Duck Commander 2016
3545 Lone Star Circle
Fort Worth, TX 76177
PO Box 500
Ft. Worth, TX 76101
Phones: (817) 215-8500
Fax: (817) 215-8424
Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
Straightaways: Banking: 5 degrees;
Straights: Front - 2250 feet; Back - 1330 feet
Grandstand Seating: 138,122 [was 146,000 & 159,000]
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
Total Permanent Seating: 128,655
Total Estimated Capacity: 181,655
Pit Road: 45 pit stalls for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Pace Car Speed: 55mph
April 2016 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 138.355mph, started 15th
November 2015 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 137.490mph, started 8th
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 2016 Pole Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 194.609mph, finished 7th
November 2015 Pole Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 196.929mph, finished 2nd
Track Qualifying Record: #14-Tony Stewart, 200.111, 10/31/2014 (2nd 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: 6 - 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: 20 - Jimmie Johnson; 17 - Matt Kenseth
Most Cautions: 13 - 11/2/2014
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; 11 - Chevy; 4 - Dodge; 4 - 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
Most Laps Led: 312 [of 334] - Brad Keselowski, 11/8/2015
Worst Starting Spot to Win: #17-Matt Kenseth, 2002, started 31st
Texas fall race tickets on sale Monday: Texas Motor Speedway announced that individual tickets for November's AAA Texas 500 race weekend will go on sale this Monday beginning at 9:00am/ct. The AAA Texas 500 weekend features all three NASCAR national series - Sprint Cup, XFINITY, Camping World Truck Series - and will mark the debut of the Chase playoff format for all three series. Race fans can take advantage of the lowest-priced ticket for the AAA Texas 500 with the NASCAR "Sights & Sounds 2-Pack" featuring two frontstretch tickets, a scanner and two earbuds starting at $88. The package provides the biggest savings for fans to catch the excitement of the eighth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and the second of three races in the pivotal Eliminator 8 Round. Tickets to Texas Motor Speedway's popular RaceDay University presented by Coca-Cola also will be available for $199. The package treats fans to exclusive Q&A sessions with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers and celebrities; hospitality food and Coca-Cola beverages; stage-side access for the pre-race concert and driver introductions; and a frontstretch ticket for the AAA Texas 500. Individual tickets for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Longhorn 350 - which also includes Sprint Cup Series qualifying - on Friday, Nov. 4, and the XFINITY Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 5, also will be on sale with prices beginning at $25. To purchase your tickets for all four events during the NASCAR tripleheader weekend, call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(6-12-2016)
Texas to debut new Hawg Heaven concession item: Texas Motor Speedway and Levy Restaurants are giving race fans an American favorite a new Tex-Mex twist - the Hawg Heaven Ranchero Dawg - at the Firestone 600 INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader. The Hawg Heaven Ranchero Dawg is the next generation of the highly successful, bacon-infused Hawg Heaven line and is sure to entice all race fans to check out the latest creation by Levy Restaurants Executive Chef Lincoln Engstrom. This oversized sandwich features: Quarter-pound Kobe beef dog on a poppy seed bun topped with 'Charro' beans studded with bacon and chorizo; A crisp, thick slice of bacon; Smoked cheddar cheese; Avocado; Bacon crema. The Hawg Heaven Ranchero Dawg ($10) makes its debut at next weekend's NASCAR/INDYCAR doubleheader that features the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rattlesnake 400 on Friday, June 10, and the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 on Saturday, June 11. The specialty concession item only will be available at the concession stand on the concourse inside the Gate 4 main grandstand entrance. The Hawg Heaven concession line began in 2013 with Hawg Heaven Bacon Cotton Candy and has featured the Shake 'n Bacon Brew bacon-infused beer milkshake, Bacon Nachos, Queso Wings, Double Barrel Dawg, the Final Rocky Road-eo ice cream sundae honoring Jeff Gordon's final season in 2015 and the BBQ Melt at April's NASCAR race.(Texas Motor Speedway)(6-8-2016)
