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THE RACE: Samsung 500

TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #7 of 36 for the 2009 season
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Sunday, April 5, 2009 in Fort Worth, TX

  • Title Sponsor: Samsung

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:16pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Coverage: FOX 1:30pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:30am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, April 8 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

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  • Practices:
    Friday, April 3, 1:00 - 2:30pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, April 4, 12:00 - 12:45pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday. April 4, 1:20 - 1:20pm/et, TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, April 3, 12:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, April 3 at 4:40pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air on SPEED 8:00pm/et;
    AND live via radio at PRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Jeff Gordon wins at Texas: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway for his first win at Texas [Homestead is the lone track Gordon has not won a race in Sprint Cup], his 1st win of 2009, his first win in 47 races [his last points win was at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Oct 2007] and 82nd win of his career. #48-Johnson finished 2nd, followed by #16-Biffle, #14-Stewart, #17-Kenseth, #5-Martin, #42-Montoya, #2-Busch, #31-Burton and #99-Edwards. Pole sitter #00-Reutimann finished 11th and #88-Earnhardt Jr. finished 20th, a lap down. There were 6 cautions for 30 laps and there were 28 lead changes among 14 drivers.
    For race results, awards and more on the Texas Race Results Page.(4-5-2009)

  • UNOFFICAL Driver Points Standings [after Texas, race 7 of 36]:
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1154 [1 win]
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 992, -162 [1 win]
    3) #2-Kurt Busch, 974, -180 [1 win]
    4) #33-Clint Bowyer, 967, -187
    5) #14-Tony Stewart, 963, -191
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin, 938, -216
    7) #18-Kyle Busch, 914,-240 [2 wins]
    8) #99-Carl Edwards, 889, -265
    9) #17-Matt Kenseth, 864, -290 [2 wins]
    10) #9-Kasey Kahne, 851, -303
    11) #00-David Reutimann, 845, -309
    12) #31-Jeff Burton, 835, -319
    Contenders for the top-12:
    13) #42-Juan Montoya, 819, -335
    14) #29-Kevin Harvick, 796, -358
    15) #16-Greg Biffle, 775, -379
    16) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 768, -386
    For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers/Owners Points Standings.(4-5-2009)

  • Race Fast Facts - Texas Motor SpeedwayB Jeff Gordon won the SAMSUNG 500, his 82nd victory in 552 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2009. Gordon ends a career-long 47-race winless drought.
    Gordon remains sixth on the all-time wins list with 82 wins, one behind Cale Yarborough.
    This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 17 races at Texas Motor Speedway. Gordon now has a win at every active track but one -- Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 12 races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2009.
    Greg Biffle (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 11 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 162 points over Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-5-2009)

  • Penalty Report - Texas Motor Speedway
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #78, 99, Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires, Tail End
    #18, 153, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Tail End
    #00, 154, Car pitting out of the assigned pit box, 1 Lap
    #19, 158, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #96, 221, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #88, 221, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In
    #43, 222, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
    #12, 304, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #25, 306, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-5-2009)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #44-Allmendinger, 34th
    Caution 2: #83-Vickers, 16th
    Caution 3: #83-Vickers (2), 16th
    Caution 4: #98-Menard, 13th
    Caution 5: #00-Reutimann, 11th
    Caution 6: #39-Newman, 15th
    (4-5-2009)

  • Pit Stall Selections - Texas: The selections for pit stalls of the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #00-David Reutimann chose pit stall 1 as do most pole sitters, while outside pole sitter #24-Gordon took pit stall 14, the next with an opening in front of it and #17-Kenseth, took pit stall 24, which is the next stall with an opening in front of it. #6-Ragan who starts 4th, chose the final pit stall. See the pit selection chart on the Texas Motor Speedway Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-4-2009)

  • Race Coverage of the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, April 5, 2009.
    TV: FOX at 2:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 1:30 pm/et; green flag approx 2:16pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Scheduled Race Re-Air: SPEED, Wednesday, April 8 at 12:00pm/et;


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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  • Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the top 5:
    #48-Johnson 183.717
    #11-Hamlin 188.717
    #18-Busch 183.605
    #26-McMurray 183.293
    #71-Gilliland 183.175
    slowest: #09-Bliss 175.092 and #13-Papis 175.359
    incidents: none
    For the best speeds, ave speeds, laps run and more, see the Texas Practice Speeds/News page.(4-4-2009)

  • 1st Saturday Practice for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the top 5:
    #00-Reutimann 186.213
    #48-Johnson 185.938
    #11-Hamlin 185.720
    #99-Edwards 185.618
    #24-Gordon 185.529
    slowest: #66-Blaney 175.479 and #09-Bliss 177.667
    incidents: #77-Hornish spun in turn 4, but didn't hit anything
    For the best speeds, ave speeds, laps run and more, see the Texas Practice Speeds/News page.(4-4-2009)

