NOV. 28, 1994 - NASCAR speedway owner Bruton Smith announces plans to build a multi-million dollar superspeedway in the Dallas/Fort Worth market.
FEB. 28, 1995 - Bruton Smith announces the decision to build the 1.5-mile superspeedway near developer Ross Perot Jr.’s Alliance Development Corp. site, located between Fort Worth and Denton. The Alliance site was one of three under consideration. Smith said it was the concerted efforts on the part of Alliance and the city of Fort Worth and Denton County that ultimately made the decision final. The location at the intersection of Interstate 35 West and Texas State Highway 114 was also chosen for its accessibility for the fans.
APRIL 11, 1995 - Bruton Smith is assisted by Bobby Labonte, Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte in the groundbreaking ceremony for the speedway.
AUGUST 18, 1995 - Construction begins at Texas Motor Speedway.
MAY 1, 1996 - The Texas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities is formed, naming Betty Rutherford, wife of three-time Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford, as president.
JULY 24, 1996 - Ground is broken on the Lone Star Tower condominiums outside of Turn 2.
APRIL 4, 1997 - Texas Motor Speedway officials announce plans to build The Speedway Club, a nine-story building located above Turn 1 of the 1.5-mile speedway.
APRIL 5, 1997 - Mark Martin, driving the No. 60 Winn-Dixie Ford, wins the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series Coca-Cola 300.
APRIL 6, 1997 - Jeff Burton, driving the No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford, wins the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Interstate Batteries 500 in front of a sellout crowd in excess of 200,000.
JUNE 6, 1997 - Kenny Irwin Jr. becomes the inaugural winner of the Pronto Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
JUNE 7, 1997 - Texas Motor Speedway plays host to the first-ever nighttime IndyCar race, the True Value 500k Indy Racing League event. The race would end in controversy and a skirmish between team owner A.J. Foyt and driver Arie Luyendyk in Victory Lane. Billy Boat, Foyt’s driver, was celebrating the apparent win in Victory Lane when Luyendyk came in to protest the official results and claim he was the winner. USAC officials investigated the protest and made a decision regarding the race winner the next day, stripping Boat of the win and declaring Luyendyk the winner due to malfunctioning timing and scoring equipment.
JUNE 14, 1997 - Texas Motor Speedway hosts the Fruit of the Loom CountryFest for an estimated crowd of 185,000. Featured performers were Jo Dee Messina, Bryan White, Wynonna Judd, Vince Gill, The Charlie Daniels Band, Hank Williams Jr., LeAnn Rimes, Travis Tritt and Randy Travis.
JUNE 21, 1997 - Texas Motor Speedway hosts the Blockbuster RockFest for an estimated 385,000 music fans. Featured performers include Matchbox Twenty, Jewel, Bush, No Doubt, Collective Soul, Counting Crows and The Wallflowers.
NOV. 1, 1997 - The Rolling Stones play at Texas Motor Speedway with opening bands Matchbox Twenty, the Dave Matthews Band and Smashing Pumpkins for an estimated 65,000 fans.
FEB. 5, 1998 - Construction work begins on Turn 4 of the 1.5-mile superspeedway, including the alteration of a 50-by-300 foot section between Turn 4 and the frontstretch to ease the transition from the 24-degree turn banking to the five-degree straightaway banking.
MARCH 24, 1998 - Finishing touches are put on many of the 76 condominium units in the 10-story Lone Star Tower overlooking Turn 2 of the speedway.
APRIL 4, 1998 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. scores his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series win in the Coca-Cola 300.
APRIL 5, 1998 - Mark Martin earns the victory in the Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
MAY 1, 1998 - The newly constructed Lil’ Texas Motor Speedway hosts its inaugural Legends event. The new speedway measures 0.2-mile in length with 12-degree banked corners and has grandstand seating for 1,448.
MAY 28, 1998 - The final layer of racing surface is applied to Texas Motor Speedway’s reconfigured 1.5-mile oval, officially completing the track work 37 days after it began. Modifications include the entrances and exits of the turns, a new drainage system and elimination of the eight-degree portion of the dual banking. Final cost of construction is approximately $4 million.
JUNE 5, 1998 - Tony Raines wins the Pronto Auto Parts 400k NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
JUNE 6, 1998 - Billy Boat claims the victory in the True Value 500 Verizon IndyCar Series event.
AUG. 7-8, 1998 - Lil’ Texas Motor Speedway hosts the Briggs & Stratton Bandolero Nationals. The event was the first national championship for the Bandolero cars.
SEPT. 17, 1998 - Texas Motor Speedway announces plans to add 4,800 seats to its state-of-the-art facility. The new section will be located in Turn 1 as part of The Speedway Club.
SEPT. 20, 1998 - John Paul Jr. wins the Lone Star 500k Verizon IndyCar Series event. Billy Boat is named the “Texas Two-Step” winner, receiving a trophy and $100,000 for having the highest combined points from the two Verizon IndyCar Series events held at TMS in 1998.
FEB. 2, 1999 - Ten thousand more seats are added for the Primestar 500, bringing the total seating capacity to 164,861.
