hungry Fan TV Dinner" includes 1.5 pounds of barbeque cheddar chipotle meatloaf topped with onion crisps and barbeque glaze, 12 ounces of mashed Yukon potatoes sprinkled with cheddar cheese and 12 ounces of elote-style corn that combines chili powder, parmesan cheese, cilantro and mayo. The "Hungry Fan TV Dinner" will sell for $18 and will be available on the main concourse just inside Gate 4.(TMS)(3-27-2014)

  • Robertson family filling honorary positions at Texas: The Robertson clan of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" fame will not be ducking any of the honorary positions associated with the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, April 6, at Texas Motor Speedway. The Robertsons, ranging from patriarch Phil to granddaughter Sadie, will fill six honorary positions for the race that bears the name of their family-owned business as more than two dozen family members and relatives will be on hand for the festivities surrounding their first NASCAR race sponsorship venture. Many of the family members will play integral roles in the festivities throughout the weekend. Willie will welcome the crowd to the largest-attended, single-day sporting event in Texas, and he and Korie's 16-year-old daughter Sadie will deliver the invocation. Jase will introduce the top-10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, and his wife Missy will sing the National Anthem. Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Robertson clan, will serve as the Honorary Starter and wave the green flag from the starter's stand while his brother "Uncle" Si will be the Grand Marshal and provide the command to the drivers to start their engines. Jep Robertson, the younger brother of Willie, Jase and Alan, will be in one of the Chevy Camaro pace cars. Willie also will have a post-race role and will present the iconic wooden boot trophy to the Duck Commander 500 winner in Victory Lane. In addition to the honorary roles, Phil and Alan Robertson are scheduled to lead the service for Racing for Faith prior to the Duck Commander 500 at 8:45am/ct in the Turn 1 Speedway Club grandstands on Sunday, April 6.(TMS)(3-26-2014)

  • Texas unveils "Big Hoss" TV: Talk about a Texas-sized TV. Texas Motor Speedway unveiled the world's largest high-definition video board Wednesday night, with the flip of a switch on a huge remote control setting off fireworks before the screen lit up with highlights from past races and events at the track. The screen is 218 feet wide and about 95 feet high. It is about 125 feet above ground level in the middle of the backstretch at the 1 1/2-mile track. The screen measures 20,633 square feet, surpassing the size of a 200-foot by 85-foot board at Charlotte, another SMI track owned by Bruton Smith. Both video boards are a partnership with Panasonic. About 8,000 people sat in the infield on a chilly night for the free public debut, which included showing of the new episode of "Duck Dynsasty." The board weighs 108 tons. Panasonic executive Richard Ballard said construction of the video board and its support structure were completed in a condensed four-month schedule. While not being specific, TMS president Eddie Gossage said there were other potential developers attending Wednesday night as they consider such boards. He also said the Texas board could open the door to other kinds of events outside of racing at his track. Asked how much the screen cost, Gossage would only say, "a lot."(Associated Press)(3-20-2014)

  • Final Phase of Construction on TMS's HD Video Board: Frigid temperatures, snow and ice in North Texas has not slowed construction workers from continued progress on the world's largest HD video board created by Panasonic at Texas Motor Speedway. On Friday {Feb 14], Dallas/Fort Worth media members were led by Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage on a sneak preview of "Big Hoss TV," which is scheduled to be completed by March 1 and officially dedicated during pre-race ceremonies for the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, April 6. Towering 12 stories high over the backstretch is the completed steel framework that will serve as the foundation for "Big Hoss TV." Workers have installed 28 of the 40 LED modules - each measuring 54.5 feet by 9.5 feet - that will be placed in 10 rows of four that will serve as record HD display area that measures 218 feet (width) by 94.6 feet (height). Once completed, "Big Hoss TV" will provide fans with 20,633.34 square feet of HD imagery and will be 79% larger than the video board at AT&T Stadium (11,520 sf), home of the Dallas Cowboys. It also will surpass current record-holder Charlotte Motor Speedway (16,000 square feet), the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. sister track of Texas Motor Speedway, for the world's largest HD video board at a sporting venue. "Big Hoss TV" also requires a state-of-the-art control room that is being built and housed adjacent to the timing and scoring booth atop the start/finish line on suite level. The control room houses five servers and two switchers that control the video feed to "Big Hoss TV." The control room operator will have the luxury of choosing from 19 different cameras, 16 of which are operated by two production trucks. Ultimately, the video is broken up into 16 different sections on the video board. The equipment will be manned by a minimum of five individuals which will include producer, director and technical directors. Construction on "Big Hoss TV" began after November's AAA Texas 500 as workers began digging 16 anchor holes 42 feet deep and four feet in diameter for the massive 108-ton structure. "Big Hoss TV" is anchored with 42 feet of steel rebar reinforced in the ground by 20 yards of concrete filled in each of the holes. The strength of the foundation allows for "Big Hoss TV" to sustain winds of 140 miles per hour. Initial construction plans also required workers to install 4,200 feet of 96-strand fiber optic cable that runs from the location of "Big Hoss TV" on the backstretch to the control room in the frontstretch suites. Tickets for the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend and the official christening of "Big Hoss TV" are available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(2-24-2014)