  • Reutimann wins pole at Texas: #00-David Reutimann won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a lap of 190.517mph for his 1st pole of 2009 and 2nd career pole. Points leader #24-Jeff Gordon will start 2nd, followed by #17-Kenseth, #6-Ragan, #98-Menard, #9-Kahne, #14-Stewart, #18-Busch, #48-Johnson and #20-Logano.
    The seven non top-35 drivers to make the race: #09-Bliss, #71-Gilliland, #78-Smith, #21-Elliott, #13-Papis, #25-Keselowski, #8-Almirola and #66-Blaney.
    Missing the race are: #87-Nemechek, #82-Speed, #41-Mayfield, #64-Bodine and #36-Riggs.
    See qualifying results, starting lineup, pole progression and more on my Texas Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(4-3-2009)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Texas Motor Speedway
    #00-David Reutimann won the Coors Light Pole Award for the SAMSUNG 500 with a lap of 28.344 seconds, 190.517 mph.
    This is his second pole in 70 Sprint Cup Series races. His first pole came at Homestead in 2008.
    This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2009.
    This is his first pole in four races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    One driver has won a Texas Sprint Cup Series race from the pole -- Kasey Kahne in the 2006 spring race.
    #24-Jeff Gordon (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2009 and his 11th in 17 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    #17-Matt Kenseth (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his second in seven races this season.
    #20-Joey Logano (10th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-3-2009)

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #98-Menard, 1st out to qualify, 189.907mph, starts 5th
    #6-Ragan, 3rd out, 189.934, starts 4th
    #17-Kenseth, 10th out, 189.954, starts 3rd
    #24-Gordon, 13th out, 190.194, starts 2nd
    #00-Reutimann, 17th out, 190.517, starts 1st

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #24-Gordon, 190.194, starts 2nd
    Dodge: #9-Kahne, 189.900, starts 6th
    Ford: #17-Kenseth, 189.954, starts 3rd
    Toyota: #00-Reutimann, 190.517,starts 1st

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #13-Max Papis (X), 186.496mph, starts 39th
    #20-Joey Logano, 189.268mph, starts 10th
    #82-Scott Speed (X), 185.790, starts DNQ
    X = needed to race their way in to the race
    DNQ = Did not qualify for race

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 3, 2009 at 4:40pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 4:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Qualifying Re-Air: 8:00pm/et; 2:00am/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is posted. 48 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #98-Menard, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #1-Truex Jr. The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #09-Bliss, and the final driver scheduled to qualify is #87-Nemechek. See the full qualifying order on the Texas Qualifying Page.(4-3-2009)

  • Friday Practice for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over, the top 5:
    #5-Martin 189.693
    #00-Reutimann 189.553
    #2-Busch 189.547
    #16-Biffle 189.016
    #48-Johnson 188.983
    slowest: #64-Bodine 184.118 & #36-Riggs 184.206
    For the best speeds, ave speeds, laps run and more, see the Texas Practice Speeds/News page.(4-3-2009)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Texas Motor Speedway:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #13-Max Papis, 18th
    #71-David Gilliland, 28th
    #78-Regan Smith, 29th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 35th
    #8-Aric Almirola, 37th
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC], 40th
    #09-Mike Bliss, 41st
    #25-Brad Keselowski, 42nd
    these drivers would miss the race if things stayed the same:
    #82-Scott Speed, 43rd
    #66-Dave Blaney, 44th
    #41-Jeremy Mayfield, 45th
    #36-Scott Riggs, 47th
    #64-Todd Bodine, 48th

  • The Entry List for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is posted, 48 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points (which now count after race five):
    #09-Mike Bliss (46/6 attempts)
    #8-Aric Almirola (37/6)
    #13-Max Papis (49/1)
    #21-Bill Elliott {Past Champ](47/2)
    #25-Brad Keselowski (51/1)
    #36-Scott Riggs (40/6)
    #41-Jeremy Mayfield (43/6)
    #64-Todd Bodine (45/6)
    #66-Dave Blaney (40/6)
    #71-David Gilliland (36/6)
    #78-Regan Smith (44/2)
    #82-Scott Speed (38/6)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/6)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 21,71,8,82,36,66,87,41
    missing the race would be [5]: #'s 64,09,78,13,25
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Texas Entry List.(3-30-2009)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Texas:
    #71-Gilliland falls out of the top-35 by 3 points and #98-Menard moves into a locked in position
    31) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 485, +75
    32) #77-Hornish/Penske: 459, +48
    33) #34-Andretti/Earnhart Ganassi: 455, +44
    34) #20-Logano/Gibbs: 437 +26
    35) #98-Menard/Yates: 414, 3 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #71-Gilliland/TRG 411, 3 points out of 35th
    37) #8-Almirola/Earnhardt Ganassi: 387, -27
    38) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 386 -28
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(3-29-2009)

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Last Years Sprint Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - ALL Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] with Owners points as the tie breaker, if still tied then by best finish
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page

  • Single File Restarts with 20 laps to go: NASCAR will use single-file lineups for restarts with 20 laps remaining in all three national series this year, NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said today. The previous rule called for single-file restarts with only 10 laps remaining. All other restarts had lapped cars on the inside lane. NASCAR is still allowing for the first driver one-lap down [Lucky Dog] to get back on the lead lap until there are 10 laps left in the race. Pemberton said the rule was to allow the leaders more room to race following a caution in the waning laps. “We’ve been talking to the crews, teams and drivers and we felt like it was a time to make a change,” Pemberton said. “We haven’t taken away the lucky dog and haven’t hurt anybody from getting a lap back.”(SceneDaily)(2-12-2009) Comment here