MARCH 25, 1999 - The grand opening of The Speedway Club is celebrated with a concert by Wayne Newton in the 25,000-square-foot Texas Grand Ballroom.
MARCH 27, 1999 - Mark Martin wins the Coca-Cola 300 in front of the then-largest crowd in the history of the NASCAR Nationwide Series with 130,000 spectators at TMS.
MARCH 28, 1999 - Texas native Terry Labonte thrills the home crowd with a victory in the Primestar 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
JUNE 11, 1999 - Dennis Setzer scores the victory in the Pronto Auto Parts 400k NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
JUNE 12, 1999 - Scott Goodyear wins the Longhorn 500k Verizon IndyCar Series race.
AUG. 11, 1999 - Texas Motor Speedway breaks ground on a $2.5 million, 0.4-mile clay-surfaced dirt track that will host the World of Outlaws sprint car races and other events beginning in 2000. The track will seat approximately 11,000.
OCT. 15, 1999 - Jay Sauter grabs the victory in the O’Reilly 300k NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.
OCT. 17, 1999 - Mark Dismore claims his first Verizon IndyCar Series victory at TMS in the Mall.com 500k while Plano (Texas) native Greg Ray clinches the series championship.
MARCH 30, 2000 - The first official racing event takes place on the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track - the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Southern Bleacher Classic.
APRIL 1, 2000 - Mark Martin wins the Albertsons 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. It is his third win in the four-year-old Nationwide Series event at TMS.
APRIL 2, 2000 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. records his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup race victory in the DIRECTV 500 in front of an estimated 223,000 fans, making it the largest-attended sporting event in Texas history.
JUNE 7, 2000 - A new tradition is marked with the Foyt-Rutherford trophy being named for the June Verizon IndyCar Series event, honoring Texas racing legends A.J. Foyt and Johnny Rutherford.
JUNE 9, 2000 - Greg Biffle wins the Pronto Auto Parts 400k NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.
JUNE 11, 2000 - Scott Sharp wins the Casino Magic 500k Verizon IndyCar Series race that featured 32 lead changes and a 0.059 of a second margin of victory.
JUNE 14, 2000 - Construction begins on a new infield road course that will host the Grand Prix of Texas on Sept. 1-3, 2000.
SEPT. 1-3, 2000 - Texas Motor Speedway hosts its first road racing weekend that includes the Star Mazda Series, Women’s Global GT Series, SpeedVision World Challenge, BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series and American Le Mans Series.
OCT. 13, 2000 - Bryan Reffner earns his first and only career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in the O’Reilly 400k.
OCT. 15, 2000 - Scott Goodyear becomes the first multiple Verizon IndyCar Series winner by capturing the Excite 500k. His first victory came in the 1999 Longhorn 500k.
DEC. 21, 2000 - Changes at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track are announced. Significant elevation changes will be made to the grandstand for the 2001 season.
JAN. 9, 2001 - Texas Motor Speedway unveils the Victory Lane Club. The all-new Victory Lane Club features 3,200 luxury-style seats in the Turn 4 upper and lower suites.
MARCH 31, 2001 - Kevin Harvick was dominant, leading 114 of the 200 laps, en route to his victory in the Jani-King 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
APRIL 1, 2001 - Dale Jarrett captures the Harrah’s 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race, fending off Steve Park by 0.703 of a second to claim the victory.
APRIL 28, 2001 - Kenny Brack wins the pole for the Firestone Firehawk 600 CART FedEx Championship Series event with a lap of 233.447 miles per hour, the fastest qualifying lap ever recorded by any series in the history of Texas Motor Speedway.
APRIL 29, 2001 - CART postpones the Firestone Firehawk 600 two hours prior to the green flag citing excessive g-forces to the drivers.
MAY 8, 2001 - TMS files suit in the 393rd District Court in Denton County against CART and several CART officials as a result of the sanctioning body’s last-minute cancellation of the Firestone Firehawk 600.
JUNE 8, 2001 - Jack Sprague wins the O’Reilly 400k NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
JUNE 9, 2001 - Scott Sharp registers his second Verizon IndyCar Series victory in the Casino Magic 500k, joining Scott Goodyear as the only two-time IndyCar winners at TMS.
JUNE 18, 2001 - The speedway begins repaving the 1.5-mile racing surface with a granite-based asphalt compound that dries much more quickly than the existing limestone-based asphalt.
SEPT. 13, 2001 - The Verizon IndyCar Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events planned for Sept. 15-16 are postponed due to the national tragedy that took place on Sept. 11. The races were rescheduled for Oct. 5-6.
OCT. 5, 2001 - Travis Kvapil captures his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in the Silverado 350k.
OCT. 6, 2001 - Sam Hornish Jr. the Chevy 500k Verizon IndyCar Series event by 0.0188 of a second over Scott Sharp.
OCT. 16, 2001 - CART and Texas Motor Speedway reach a legal settlement over the CART FedEx Championship Series event at TMS that was cancelled on April 29.
MARCH 31, 2002 - The Preferred Seat License (PSL) Wall of Honor is unveiled. The wall, located in front of The Speedway Club, recognizes PSL ticket holders at the speedway from 1996 to present.
