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  • Plano Native Buescher To Run O'Reilly Challenge At TMS

    10/30/2009
    FORT WORTH, Texas (October 30, 2009) –Plano native James Buescher will drive Phoenix Racing’s No. 1 entry in the upcoming O’Reilly Challenge Nationwide Series race Saturday, Nov. 7, at Texas Motor Speedway.
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  • This Week's Chase Driver Interviews And Post-Race Press Conferences

    10/29/2009
    Throughout the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, www.texasmotorspeedway.com will be providing you with the special opportunity to watch the Chase driver press conferences as well as the post-qualifying and post-race press conferences LIVE from those respective speedways.
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  • KHI Gives Fan A Chance To Be Honorary Pit Crew Member For Ricky Carmichael’s Truck Team In WinStar World Casino 350k

    10/29/2009
    Texas Motor Speedway and 105.3 The FAN are giving one lucky listener the chance to become an honorary pit crew member on Ricky Carmichael’s No. 4 Monster Energy Chevrolet team for the WinStar World Casino 350k NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Friday, Nov. 6.
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  • Double-File Restarts To Add To Excitement Of Dickies 500

    10/29/2009
    The most pivotal race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup – the Dickies 500 – will have an added element of excitement as NASCAR’s double-file restart will make its Texas Motor Speedway debut Sunday, Nov. 8, for the eighth race in the 10-event Chase.
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  • Skinner Owns Several Records But No Win Yet At TMS

    10/29/2009
    If any driver is due for a win at Texas Motor Speedway, it is Mike Skinner. Skinner’s name is scattered across the TMS record book for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but his name isn’t etched into the Wall of Champions in Victory Lane yet.
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  • WinStar To Give Fans A Lift

    10/28/2009
    A free ride to the WinStar World Casino is only a stop away for race fans during the Dickies 500 weekend. WinStar World Casino is providing complementary round-trip rides from Texas Motor Speedway to its location in Thackerville, Okla., from Thursday through Saturday. Fans who want to take advantage of the free ride can catch the bus at the pickup location located off Mark Martin Drive, just northwest of the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.   ScheduleThursday, Nov. 5
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  • Who's On Track After Martinsville

    10/27/2009
    By Bill MarxSporting News NASCAR Wire Service (October 27, 2009) After two consecutive wins, Jimmie Johnson came up short and finished … second. Superman now leads the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by 118 points heading into Talladega. Johnson is four races from his fourth straight Cup championship. Here’s the breakdown of the top 12 after Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway. 1. Jimmie Johnson, 6,098. Only a four-tire call at Kansas—when most of the other cars in the top 10 took two—has kept Johnson from having top-five finishes in each of the first six Chase races. Instead, that ninth-place day has dragged down his average finish in the Chase to 3.0. Horrors! 2. Mark Martin, 5,980. Martin finished eighth Sunday to get back on the top-10 train after his disappointing 17th-place finish the week before at Lowe’s. To pass Johnson, Martin must average 29.5 points better than Johnson over the final four races. 3. Jeff Gordon, 5,948. Gordon finished fifth for his fourth straight top five. Now he needs to draw on his history at Talladega—six wins, second only to Dale Earnhardt’s 10—to try and make a run at Johnson. 4. Tony Stewart, 5,906. Stewart wasn’t a factor Sunday although he finished ninth for his 22nd top 10 of the season. If Stewart closes out the season with top 10s in the final four races, he’ll set a personal season best. 5. Juan Montoya, 5,898. Montoya continues to shine and entertain. He finished third for his fifth top five of the Chase and traded enough paint and barbs with Jeff Gordon to justify the price of admission right there. I can’t wait until 2010. 6. Kurt Busch, 5,858. Busch finished 17th, leaving him four races to attain personal highs in top fives and top 10s. Busch has eight top 10s; his record is 12 in 2002. He has 18 top 10s; his record is 21, set in 2004, when he won his only Cup championship. 7. Ryan Newman, 5,786. Newman is still looking for his first win of the season, but his seventh-place finish lowered his average finish for the year to 13.7. His previous best is 13.9 in 2003, the best season of his career when he won eight races. 8. Greg Biffle, 5,748. Like Newman, Biffle is winless. Unlike Newman, he has a streak on the line. He has won at least one race in each of the past six seasons. He is winless at Talladega and Phoenix, but has one win at Texas and three at Homestead. 9. Denny Hamlin, 5,746. Any time Virginia-born Hamlin wins at Richmond or Martinsville, it’s a big deal. His win Sunday gave him three for the season, including two in Virginia—he won at Richmond last month. If you are keeping score at home, Hamlin has three wins in the state of Virginia, three at Pocono and one at New Hampshire.  10. Carl Edwards, 5,685. Chase or no Chase, unless Edwards wins a race this year, 2009 will go down as the worst—and most frustrating—season of his career. Edwards failed to lead a lap for the 21st race this season. Last season he led laps in 21 races. How much of a nonfactor has Edwards become? Since leading a season-best 103 laps at Pocono on June 7, Edwards has led five laps.  11. Kasey Kahne, 5,659. Kahne’s feast or famine Chase continued Sunday with a 32nd-place finish. That gave him three finishes of 32nd or worse to go with three finishes of eighth or better. 12. Brian Vickers, 5,568. Vickers finished 11th to match his previous best effort in the Chase at New Hampshire. Coming off finishes of 37th, 29th and 34th, the 11th-place run was a huge positive heading into Talladega, site of his first Cup victory in 2006. 
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  • Hamlin Fends Off Johnson At Martinsville