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Sprint Cup Series [NSCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
    The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Sprint Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
    If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Sprint Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
    Through the first five races of the season for the Sprint Cup, the top 35 in the NSCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Sprint Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Sprint Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Sprint Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
    This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.
    See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • TWO Race Tracks Jeff Gordon has never won a CUP race at: There are TWO current race tracks the Sprint Cup Series runs on that #24-Jeff Gordon has not won at [a Sprint Cup race]:
    Texas 0 for 16 with a best of 2nd in 2002 and 11/2008
    Homestead 0 for 9 with a best finish of 3rd 2004
    Gordon has won at 22 [20 active] of 24 tracks he has raced on including two not on the circuit any longer, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.
    Gordon won at Phoenix in April to finally knock that track off the list in his 17th try there.(11-16-2008)

  • November 2008 Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 188.469 mph, finished 2nd

  • April 2008 Pole Sitter: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 190.907mph, finished 12th

  • Track Pole Record: #25-Brian Vickers, 196.235, 11/3/2006

  • November 2008 Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 144.219mph, started 16th

  • April 2008 Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 144.814mph, started 2nd

  • Track Race Record: Carl Edwards, Nov 2005, 151.055mph

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

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: #17-Matt Kenseth, 2000, started 31st

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

  • Youngest Race Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 3 months, 22 days, 3/30/2003

  • Most Wins: 3 - Carl Edwards

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

  • Most Top 5s: 6 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Top 10s: 8 - Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson

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

  • Fewest Cautions: 5 - 11/2/2008

  • Most Caution Laps: 73, 4/6/1997

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 26, 11/2/2008

  • 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: 29 - 4/2/2000

  • Most Leaders: 29 - 4/2/2000

  • Fewest Leaders: 16 - 11/2/2008

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 16 - 11/2/2008

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 9 - Ford

  • 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

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 30: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 31: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 9 of 16
  • Races won from the top 10: 12 of 16

  • Pole Winners at Texas
    11/2008: Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 188.469 mph, finished 2nd
    4/2008: Dale Earnhardt Jr., #88 Chevy, 190.907, finished 12th
    11/2007: Martin Truex Jr., #1 Chevy, 193.105, finished 3rd
    4/2007: none, rained out
    11/2006: Brian Vickers, #25 Chevy, 196.235mph, finished 27th [record]
    4/2006: Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 190.315, finished 1st
    11/2005: Ryan Newman, #12 Dodge, 192.947, finished 25th
    4/2005: Ryan Newman, #12 Dodge, 193.882, finished 16th
    2004: Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 193.903, finished 25th
    2003; Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 193.514, finished 37th
    2002: Bill Elliott, #9 Dodge, 194.224, finished 9th
    2001; Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 190.678, finished 8th
    2000: Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 192.137, finished 8th
    1999: Kenny Irwin Jr, #28 Ford, 190.154, finished 15th
    1998: Jeremy Mayfield, #12 Ford, 185.906, finished 23rd
    1997: none, rained out

  • Race Winners at Texas
    11/2008: Carl Edwards, #99 Ford, 144.219mph, started 16th
    4/2008: Carl Edwards, #99 Ford, 144.814mph, started 2nd
    11/2007: Jimmie Johnson, #48 Chevy, 131.219, started 8th
    4/2007: Jeff Burton, #31 Chevy, 143.359, started 2nd
    11/2006: Tony Stewart, #20 Chevy, 134.891, started 8th
    4/2006: Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 137.943, started 1st
    11/2005: Carl Edwards, #99 Ford, 151.055, started 30th
    4/2005: Greg Biffle, #16 Ford, 130.055, started 5th
    2004: Elliott Sadler, #38-Ford, 138.845, started 19th
    2003: Ryan Newman, #12-Dodge, 131.517, started 3rd
    2002: Matt Kenseth, #17 Ford, 142.453, started 31st
    2001: Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 141.804, started 3rd
    2000: Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 131.152, started 4th
    1999: Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 144.276, started 4th
    1998: Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 136.771, started 7th
    1997: Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 125.111, started 5th

  • At Texas Motor Speedway:
    • Construction on Texas Motor Speedway began in 1995.
    • The original configuration called for an unusual dual banking system that had 24 degrees of banking for stock cars and eight degrees for open-wheel cars.
    • The first NASCAR race at Texas was a NASCAR Nationwide Series event on April 5, 1997.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas was on April 6, 1997.
    • In 1998, Turn 4 at Texas was reshaped to ease the transition from the turns to the front straightaway.
    • A second renovation started after the 1998 race and eliminated the dual banking and gave the track its current configuration.
    • There have been 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway, one per season 1997 through 2004 and two races per year since 2005.
    • Four drivers have competed in all 16 Texas races: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin.
    • Jeremy Mayfield won the first timed qualifying on April 4, 1998. Qualifying for the inaugural race in 1997 was canceled.
    • Jeff Burton won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
    • 11 drivers have scored poles at Texas, led by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte and Ryan Newman with two each.
    • 13 drivers have won races, led by Carl Edwards, with three.
    • 12 of 16 races have been won from a top-10 starting position. Only one has been won from the pole (Kasey Kahne in 2006).
    • Matt Kenseth started 31st en route to his victory at Texas in 2002, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started.
    • There have been two green-white-checkered finishes: fall 2006 (339/334) and spring 2008 (339/334).
    • Carl Edwards is the only driver with a season sweep at Texas, winning both races in 2008. Jimmie Johnson, who won there in 2007, is the only active driver who averages a top-10 finish at Texas (9.1).