APRIL 6, 2002 - Jeff Purvis claims his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory in the O’Reilly 300.
APRIL 8, 2002 - Matt Kenseth comes from the 31st starting position to win the Samsung/RadioShack 500. The race was held on Monday after rain forced the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event to be postponed for a day.
JUNE 5, 2002 - Texas Motor Speedway announces the formation of Lone Star Legends, making TMS the official distributor of Legends Cars and Bandoleros for the state of Texas.
JUNE 7, 2002 - Rookie Brendan Gaughan wins his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the O’Reilly 400.
JUNE 8, 2002 - Jeff Ward claims his first career Verizon IndyCar Series victory in the Boomtown 500k.
SEPT. 13, 2002 - Brendan Gaughan sweeps the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season events at TMS, winning the Silverado 350k.
SEPT. 15, 2002 - Sam Hornish Jr. edges Helio Castroneves by a scant 0.0096 of a second in the season-ending Chevy 500k Verizon IndyCar Series event. It is the closest finish ever in Texas Motor Speedway history. Hornish Jr. also took the series title that day by a 20-point margin over Castroneves.
JAN. 17, 2003 - The new Coach-Net VIP Campground takes shape along Allison Drive. The new campground is being equipped with full electrical and water hookups and features an asphalt-paved surface for campers.
MARCH 25, 2003 - Texas Motor Speedway installs revolutionary Warning Emergency System (WES) caution lights that are imbedded in the asphalt at the base of the retaining walls in the speedway’s four turns. The WES light system complements the speedway’s existing caution light system.
MARCH 29, 2003 - Joe Nemechek records the victory in the O’Reilly 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
MARCH 30, 2003 - Ryan Newman picks up his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory by edging Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Samsung/RadioShack 500.
JUNE 6, 2003 - The Aaron’s Dream Team, the first all-female pit crew to compete in a NASCAR event, makes their debut at the O’Reilly 400k NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The female pit crew performed pit stops for female driver Shawna Robinson.
JUNE 6, 2003 - Brendan Gaughan continues his winning ways at TMS with his third consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory, this one coming in the O’Reilly 400k.
JUNE 7, 2003 - Al Unser Jr. bests Tony Kanaan by 0.081 of a second for the victory in the Bombardier Learjet 500k Verizon IndyCar Series event, which was Unser Jr.’s final win of his illustrious career.
OCT. 11, 2003 - Brendan Gaughan wins the Silverado 350k, becoming the first driver in Camping World Truck Series history to win four consecutive times at the same track.
OCT. 12, 2003 - Gil de Ferran, making the final start of his outstanding Indy car career, goes out in glorious fashion by winning the Chevy 500k Verizon IndyCar Series race from the pole. Scott Dixon clinches the Verizon IndyCar Series championship in the season finale at TMS.
JAN. 15, 2004 - International Race of Champions (IROC) announce that they are adding new venues to their schedule, one of which is Texas Motor Speedway. The inaugural race will take place April 2, 2004.
APRIL 2, 2004 - After leading every lap from the pole position, Danny Lasoski wins his first International Race of Champions event under the lights at TMS.
APRIL 3, 2004 - Matt Kenseth claims the victory in the O’Reilly 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
APRIL 4, 2004 - Elliott Sadler holds off Kasey Kahne in the Samsung/RadioShack 500 by 0.028 of a second, making the finish the closest in the history of Texas Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
MAY 10, 2004 - Installation of the new Steel And Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers begins. The work is completed in one week.
MAY 14, 2004 - It is announced that Texas Motor Speedway will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2005.
JUNE 11, 2004 - Dennis Setzer registers his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at TMS in the O’Reilly 400k.
JUNE 12, 2004 - Tony Kanaan edges Andretti Green teammate Dario Franchitti by 0.257 of a second to win the Bombardier Learjet 500k Verizon IndyCar Series race.
OCT. 16, 2004 - Todd Bodine earns his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race victory at TMS in the Silverado 350k.
OCT. 17, 2004 - In the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale, Helio Castroneves leads the final 20 laps of the Chevy 500k to record his first victory at TMS. Tony Kanaan was crowned series champion.
DEC. 10, 2004 - A $1.5 million construction project begins on roadways around the south tunnel infield entrance in an effort to improve traffic flow on speedway grounds and to expedite traffic on nearby public roads.
APRIL 14, 2005 - South Tunnel construction is completed. The bridge overpass debuts during the Samsung/RadioShack 500 race weekend.
APRIL 16, 2005 - Kasey Kahne comes from the 25th position to capture the O’Reilly 300 Nationwide Series race.
APRIL 17, 2005 - Greg Biffle dominates the Samsung/ RadioShack 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, leading 219 of the 334 laps en route to the victory.
JUNE 10, 2005 - Jack Sprague becomes the third multiple winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at TMS by capturing the Chex 400k.
JUNE 11, 2005 - Tomas Scheckter edges Sam Hornish Jr. by 0.0534 of a second to earn the victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series Bombardier Learjet 500k.
NOV. 3, 2005 - The new overpass, located above the south tunnel entrance to the speedway infield, is dedicated to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart. It will be known as the Tony Stewart Bridge.