Texas Motor Speedway's 'Big Hoss' getting bigger: "Big Hoss," the world's largest TV and Guinness World Record holder that towers over the backstretch of Texas Motor Speedway, is about to get even bigger. Texas Motor Speedway will expand the Panasonic-built "Big Hoss" with an additional 2,071 square feet on the lower portion of the behemoth to construct a ribbon-style, high-definition scoreboard for fans to follow the lap count, running order and more for its NASCAR and INDYCAR events. The scoreboard, which has 16 mm pixel resolution as a surface-mounted diode compared to Big Hoss' 20 mm as a discrete LED, also will have the ability to be utilized for advertising opportunities, graphics, race statistics, video, advertising and even social media. The scoreboard, which will be 9½ feet high and 218 feet in length, will increase the total viewing experience of "Big Hoss" to 22,704.64 square feet or nearly a half acre. Comparably, the video board at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. sister track to TMS, measures 16,000 square feet and the one at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys in nearby Arlington, is at 11,520 sf. The scoreboard is being built as a technological advancement to the traditional electronic scoring pylons used at speedways, including at Texas Motor Speedway where the 110-foot tall scoring pylons situated in Turns 1 and 4 will be removed.(Texas Motor Speedway)(6-7-2016)
O'Reilly Auto Parts sponsoring Spring race at Texas: O'Reilly Auto Parts and Texas Motor Speedway have signed a multi-year agreement for the national automotive aftermarket retailing leader to serve as the race entitlement sponsor for the annual April NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the world-renowned motorsports facility beginning in 2017. O'Reilly Auto Parts will be linking its brand to the state's best-attended, single-day sporting event and the Sprint Cup Series' third-highest paying race in the newly named O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 that will be held Sunday, April 9, 2017. The O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 will be the signature race entitlement of the deal, but the company also will continue its title sponsorship of the annual November XFINITY Series race at Texas Motor Speedway to ensure a year-round presence in a top-five metropolitan market. The current O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge XFINITY Series race that is part of a NASCAR tripleheader in November will be rebranded the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 beginning in 2017. The O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 XFINITY Series race is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2017.In addition to the traditional branding assets in race entitlement agreements, O'Reilly Auto Parts will continue as the "Official Auto Parts Supplier of Texas Motor Speedway" and own exclusive status in the auto parts store category.(Texas Motor Speedway)(5-16-2016)
Debris cautions down at Texas: Texas Motor Speedway often has been the apex for debris cautions in the Sprint Cup Series - which made Saturday's Duck Commander 500 an anomaly. The yellow flag flew only twice for debris in the 500-mile race - on Lap 136 and 296 of 334 - tying the fewest number of debris cautions at the 1.5-mile oval over the past six years. The April 19, 2010 race was the last at Texas that didn't include a debris yellow. In the 12 Cup races since then at Texas, there had been average of three debris cautions per race, including a high of seven in the Nov. 2, 2014 race. There were four in the Nov. 8, 2015 race. The Texas race kept in line with a trend of declining debris cautions this season. Through seven races, there have been eight debris yellows, with a high of two at Texas and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Martinsville Speedway had none over 500 laps).(NBC Sports)(4-11-2016)
Kyle Busch wins at Texas: #18-Kyle Busch won the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the season, 2nd win at Texas and 36th career win. He led 34 of 334 laps. Busch also won the XFINITY Series race on Friday night. It is the 9th time he has swept both races at a track during the same weekend.
#88-Earnhardt, Jr. finished 2nd, followed by #22-Logano, #48-Johnson, #24-Elliott, #78-Truex, Jr., #19-Edwards, #5-Kahne, #41-Busch, and #4-Harvick.
Pole winner, Edwards led 124 laps but had to pit under green with a loose wheel, lost a lap, and couldn't get back to the front before the end of the race.
Truex, Jr. led 141 laps, the most of any driver, but did not pit under the last caution and lost the lead to Busch with 32 laps to go.
There was a large wreck late in the race when Johnson got into the back of #3-Dillon, who was on old tires, and sent him into a spin. 13 cars received some damage in the incident.
The start of the race was delayed by nearly 2 hours after light rain hit the track.