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #5-Mark Martin Cheez-It #5 Team Schemes Page
    #8-Aric Almirola Guitar Hero: Metallica #8 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground #11 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Old Spice/Office Depot #14 Team Schemes Page
    #18-Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries/Labonte Tribute #18 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Best Buy #19 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott Motorcraft #21 Team Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon National Guard/DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray Valvoline/Sears #26 Team Schemes Page
    #34-John Andretti MyAutoLoan.com none...yet
    #43-Reed Sorenson McDonald's #43 Team Schemes Page
    #44-A.J. Allmendinger Super 8 none...yet
    #47-Marcos Ambrose Clorox #47 Team Schemes Page
    #48-Jimmie Johnson Kobalt Tools - Tough Tools for Cool Schools #48 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. amP Energy Drink/MtnDew #88 Team Schemes Page


  • Valvoline/Sears scheme for McMurray UPDATE & IMAGE: This weekend #26-Jamie McMurray will pilot the #26 Valvoline/Sears Auto Center Ford in the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. This car is the same car that McMurray last raced at Texas in November 2008 which was the start of his streak of finishing third for the last three races of the 2008 season.(RFR PR)(4-1-2009)
    UPDATE and IMAGE: As a means of celebrating its successful partnership with Sears Auto Center, Valvoline is sharing its scheduled primary paint scheme with Sears Auto Center on Jamie McMurray's #26 Ford in Sunday's Samsung 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The Sears Auto Center logo will be the primary display on the hood and rear-quarter panels of the #26 Ford, which is part of the Roush Fenway Racing team. The car look will be in the Valvoline blue, white and red colors. The Valvoline logo will be positioned on the hood, trunk decklid and rear bumper (TV panel). The Texas event will be the first of two Cup races that Valvoline and Sears Auto Center will share space on McMurray's #26 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. The other Cup event will be the July 11 Saturday night race at Chicagoland Speedway. "Valvoline is proud of its partnerships and winning heritage with both Roush Fenway Racing and Sears Auto Center," said Rob Clendening, Valvoline's motorsports manager. "It's a natural fit to have the three high-profile companies join forces with a slick looking paint scheme on the #26 Ford."(DMF Communications/Valvoline PR), see an image of the scheme on the #26 Team Schemes page.(4-1-2009) Comment here

  • #18 team to honor Labonte UPDATE & IMAGE: Kyle Busch’s #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota will feature a special paint scheme for the Samsung 500 in honor of Corpus Christi, TX native Bobby Labonte, who will be inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Labonte was behind the wheel of the #18 Interstate Batteries car for 10 years with team owner Joe Gibbs, which includes his 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship and 21 Sprint Cup career victories. Busch took over the #18 Toyota in 2008, which is sponsored by Interstate Batteries this weekend. The special paint scheme will be on display between 6-7 p.m. at the Speedway Club, with a photo opportunity with Busch, Labonte, CEO of Interstate Batteries Norm Miller and Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chairman/CEO Bruton Smith at 6:30pm. #96-Bobby Labonte and SMI Chairman Bruton Smith, who brought NASCAR back to Texas with the construction of Texas Motor Speedway, will be inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame on Wednesday, April 1 in The Speedway Club's Grand Ballroom at Texas Motor Speedway. Labonte and Smith will be available for media interviews between 6-7 p.m. and the dinner ceremony will begin at 7:30pm. Proceeds of the event will benefit Happy Hill Farm, an academy and home for at-risk children.(TMS PR)(4-1-2009)
    UPDATE and IMAGE: Kyle Busch will attempt to deliver something that has been high on the wish list for Interstate Batteries in their home state – a win at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in Fort Worth, located approximately 30 miles from Interstate’s company headquarters in Dallas. Busch will look for that elusive Sprint Cup victory at TMS in Sunday’s Samsung 500 Sprint Cup race. To add to the nostalgia of the coming weekend for Busch and the #18 team, their Toyota will sport the retro green and bright-red paint scheme that is similar to the one used on Labonte’s car during his 2000 championship season. The scheme coincides with Labonte’s induction into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame on Wednesday evening, a ceremony that Busch and Miller will attend. Busch will also sport a logo in honor of Labonte’s induction on the rear decklid of his Interstate Batteries Toyota. While Interstate has gone to victory lane at 12 different racetracks in the last 17 years, including prestigious venues such as Daytona International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Interstate and its distributors and dealers desperately want to add Texas to that list.(True Commincations/JGR PR), see an image of the scheme amd tribute on the #18 Team Schemes page.(4-1-2009) Comment here

  • National Guard returns on the #24: #24-Jeff Gordon and his Hendrick Motorsports team have a chance to share their patriotism publicly this season by featuring National Guard community-related initiatives on the hood of the #24 Chevy in eight Sprint Cup Series events. The National Guard's mission is to use the #24 car as a platform to help create awareness on some of the special programs it has to offer. These programs provide such incentives like job opportunities, valuable career training, college tuition, salary and benefits and the guidance needed to excel in life. This weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, Gordon's car will spotlight the National Guard's GED Plus program. The GED Plus program courses take only three weeks and has a success rate of more than 93 percent. Soldiers enlisted under the program earn a monthly paycheck and have the opportunity to select from more than 200 Military Occupational Specialties in which they can become skilled. For more information, visit www.nationalguard.com/JeffGordon.(NASCAR.com)(4-1-2009) Comment here