NOV. 4, 2005 - Todd Bodine captures the Silverado 350k NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory for the second consecutive year.
NOV. 5, 2005 - Kevin Harvick wins the O’Reilly Challenge, the inaugural Nationwide Series race held during TMS’ new fall NASCAR weekend.
NOV. 6, 2005 - Carl Edwards wins the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dickies 500 to culminate TMS’ new fall NASCAR weekend.
DEC. 1, 2005 - Construction begins on the new multi-purpose, two-story Victory Lane Broadcast Center. The facility will be completed in two phases during 2006.
MARCH 22, 2006 - The Samsung Mobile (formerly Victory Lane) Broadcast Center and the Wall of Champions are unveiled. The upper level of the Broadcast Center is completed and features seven media studios overlooking Victory Lane as well as two raised outdoor platforms. The Wall of Champions has the engraved names of every TMS winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Series in addition to the Verizon IndyCar Series.
APRIL 4, 2006 - Celebrating the 10th anniversary season, Texas Motor Speedway unveils the “10 Year Experience,” a 9,000-square-foot area housing displays with audio and video replays of the designated “Top 10 Moments” since the superspeedway opened in 1997. Fans overwhelming voted Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first career Sprint Cup victory in 2000 as the top moment of the 10 seasons.
APRIL 8, 2006 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Kurt Busch wins the O’Reilly 300, becoming the fifth driver in history to win in his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut.
APRIL 9, 2006 - Kasey Kahne becomes the first Sprint Cup Series driver in TMS history to win from the pole as he goes wire-to-wire in capturing the Samsung/RadioShack 500.
JUNE 9, 2006 - Todd Bodine only led one lap, but it was the most important one as he captured the Sam’s Town 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.
JUNE 10, 2006 - Helio Castroneves took advantage of final pit-stop problems by a dominant Dan Wheldon and Penske teammate Sam Hornish Jr. to steal the Bombardier Learjet 500k.
SEPT. 27, 2006 - The lower level of the Samsung Mobile Broadcast Center is completed. It features a radio/television media deadline room, TV studio/makeup room, four radio suites and trackside conference room.
NOV. 2-3, 2006 - New track qualifying records for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series are established in a span of 24 hours. Clint Bowyer sets the truck mark Nov. 2 with a lap of 184.464 miles per hour and Brian Vickers follows with the Sprint Cup record Nov. 3 on the strength of a lap at 196.235 mph.
NOV. 3, 2006 - Clint Bowyer becomes the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver to win from the pole at TMS since 2000, going wire-to-wire in the Silverado 350k.
NOV. 4, 2006 - Kevin Harvick defends his title in the O’Reilly Challenge NASCAR Nationwide Series race, holding off Tony Stewart by 0.861 of a second.
NOV. 5, 2006 - Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion “Texas” Terry Labonte, a Corpus Christi native, concludes his stellar career with his announced final start coming in the Dickies 500. Labonte, who was honored throughout the week, starts 43rd and finishes 36th.
NOV. 5, 2006 - Tony Stewart puts on a dominant display as he leads a race-record 278 of 339 laps en route to winning the Dickies 500 Sprint Cup Series race at TMS.
NOV. 5, 2006 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in 2000 was the overwhelming choice as the No. 1 moment in Texas Motor Speedway history as determined by year-long fan voting as part of the “10 Years Strong” anniversary season.
DEC. 5, 2006 - Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter awards $501,266 in grants to 164 area children’s charities, with both the grant total and amount of charities being awarded establishing record marks for the chapter. The record amount pushes the 10-year fundraising total by SCC to more than $4 million.
DEC. 8, 2006 - Texas Motor Speedway announces that the Verizon IndyCar Series race has been extended an additional 28 laps to 550 kilometers for June’s race. The race is now called the Bombardier Learjet 550k.
JAN. 25, 2007 - TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY CONCLUDES A SPECIAL track renovation process that is expected to help alleviate a dip that has formed between Turns 1 and 2. The renovation is being addressed in response to comments made by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Dale Earnhardt Jr. during the Dickies 500 race weekend in November, and was nicknamed “Dale’s Dip.”
APRIL 14, 2007 - Matt Kenseth records his 23rd career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory, besting Denny Hamlin to the line by 0.128 of a second. The finish is the closest in Nationwide Series history at TMS.
APRIL 15, 2007 - Jeff Burton becomes the first repeat Sprint Cup Series winner at TMS when he captures the Samsung 500. Burton, whose first TMS win came in the inaugural Sprint Cup Series race in 1997, led only the final lap en route to the win.
JUNE 8, 2007 - Todd Bodine records his second consecutive and fourth overall Camping World Truck Series victory at TMS in the Sam’s Town 400. Bodine ties Brendan Gaughan for most career Camping World Truck Series victories at TMS with four.
JUNE 9, 2007 - Sam Hornish Jr. becomes the first three-time Verizon IndyCar Series winner at TMS after winning the Bombardier Learjet 550k. Hornish Jr. led 159 of the 228 laps en route to defeating Tony Kanaan by 0.0786 of a second.