    10/25/2009
    By Reid SpencerSporting News NASCAR Wire ServicePhoto Credit: (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) (October 25, 2009) MARTINSVILLE, Va.—Denny Hamlin may have won the Virginia campaign with a victory Sunday at Martinsville Speedway, but Jimmie Johnson moved ever closer to a record fourth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup championship with a runner-up finish at the .526-mile short track. In a green-white-checkered-flag finish that ended under caution with John Andretti wrecked at the finish line, Hamlin pulled away from Johnson over the final two laps of the Tums Fast Relief 500. As the cars roared off Turn 4 on Lap 501—one lap beyond the scheduled distance—NASCAR simultaneously displayed the yellow and checkered flags when Andretti was unable to drive away. Juan Pablo Montoya was third, followed by Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon. Jamie McMurray, polesitter Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick completed the top 10. Hamlin, who passed Johnson for the lead on Lap 363 and held it the rest of the way, collected his second victory at the narrow, paper-clip-shaped track and the seventh win of his career. In winning his third race of the season, the Virginia native completed a sweep of the fall races at the two racetracks in his home state, having scored an emotional triumph at Richmond on Sept. 12. “We were really good on the long runs, but I was kind of worried about that short run at the end,” said Hamlin, who is ninth in the standings 352 points behind Johnson. “But we were able to survive it, thank God. I hate to say it was a little bit of a lack of a motor, but it seemed like our car just would not accelerate like those guys’ did. By doing that, it saved the rear tires, and it was able to stay a little bit longer. I think that had a little bit to do with why we were so good at length (long runs). “Jimmie obviously gave us a lot of respect there toward the end. He knew that we had a faster car and tried to protect his points lead. It was a good situation we were in. We were kind of racing for nothing, and he’s obviously racing for a championship, and, honestly, it was a great run at the end.” Having won five of the previous six races at Martinsville—a streak interrupted only by a Hamlin victory in the spring of 2008—Johnson found solace in his runner-up finish. He increased his lead in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings to 118 points over second-place Martin. Gordon is third, 150 off the lead. Johnson said he was concerned with having to line up in the outside lane (in second position) for restarts on Lap 489 and 500.  “Starting from the outside lane, there was so much to lose,” Johnson said. “I was really nervous about getting to the bottom (the preferred line) and protecting the position I was in. All and all, a good day. I wish we could have won, but we just didn’t have anything for the 11 (Hamlin) on that last run.” Johnson, however, said it was still too early in the Chase to think about protecting a points lead.               “We all know what the answers are,” he said. “It’s the same stuff over and over again. The mechanicals, the stuff we can’t control is the stuff I’m worried about. The stuff we can control, I feel we’re going to be great.   “Four good tracks coming up for us. If we have no issues, I feel that we can race for this championship, and things will turn out as we want. But the stuff I can’t control, I know it gives everybody something to talk about, but I’m tired of talking about all the what-ifs—and I’d just rather not.”
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  • Helping Hands Surprise Montoya

    10/23/2009
    By Reid Spencer / Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
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  • Top 5 And 5 To Watch: Martinsville