  • Guitar Hero Metallica returns at Texas: Guitar Hero Metallica will again partner with #8-Aric Almirola and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing for this weekend’s Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The game, which was released on March 29, allows users to enter the world of Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo and experience the intensity and skill of one of the greatest bands of all time.(EGR PR), see an image of the scheme on my #8 Team Schemes page.(4-1-2009)

  • Special Scheme for Johnson at Texas: #48-Jimmie Johnson will showcase a special "Tough Tools for Cool Schools" paint scheme for the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway as a result of his assistance with a partnership between Kobalt Tools and SkillsUSA. Lowe's and Kobalt Tools will help the next generation of skilled trade professionals by donating approximately $300,000 worth of Kobalt tools to more than 500 SkillsUSA building and construction trade classes and labs across the country. There are approximately 1,000 SkillsUSA chapters in Texas public schools and trade/technical schools. Texas SkillsUSA serves nearly 15,500 student and professional members who are enrolled in trade, technical, industrial and health occupation programs.(TMS PR), see an image of the scheme on the #48 Team Schemes page.(3-31-2009) Comment here

  • National Guard to sponsor Jeff Gordon? UPDATE 8 races: hearing that Jeff Gordon will be driving a National Guard scheme on the #24 Chevy in eight races in 2009, starting at Atlanta in March, have heard it will NOT effect the National Guard sponsorship of #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(11-23-2008) UPDATE: This season, Gordon and the #24 team will help bring awareness to the National Guard's community initiatives, such as the National Guard Youth Challenge, Active First, College First, Path to Honor and Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The programs will be showcased on the #24 DuPont/National Guard Chevy in eight races this season: March 8 at Atlanta; April 5 at Texas; May 9 at Darlington; June 14 at Michigan; July 11 at Chicagoland; Sept. 12 at Richmond; Sept. 20 at New Hampshire and Oct. 25 at Martinsville.(HMS PR), see images of the scheme on my #24 Team Schemes page.(1-21-2009) Comment here

  • Interstate Batteries returns for 2009: #18-Kyle Busch and Interstate Batteries are back for another season in the Sprint Cup Series. Busch is scheduled to run the scheme six times in 2009: California [Feb], Texas [Apr], NHMS [June], Daytona [July], Mischigan [Aug] and Dover [Sept]. See an image on my #18 Team Schemes page.(12-22-2008) Comment here

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Track Size: 1.5 miles
    Race: 334 laps, 501 miles
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
    Straightaways/dogleg: Banking: 5 degrees;
    Straights: Frontstraight - 2250 feet; Backstraight - 1330 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 138,122
    Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile quad oval, 334 laps, 501 miles
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Opened: 1997

    Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Contest Winner Mark Fredde
    Command to start engines: Mark Fredde
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Dr Roger Marsh, Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries
    National Anthem: 12-year-old Pianist Lewis Warren Jr.
    Military Flyover: ?
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage: texasmotorspeedway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Auto Club Speedway

  • Last April: see my April 2008 Race Info page

  • Last November: see the November 2008 Race Info page


  • Samsung 500 to have fans from all 50 states: When Josh Hoper, of Fargo, N.D., recently purchased tickets to Sunday’s Samsung 500, he represented the 50th state to have a resident scheduled to attend the Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The thought of having fans from all 50 states and five foreign countries attend this year’s Samsung 500 is usually a crowning achievement for Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage, but that was greatly tempered by the plight of Hoper. He was a victim of the floods that have ravaged his state and has been forced to evacuate his Fargo residence. “I’ve been watching this on the news every night and my heart has been going out to all of those folks that have been affected by the floods,” Gossage said. “It struck closer to home when I found out that Josh was a NASCAR fan going to make his first trip to Texas Motor Speedway and has been dealing with this.” Hoper said he is not “100% sure” he will be making the trip, but he is leaning toward coming for this week’s NASCAR double-header featuring the Samsung 500 and O’Reilly 300 Nationwide series race and get away from the natural disaster for a few days. “It’s kind of a hard decision to make with my situation right now,” said Hoper, who would be attending TMS with a friend, Walter Grow, who lives in Dallas. “I’m staying with some friends and family and they have encouraged me to get away this weekend. I haven’t made up my mind yet, but it would be nice to get away from throwing sand bags. I think it would be a good way to start the healing process.” And Gossage would like to provide a little additional healing for Hoper should he make his initial visit to Texas Motor Speedway. Gossage called Hoper on Wednesday to check on his well being as well as let him know that should he decide to visit that he can expect his Samsung 500 and O’Reilly 300 tickets for him and Grow to be upgraded to the Victory Lane Club, complimentary pit passes and some Texas Motor Speedway merchandise for making the effort. “If Josh can make it here for the Samsung 500, it truly would be special for us to have all 50 states represented considering his circumstances,” Gossage said. “I think being in the NASCAR community would definitely help him with the healing process.”(TMS PR)(4-3-2009)