NOV. 2, 2007 - Ted Musgrave earns his 17th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory but first at TMS with a win in the Silverado 350k.
NOV. 3, 2007 - Kevin Harvick claims his third consecutive Nationwide Series victory at TMS, winning the O’Reilly Challenge. Harvick’s fourth Nationwide Series win at TMS makes him the all-time leader in NASCAR Nationwide Series victories at Texas, breaking a tie with Mark Martin. His win in the O’Reilly Challenge was his 32nd Nationwide Series victory and broke a tie with Jack Ingram for second on the all-time series win list.
NOV. 4, 2007 - TMS once again proved a pivotal stop in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as Jimmie Johnson picked up the victory in the Dickies 500, taking over the top spot in the championship battle, and then going on to claim the series title. Johnson staged a dramatic side-by-side duel with Matt Kenseth in the waning laps and edged him by 0.944 of a second.
DEC. 4, 2007 - Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter awards $752,466 in grants to 198 charities, making both the grant total and amount of charities being awarded record marks for the chapter.
APRIL 5, 2008 - Kyle Busch earns his first Nationwide Series victory at TMS in the O’Reilly 300. Busch, who started 31st, battled to the front and led 126 of 200 laps en route to the win.
APRIL 6, 2008 - Carl Edwards holds off Jimmie Johnson by 0.399 of a second to win the Samsung 500 and becomes only the second two-time Sprint Cup Series winner at TMS. Edwards, whose first win came in the 2005 Dickies 500, joins Jeff Burton as the only multiple Sprint Cup winners at TMS.
JUNE 6, 2008 - Ron Hornaday Jr. holds off Kyle Busch to win the Sam’s Town 400 for his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway. The race marked the fifth consecutive time a truck series race concludes in a green/white-checkered finish.
JUNE 7, 2008 - Daredevil Robbie Knievel successfully jumps over 21 Hummers during the “Kaptain Robbie Knievel Great American Hummer Jump” presented by Frac Tech Services. The jump was longer than his previous 2001 jump at TMS where he jumped over the entire Verizon IndyCar Series starting field.
JUNE 7, 2008 –The first unified Verizon IndyCar Series race at TMS provides a record-tying 28-car field for the Bombardier Learjet 550k. The night ends with Scott Dixon picking up his first TMS win, making him the second driver to win the Verizon IndyCar Series’ two marquee events - the Indianapolis 500 and Bombardier Learjet 550k - in the same season.
OCT. 31, 2008 - Ron Hornaday Jr. sweeps both NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at TMS by winning the Chevy Silverado 350k. Hornaday Jr. becomes just the second truck series driver to sweep both races at TMS since Brendan Gaughan accomplished the feat in 2002-03.
NOV. 1, 2008 - Kyle Busch makes history as he becomes the first driver to sweep both NASCAR Nationwide Series races at TMS by winning the O’Reilly Challenge. The win is Busch’s 10th of the season and moves him into a tie with Sam Ard for most Nationwide Series wins in a season.
NOV. 2, 2008 - The Dickies 500 weekend becomes a sweeping success as Carl Edwards becomes the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to win both races at TMS after winning the Dickies 500. Edwards leads a race-high 212 laps en route to his third victory at TMS. The weekend marked a first in NASCAR history as it was the first time three drivers from three different series swept races in the same weekend at the same track.
DEC. 1, 2008 - Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage announces a $2 million capital improvement project, transforming the upper half of the backstretch area into a lavish motorcoach area known as Burnout Alley.
DEC. 9, 2008 - Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter awards a record $1 million in grants to 121 Dallas/Fort Worth-area charities. SCC surpasses the record amount of $752,466 set the previous year. SCC-Texas Chapter has awarded over $5.7 million in grants since it was established in 1997.
APRIL 4, 2009 - Kyle Busch records his 23rd NASCAR Nationwide Series career victory in the O’Reilly 300 and becomes the first driver to win three consecutive Nationwide races at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch leads a record 178 laps in the 200-lap event en route to becoming the first driver to win from the pole in 17 Nationwide Series races at Texas.
APRIL 5, 2009 - Jeff Gordon ends a 47-race winless drought with a victory in the Samsung 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The win marks his first at TMS and narrows down his list of winless tracks to one - Homestead-Miami Speedway - on the current Cup schedule.
MAY 29, 2009 - Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage and Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief unveil the Scion Drag-n-Brag program to help curb illegal street racing in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex by providing a safer alternative at the world-class motorsports facility. Texas Motor Speedway’s pit lane will transform into a 1/8-mile drag strip for six consecutive Friday evenings during the summer months. Gossage and Moncrief christen Scion Drag-n-Brag by having the ceremonial first race.
JUNE 5, 2009 - Todd Bodine wins the WinStar World Casino 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and sets an all-time TMS record with five wins in a single series. Bodine makes truck series history as well, becoming the first driver to post five wins at the same track.
JUNE 6, 2009 - Helio Castroneves drives to victory in the Bombardier Learjet 550k, joining Sam Hornish Jr. as the only three-time Verizon IndyCar Series winners at Texas Motor Speedway. Castroneves becomes the third driver to win both of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ two marquee events - the Indy 500 and Bombardier Learjet 550k - in the same season, joining Arie Luyendyk (1997) and Scott Dixon (2008).