    10/22/2009
    By Bill MarxSporting News NASCAR Wire Service (October 22, 2009) Here’s a look at the top five drivers and five to watch in Sunday’s Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. All statistical references are for Sprint Cup races at Martinsville unless otherwise indicated. Driver rating is based on the past nine races at the track. 1. Jimmie Johnson, 124.3. Johnson’s domination at Martinsville is as documented as it is indisputable. He has six wins, including five in the past six races. He also has won the past two weeks and leads Mark Martin by 90 points. Superman is a heavy favorite to win again this week. 2. Mark Martin, 91.7. The last of Martin’s two wins came in 2000. He finished seventh in March in his first start at the .526-mile paper clip since October 2006. Martin needs to finish ahead of Johnson, which he has done in the two Chase races Johnson hasn’t won. Finishing ahead of Johnson will be a challenge Sunday. 3. Jeff Gordon, 124.3. Gordon faces the same challenge as Martin but is 135 points off the lead and needs to finish way ahead of Johnson. Gordon’s ace in the hole is his record at Martinsville—he leads all active drivers with seven wins and has 21 top fives in 33 starts. How dominant are Johnson and Gordon at Martinsville? They have won 10 of the past 13 Cup races. 4. Tony Stewart, 114.1. Stewart has one of those three wins (April 2006) and two wins overall. In his column in this week’s issue of Sporting News Magazine, Stewart declares, “Nothing is over until we decide it is.” That may have worked in “Animal House,” but that’s Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus over there, not Doug Neidermeyer and Greg Marmalard. 5. Kurt Busch, 79.8. Busch has one win and two fives 10s in 18 starts. The rest of his record is a big ouch. He has seven finishes 31st or worse including in three of the past four races. He finished 18th in March. His last top 10 was in 2005. 5 to watch 6. Juan Pablo Montoya, 80.4. One of Montoya’s three top 10s in 17 starts on short tracks came at Martinsville. Montoya’s top-five run ended last week at Lowe’s. It will say a lot about how much Montoya has progressed in NASCAR if he finishes in the top five Sunday. 11. Denny Hamlin, 106.3. Hamlin won the only race Johnson didn’t win in the past three years (March 2008), and he finished second to Johnson earlier this year despite leading a race-high 296 laps. Hamlin has finished outside the top 10 once in eight races, and five of his finishes were in the top five.   18. Casey Mears, 67.7. Mears is driving for a job, which, in this case, means he is trying to impress a sponsor or sponsors to come on board for 2010. He finished seventh last week, but that was at Lowe’s, site of his only Cup win. He has three top 10s in 13 starts at Martinsville, where his inability to qualify well (25.5 average start) puts him in an immediate hole. 22. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 102.4. Junior is having a miserable season. Since finishing second at Talladega in April, Earnhardt has scored two top 10s—a span of 22 races. In 19 starts at Martinsville, Earnhardt has eight top fives, including a second in this race last year. He has top 10s in each of the past three races at the track, so perhaps Sunday will be a good day for Junior Nation. 25. Jamie McMurray, 87.7. McMurray also is driving for a job. Roush Fenway Racing must drop from five to four teams in 2010, and McMurray is the odd man out. He has the eighth-best driver rating and finished 10th in March for his eighth top 10 in 13 starts. McMurray is having the worst Cup season of his career. That top 10 is one of only three this season.
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  • TMS Providing Opportunity For Lucky Fan To Attend NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards Ceremony In Las Vegas

    10/21/2009
    Texas Motor Speedway will be celebrating its fans throughout the Dickies 500 weekend and one of the highlights will be the opportunity for one of them to win an expenses-paid trip for two to Las Vegas to watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion be crowned at the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards Ceremony.
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  • NASCAR Artist Sam Bass At Speedway World Friday, Nov. 6

    10/20/2009
    Race fans attending the Dickies 500 race weekend will have an opportunity to get a free limited-edition, signed print by renowned NASCAR artist Sam Bass. Bass will be signing limited-edition poster prints of the Dickies 500 program cover Friday, Nov. 6, from 10-11 a.m. CT inside the Speedway World Gift Shop located at the TMS ticket office. The signed posters will be available to the first 200 fans that purchase $25 or more in merchandise in the Speedway World Gift Shop and/or TMS ticket office that morning.
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  • Carmichael Lands The Texas Two-Step

    10/20/2009
    Kevin Harvick, Inc. has announced that Ricky Carmichael, the former 15-time American Motorcycle Association (AMA) champion, will drive the organization’s No. 4 entry for the Nov. 6 WinStar World Casino 350k NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
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  • Kahne Looking Forward To Largest Purse, Crowd In The Chase As Dickies 500 Approaches

    10/20/2009
    FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 20, 2009) – Kasey Kahne may be circling the upcoming Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway as a track that can provide a boost for his late surge in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
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  • Top 5 And 5 To Watch: Lowe's