  • Recycling at Texas: Coca-Cola Recycling and more than 300 volunteers are going to turn Texas Motor Speedway green during the race weekend. Coca-Cola will have recycling bins located along the concourse, Midway souvenir area and VIP campground. Following Sunday's race, volunteers will file through the aisles to collect recyclable items. During November's Dickies 500 weekend, the group collected more than 5,900 pounds of recycled goods. The goal is to collect more than 15,000 pounds during the upcoming weekend. The recycled goods will eventually be used to produce carpet, T-shirts, jackets and cell phones.(TMS PR)(4-1-2009)

  • Texas Motor Speedway Burnout Alley Update: Burnout Alley the latest enhancement to Texas Motor Speedway, continues to take shape as it nears its completion date. The state-of-the-art motorcoach area located along the backstretch of the speedway is nearly 85 percent complete and is expected to be finished within the next two weeks. Crews recently finished paving the area and now are working on the final touches before it debuts for the Samsung 500 race weekend beginning Wednesday, April 1. In the coming week, crews will provide electric and video lines to the patio area, install the wireless internet infrastructure, complete the fencing that defines the 30x60 foot RV spaces and make the final touches with signage displays along the area. Burnout Alley has taken shape within a matter of four months when Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage announced the $2 million capital improvement project on Dec. 1. Each Burnout Alley space sells for $15,000 for the entire race season and includes full service hook-ups for water, electric and live race feeds; concierge service that will include grocery shopping; catering options; free wireless internet and 24-hour restroom access. The ticket package for each race week will consist of 10 VIP passes for Burnout Alley; 10 pre-race passes for each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race; 10 pit/infield passes; two access passes for The Speedway Club; 10 souvenir event programs; and three reserved parking spaces nearby. For more information on Burnout Alley call (817) 215-8518 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS PR)(3-13-2009)

  • 12-year-old Pianist Lewis Warren Jr. to play National Anthem at Texas: Pianist Lewis Warren Jr., a 12-year-old prodigy featured last year on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” prime-time series, will play the National Anthem for Texas Motor Speedway’s Samsung 500 on Sunday, April 5. The Irving, Texas native has grown from mimicking simple tunes at the age of three to gracing both national and international audiences with his musical prowess. Warren Jr.’s notable repertoire, including classical pieces by Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin as well as other acclaimed and influential composers, has earned him studies with the prestigious Julliard School in New York, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, and Southern Methodist University’s Piano Preparatory Department, where he currently is enrolled.(TMS PR)(3-12-2009)

  • Foreigner Kicks Off Pre-Race Show at Texas: Legendary rock bank Foreigner, known for its chart-topping hits during the 1970s and ‘80s, will headline the Amdro FireStrike Pre-Race show Sunday, April 5 prior to the Samsung 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The group is best known for hit songs, “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice,” “Double Vision,” “Juke Box Hero” and “I Want to Know What Love Is.” The band is led by founding member Mick Jones. Jones has played a key role in the band’s success, co-producing and co-writing a number of songs during its heyday. Foreigner will join Texas native Pat Green on the list of musical entertainment during the Samsung 500 race weekend. Green will perform during the Samsung Mobile Rockin’ Roundup following The Dallas Morning News Qualifying Day on Friday, April 3.(TMS PR)(3-9-2009)

  • TMS Continues To Save Fans Money: Texas Motor Speedway continues to find ways to help ensure the fans’ attendance during the upcoming Samsung 500 weekend. Beginning today service fees for all tickets purchased via the internet, Ticketmaster outlets as well as Ticketmaster phone centers have been suspended. The savings is upwards of $9.50 per seat depending on the location. The move to eliminate service fees is just one of the many ways Texas Motor Speedway is reaching out to the fans during the downturn in the economy. In December announced were the creation of the “Backstretch Buster” seats available for $20, making it the lowest ticket price ever for a Sprint Cup Series race at TMS and one of the lowest among all the tracks. The ticket office also continues to work with fans to create a personalized payment plan. Fans are encouraged to contact the TMS ticket office at (817) 215-8500 to work with a ticket representative to set up a plan that works for them. Fans can still purchase “Backstretch Buster” seats or structure a payment plan by calling (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS PR)(3-7-2009)

  • Drivers to Conduct Fan Forums at Speedway Motorsports Races: NASCAR drivers and Speedway Motorsports are teaming up to bring fans closer to their favorite drivers than ever before. The new "PRN Up To SPEED" program will bring NASCAR's top names out for fan forums at the SPEED Stage during each of the 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends at Speedway Motorsports' seven speedways across the country. The Performance Racing Network's on-air personalities will emcee question-and-answer sessions with some of the sport's biggest personalities at the SPEED Stage leading up to SPEED's regularly scheduled weekend programming.
    "PRN Up To SPEED" will kick off Sunday at 9:30am/et, at the SPEED Stage located in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway midway. The stellar lineup will include Las Vegas-native Kyle Busch, legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, and four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon. Each Speedway Motorsports track [Atlanta, Bristol, Infineon, Las Vegas, Lowe's, New Hampshire, Texas] that hosts a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will hold "PRN Up To SPEED" sessions during their respective race weekend. The location of the SPEED Stage may vary from track to track, but at all Speedway Motorsports facilities, the stage is always located in an area where access is free of charge for fans.(SMI PR)(3-1-2009) Comment here