  • Duck Commander to sponsor April Texas race: Duck Commander, the brand of the best-selling duck calls and name of the thriving family-owned company led by the Robertson clan of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" fame, has signed a multi-year agreement to serve as title sponsor of the annual spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The largest-attended, single-day sporting event annually in Texas with estimated average crowds in excess of 150,000 will be known as the Duck Commander 500 with this year's edition scheduled for Sunday, April 6. The two sides agreed to a three-year deal with a renewal option for an additional three years, but no financial terms of the agreement were announced. While the Robertson family emerged in the public eye and garnered immense popularity through A&E's "Duck Dynasty" reality show that premiered in 2012, the Duck Commander brand has been the foundation of the family business of duck calls since patriarch Phil Robertson founded the company in 1972 in West Monroe, Louisiana. Duck Commander has since flourished into a multi-million dollar business with Willie Robertson, one of Phil's four sons, serving as the CEO of the enterprise that now encompasses more than 1,000 Duck Commander products and a powerful stable of licensees. This race entitlement diversifies Duck Commander's business portfolio and will be unique in structure as the company will utilize their exclusive licensees to fund this sponsorship for the exposure and opportunities to align their product with their brand. An extensive line of Duck Commander 500 merchandise will be sold at track and in the Speedway World souvenir store year-round in addition to being available through Duck Commander retail partners. Uncle Si's Tea will be introduced and sold at track in single-serve options in both the sweet and unsweetened varieties. Texas Motor Speedway also will look to integrate products such as Duck Commander Family Foods' BBQ sauce, salsa and beef jerky with the speedway signature concession items. The Robertson family members also will have a strong presence on their race weekend, with several attending as well as having various VIP or honorary roles such as Grand Marshal or Honorary Starter.(TMS)(2-6-2014)

  • Texas Motor Speedway seeks fan council members: For the third consecutive year, Texas Motor Speedway is seeking fans to become part of the Texas Motor Speedway Fan Council and provide insightful feedback in an effort to enhance the race experience for all the speedway's guests. Beginning now and continuing through Feb. 7, fans can submit their application at www.texasmotorspeedway.com to be considered for a seat on the Texas Motor Speedway Fan Council. The group will consist of 20 to 30 fans that will maintain an active role in providing constructive feedback to speedway management throughout the upcoming season. The council will possess a diverse makeup, consisting of PSL holders, individual ticket purchasers, suite holders, campers and new race fans. The Texas Motor Speedway Fan Council will host an on-site meeting during each of the speedway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends in April and November and a one-hour teleconference following the Firestone 600 IndyCar Series/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series doubleheader in June. Members also will be requested to complete five e-mail questionnaires over the course of the term to prepare Texas Motor Speedway management for meetings and recaps following race weekends. Texas Motor Speedway instituted the Fan Council in 2012 to serve as a unified voice for the fans and provide feedback and recommendations on a variety of speedway-related topics. The feedback from the inaugural year spearheaded the "Fan-Fueled Evolution" in 2013 when Texas Motor Speedway introduced a dozen impactful changes ranging from a new children's ticket pricing program to unique race-related perks for season ticket holders. More info and to apply at texasmotorspeedway.com.(1-15-2014)

