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  • KSCS' Terry Dorsey Accepts $100,000 Offer From Eddie Gossage To Legally Change His Name To TexasMotorSpeedway.com For One Year

    03/31/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (March 31, 2010) – This time Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage truly is going to have to put his money where his mouth is in regard to his $100,000 challenge to Terry Dorsey, host of the Dorsey Gang morning show on Dallas/Fort Worth country music radio station 96.3 KSCS.
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  • Gossage Offers $100,000 To KSCS' Terry Dorsey To Legally Change His Name To TexasMotorSpeedway.com For One Year

    03/30/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (March 30, 2010) – Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage has been known for some outlandish promotions over the course of his career, but this one may be near the top of the list.
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  • NASCAR's Open Test In Charlotte This Week To Have Direct Impact On April's Samsung Mobile 500

    03/24/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (March 23, 2010) – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams may be participating in a two-day open test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway beginning today, but the data accumulated is expected to have a significant impact 1,061 miles away in about three weeks.
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  • Family Fun

    03/24/2010
    Texas Motor Speedway has added a family RV campground area that will be in place beginning with the Samsung Mobile 500. Texas Motor Speedway will utilize a four-acre tract on the northeast corner of the property to carve out a 158-space camping area that will cater solely to families. The family campground area will be completely fenced in and feature reserved spaces, around-the-clock presence by the Fort Worth Police Department, 10 p.m. noise curfew and zero tolerance policy for disruptive behavior of any sort. The pricing also is family friendly at $350 per year or $200 for each NASCAR race weekend and $75 for the IndyCar Series weekend, making it the least expensive reserved RV campground area that Texas Motor Speedway offers. To reserve a spot or for additional information, contact the TMS ticket office at (817) 215-8500.
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  • Very Heavy Metal

    03/24/2010
    Free Reign, a heavy metal band featuring hulking Dallas Cowboys offensive linemen Marc Colombo, Leonard Davis and Cory Proctor along with guitarist Justin Chapman, will serve as the Grand Marshals of the Rattlesnake 150 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards race and give the starting command to the field. In addition, one member of the group will serve as the Honorary Starter and wave the green flag from the flag stand to start the Rattlesnake 150. Free Reign is visiting as special guests of ARCA driver Joey Coulter and will watch the race from his pits.
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  • The Cool Down Lap: Rest In Peace, Rear Wing

    03/23/2010
    At approximately 4:36 p.m. Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, the rear wing on NASCAR’s Sprint Cup car died of natural causes, at age 93. A memorial service is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET Friday, the same time spoiler-equipped Cup racecars take to the track for their first practice session at Martinsville Speedway. No one is expected to mourn. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president of competition, provided the post-mortem for the wing four days before it was officially pronounced dead.  “Quite frankly, the wing wasn’t accepted as widely as we had hoped it would have been, by competitors and the fans alike,” Pemberton said last Wednesday after a news conference promoting the May 22 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “So, after a bunch of effort, we started looking and decided to go back to the spoiler.” That’s about the closest thing you can expect to get from NASCAR to an admission that perhaps the wing wasn’t such a great idea in the first place. All told, the wing was part of the Cup car for 93 points races, from a 16-race phase-in in 2007 to 72 points races as the full-time car in 2008 and 2009 through the first five events of 2010. Three drivers collectively won 46 of those 93 races: Jimmie Johnson 22, Kyle Busch 13 and Carl Edwards 11. In three years, the wing era of Cup racing came full circle. It was born March 25, 2007, at Bristol with Busch’s victory in the Food City 500. It died March 21, 2010, at Bristol with Johnson’s victory in the Food City 500, the four-time champ’s first win at the .533-mile short track. If the wing was a bad idea, however, NASCAR’s new racecar in its entirety was an exceptionally good one. The enhanced safety features speak for themselves, from the first real test—Michael McDowell’s 2008 qualifying crash at Texas Motor Speedway—to the most recent—Brad Keselowski’s airborne excursion March 7 at Atlanta, with an assist from Edwards. In truth, the return to the spoiler has everything to do with the appearance of the car and little or nothing to do with safety. Though intuition might suggest otherwise, a car is only marginally more likely to become airborne with a wing (as Keselowski’s did at Atlanta) than with a spoiler (as Matt Kenseth’s Nationwide Series car did at Talladega last year). The difference between the two is so small, says Ford aerodynamicist Bernie Marcus, that it becomes statistically insignificant. “It’s not the wing,” says Marcus, who has spent countless hours observing wind tunnel tests with both wing and spoiler. “It’s the air trapped beneath the car (as it spins and travels backwards) that creates liftoff.” So when NASCAR sets out to keep cars on the pavement, it’s not a wing-vs.-spoiler issue. That’s not to say, however, that switching to the spoiler doesn’t create its own unique set of challenges.  The endplates on the rear wing gave the cars substantial sideforce and consequent stability in traffic. Since a spoiler provides no sideforce, NASCAR has compensated with rear quarter panel extensions and a 3.5-inch “shark fin” that can run the full length of the rear deck lid. Marcus says the combination of those two features will reinstate the sideforce—and stability—lost with the removal of the wing endplates. At a full-field test Tuesday and Wednesday at Charlotte, teams will try to find a comfortable balance with the spoiler for the debut at Martinsville and beyond. And the wing that was never accepted will gradually recede into the oblivion it deserves—not because it was a safety hazard, but because it was an eyesore to stock car racing enthusiasts. Rest in peace, rear wing—but stay buried.
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  • Johnson Gets First Win At Bristol, 50th Overall