  • Pat Green Headlines Samsung Mobile Rockin’ Roundup at Texas: This year’s Samsung Mobile Rockin’ Roundup at Texas Motor Speedway will have a distinct Texas sound as Lone Star State native Pat Green will headline the concert during the Samsung 500 race weekend on Friday, April 3 following The Dallas Morning News Qualifying Days for the Sprint Cup Series. Green, who headlined the Samsung Mobile Rockin’ Roundup in 2005, returns to Texas Motor Speedway for the third time. His performance will mark his first concert in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex since the release of his new album entitled, “What I’m For.” Tickets for the Samsung Mobile Rockin’ Roundup and The Dallas Morning News Qualifying Days for the Sprint Cup Series are just $25. The concert kicks off an exciting weekend of racing that continues with the Nationwide Series O’Reilly 300 on Saturday, April 4 and culminates with the Sprint Cup Series Samsung 500 on Sunday, April 5. Fans can meet Green, get tickets to the Samsung Mobile Rockin’ Roundup and earn an upgrade to the “Samsung Big Pit” beginning 3 p.m. Thursday. The Dorsey Gang from The Big 96.3 KSCS, the official country station of TMS, will broadcast live from Lone Star Park to release Green’s new album. Green will be in attendance from 4 – 7 p.m. Four hundred CDs will be available for $10 and fans will receive the album along with a pair of tickets for the Samsung Mobile Rockin’ Roundup and The Dallas Morning News Qualifying Days for the Sprint Cup Series. Fifty lucky winners also will receive upgrades to experience the concert center stage in the “Samsung Big Pit.” For tickets to the Samsung Mobile Rockin’ Roundup, visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call (817) 215-8500.(TMS)(2-25-2009)

  • Gossage and Dale Jr bury the hatchet: Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage said he and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. have buried the hatchet. The two men had a two-week disagreement and exchanged barbs over who needs to do more for the fans in tough economic times -- speedway executives or drivers. "Dale Jr. is doing all he can and we're doing all we can," Gossage said. "I talked to Junior's representatives [Saturday] and learned some things they were doing that most people don't know about." One of those things is lowering prices on some of Junior's merchandise items. Gossage said Friday that Earnhardt should be willing to reduce prices on his souvenir products after insisting speedways reduce tickets prices, which most have done. "I want to commend Dale Jr. for taking that step," Gossage said. "That shows a real commitment on his part, and I respect him for it. I learned they already had reduced prices on merchandise, just as we have reduced ticket prices and concession prices." During the NASCAR media tour in Charlotte two weeks ago, Gossage and other speedway executives suggested some Cup drivers should do more to help promote the sport. On Thursday, Earnhardt pointed out to my colleague, Ed Hinton, several examples of how he does more than his fair share, and said other drivers also go the extra mile. But he suggested speedways needed to do more. So Earnhardt and Gossage were accusing each other of not doing enough. But Gossage said they both have a new understanding now of their respective positions. "Earnhardt and I realize everyone has to do more to get through this," Gossage said. "He's setting an example for others to follow and being a true leader in the sport."(ESPN)(2-10-2009) Comment here

  • TMS To Offer Customized Payment Plans: Texas Motor Speedway wants to make sure that everyone that wants to enjoy another exciting season of racing at “The Great American Speedway!” can. To ease financial concerns and ensure that loyal TMS fans can attend the start of the 2009 season with the Samsung 500 weekend, a payment plan has been instituted for Samsung 500 weekend tickets which are as low as $20. Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage has instructed the ticket office to offer a flexible payment plan that will be tailored to each race fan. Fans are encouraged to contact the TMS ticket office at (817) 215-8500 and visit with a ticket representative to discuss a potential payment plan. Fans will have until March 20 to ensure payment is paid in full. The newly instituted payment plan is one of the many ways TMS is giving back to the fans this season. Fans can enjoy the excitement of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing for only $20 with the “Backstretch Buster” seats for the Samsung 500. TMS offers one of the best values for the family in the 7-Eleven Family Four-Pack. The package includes four tickets for April’s Samsung 500, four hot dogs and four Coca-Cola drinks for $159. TMS also offers affordable prices for the entire season. Fans can catch all the excitement of the 2009 season, which includes two Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series races and one IRL IndyCar Series race for as low as $279. The value continues as TMS enhances the fan experience by providing free parking and the ability to bring in your own cooler, making it one of the most affordable tickets in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.(TMS PR)(1-26-2009)