  • World's largest HD sports venue video board takes shape at TMS: The massive steel beams that will compose the skeletal structure of the world's largest HD sports venue video board being created by Panasonic will be raised over the next three weeks of construction at Texas Motor Speedway. The steel-beam skeleton will serve as the foundation and framework of the video board known as "Big Hoss TV" that will weigh 108 tons and rise 12 stories above the center of the backstretch at the world-class, Fort Worth-based motorsports venue. With dimensions of 218 feet wide and 94.6 feet tall, the video board display area will feature 20,633.64 square feet of HD imagery to earn it the official title of world's largest. The lower section of steel uprights currently is moving into place and that phase is expected to be completed by Jan. 21. The upper uprights immediately will follow and are scheduled to be completed by Jan. 31. The electrical infrastructure of "Big Hoss TV" also is underway and is expected to be completed by the middle of next week. Power to the base of the video board is scheduled for completion by mid-January. Once the skeletal structure is in place, the framework modules will be put in place through the first three weeks of February. The 83 giant module cabinets currently are being built at Jones Sign in De Pere, Wis., near Green Bay, and will be transported to Texas Motor Speedway upon completion. These cabinets serve as the frame for the LED modules containing 14 million LED lamps that will follow in the next phase of construction. "Big Hoss TV" is scheduled to be completed by March 1 and officially will be unveiled during the Texas 500 NASCAR doubleheader race week scheduled for April 3-6. During race weekends, the video board will feature live race coverage, leaderboard information, driver and race statistics, instant replays, interactive entertainment and more.(TMS)(1-14-2014)

  • Texas offering Cyber Monday deal: For those who missed Texas Motor Speedway's "Black Friday" special offering the lowest frontstretch ticket in speedway history for April's Texas 500, don't despair because "Cyber Monday" brings another unique purchasing opportunity for that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend. Between 12:01am and 11:59pm/ct Monday and available only online, Texas Motor Speedway will offer frontstretch tickets for all three days of racing during the Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series/Nationwide doubleheader weekend for just $99. The ticket package consists of SportsDay Qualifying Days Powered by The Dallas Morning News for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race on Friday, April 4; SportsDay Qualifying Days Powered by The Dallas Morning News for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Saturday, April 5; and the Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, April 6. The "Cyber Monday" deal is limited to the first 500 and a maximum of four packages per account only. Tickets can be purchased online only by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(12-2-2013)

  • NASCAR adopts new race sponsorship guidelines: NASCAR has set a new guidelines that will govern and require approval for race naming rights sold by racetracks starting in 2014. Call it "The NRA Rule." The new policy - established about six months after the National Rifle Association sponsored the Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway - was revealed in sanction agreements filed Friday by Dover Motorsports Inc. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. "As part of the normal course of annually reviewing our sanction language, there are some changes that take place," NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said Monday. "This is one of those situations. We previously said we'd take a look at this area of the sanctioning agreements, adjust as needed, and that's what we've done." TMS officials have indicated the NRA will not return as the race sponsor. Whether NASCAR would now reject the NRA was not immediately clear since NASCAR has not received a request. But what is clear is that it would face more scrutiny in the past when NASCAR's sanction agreements did not require formal approval and simply said, "NASCAR reserves the right to approve or disapprove any advertising, sponsorship or similar agreement in connection with the event." The 2014 sanction agreement now states that tracks must submit for approval all race entitlement sponsors. "(NASCAR) will disapprove a prospective entitlement sponsor only if such prospective entitlement sponsor's brand has been tarnished by, controversy, crisis or circumstance such that its association with the event would damage the NASCAR brand or the image of the sport or ... it would damage the (broadcasting) network's ability to sell advertising," the sanction agreement states.
    The other major change in the sanction agreement is that NASCAR says it will pay for the use of its new Air Titan track drying system at events, but it can require its use. In the past, tracks were responsible for all jet fuel used for jet driers.(Sporting News)(11-26-2013)

  • Texas closing backstretch seating; lowering some ticket prices: Texas Motor Speedway will usher in a new era in 2014 with the arrival of the world's largest HD video board by closing the backstretch seating so all ticket holders can benefit from the new amenity as well as offering the lowest-priced individual frontstretch ticket for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in speedway history. Texas Motor Speedway will offer select individual seating on the frontstretch for $30 to both the Texas 500 and AAA Texas 500, the best price point for a NASCAR Sprint Cup event since the speedway opened in 1997. The previous low was $40 in the inaugural year and the 2014 pricing offers a 38 percent savings from the lowest individual frontstretch ticket of $49 available this past season. The price point also will become the most economical for all Sprint Cup race seating as the backstretch grandstand will be closed for those races beginning in 2014. The section offered 1,000 seats in the first two rows for Sprint Cup races at $20 and the remaining 8,955 seats at $40. The section was not being utilized at the present time for any other annual major races (IndyCar Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) with the exception of the Sprint Cup Series events. The move, which reduces the overall grandstand seating capacity to 112,552, will allow all fans with seats the opportunity to enjoy the world's largest video board beginning with its debut at the Texas 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend.(TMS)(11-26-2013)