    03/21/2010
    By Reid SpencerSporting News NASCAR Wire Service (March 21, 2010) BRISTOL, Tenn.—In a milestone race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, Jimmie Johnson—the last driver third-place finisher Kurt Busch wanted to see win the race—took the checkered flag for the 50th time in his NASCAR Sprint Cup career in the Food City 500. Taking four tires on his final pit stop on Lap 484 of 500, and fortuitously drawing the outside lane for a restart on Lap 491, Johnson surged past four cars that had taken only right-side tires and passed runner-up Tony Stewart for the lead on Lap 494. Busch, who had led 278 laps and restarted fifth after a four-tire call, was bottled up in the inside lane behind Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards and watched in frustration as Johnson worked past fourth-place finisher Greg Biffle and Stewart for the lead.  “We did it, boys—finally,” Johnson exclaimed after crossing the finish line. The win was the first at the .533-mile high-banked short track for the four-time defending Cup champion and his third in five races this season. With 50 Cup victories, Johnson is tied Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett for 10th on the all-time list. “Man, we have worked so hard for this,” Johnson said in victory lane. “I thought we were in trouble there, but those four tires were everything, and I was in the outside lane (for the restart), which was helpful. About time, man. I’m so proud of this team. I am so proud of us setting a mark and going at it and accomplishing what we wanted to. “We’ve been off here over the years. We focused on what we needed to do and got it done today." Johnson also fired a shot across the bow of fellow competitors who might think the No. 48 Chevrolet team is peaking early. “Well, we have a lot of racing left—there is no doubt about it,” he said. “But when we’re winning at tracks we aren’t supposed to, the boys better look out—even that No. 2 car (Busch) that doesn’t want the No. 48 to win.” Johnson’s pointed reference was to Busch’s “Anybody but the 48” campaign. “I’d rather lose to any of the 41 cars out there than this 48 car,” Busch said. “I thought we had them beat. I gave it my heart today, but to come up short … it’s a shame we didn’t bring it home for a victory. “I felt like we had the car to beat early on in the race, especially on the long runs—I felt like we were able to make up time. That was the weak spot for the 48 car and some of the other competitors. As the race progressed, we were there in the mix, whether it was a (pit) stop that bumped us up a spot, or whether it was a nice adjustment by (crew chief) Steve Addington, I felt like we were the car to beat. “The only weak area that we had was just starting out on fresh tires after a restart, and that bit us at the end.” Kenseth came home fifth and trails leader Kevin Harvick (11th Sunday) by one point in the Cup standings. Johnson gained one position to third in points and trails Harvick by 14. Notes: Polesitter Joey Logano lost three laps because of early tire problems and finished 27th. … Despite a pit-road speeding penalty that sent him to the back of the field, Dale Earnhardt Jr. rallied to finish seventh and is eighth in the Cup standings, 153 points behind Harvick. … Mark Martin suffered the most from a 13-car wreck on Lap 341 that scrambled the running order. He finished 35th and dropped nine positions to 16th in the series standings.
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  • Next Stop For Edwards And Keselowski: Bristol