JULY 3, 2009 - Texas Motor Speedway debuts Scion Drag-n-Brag, converting its pit lane into a 1/8-mile drag strip. More than 150 local drag racers compete in the inaugural event that also features a Show-n-Shine contest where car enthusiasts display their prized cars. The new program was developed with the idea of helping curb illegal street racing in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
NOV. 6, 2009 - Kyle Busch, competing in all three NASCAR events during the Dickies 500 triple-header weekend, starts the weekend with a victory in the WinStar World Casino 350k Camping World Truck Series race. The win is his first at Texas Motor Speedway after finishing runner-up in three of his previous four NCWTS starts.
NOV. 7, 2009 - Kyle Busch makes it two-for-two, earning his second victory of the weekend by capturing the O’Reilly Challenge NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Busch also establishes a track record for most laps led by a Nationwide Series winner with 179. It is his fourth Nationwide Series win in a row at TMS, allowing him to join Brendan Gaughan (2002, ’03) as the only drivers to win four consecutive races in any series at “The Great American Speedway!”
NOV. 8, 2009 - Kyle Busch comes up two laps short in his quest to become the first driver in history to sweep all three NASCAR races in the same weekend during the Dickies 500. Busch, who gambled with fuel mileage, ran out of gas on Lap 332 and was passed by older brother Kurt, who would go on to capture his first Sprint Cup victory at Texas Motor Speedway.
NOV. 30, 2009 - For the second consecutive year, Speedway Children’s Charities–Texas Chapter awards $1 million in grants to Dallas/Fort Worth charities during the annual Christmas tree lighting. For the first time, four Founder’s Grants, ranging between $125,000 and $150,000, were awarded to a charity in the four North Texas counties - Dallas, Denton, Tarrant and Collin. The inaugural Founder’s Grants recipients consist of Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington, Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County and Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County.
APRIL 19, 2010 - For only the second time in NASCAR history, rain forces the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series to run on a Monday. Both the Samsung Mobile 500 and O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 take place on Monday, with the Sprint Cup event opening the full day of racing and Denny Hamlin claiming the Samsung Mobile 500. Hamlin overtakes the lead from Jeff Burton on Lap 323 and leads the final 12 laps - the only laps he leads all day - to earn the victory. Hamlin’s 0.152-second victory over runner-up Jimmie Johnson results in the second-closest Sprint Cup Series finish at Texas Motor Speedway.
APRIL 19, 2010 - Kyle Busch adds to his impressive record at Texas Motor Speedway by claiming his fifth consecutive Nationwide Series victory with a win in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. With the win, Busch becomes just the third driver in series history to win five consecutive races at one track, joining Dale Earnhardt (Daytona) and Jack Ingram (South Boston). He becomes the first driver to win six races at “The Great American Speedway!” with five in the Nationwide and one in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
JUNE 4, 2010 - Todd Bodine makes it six career wins at Texas Motor Speedway with a victory in the WinStar World Casino 400k. Bodine dominates, leading 107 of 169 laps and holds off Johnny Sauter in a green/white-checkered finish. He is the only driver in series history to win six races at one track and joins Kyle Busch as the only drivers to win six times (all NASCAR series) at Texas Motor Speedway.
JUNE 5, 2010 - Ryan Briscoe helps Roger Penske become the winningest Verizon IndyCar Series owner at Texas Motor Speedway with six wins by capturing the Firestone 550k. Briscoe led 102 of the 228 laps to become the sixth Verizon IndyCar Series driver to win from the pole.
AUG. 17, 2010 - It is announced during a special event at the House of Blues in Dallas that Texas Motor Speedway will host its first nighttime NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race during the Samsung Mobile 500 in 2011. It also is revealed that Texas Motor Speedway will host two twin Verizon IndyCar Series races which will be named the Firestone Twin 275s in 2011.
NOV. 5, 2010 - Kyle Busch successfully defends his title as he claims his second consecutive WinStar World Casino 350k victory. Busch becomes the third different truck series driver to successfully defend their title, joining Todd Bodine and Brendan Gaughan. Busch dominates, leading a race-high 80 laps for his second truck series victory at Texas Motor Speedway and first as team owner of Kyle Busch Motorsports.
NOV. 6, 2010 - Carl Edwards holds off Kyle Busch in a green/white-checkered finish to secure his first Nationwide Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway during the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Edwards’ win snaps Busch’s five-race Nationwide Series winning streak at Texas Motor Speedway. Third-place finisher Brad Keselowski secures the 2010 Nationwide Series championship and earns the first NASCAR championship for legendary car owner Roger Penske.
NOV. 7, 2010 - Denny Hamlin completes the Texas single-season sweep by winning the AAA Texas 500 and joins Carl Edwards as the only drivers to capture both Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway in the same season. With his win, Hamlin moves ahead of reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings, marking the first time since 2005 that Johnson did not lead the points with two races left in the Chase.