    10/15/2009
    By Bill MarxSporting News NASCAR Wire Service (October 15, 2009) Here’s a look at the top five drivers and five to watch in Saturday night’s NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. All statistical references are for Sprint Cup races at Lowe’s unless otherwise indicated. Driver rating is based on the past nine races at the track. 1. Jimmie Johnson, 116.6. Johnson’s success at Lowe’s is legendary—five wins and 12 top 10s in 16 starts, but did you know he hasn’t won there in four years? Johnson is hot, hot, hot with wins in two of the past three weeks, so a sixth win would surprise no one.  2. Mark Martin, 91.7. The last of Martin’s four wins at the track came in 2002, and he has had only two top fives since—and like the rest of the Chasers, he needs top fives, not top 10s, to remain in the championship hunt.  3. Juan Pablo Montoya, 58.0. Another week and another stop at a track at which Montoya has a poor history. And another week of throwing out that as a factor. Montoya has finished in the top five the past four weeks, and his 27.4 average finish at Lowe’s is meaningless. He finished eighth in the rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600 in May for his first top 10. 4. Tony Stewart, 84.1. It has been six years since Stewart scored a top five at Lowe’s—and it was his only win. Since then, he has four top 10s in 11 starts and a 16.7 average finish. If he continues on this pace, he will lose a lot of ground Saturday night. 5. Jeff Gordon, 85.6. Gordon ended a string of five DNFs (four for crashes) at Lowe’s with his fifth win in October 2007. Another DNF will end his championship hopes. Another win will renew his championship hopes. It’s pretty simple. He has finished second two weeks in a row.  5 to watch 6. Kurt Busch, 79.8. Even though he has posted solid outings in the Chase, Busch is 121 points out of first and on the cusp of becoming a nonfactor. He needs to make a stand Saturday night. Unfortunately for Busch, his record at Lowe’s is not impressive: 18 starts, three top 10s. His average finish is 21.6. Not very promising. 7. Greg Biffle, 88.8. Three of the next four drivers on our watch list are winless drivers for Roush Fenway Racing. Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan have six races to lose the egg. Biffle also is winless at Lowe’s, with five top 10s in 13 starts. Two races ago at Kansas, another 1.5-mile track, he led a race-high 113 laps and finished third. The 16 team has been experimenting with setups, looking for that first win. 8. Carl Edwards, 90.7. Edwards finished sixth last week in California after finishing 10th at Kansas and 11th the week before at Dover. Is a top five next? If he does finish in the top five Saturday, it’ll be his first in two months. If fuel mileage is a factor Saturday, expect the 99 team to be a player. 11. Kasey Kahne, 99.5. Kahne has three wins and six top 10s in his past seven races at Lowe’s. He was second in this race last year. Kahne’s slim championship hopes evaporated last week in California when he was collected in a late wreck and finished 34th. He should be a factor again Saturday. 28. David Ragan, 69.7. And then there’s Ragan. So much promise after his breakout 2008 season … and so much disappointment. His seventh-place finish last week was his first top 10 since the first race of the season. He has led four laps all season. So was last week a fluke, or is Ragan coming to life as the season winds down? We’ll see. He has one top 10 in five starts at Lowe’s.
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  • Live Streaming Video Of Chase Driver Interviews And Post-Race Press Conferences From Charlotte

    10/13/2009
    Throughout the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, www.texasmotorspeedway.com will be providing you with the special opportunity to watch the Chase driver press conferences as well as the post-qualifying and post-race press conferences LIVE from those respective speedways.
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  • Texas Sized Hospitality

    10/13/2009
    Fans can experience hospitality like never before prior to the Dickies 500 with a pass to the new Time Warner Cable Pit Stop Pavilion at the Village of Champions featuring an appearance by four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon.
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  • Kenseth Paces Sprint Cup Driver Contingent Looking For Historic Double

    10/13/2009
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  • Busch Goes For Texas Trifecta And Chases Piece Of NASCAR History

    10/13/2009
    FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 13, 2009) – Kyle Busch will take aim at history at Texas Motor Speedway during the Dickies 500 NASCAR triple-header weekend. Not only is he looking to become the first driver to win four consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series races at TMS, but he will once again pull triple duty and try to become the first driver to sweep NASCAR’s three national series races during the Nov. 5-8 weekend.
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  • "Backstretch Buster" Seats Sold Out For Dickies 500

    10/12/2009
    FORT WORTH, Texas (October 12, 2009) – Fans have responded once again to the popular “Backstretch Buster” tickets as the $20 seats have sold out for the Dickies 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Nov. 8 at Texas Motor Speedway.
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