    03/19/2010
    By Jim Pedley / Special to the Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
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  • Charity Drive

    03/17/2010
    Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter will once again host the Hawk Electronics Gears & Greens Charity Golf Classic on Thursday, April 15, at Trophy Club Country Club. Four-player, two-player and individual spots are available for the annual event. Golfers will receive several perks, including complimentary gifts from Callaway Golf as well as lunch provided by P.F. Chang’s along with dinner.
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  • TMS Searching For Hometown Hero Singers

    03/17/2010
    Texas Motor Speedway and LKCM Radio Group continue to look for two National Anthem singers to perform during April’s Samsung Mobile 500 race week with the “National Anthem Hometown Hero” contest.
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  • Gibbs To Become Newest Member Of Texas Motorsports Hall Of Fame

    03/16/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (March 16, 2010) –  Joe Gibbs, once considered a rival to many in the state of Texas as the Super Bowl-winning head coach of the Washington Redskins, will now be hailed by the Lone Star State as he will be the latest motorsports icon inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame.
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  • TMS Using Dramatic Wreck For 'Approved' Ad Campaign

    03/12/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (March 12, 2010) – Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage always has been one to capitalize on the opportunity to promote the speedway’s upcoming race event when an incident or event in the sport captures the attention of the media and the fans.
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  • Off The Track... With Marcos Ambrose

    03/11/2010
    From the Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service (March 11, 2010) Sporting News goes behind the scenes—and off the track—with Sprint Cup Series driver Marcos Ambrose. My first car was ... a small four-wheel drive. My dream car is ... Ferrari F40. The best cruising music is ... Kings of Leon. My average freeway cruising speed is ... 70 mph. When I get a flat … I change it in 2 minutes. The last time I used a GPS was ... finding every track in the United States. Hybrids are ... cool. I got my last speeding ticket for going ... 65 mph in a 50-mph zone in Virginia. My No. 1 car tip is ... don’t drive tired. My No. 1 pet peeve with fellow motorists is ... tailgating. On a scale of 1-10, my road rage rating is ... a 1. I am laid-back.  The Sprint Cup driver who’d be the most maniacal on the road is ... Greg Biffle. I wouldn’t be caught dead in a ... Mini Moke. — As told to Reid Spencer, Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
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  • Kiley Tops ARCA Series Test Session

    03/10/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (March 9, 2010) – Mikey Kiley posted the fastest lap as Venturini Motorsports and Eddie Sharp Racing took the top four spots during Tuesday’s open test session for the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards at Texas Motor Speedway.
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  • ARCA Series Returns To Texas Motor Speedway As Competitors Get First Look At Track

    03/09/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (March 9, 2010) –  Rain couldn’t stop 12 years of waiting as the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards returned to Texas Motor Speedway for a test session in preparation for the Rattlesnake 150 on Friday, April 16, that is part of the Samsung Mobile 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend.
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  • Edwards Gets Probation For Wrecking Keselowski

    03/09/2010
    Special to the Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service
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  • AAA Texas To Serve As Title Sponsor For Fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race At TMS Through 2014

    03/01/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (March 1, 2010) – AAA Texas will serve as the title sponsor of the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway through 2014 as part of one of the most comprehensive race entitlement packages in the sport.
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  • Texas Motor Speedway And Firestone Brand Announce Multi-Year Title Sponsorship Of June IndyCar Series Race At TMS

    03/01/2010
    FORT WORTH, Texas (March 1, 2010) – Texas Motor Speedway and Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) announced today that the entities have finalized a multi-year arrangement for the Firestone brand to serve as the title sponsor of the annual June IndyCar Series event at the world-class motorsports facility.
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  • TMS To Implement Text Messaging System To Provide Immediate Assistance To Fans On Race Weekend

    03/01/2010
    Texas Motor Speedway will implement a text-messaging communication system that will assist in providing immediate assistance to fans both in the grandstands and campgrounds for all three major race weekends at the facility.
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  • Fans To Decide Winner Of 2009's Top Moment At TMS

    03/01/2010
    The 2009 season at Texas Motor Speedway provided lasting memories and now fans will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite during the 2009 Fan Choice Award Presented by 1310 The Ticket.
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