There were 17 lead changes among 8 drivers and 7 cautions for 41 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 138.355mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
Hawg Heaven BBQ Melt available at Texas: Texas Motor Speedway and Levy Restaurants are making it easy for race fans to enjoy an entire barbeque meal, including those delicious comfort food sides, with just their hands. The Hawg Heaven BBQ Melt is the next generation of the highly successful, bacon-infused Hawg Heaven line and is sure to entice Texas BBQ lovers to check out the latest creation by Levy Restaurants Executive Chef Lincoln Engstrom. This oversized sandwich features: Texas BBQ pulled pork braised in Texas Motor Speedway's recently released No Limits Checkered Past craft beer produced by the Audacity Brew House in Denton, Texas, Creamy bacon jalapeño mac & cheese, Texas 1015 sweet onions, and Fried spicy pickle chips. All of those ingredients are wedged between two slices of griddled jalapeño cornbread and garnished with a bacon-wrapped jalapeño. The Hawg Heaven BBQ Melt, which will sell for $12, makes its debut at next weekend's Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The item will only be available at the concession stand on the concourse inside the Gate 4 main grandstand entrance.(TMS)(4-2-2016)
No Limits Checkered Past craft beer to be available at Texas: Texas Motor Speedway will become the state's first professional sports industry entity and arguably the country's first sporting venue to own its own beer with the unveiling of the No Limits Checkered Past craft beer. The rapidly growing Audacity Brew House in nearby Denton created the No Limits Checkered Past session craft beer that will be sold at all major events at the world-renowned motorsports facility in Fort Worth as well as through retailers in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. No Limits Checkered Past officially will debut during the April 7-9 Duck Commander 500 weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The appropriately named No Limits Checkered Past craft beer, centered around the speedway's "No Limits, Texas" marketing campaign, is a versatile, light-bodied Texas steam beer that provides low bitterness and a character that revolves into a toasty, rustic finish that remains perfect for year-round consumption. The beer is carefully crafted with pale barley and lager yeast to provide a light, malt character that is aged for three weeks and cold filtered before being transferred into the signature No Limits Checkered Past can. The 12-ounce can features a diamond-plated look with the iconic No Limits, Texas skull logo adorned at the top with the No Limits Checkered Past logo across a race tire and pistons. Beginning with the upcoming Duck Commander 500, No Limits Checkered Past will be sold throughout Texas Motor Speedway. Following the race weekend, No Limits Checkered Past will be available at various local retailers. No Limits Checkered Past will become the 12th beer on Audacity Brew House's lineup of popular craft beers. Audacity Brew House, which began operation nearly a year and a half ago, has exploded onto the popular craft beer scene after becoming Denton's first brewery when it opened in 2014.(TMS)(3-31-2016)
Blake Shelton filming at Texas; casting call for fans: Texas Motor Speedway is having a casting call during next week's Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader that will give fans of Blake Shelton the opportunity to take part in a national television commercial featuring the country music superstar. NBC and NBC Sports have selected Texas Motor Speedway as the backdrop for the broadcast partner's opening theme video for its 2016 NASCAR coverage of the season's final half, which includes November's AAA Texas 500, and will film the segment on Friday, April 8, in the south paddock area of the speedway infield. The casting call is for fans to serve as the stage-side crowd as Shelton, also a judge on NBC's popular reality show "The Voice," performs his hit song, "Bringing Back the Sunshine." To register, it's as simple as downloading Texas Motor Speedway's free mobile app. The app is available on iTunes and Google Play. Those selected as participants will get access to the Texas Motor Speedway infield for them and a guest and be part of the crowd for Shelton's performance.(Texas Motor Speedway)(3-29-2016)
Texas Motor Speedway honorary positions announced: Sadie Robertson, who finished runner-up in last year's "Dancing With The Stars" competition and one of the stars of A&E's reality hit show "Duck Dynasty," has been named the Honorary Starter for the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, April 9, at Texas Motor Speedway. Sadie Robertson will have the honor of waving the green flag from the starter's stand for the 40-car field in the first Saturday night race of the Sprint Cup season that will be televised live on FOX. Robertson was a fan favorite on "Dancing With The Stars" as she advanced to the finals with partner Mark Ballas before finishing runner-up to actor Alfonso Ribeiro and partner Witney Carson. Sadie will be one of several members of the Robertson clan or associated with Duck Commander that will be in honorary positions for NASCAR's third-highest paying race. Those include:
Jase Robertson and 12-year-old Rowdy Robertson, the recently adopted son of Willie and Korie who is from Texas, as the tandem that will provide the most famous words in motorsports in their role as co-Grand Marshals.
Uncle Si will spice up driver introductions as he will announce the top-10 starting lineup for the Duck Commander 500 while his brother and family patriarch, Phil, will deliver the invocation.
Justin Martin, a Duck Commander employee and "Duck Dynasty" co-star, will drive one of the pace cars and lead the field to the green flag.
Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck/Buck Commander, will culminate the day by helping present the Duck Commander 500 trophy to the race winner in Sunoco Victory Lane.(TMS)(3-16-2016)
Lynyrd Skynyrd to headline free concert at Texas: Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band that was fundamental in defining the term "Southern rock," will headline the Loud & Proud Pre-Race Show powered by Texas Lottery for the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, April 9, at Texas Motor Speedway. Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform an hour-long concert on the frontstretch stage beginning at approximately 4:40 pm prior to the start of the Duck Commander 500 at 6:30 pm. Fans can enjoy the concert from their seats or upgrade with the VIP pre-race pass for $79 that allows "mosh pit" access in front of the stage for the concert and Sprint Cup Series driver introductions. VIP pre-race passes as well as individual tickets for the Duck Commander 500, which must accompany the VIP credential, go on sale Friday beginning at 9:00 am. The VIP pre-race pass is free for most 2016 season ticket packages. For more ticket information, please visit texasmotorspeedway.com or call the ticket office at 817.215.8500.(TMS)(2-16-2016)
Speedway Children's Charities Distributes Nearly $2.9 Million Nationwide: Speedway Children's Charities officials have announced that the nonprofit will distribute nearly $2.9 million in grants to more than 390 different charitable organizations across the country in 2015, bringing the total funds distributed since 1982 to more than $46 million.