  • NRA might not sponsor 2014 race at Texas: With its 2013 racing season finished, the next task for Texas Motor Speedway is finding a sponsor for its next Sprint Cup race on April 6, 2014. The National Rifle Association (NRA) sponsored this season's spring Cup race, triggering controversy. On Sunday, TMS president Eddie Gossage acknowledged that the race does not have a sponsor. David Higdon, managing director for NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications, said in April that the group annually reviews its policies for sponsors. "We have a more focused attention on our brand and how the brand gets affected, and every year we learn different things," Higdon told USA Today. "Certainly, this has been an education process."(Dallas Morning News)(11-4-2013)

  • Pole winners to receive Racing Helmets at Texas: Renown sports artist David Arrigo has created his second edition of unique Wild Asphalt Circus-themed racing helmets that will be awarded to the pole sitters for this weekend's NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge and Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. The artwork features a helmeted maniacal clown behind the wheel while resourcefully incorporating the race sponsor and speedway-themed "No Limits" logos in the design. The helmets also include flames and pin striping coupled with metallic, pearl and flake colors to provide it with a brilliant appearance. The helmets are identical in design, with the WinStar World Casino 350 capturing the red of the sponsor logo and the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge utilizing the blue from its logo. It took Arrigo approximately 30 hours to transform two white Simpson racing helmets into his artwork through various techniques, including his specialty of airbrush painting.(TMS)(11-1-2013)

  • Texas to have largest purse of Chase races: Texas Motor Speedway's AAA Texas 500 once again will boast the largest purse among the 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and the event's largest since 2009. Texas Motor Speedway will award $7,039,782 to the 43 drivers competing in the Nov. 3 AAA Texas 500, an increase of more than $70,000 compared to last year's total of $6,969,209. The purse is the largest since 2009 when the AAA Texas 500 posted a record purse of $7,359,286. Since 2005, Texas Motor Speedway has played host to the eighth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which annually features the largest purse and largest-attended race of the 10 races in NASCAR's version of the playoffs. The O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge and WinStar World Casino 350 also will award sizable purses. The O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge Nationwide Series race on Saturday, Nov. 2, will award $1,127, 526 while the WinStar World Casino 350 Camping World Truck Series race will award $550,369.(TMS)(10-24-2013)

  • Bacon Beer Milkshake available at Texas: Many people tend to have hankerings for beer, milkshakes or bacon - or for that matter all three - and now thanks to Levy Restaurants and Texas Motor Speedway those cravings can be satisfied all at once. Levy Restaurants Executive Chef Joel Pena has created the Shake 'n Bacon Brew beer milkshake, a delectable, bacon-infused, alcoholic novelty concoction that will debut Oct. 31-Nov. 3 during the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The Shake 'n Bacon Brew utilizes local Texas products in its key ingredients with the beverage featuring a signature craft beer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. of Fort Worth and ever-popular Blue Bell Ice Cream, a company that was founded in 1907 in Brenham, Texas. The frothy beverage consists of six ounces of Rahr & Sons Ugly Pug Black Lager, six ounces of Blue Bell homemade vanilla ice cream, two ounces of bacon-infused maple syrup that is mixed in a blender for a unique milkshake for adults 21 and over. The Shake 'n Bacon Brew will be poured into a 16-ounce plastic souvenir cup featuring the brew's pig mascot and then topped off with three ounces of whipped cream and bacon crumbles. Levy Restaurants also will produce a "Shirley Temple" version for those fans under 21 that have a love for bacon and milkshakes. The Shake 'n Bacon Brewless will substitute root beer for the Rahr & Sons beer and also come in the 16-ounce souvenir cup.(TMS)(10-17-2013)

  • Texas offers free scanner in ticket promotion: As a result of overwhelming demand, Texas Motor Speedway will be extending its offer for fans purchasing a pair of frontstretch tickets, which begin as low as $99, for the Nov. 3 AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race to also receive a free Racing Electronics radio scanner and dual headset rental to enhance their race experience. The one-week offer was scheduled to expire 5 p.m. CT Saturday, but the popular promotion will be extended another week until Saturday, Oct. 19 (5 p.m.), or earlier if the inventory is depleted. The radio scanner/headset rental package, which carries a $45 value, allows fans the opportunity to listen in on the radio communication between drivers and crew chiefs as well as tune in to NASCAR officials, the live PRN radio broadcast or ESPN television broadcast. Children's tickets (12 and under), which are $25, also are eligible for the promotion. This promotion cannot be combined with any other available ticket promotion for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader race weekend. For more information or to purchase AAA Texas 500 tickets, please call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(10-14-2013)