DEC. 7, 2010 - Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter awards more than $800,000 in grants to 24 Dallas/Fort Worth organizations during its annual tree lighting and grant ceremony. Three special Founder’s Grants also were awarded to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Collin County, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital of Dallas and Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth. Speedway Children’s Charities partners also brightened the holidays for needy families as Chalmer McWilliams and Texas Air Systems distributes 100 children’s bicycles and Texas Motor Speedway distributes 100 Christmas trees.
JAN. 5, 2011 - Texas Motor Speedway begins construction on the addition of Pit Stop Park. The exclusive tailgating area provides fans a spacious reserved parking spot with various amenities including upscale portable restroom station, commons area for games, security staffing and more.
APRIL 6, 2011 - Texas Motor Speedway officially opens its newest fan amenity, Pit Stop Park, during the Samsung Mobile 500 weekend. The park features up to 76 reserved tailgating spots along with a common area for fans to enjoy during the speedway’s three major race weekends.
APRIL 8, 2011 - Carl Edwards continues his Nationwide Series winning streak at Texas Motor Speedway during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. Edwards begins the race on the pole and leads 169 of 200 laps to win, joining Kyle Busch as the only drivers to win from the pole. It also marks the first time in its history that Texas Motor Speedway runs an evening Nationwide Series race.
APRIL 9, 2011 - For the first time in Texas Motor Speedway history, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competes on a Saturday night, under the lights, during the Samsung Mobile 500. Matt Kenseth becomes the fourth Sprint Cup Series driver with multiple victories at “The Great American Speedway!” with his win in the Samsung Mobile 500. The win snaps a 76-race winless streak for Kenseth.
JUNE 10, 2011 - A wild finish leads to a black flag for Johnny Sauter and a victory for Ron Hornaday Jr. in the WinStar World Casino 400k. Hornaday Jr. takes the victory following the final restart that saw Sauter, the race leader, change lanes prior to reaching the start/finish line resulting in the black flag. Hornaday Jr. goes on to lead the final two laps in the green/white-checkered finish to win for the third time at Texas Motor Speedway.
JUNE 11, 2011 - For the first time in IndyCar Series history, twin races are held with the Firestone Twin 275s. The first race provides an exciting finish as Dario Franchitti holds off teammate Scott Dixon for his first win at Texas. In the second race, Will Power earns his first career oval victory as he staves off Dixon.
AUG. 26, 2011 - Texas Motor Speedway unveils its pilot educational program Speeding To Read at Clara Love Elementary School in Justin. The program is a reading initiative aimed at motivating students to read more frequently. The incentive-based program awards the top classrooms with racing-themed prizes every quarter. Upon the conclusion of the school year, the classrooms with the most books read earn tickets to April’s Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 at “The Great American Speedway!”
NOV. 4, 2011 - Kevin Harvick becomes the ninth different driver to win in multiple series at Texas Motor Speedway with his victory in the WinStar World Casino 350. Harvick leads a race-high 61 laps en route to the victory. The race, however, will be best remembered for Kyle Busch intentionally wrecking championship contender Ron Hornaday Jr. during the caution period after the two had contact on Lap 15. Busch’s actions resulted in NASCAR parking him for the remainder of the weekend and forcing him to miss Saturday’s Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge and Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500.
NOV. 5, 2011 - Trevor Bayne picks up his first career Nationwide Series victory in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Bayne overtook the lead from teammate Carl Edwards on Lap 195 to lead the final six laps for the victory. Bayne withstands a hard-charging Denny Hamlin to win by 0.142 of a second, the second-closest Nationwide Series finish at Texas Motor Speedway.
NOV. 6, 2011 - Atlantis Space Shuttle pilot Doug Hurley presents Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage with the speedway’s “No Limits” flag that he took aboard the on the historic mission. Hurley, a season ticket holder, honored the speedway by taking the 4x6-foot flag on the 13-day mission to the International Space Station. The flag traveled 5,284,862 miles and 200 complete orbits on the 135th and final mission of NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program that was guided by Hurley, Commander Christopher Ferguson and Mission Specialists Rex Walheim and Sandra Magnus.
NOV. 6, 2011 - In an epic championship slugfest, Tony Stewart prevails over Carl Edwards as Stewart wins the AAA Texas 500 for his second career victory at Texas Motor Speedway. Stewart leads a race-high 173 of the 334 laps and inches closer to Edwards, who finished second, by virtue of the win and bonus points. Stewart closes the gap to three points with two races remaining, setting the stage for a memorable championship finish. The AAA Texas 500 marks the start of the dramatic two-driver duel, where neither finishes worse than third during the final three races of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Ultimately, Stewart prevails for his third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship on the strength of five wins during the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
NOV. 29, 2011 - Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter ushers in a historic mark during its annual Christmas tree lighting as the organization surpasses the $8 million mark in grants distributed to local charities since its inception in 1997. Speedway Children’s Charities distributed 23 grants to Dallas/Fort Worth organizations including a $125,000 Founder’s Grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. Along with the grants, Speedway Children’s Charities awarded 100 new bicycles and helmets to underprivileged children.