"My parents started Speedway Children's Charities from modest beginnings with the goal of helping children in physical, financial, emotional and medical need," said Marcus Smith, vice chairman of Speedway Children's Charities. "From that first chapter at Charlotte Motor Speedway to now eight chapters at Speedway Motorsports' facilities nationwide, we've far surpassed their early expectations. But as long as there is a need, Speedway Children's Charities will continue working to improve the lives of children by supporting local nonprofits that help children in hundreds of local communities."
Funds distributed by Speedway Children's Charities chapters at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway totaled $2,886,902 in 2015. Speedway Children's Charities raises grant money through various fundraising activities, including clay shoots, track events, auctions, holiday light displays and more.
"It was a banner year for Speedway Children's Charities, and we can't thank the race fans, sponsors, volunteers, team owners, drivers and staff enough for all of their efforts to help children in need," said Maj. Gen. Chuck Swannack, executive director of Speedway Children's Charities. "Every single dollar or volunteer hour makes a difference, and these fundraising results will have a true impact to help children in need of a brighter future." For more information on SCC or to see how to volunteer or make a donation, visit www.speedwaycharities.org.(CMS)(12-16-2015)
Cyber Monday sale at Texas for the Duck Commander 500: This is your only change to purchase frontstretch tickets to the entire April weekend at Texas Motor Speedway (including Qualifying Day, O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 and the Duck Commander 500) plus a Pre-Race Pass at one low price. Tickets for the weekend and a Pre-Race pass for only $99 while supplies last. Individual tickets will not go on sale until February 12th, take advantage of the Cyber Monday Special and be the first to get your tickets.(TMS)(11-29-2015)
Johnson wins at Texas: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for his 5th win of the season, 6th win at Texas and 75th career win. Johnson led just 6 of the 334 laps. He passed #2-Keselowski with 3 laps remaining after Keselowski had dominated the race, leading 312 laps.
#24-Gordon remains the only driver automatically advancing to the Championship round of The Chase after his Martinsville win.
#2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #18-Busch, #19-Edwards, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #41-Busch, #78-Truex, Jr., #24-Gordon, and #1-McMurray.
#22-Joey Logano cut down a tire 10 laps into the race and had to go to the garage for extended repairs. He finished 40th, 66 laps down.
Erik Jones, filling in for #20 Kenseth, finished 12th.
There were 15 lead changes among 8 drivers and 9 cautions for 47 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 137.490mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).>(11-8-2015)
Enhanced cellular coverage available at Texas: Since joining the sport in 2004, Sprint has consistently provided a system of traditional mobile/portable integrated communication towers known as Cell on Wheels or COW system at Texas Motor Speedway to ensure fans attending the largest sporting events in the state have complete mobile service. Now, a new Distributed Radio Access Network known as a D-RAN system will build on the COW concept that Sprint pioneered and offer all carriers an even bigger opportunity. Texas Motor Speedway has installed the largest D-RAN system in the state and among the most prevalent deployments in the United States to greatly enhance cellular-based services for its fans using Verizon service beginning with this weekend's AAA Texas 500 NASCAR triple header. This is the initial phase of the multi-million dollar project that was spearheaded and built by Verizon and will only be available to the company's customers for the AAA Texas 500 race weekend. Once the system is established this weekend, other major carriers will have the ability to be added to the D-RAN system in the future to give Texas Motor Speedway the most comprehensive coverage during race weekends with multiple carriers on board. For the AAA Texas 500, other major carriers will continue to utilize the COW system. Sprint will have four COWs to enhance their service on the inside and outside of the facility while AT&T will have one COW situated inside.(Texas Motor Speedway)(11-5-2015)
Texas to debut 'Fire and Ice' food items: Texas Motor Speedway and Levy Restaurants have once again captured their fans love of bacon with a unique combination of 'Fire and Ice' food items for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend set for Nov. 5-8. The next generation of the highly successful Hawg Heaven line ignites the "fire" with the Hawg Heaven Double Barrel Dawg and then cools things down with an icy treat - the Final Rocky Road-eoice cream sundae in tribute to retiring NASCAR icon Jeff Gordon. Both items will make their debut at during the AAA Texas 500 race week at Texas Motor Speedway. The tradition of bacon-themed concession items continues with the Hawg Heaven Double Barrel Dawg. Following in the footsteps of the widely popular Hawg Heaven Queso Wing, Hawg Heaven Bacon Nachos, Hawg Heaven Bacon Cotton Candy and Shake 'N Bacon Brew, this sandwich is all about bacon. The massive sandwich features two foot-long Texas Hot Links, custom made for Levy Restaurants by locally owned Syracuse Sausage in nearby Ponder, Texas, a jalapeno bacon and caramelized onion mix, bacon queso and topped with crunchy spicy pork rinds. The bacon theme continues with a special tribute to Jeff Gordon's final race at Texas Motor Speedway with the Final Rocky Road-eo Sundae. The sundae features a Krispy Kreme maple bacon donut, two scoops of rocky road ice cream, hot fudge sauce infused with bacon, bacon whipped cream, honey roasted peanuts, chocolate chips, marshmallows and candied bacon. The two scoops of ice cream and four kinds of bacon are the perfect way to celebrate Gordon's final race at Texas Motor Speedway. The sandwich will sell for $11 while the sundae costs $10. Both will be available at the concession stand inside Gate 4 of the speedway.(TMS)(11-1-2015)