  • Texas to install HD Video screen, announces 2014 schedule: Texas Motor Speedway announced] that the world-renown motorsports facility is partnering with Panasonic to create the world's largest high-definition video board and enhance another major aspect of the overall fan experience beginning in 2014. In a state that already boasts seven of the world's 50 largest HD video boards, Texas Motor Speedway will vault to the No. 1 position for a sporting venue in not only Texas but the world with this behemoth creation by Panasonic. The video board display, which will be located in the center of the backstretch, will feature a staggering 20,633.64 square feet of HD display - nearly a half-acre - with dimensions of 218 feet wide and 94.6 feet tall. The entire structure will stand nearly 125 feet above ground level and weigh more than 108 tons. The display size will allow Texas Motor Speedway to succeed its fellow Speedway Motorsports, Inc. facility - Charlotte Motor Speedway (16,000 sf) - as the owner of the world's largest sporting venue hi-definition screen as well as wrestle the state title away from the Houston Texans' Reliant Stadium that recently upgraded its facility with 14,549 square feet of HD video displays. Locally, it will be 79 percent larger than the video board at AT&T Stadium (11,520 sf), home of the Dallas Cowboys. The video board, nicknamed "Big Hoss TV" by speedway officials, will debut April 3-6 at the Texas 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend. Construction will begin following the Oct. 31-Nov. 3 AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend and the project is scheduled for completion by March 2014.
    AND: The 2014 motorsports schedule for Texas Motor Speedway will once again feature the eighth race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with November's AAA Texas 500, but also includes variations to its spring NASCAR doubleheader weekend and annual INDYCAR race. The Texas 500 NASCAR doubleheader schedule will be modified to provide both local and visiting fans the ultimate sports weekend with the NCAA Final Four tournament semifinals also being staged that weekend in Arlington. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Texas 500 has been run Saturday evening the past three years, but will return to its traditional Sunday afternoon slot for only the 2014 season. The shift to Sunday, April 6, will avoid a head-to-head conflict with the college semifinal basketball games scheduled for Saturday, April 5, and also allow fans that are visiting the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex for the college basketball tournament the opportunity to enjoy some NASCAR racing, in particular the Texas 500 since there are no NCAA Final Four games that day. Texas Motor Speedway also will tweak the traditional NASCAR race weekend schedule and run the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race the evening of Friday, April 4, while The Dallas Morning News SportsDay Qualifying Day for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take place the afternoon of Saturday, April 5. The on-track activity officially begins Thursday, April 3, with a pair of Nationwide Series practices and The Dallas Morning News SportsDay Qualifying Day for the Nationwide Series set for Friday, April 4.
    The INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader remains in its traditional slot - two weeks after the Indianapolis 500 on June 5-7 - but IndyCar Series race fans literally will get more mileage out of their visit next season. "America's Original Nighttime IndyCar Race" will have an additional 50 kilometers of race action and be retitled the Firestone 600 to reflect the change in the race distance. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be paired with the IndyCar Series for the 18th consecutive season, dating to the speedway's opening in 1997. The WinStar World Casino And Resort 400 will be held the evening of Friday, June 6, along with IndyCar Series qualifying.
    The Texas Motor Speedway season concludes once again with a NASCAR tripleheader spiced with playoff-type drama as the AAA Texas 500 race week is set for Oct. 30-Nov. 2. The weekend will feature the AAA Texas 500, the eighth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup since its debut in 2005, on Sunday, Nov. 2. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be joined by its other top-tier series as the Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino And Resort 350 will be held the evening of Friday, Oct. 31, and the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 1.(TMS)(9-24-2014)

  • O.A.R. to perform pre-race concert at Texas: Rock band Of A Revolution, better known as O.A.R., will kick off the excitement of the eighth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as the group will headline the Rock The Ring Pre-Race Show leading up to the AAA Texas 500 on Sunday, Nov. 3, at Texas Motor Speedway. O.A.R., who has sold more than two million albums since releasing its first album in 1997, will take the stage on the frontstretch at 12:20pm/ct and perform a free hour-long concert prior to the green flag for the AAA Texas 550 that is set for 2:00pm/ct. O.A.R. has continued to grow its fan base since it began as a collection of high school students developing their unique sound in Rockville, Md., in 1996. The band, consisting of lead vocalist Marc Roberge, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On, bassist Benj Gershman and saxophonist Jerry DePizzo, has risen to stardom during the course of its career. O.A.R. has performed around the globe and its popularity is no more evident than having sold out New York City's famed Madison Square Garden three times.(TMS)(8-6-2013)