APRIL 13, 2012 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. captures his first victory at Texas Motor Speedway during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. Stenhouse Jr. leads 68 laps, including the final five, for team owner Jack Roush’s fourth consecutive Nationwide Series victory at “The Great American Speedway!”
APRIL 14, 2012 - Greg Biffle snaps his 49-race winless with his victory in the Samsung Mobile 500. Biffle makes a bold pass of race leader Jimmie Johnson on Lap 304 and holds on for his second career victory at Texas Motor Speedway. The race sets track records for fewest cautions (2) and fastest race at 160.577 miles per hour (3 hrs., 7 min., 12 secs.).
JUNE 8, 2012 - Johnny Sauter finally finds his way to Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway during the WinStar World Casino 400. After missing out on a victory in last year’s race following a black flag on the green/white-checkered finish, Sauter leaves little to doubt as he leads 41 laps en route to the win. Teammate Matt Crafton finishes second for ThorSport Motorsports’ second 1-2 finish.
JUNE 9, 2012 - Justin Wilson sets the mark for a race winner’s furthest starting position as he marches through the field from 17th-place to win the Firestone 550. Wilson receives some help from Graham Rahal who brushed the wall in the exit of Turn 4 with two laps remaining. The win is the first for Wilson on an oval.
APRIL 13, 2013 - Kyle Busch become the first driver to win in all three series at Texas, with one victory in the Sprint Cup Series, six Nationwide wins and two wins in the trucks. He is also the first driver to sweep a race weekend by winning the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 and the NRA 500.
SEPT. 23, 2013 – Texas Motor Speedway announces it is partnering with Panasonic to install the world’s largest high-definition video board along the backstretch. The video board, called “Big Hoss TV”, will feature a staggering 20,633.64 square feet of HD display and will stand a resounding 94.6 feet wide by 218 feet tall.
NOV. 1, 2013 – Ty Dillon scores the 100th career win for the Richard Childress Racing-owned No. 3 in NASCAR national series history with his victory in the WinStar World Casino 350. Dillon leads a race-high 130 of 147 laps and falls just 10 laps shy of equaling the track record for most laps led by a truck series winner set by Ron Hornaday Jr. in 2008.
NOV. 2, 2013 – Brad Keselowski wins for the first time at Texas Motor Speedway with his victory in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. He leads a race-high 106 laps en route to a 0.980-second victory over runner-up Denny Hamlin.
NOV. 3, 2013 – Jimmie Johnson captures the AAA Texas 500 for the second consecutive season in dominating fashion. He leads 255 of 334 laps to become the first back-to-back winner of the AAA Texas 500. The win allows Johnson to move seven points ahead of Matt Kenseth in the championship standings with two races remaining. He also moves into a tie with Carl Edwards for most career Sprint Cup victories at “The Great American Speedway!”
DEC. 3, 2013 – Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter awards more than $915,000 to local organizations, including the organization’s largest single grant totaling $500,000 to the Dallas-based Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center during its annual tree lighting and grant ceremony. Speedway Children’s Charities also awards two special Founder’s Grants to the Fort Worth Public Library and Camp John Marc. Speedway Children’s Charities also distributes 100 bikes to children from the chapter’s partner organizations and patients from area hospitals.
MARCH 19, 2014 – “Big Hoss TV” – the world’s largest HD LED video board – is unveiled before more than 8,000 fans and special guests including NASCAR star Kyle Busch, three-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves, Duck Dynasty’s Willie and Korie Robertson, SMI Chairman Bruton Smith, SMI President Marcus Smith, NASCAR executive Mike Helton and INDYCAR executive Mark Miles. That evening’s new episode of A&E’s Duck Dynasty was featured on the 20,633 square foot video board.
APRIL 4, 2014 – Rookie NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Chase Elliott, son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott, becomes the second youngest driver to win in the series with his victory in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. Elliott (18 years, 4 months, 7 days) outduels NASCAR veteran stars Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth for the victory. With his win, he becomes the first Nationwide Series rookie driver to win at Texas Motor Speedway.
APRIL 6, 2014 – Guinness World Records officially certifies “Big Hoss TV” as the world’s largest HD LED video board. Representatives from Guinness World Records acknowledge the record by awarding Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage a framed certificate.
APRIL 7, 2014 – Joey Logano earns his first victory at Texas Motor Speedway in the rain-delayed Duck Commander 500. Logano holds off challenger Jeff Gordon in a green-white/checkered finish to claim his fourth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. It was just the third time in the speedway’s history that a Sprint Cup Series race was forced to run on Monday due to inclement weather.
JUNE 6, 2014 – Matt Crafton breaks through for his first career victory at Texas Motor Speedway in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400. Crafton gambles on fuel, going the final 61 laps without pitting to capture his fifth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win. Crafton leads 118 of the 167 laps – the most he has led in a single race in his 14-year career.
JUNE 7, 2014 – Ed Carpenter holds off Will Power during a three-lap shootout to win the Firestone 600. A caution with seven laps remaining wipes out Carpenter’s 18-second lead and forces teams to make a decision to pit. Carpenter opts to stay on the track while Power pits and a solid restart allows him to gain the advantage he needs to earn his third career Verizon IndyCar Series victory by 0.5247 of a second.