John Krasinski named grand marshal at Texas: Film and television star John Krasinski, who stars as a former Navy SEAL in the upcoming, real-life motion picture thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, has been named the Grand Marshal for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Krasinski, an actor, writer and director, will give the command for the Sprint Cup Series drivers of the 43-car field to start their engines in front of a crowd that annually comprises one of the largest-attended, single-day sporting events in Texas. Krasinski will be joined on the Grand Marshal stage by three of the heroes from the CIA annex security team that fought off Islamic militants on Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. Mark "Oz" Geist, Kris "Tanto" Paronto and John "Tig" Tiegen are elite ex-military operatives that were part of the small security team that helped ward off the terrorists that attacked U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi and were responsible for saving many American lives. Paramount Pictures' 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is directed by Michael Bay and opens in theaters on Jan. 15, 2016. Krasinski is perhaps best known for his role as the charming boy-next-door Jim Halpert on NBC's Emmy-winning smash hit The Office for nine seasons. He won Screen Actor Guild Awards in 2007 and '08 for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series.(Texas Motor Speedway)(10-27-2015)
Texas adding more SAFER barrier: When NASCAR returns to Texas Motor Speedway next month, competitors will be greeted by 3,000 additional feet of SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier on the 1.5-mile track. On Friday, TMS completed the first of three phases on the frontstretch. The project is expected to be finished next week - in time for the Texas AAA 500 on November 8. In April, TMS added 250 feet of tire-bundle barriers to five inner walls on the recommendation of NASCAR, following a sport-wide reexamination of tracks after Kyle Busch's vicious wreck at Daytona International Speedway in February.(Motorsport)(10-18-2015)
Padilla to sing National Anthem at Texas: Bárbara Padilla, the Mexican-American classical crossover soprano whose career blossomed after finishing runner-up on the fourth season of NBC's "America's Got Talent," has been invited to sing the National Anthem for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 8, at Texas Motor Speedway. Ms. Padilla, the talented songstress, will be making a stop on her North American tour schedule to perform for the first time ever at a NASCAR race before one of the largest crowds expected for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship rounds. The announcement comes during National Hispanic Heritage Month as Texas Motor Speedway and NASCAR celebrate the cultural contributions the international soprano has made to the United States. Ms. Padilla has performed as a soloist at symphonic events and has given concerts and recitals throughout the United States, Italy and Mexico. Her repertoire spans from beloved operas such as La Boheme, Turandot, Tosca, Madame Butterfly and La Traviata to poignant oratorios like Verdi's and Mozart's Requiem Masses and other masterworks including Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Joseph Haydn's Nelson Mass and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.(TMS)(10-14-2015)
Texas Motor Speedway Announces 2016 Racing Schedule: Texas Motor Speedway will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2016 by continuing to hold the distinction as the only motorsports venue that has hosted all three top-tier NASCAR Series and the Verizon IndyCar Series since its inception. The 2016 schedule will feature two races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series to go along with the only stop in Texas for the Verizon IndyCar Series. The Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader in April and AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader in November will sandwich the traditional INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader in June.
The season will open April 7-9 with the Duck Commander 500 weekend featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series. The weekend is highlighted by qualifying for the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series as well as the XFINITY Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday, April 8, and the first Saturday night race of the Sprint Cup season with the Duck Commander 500 on April 9.
The Firestone 600 enjoys its 20th anniversary as an INDYCAR/NASCAR combination event dating to Texas Motor Speedway's inaugural year in 1997 when it returns June 9-11. The weekend features qualifying day for the Verizon IndyCar Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday, June 10, that will be followed that evening by the running of the Camping World Truck Series Rattlesnake 400. The Firestone 600, the weekend's marquee event known as "America's Original Nighttime IndyCar Race," will run on Saturday, June 11.