  • No Limits Wild Asphalt Run returns to Texas Motor Speedway: The second annual No Limits Wild Asphalt Run Half Marathon & 5k benefiting Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, at Texas Motor Speedway. Texas Motor Speedway and its 1,500-acre site will once again provide the backdrop for a competitive, sanctioned layout that showcases many of the signature elements of the state's largest sports venue, including the final lap coming on the famed 1.5-mile oval. The running event, which will begin at 8:00am/ct, also will serve as the official kickoff of race-week festivities for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader set for Oct. 31 through Nov. 3. The motorsports-themed event, produced by The Cowtown Marathon organizers in a partnership with Texas Motor Speedway, drew more than 1,500 runners from 13 states for last year's half marathon and 5k. The one-day running event and expo raised more than $100,000 for Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter.(TMS)(7-19-2013)

  • Speedway Motorsports sees revenues, ticket sales decelerate: The numbers don't lie. Speedway Motorsports Inc., parent company of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, has watched revenues, including ticket sales, drop annually for five years. Race event-related revenue at Speedway Motorsports' eight NASCAR tracks has also dropped each year for the past five years except 2011. The venues staging NASCAR races are in markets such as Las Vegas, Atlanta, Charlotte, San Francisco and Dallas. For the first quarter of this year, Concord, N.C.-based Speedway Motorsports continued to show sluggish revenue results. Total revenues for the first three months of 2013 were $84.2 million, compared to $84.8 million for the same three-month period in 2012. At the Speedway Motorsports tracks, admissions revenues dropped from $188 million in 2008 to $116 million in 2012. Event-related revenue also dropped, falling from $211 million in 2008 to $151 million in 2012. In all, total Speedway Motorsports annual revenues have plummeted from nearly $611 million in 2008 to $490 million in 2012. The one revenue category that saw an uptick was in NASCAR broadcasting rights revenue, which increased from $168 million in 2008 to $192 million in 2012. That's because an eight-year NASCAR broadcasting rights deal provides annual 3 percent increases through 2014, so Speedway Motorsports expects $199 million in 2013. At Speedway Motorsports' eight NASCAR tracks, total permanent seating is about 900,000, with 832 luxury suites. Las Vegas Motor Speedway has 123,000 seats and 102 suites, and sits on 1,030 acres. Speedway Motorsports has discovered that many fans are buying tickets closer to race dates, so the company has increased promotional campaigns to motivate fans to buy tickets earlier and renew season ticket deals.(Las Vegas Review Journal)(7-1-2013)

  • NASCAR will evaluate future race sponsorships: With the NRA 500 drawing attention just for the name of the race, NASCAR will take a closer look at race sponsorships in the future, the sanctioning body said in a statement Thursday. Tracks negotiate their own naming rights deals, and Texas Motor Speedway announced last month that the National Rifle Association would sponsor its Sprint Cup Series race, scheduled for Saturday night. The sanctioning agreement tracks have with NASCAR states that "NASCAR reserves the right to approve or disapprove any advertising, sponsorship or similar agreement in connection with the event." NASCAR approved the sponsorship, and Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said Thursday there has been no public outcry over the sponsorship. But NASCAR spokesman David Higdon released a statement that indicated the timing of a sponsorship and the perception of NASCAR will be used to determine whether to approve race sponsorships in the future. "The NRA's sponsorship of the event at Texas Motor Speedway fit within existing parameters that NASCAR affords tracks in securing partnerships," the NASCAR statement said. "However, this situation has made it clear that we need to take a closer look at our approval process moving forward, as current circumstances need to be factored in when making decisions."(Sporting News)(4-12-2013)

  • Shawn Michaels to drive pace car at Texas: After a career of driving opponents to the mat in professional wrestling rings with his signature "Sweet Chin Music" finishing move, WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels will now grab the wheel of the "No Limits" Wild Asphalt Circus Chevrolet Camaro Official Pace Car and lead the 43-car field to the green flag for Saturday evening's NRA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Considered one of the most gifted sports entertainers of all time prior to retiring in 2010, Michaels now gets the rare opportunity as a celebrity to pace the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the start of the NRA 500 in the Official Pace Car. NASCAR has granted Texas Motor Speedway special permission to allow Michaels to drive the car pending a mandatory on-track orientation prior to race. Michaels is just the third celebrity in the history of Texas Motor Speedway to earn the honor, following movie star Vince Vaughn (2007 Dickies 500) and former Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson (2010 AAA Texas 500). Former Dallas Stars great Mike Modano also was bestowed the honor, but had his moment washed out for the April race in 2010 when the Samsung Mobile 500 was postponed until Monday due to rain.(TMS)(4-11-2013)