  • Texas World Speedway sits silently during testing ban: With the news that NASCAR has banned testing at its sanctioned tracks for its three national series in 2009, a few people wondered if that might mean increased curiosity in Texas World Speedway, which last hosted a Cup event in 1981. But if Sprint Cup teams have shown increased interest in testing at the 2-mile oval that is a carbon copy of Michigan International Speedway, they haven't made that known to track president Bill Mather, who hadn't even considered the idea of NASCAR teams visiting College Station until he read a recent magazine article about the testing ban. "I have been focusing on the testing business but the Autoweek story was the first time I ever thought about NASCAR," Mather said. "NASCAR's a different world to me. I've never met anybody affiliated with NASCAR. I'd like to. But I've been focused in on the road racing world. None of [the Sprint Cup teams] have set foot on the track, I can tell you that much."
    Built in 1969 and repaved in 1993, Texas World Speedway mainly hosts regional sports-car events, testing for Star Mazda and American Le Mans Series teams and driver education courses. However, a portion of the superspeedway -- particularly 22-degree banked Turns 3 and 4 -- were unsuitable for high-speed testing because of bumpiness. But Mather said a recent 35-foot wide, 2,200-foot long grinding of the track surface in those areas has hopefully corrected those flaws. "Our oval will be hopefully test ready [by the first of the year]," Mather said. "We've just finished grinding [Turns] 3 and 4, which allows us to run our Grand Prix course, also. Turns 1 and 2 are in pretty good shape. The problem is that our Grand Prix course runs Turns 3 and 4. When the grinding company came in, they said to us, 'This is really good asphalt. It's amazing how good this asphalt is for its age.' And that made me happy, because I can't justify the cost of repaving it." Mather said some spot grinding was also done to Turns 1 and 2. This week, a process known as asphalt rejuvenation will be applied to the banking, a section of the road course and the paddock area.
    NASCAR ran eight races at Texas World Speedway between 1969 and 1981. Three of Richard Petty's 200 career victories came on the 2-mile oval situated approximately 100 miles northwest of Houston. In 1980, Cale Yarborough won a 400-mile race that featured no caution flags. Also, Mario Andretti set the world closed-course speed record at 214.158 mph while qualifying for an IndyCar event in 1973, a record that stood for 12 years.(NASCAR.com)(12-19-2008) Comment here

  • Texas adds 'Burnout Alley" for RV's; Downsizes: Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage unveiled a $2 million capital improvement project for the auto racing facility that will transform the upper half of the backstretch area into a lavish motorcoach area known as Burnout Alley. Burnout Alley will consist of 74 expansive sites with numerous amenities that will make it the ultimate destination for fans traveling and entertaining in their motorcoaches for NASCAR and IndyCar Series race weeks. Each gated courtyard will be 30x60 feet and include full service hook-ups for water, electric and live race feeds; concierge service that will include grocery shopping; catering options; free wireless internet and 24-hour restroom access. The ticket package for each race week will consist of 10 VIP passes for Burnout Alley; 10 pre-race passes for each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race; 10 pit/infield passes; two access passes for The Speedway Club; 10 souvenir event programs; and three reserved parking spaces nearby. Each site in Burnout Alley will sell for $15,000 annually for an entire Texas Motor Speedway race season that consists of a pair of NASCAR weeks and one for the IndyCar Series. The project has a targeted 75-day construction period, which would have a projected completion date for Burnout Alley of early to mid-March. The construction of Burnout Alley will eliminate approximately 21,022 seats on the backstretch and reduce the capacity in that section from approximately 30,850 to 9,850. The overall seating capacity for Texas Motor Speedway will move to approximately 138,100 [was 154,861], which still ranks among the largest sports facilities in the United States. For additional information or to reserve a 2009 site in Burnout Alley, please contact Texas Motor Speedway at (817) 215-8518 or visit the speedway website at www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS PR)(12-1-2008)

  • Fort Worth, TX, speedway strike deal on natural gas revenues: Fort Worth, Texas City officials have reached a tentative agreement to split the estimated $40 million to $50 million to be gained from natural gas drilling beneath Texas Motor Speedway. Under the deal, the city-owned Fort Worth Sports Authority would use the bonuses and royalties to pay off an estimated $15.5 million that the city owes Speedway Motorsports Inc. for building the track. Once the debt is paid off, Speedway Motorsports would get 75% of the royalties and Fort Worth would get 25%. Fort Worth would be able to keep $350,000 a year that it had been paying from a special tax district toward its debt. Speedway Motorsports would be required to spend its share on public improvements at the track, including improvements to adjacent roads. The deal breaks a deadlock over who will benefit from drilling at the track. The arrangement would last until the bonuses and royalties total $50 million, at which point the sports authority would turn over the mineral rights to the speedway.(Fort Worth Star Telegram)(11-14-2008)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Texas Motor Speedway


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires: Left-side - 1,500; Right-side - 1,500

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4220; Right-side -- D-4136

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 88.7 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi;
    Right Front -- 49 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 50-55 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: Teams in both NASCAR series will run the same right-side tire code at Texas this week, but they will run different left-side codes . . . the left-side code for Sprint Cup teams (D-4220) is new to the Goodyear tire lineup and features a compound change over last year's left-side to offer more grip . . . this is the same right-side code (D-4136) that was used by Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams at Texas, Chicagoland and Homestead in 2008 . . . . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Texas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


DRIVER/TEam/TESTING NEWS

  • Sadler To Promote Autism Awareness at Texas: This weekend at Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR driver Elliott Sadler is driving into the month of April with something important on his mind-raising awareness for Autism-by wearing a specially designed autism awareness helmet for Autism Awareness month. The helmet features the familiar multi-colored puzzle pieces that have become the symbol for autism awareness, along with the arrow pointing forward that is prominently placed on every Sadler helmet. Following the month of April the helmet will go up for online auction at www.SadlerFoundation.org to raise money that will directly benefit The Hermie and Elliott Sadler Foundation and autism related charities.(ElliottSadler.com)(4-3-2009)

  • See the 2009 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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