The Texas Motor Speedway racing season concludes Nov. 3-6 with a NASCAR tripleheader that includes a pivotal Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in the Eliminator Round of the playoff-style format. The AAA Texas 500, set for Sunday, Nov. 6, will be the middle event of the three-race segment (Martinsville and Phoenix are the other races) that will determine the four drivers of the eight remaining in championship contention that will earn the right to vie for the Sprint Cup Series crown at the season finale in Homestead.
The race weekend also features Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series qualifying followed by the Camping World Truck Series Longhorn 350 race on Friday, Nov. 4., and XFINITY Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge qualifying and race on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Season tickets go on sale beginning Monday, Nov. 2, and start as low as $199 for adults and $139 for children 12 and under. Individual tickets for the Duck Commander 500 and Firestone 600 weekends go on sale Feb. 12 and the on-sale date for the 2016 AAA Texas 500 weekend will be announced at a later date. For more information, contact the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(10-3-2015)
Texas announces new race weekend sponsors: Texas Motor Speedway announced the addition of Service King Collision Repair Centers and Charlie 1 Horse to its family of sponsors with both signing entitlement deals for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend scheduled for Nov. 5-8. Service King Collision Repair Centers, the Richardson, Texas-based company that operates 253 locations across 23 states, will serve as the event's qualifying day sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. Service King Qualifying Days will feature Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series qualifying Friday, Nov. 6, and XFINITY Series qualifying Saturday, Nov. 7. Charlie 1 Horse, the Garland, Texas-based manufacturer of the iconic cowboy hat awarded to the winning driver at Texas Motor Speedway, will culminate the race weekend excitement with the Charlie 1 Horse Running Rouge Post-Race Show featuring Roger Creager. The concert, free to all AAA Texas 500 ticketholders, will take place on the frontstretch infield approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the race. Creager, a native of Corpus Christi, has been playing some of Texas country music fans favorite songs since bursting onto the scene in 1998. The Charlie 1 Horse Running Rouge Post-Race Show featuring Roger Creager will be the second of two free concerts for fans attending the AAA Texas 500. Sammy Hagar and The Circle featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson will perform during the Loud and Proud Pre-Race Show fueled by American Ethanol.(TMS)(9-4-2015)
Sammy Hagar to headline pre-race show at Texas: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar is teaming up with Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson for their only visit to North Texas as the all-star quartet will headline the pre-race activities for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 8, at Texas Motor Speedway. Sammy Hagar and The Circle featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson will perform a free one-hour concert on pit road as part of the Loud and Proud Pre-Race Show fueled by American Ethanol and provide fans with a rare opportunity to experience music spanning more than 40 years of Hagar's career. With Bonham on board, they can also expect a few of Led Zeppelin's biggest hits added to the mix. Joining Hagar for the concert will be Anthony, the renowned rhythm section bassist who has played with him for the last 30 years in bands including Van Halen and Chickenfoot; Johnson, guitarist from Hagar's band the Wabos; and Bonham, acclaimed drummer and son of iconic Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. AAA Texas 500 ticketholders also will have an opportunity to enjoy Sammy Hagar and The Circle stage side along with driver introductions by purchasing a Loud and Proud Pre-Race Show fueled by American Ethanol pass for $79. Pre-race passes as well as individual tickets for the AAA Texas 500 go on sale Friday, beginning at 9:00am/ct, through the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at 817.215.8500 or www.texasmotorspeedway.com. The pre-race pass and access is free for all Texas Motor Speedway season ticket holders. All pre-race passes must be accompanied with a ticket to the AAA Texas 500. (Texas Motor Speedway)(8-10-2015)
#48-Jimmie Johnson wins at Texas: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the season, 5th win at Texas Motor Speedway and his 72nd career win.
#4-Harvick finished second, the rest of the top 10: #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #22-Logano, #2-Keselowski, #1-McMurray, #24-Gordon, #5-Kahne, #78-Truex, Jr. and #19-Edwards.
Harvick, Logano, and Truex, Jr have all finished in the top-10 every race this season.
Pole sitter #41-Kurt Busch led 46 laps on the night, but finished 14th.
Harvick continues to hold the Chase points lead. He and Johnson each have 2 wins on the season but Harvick has 306 points to #48-Johnson's 216.