  • Texas unveils new food items for NRA 500 weekend: Texas Motor Speedway will unveil a variety of brand new food items over the NRA 500 weekend. Always striving to build the most unique and flavorful items for fans, Levy Restaurants and The Speedway Club at Texas Motor Speedway Executive Chef Joel Pena created these one-of-a-kind additions. Some of the new featured items will include a glazed donut and brisket combination dubbed the "Smokin' Hubcaps," the "Bacon Cotton Candy Martini," the "Jackalope Sausage" featuring pork, rabbit and antelope, as well as a "Kid's Favorite" hot dog.(TMS)(4-5-2013)

  • Six-shooter celebration to remain at Texas: Firing six-shooters with blanks will remain a part of the Texas Motor Speedway Victory Lane celebration for the April 13 Sprint Cup race that will be sponsored by the National Rifle Association. Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage told ESPN.com last month he planned to meet with some Cup owners to see if they or their sponsors opposed having the six-shooters as part of the celebration because of a potential conflict with the NRA's involvement. If some were opposed, Gossage said he would consider altering the tradition. He has since reconsidered. "The more thought I gave to it, the more I realized that it is purely a celebration,'' Gossage said. "As you know, it's been going on for a long time and is not affiliated with the NRA. As a result, I decided we would go through our normal Victory Lane celebration, including the Cowboy Boot Trophy, the cowboy hat and the six-shooters. It is my decision and I'm sure it will be fine."(ESPN)(4-4-2013)

  • Texas could alter famous victory lane gun celebration: Eddie Gossage isn't expecting any significant fallout from his track's sponsorship with the NRA, but the Texas Motor Speedway president is considering tweaks after aligning with the organization. Gossage told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview Monday that he will solicit team owners' opinions about altering his victory lane procedure for the NRA 500 on April 13. For several years, Texas winners have celebrated by donning a cowboy hat and firing two six-shooters (with blanks) for victory lane photos.(USA Today)(3-5-2013)

  • NRA to sponsor April race at Texas: Texas Motor Speedway and the National Rifle Association have signed a one-year agreement with a renewal option for America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group to serve as the title sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on April 13, speedway president Eddie Gossage announced Monday. The annual spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway will be retitled the "NRA 500" and serve as the first prime-time Saturday evening race of this season. The NRA replaces Samsung Mobile, which had served as the title sponsor of this race since 2002. Gossage made the announcement and unveiled the race logo during Texas Motor Speedway's annual Media Day held in the Grand Ballroom of The Speedway Club.
    "The NRA has been involved in the sport for several years and a partner of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. for many years in various aspects, and this race entitlement is just another extension of that business relationship," Gossage said. "We look forward to another successful partnership with the NRA for our April race week of activities."
    The NRA has had a relationship with the NASCAR industry for more than a decade on a variety of platforms. The organization continues to be a generous supporter of SMI's Speedway Children's Charities and its fund-raising events since 2000. The NRA has contributed more than $500,000 to the Texas Chapter of SCC at Texas Motor Speedway alone.
    NRA's most recent race entitlement in the sport came last season when the organization was the title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race known as the "NRA American Warrior 300" that was held Sept. 1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR owner Richard Childress is a current NRA board member and team owners and drivers have donated sponsor space on their cars to support the NRA in the past.
    NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre was unable to attend the event in person, but did provide a video message for the Media Day audience. "The NRA 500 is the latest announcement in the long history of a growing partnership between the NRA, Speedway Motorsports and the NASCAR community," LaPierre said. "NRA members and NASCAR fans love their country and everything that is good and right about America. We salute our flag ... volunteer in our churches and communities ... cherish our families ... and WE LOVE RACING! On April 13, we'll all come together at Texas Motor Speedway." Tickets for the NRA 500 are available by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com or by calling the speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500. (TMS)(3-4-2013)

  • Texas Motor Speedway offering bacon cotton candy: Bacon and cotton candy sound like unlikely pairings for a flavorful treat, but Levy Restaurants and The Speedway Club at Texas Motor Speedway Executive Chef Joel Pena have proven otherwise. On Tuesday, Chef Pena combined the two and unveiled Texas Motor Speedway's newest tasty treat, "Hawg Heaven Bacon Cotton Candy," to the media at the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Hawg Heaven Bacon Cotton Candy In an effort to help create unique, signature concession stand items for Texas Motor Speedway race fans during the 2013 season, Chef Pena spent the offseason in the kitchen trying to find ways to tie in Texas' unique culture while at the same time building off the speedway's "No Limits" Wild Asphalt Circus theme. His more than two months in the kitchen led him to "Hawg Heaven Bacon Cotton Candy," one of the new menu items that will be available at concession stands for April's Texas 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend, as well as a few others that will be announced at a later date.
    "It will definitely create a buzz," Chef Pena said. "Expect the unexpected when you come to Texas Motor Speedway. That is the philosophy of the Wild Asphalt Circus theme and that is what fans are going to get with 'Hawg Heaven Bacon Cotton Candy.' We wanted to come up with something that is a traditional circus theme, but turn it around and make it something completely different and unique to Texas Motor Speedway."
    "Hawg Heaven Bacon Cotton Candy" features four ounces of bacon-infused cotton candy and topped with candy coated bits of bacon. The cotton candy will be sold in a specially packaged wrapper featuring the "Hawg Heaven Bacon Cotton Candy" logo during race weekend.
    The creation came naturally to Chef Pena, who wanted to capitalize on the race fan's affinity for bacon. From the importance of bacon on the tailgate menu, to the number of items on Texas Motor Speedway's menu that featured bacon, the meat reigned supreme among fans. After trying countless artificial flavorings, Chef Pena discovered the only way to get the desired flavor was to use real bacon. After cooking the bacon, it is drained, dried and locked into an airtight container with sugar for 24 hours. The sugar then takes on the traditional smokiness and flavoring of bacon to create "Hawg Heaven Bacon Cotton Candy."
    "What makes the 'Hawg Heaven Bacon Cotton Candy' a home run is that we use real bacon to infuse the flavor into the sugar," Chef Pena said. "All the race fans love bacon. We hope to see a lot of hands full of cotton candy in April."
    The 2013 race season at Texas Motor Speedway kicks off with the April 11-13 Texas 500 NASCAR weekend, featuring the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. Tickets for the Texas 500 and O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 are available by calling (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(2-18-2013)

  • Texas Motor Speedway makes sweeping changes for fans: Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage announced a dozen impactful changes to further enhance the motorsports fan experience in 2013, ranging from a new, wide-ranging children's ticket pricing program and restructured individual adult ticket pricing to unique race-related perks for season ticketholders. Fan Fueled Evolution Web The sweeping changes - known as the Fan-Fueled Evolution - come as a result of recommendations from the Texas Motor Speedway Fan Council and extensive fan surveys of former season and individual ticketholders. The speedway executive team, led by Gossage, examined and evaluated all of the recommendations and survey results to construct an all-encompassing package to further enrich the fan experience while making it even more economical to visit the largest sports facility in Texas during its three major race weeks.
    "These fan-fueled changes are 12 things we're doing to change the sport," Gossage said. "Sports teams, both locally and nationally, have been announcing ticket price increases, but we have come up with a dozen dynamic changes for our fans. From price cuts to children's ticket pricing to a new rainout policy to race friendly hotel listings on our website and more will make attending our races easier and more fun. We are committed to over delivering to our fans once again."
    The majority of the changes will go into effect immediately while others will be in place when Texas Motor Speedway opens its 2013 season with the Texas 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend on April 11-13. The changes and enhancements that will go into effect consist of:
    " Revamped Rainout Policy. If a season or individual ticketholder is unable to attend a rained-out race (all series) on its rescheduled date, they will have the ability to redeem that ticket for a future event at equal or lesser value for up to one calendar year. Tickets under the previous policy were only valid for the rescheduled date.
    " "Code Of Conduct" Text Response System. Texas Motor Speedway will incorporate a texting system where fans can alert speedway officials of conduct unbecoming
    " Non-Smoking Grandstands. Texas Motor Speedway will no longer permit smoking in the grandstands
    " Upgraded Backstretch Seating Experience. Ticketholders will now have the benefit of a 17x27-foot Jumbotron screen in the center of the backstretch
    " New Children's Ticket Program That Will Be Among The Most Comprehensive In Motorsports And Other Major Sports.
    " Adult Individual Ticket Restructuring
    " Unique Race-Related Perks For Season Ticketholders
    " Upgraded Fan Tram Service
    " Flexible Season, Individual Ticket Payment Plans
    " Premium Seat Options Available Through Texas Motor Speedway and Ticketmaster
    " Fan Friendly Hotel Listing
    " New Reactive Website, Mobile Lite Site
    The 2013 racing season begins April 11-13 with the Texas 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend. The opener is followed by the Firestone 550 INDYCAR/NASCAR Camping World Series doubleheader June 6-8 and AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend on Oct. 31-Nov. 3. Tickets, including season ticket packages beginning as low as $270, are available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(1-21-2013)


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