There were 29 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 40 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 140.500mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-11-2015)
Hawg Heaven Queso Wing to debut at Texas: Texas Motor Speedway and Levy Restaurants are bringing home the bacon once again to its fans. The next generation of the highly successful Hawg Heaven line - the Hawg Heaven Queso Wing - will make its debut at the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The Hawg Heaven Queso Wing is an oversized chicken drummette that is French cut, doused in a bacon queso sauce and then topped with a mixture of crumbled Doritos and bacon bits. An order includes four wings, which is just under one pound of chicken. The item will sell for $12 and only be available at the concession stand on the concourse inside the Gate 4 main grandstand entrance. The Hawg Heaven concession line began in 2013 with the Hawg Heaven Bacon Cotton Candy and has featured the Shake 'n Bacon Brew bacon-infused beer milkshake and most recently Hawg Heaven Bacon Nachos. The bacon-infused nachos also will be available during the Duck Commander 500 race weekend.(TMS)(4-7-2015)
Texas Motor Speedway to place tire packs at five locations UPDATE: Texas Motor Speedway will present additional safety devices when its racing season begins next week with a NASCAR doubleheader. Speedway Motorsports Inc., which owns TMS, began reviewing its facilities after Kyle Busch's hard crash into an unprotected concrete wall at Daytona International Speedway in the season-opening Xfinity race. Busch incurred a broken right leg and left foot and has not returned. SMI assigned a group of consultants and engineers review TMS' 11/2-mile track on Sunday. They recommended adding 244 linear feet of tire packs in five locations. That includes spaces of 33 feet in Turn 1 and 29 feet in Turn 4. TMS immediately went to work implementing the suggestions, at its expense. The track expects the tire packs to be installed in time for the first events of the season: the Xfinity O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on April 10 and the Sprint Cup Duck Commander 500 the following evening. The tire packs are a short-term answer. In the off-season, when the material is available, TMS is expected to replace them with the more advanced and more expensive SAFER barrier.(Dallas Morning News)(4-1-2015)
UPDATE: Texas Motor Speedway, following the recommendations and guidance of NASCAR officials, completed a two-day installation project Wednesday to add 250 feet of tire barriers in preparation for next week's Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend. The tire bundles were added to five inner wall areas of the 1.5-mile oval per the instruction of NASCAR as to the specific locations, length of runs and general construction of the safety addition. The inner wall at the exit of pit lane was the most wide-ranging area with 115 feet of tire bundles while areas near pit lane entry, the jet truck staging area in Turn 1 and emergency vehicle cut-out areas in turns 1 and 4 varied between 30 and 35 feet each. Approximately 450 tires were used in constructing the barriers, which will complement the existing, extensive SAFER Barrier system that encompasses the majority of the walls.
The tire bundles, which consist of a combination of racing and street tires, are bolted together using heavy-duty nuts, bolts and washers. The tires are secured to the wall with a 3/8-inch cable that runs through the top row of tires of each tire bundle as well as cable clamps that are also used on the speedway's wheel fence. The purpose of the cable is to minimize the tires becoming dislodged should they be heavily impacted.(TMS)(4-2-2015)
Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame names inductees: Renowned NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick headlines this year's list of honorees for the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame Gala benefiting Speedway Children's Charities on Thursday, April 9, in The Speedway Club's Grand Ballroom at Texas Motor Speedway. Hendrick's induction into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame culminates an evening of recognizing some of the most outstanding individuals in motorsports. Along with Hendrick, other honorees include NASCAR Hall of Famer and three-time Cup Series champion Darrell Waltrip; four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon; 2014 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott; and Texas Motor Speedway's April race title sponsor Duck Commander. Duck Commander, which has played a major role in supporting the initiatives of Speedway Children's Charities, will receive the Maj. General Thomas Sadler Award. The company, made famous by the Robertson family of the popular A&E reality show Duck Dynasty, officially joined Texas Motor Speedway as a race sponsor in 2014. Since becoming a member of the Texas Motor Speedway family, the organization has made key contributions that included unique hunting experiences with TV personality John Godwin, along with signed memorabilia for Speedway Children's Charities Live Auctions. The generosity of Duck Commander has helped Speedway Children's Charities raise more than $55,000 to benefit children in North Texas in the last year. The Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame, located in the outdoor atrium adjacent to The Speedway Club, is free to the public and remains open year round. The Hall of Fame atrium features pedestals of the inductees with a portrait painting and career highlights.(TMS)(3-25-2015)
Texas World Speedway set to be closed for housing development: College Station and Bryan is growing everyday with more than 200,000 people living in the area... and counting. Texas World Speedway will shutdown in mid-June to make way for a multi-million dollar housing development. CEO Bill Mather is also the housing developer who will convert the 400 acre speedway into driveways and into what will be known as the "Southern Point" community. The $55 million dollar development will be constructed in five phases to include 1400 homes, a commercial development, nature trails, and space for a new elementary school. The development will be the first municipal utility district, or MUD, in College Station. Developers like Mather will absorb the costs of building the infrastructure, and bonds will be used to reimburse the developers quicker than waiting for the lots to be sold. Mather hopes to break ground shortly after the track closes in mid-June with the first homeowner possibly moving in by the Summer of 2016.(KBTX)(3-18-2015)
Gordon to be honored by Texas Motor Speedway March 12th: #24-Jeff Gordon, who announced in January that this will be the final season of his illustrious Sprint Cup Series career, will be honored by Texas Motor Speedway, the city of Dallas and a Dallas sports great on Thursday, March 12, during a special public event at Klyde Warren Park in the Dallas Arts District. Gordon is scheduled to make a grand entrance at 12:30pm/ct in the famed #24 Panasonic-sponsored Chevy with Godwin from A&E's hit television reality show Duck Dynasty riding shotgun in the two-seater stock car. Following the presentations, Gordon will conduct a Q&A with the crowd. Gordon, as well as the other special guests, also will conduct media availability sessions following their segment on the park stage. Gordon is visiting on behalf of Texas Motor Speedway to promote the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, April 11, at Texas Motor Speedway. Tickets are available for the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com or calling (817) 215-8500.(TMS)(3-4-2015)
Tickets for April Texas race on sale: Texas Motor Speedway announced that individual tickets for April's Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend as well as pre-race concert passes for the Casey Donahew Band go on sale Friday. Beginning at 9:00am/ct Friday, individual tickets for the Duck Commander 500 - the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series nighttime race of the season set for Saturday, April 11 - start as low as $30 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets for the XFINITY Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday, April 10, also will be available beginning at $30 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. AMDRO Pre-Race LogoThe Casey Donahew Band will open the festivities for the Duck Commander 500as the headliner for the Loud and Proud Pre-Race Show presented by AMDRO. The Texas Country band will take to the stage at 4:45 p.m. for aone-hour concert. The Duck Commander 500 will begin at 6:30 pm/et. Fans can purchase a special $79 "mosh pit" ticket for the Loud and Proud Pre-Race Show presented by AMDRO, providing them exclusive stage-side access for the concert and access to the driver introduction stage. The "mosh pit" ticket must be accompanied by a Duck Commander 500 grandstand ticket. To purchase tickets or for additional information, visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.(TMS)(2-13-2015)
Texas Motor Speedway seeking Fan Council members: For a fourth consecutive year, Texas Motor Speedway is seeking fans to become part of the Texas Motor Speedway Fan Council which provides insightful feedback in an effort to enhance the raceday experience for all speedway's guests. Continuing through Feb. 6, fans can submit their application by visiting 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 Verizon 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. Selections will be made Feb. 16 and members will be notified no later than Feb. 20. Once the term expires, new members will be chosen for the 2016 season.(TMS)(1-14-2015)
TMS's SCC Annual Tree Ligting & Grant Ceremony: The season of giving came early for five North Texas non-profit organizations Tuesday, Dec 2nd, as Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter ushered in the holiday season by awarding more than $300,000 in funds, including the $150,000 Founder's Grant to the Tarrant Area Food Bank, during its annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Grant Ceremony at Texas Motor Speedway.(TMS)(12-5-2014)
AAA Texas to stay as sponsor through 2017: AAA Texas has served as the title sponsor of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup's most dramatic race in the 10-race playoff for the last five seasons and on Sunday the organization announced it has extended its partnership as title sponsor with Texas Motor Speedway. AAA Texas has agreed to extend its sponsorship of the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race through the end of the 2017 season. No financial terms of the deal were disclosed, but with the extension AAA Texas 500 will continue to keep its namesake on the Chase's largest-attended race. "We are always excited for NASCAR racing here at Texas Motor Speedway," AAA Vice President of Direct Sales Vicki Foshee said. "The AAA Texas 500 has loyal fans, many of which are actually AAA members. Since both organizations share a number of high-focus service qualities it makes sense for us to extend our partnership." Sponsors remain the lifeblood of Texas Motor Speedway and an essential component of helping continue its efforts to provide a one-of-a-kind experience to its loyal race fans. "It's important for us to have AAA Texas to help us do things the way we do them - from paying the biggest purse to unicycle football in the 'No Limits' Garage Party and all the other things that we do," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "Those kinds of things cost money and to be able to try and do it as first-class and as usual as we try to do things here it's important to us that folks like AAA Texas are good partners. We thank them for their loyal support and look forward to all the excitement that will unfold in the AAA Texas 500 for the next three years."(TMS)(11-4-2014)
Good crowd at Texas: The Chase for the Sprint Cup AAA Texas 500 on Sunday drew a larger crowd than last season, Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage. NASCAR stopped giving attendance figures last season. Unofficial estimates placed the crowd at about 138,000. The fall race in 2012 had a listed crowd of 146,000. Gossage said this was the largest attendance for the eight Chase races to date. "You'd always like to have more," Gossage said. "Good crowd." The race went against the start of deer-hunting season in the state of Texas and a Formula 1 event in Austin (plus a home Cowboy's game on Sunday).(Dallas Morning News)(11-4-2014)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
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