Failure is not an option for the Red Rocker
From Montrose to Van Halen to Sammy Hagar and The Circle, Hagar has consistently fronted successful groups. He’s earned the highest respect of the music industry with a Grammy Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Van Halen.
Van Halen hits #1 with Sammy Hagar
Hagar joined Van Halen in 1985 and released the album, 5150. It was the first of four No. 1 albums recorded with Sammy Hagar, who replaced David Lee Roth. Needless to say, Hagar took Van Halen to new heights. Van Halen… Van Hagar… wait, what?
He literally can’t drive 55 (and we can’t either)
If anyone can understand Sammy’s issue with the nationwide 55 mph speed limit in 1984, it’s us. The story, as told by Sammy, “ Cop stopped me for doing 62 on a four lane road when there was no one else in sight. Then the guy gave me a ticket. I was doing 62. And he said, 'We give tickets around here for over-60.' and I said, 'I can't drive 55.' I grabbed a paper and a pen, and I swear the guy was writing the ticket and I was writing the lyrics. I got to Lake Placid, I had a guitar set-up there. And I wrote that song there on the spot. Burnt."
Cabo Wabo – need we say more?
Cabo Wabo is the name behind a successful chain of nightclubs and restaurants AND tequila. All founded by…. You guessed it. Sammy Hagar. Hagar turned his lifelong passion for great food, music and spirits into a thriving iconic lifestyle brand.
And last but not least, a little shameless self-promotion
We think it’s pretty bad@$$ that Sammy Hagar and The Circle is playing in the Loud and Proud Pre-Race Show fueled by American Ethanol. Not only is it their ONLY show in Texas, it’s their LAST show of the year. Which means it’s sure to be a great one.
To purchase pre-race passes or for more information, call 817-215-8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
So, you’re one of the 50,000+ plus spectators set to attend The Red Bull Air Race World Championship at TMS Sept 26-27. That means a few things. You are about to see the world’s best pilots race while controlling their planes with surgical precision at low altitudes, at speeds approaching 230 mph, and you’ll be seeing this one-of-a-kind motorsport at the best motor speedway in the world, if you don’t mind us boasting.
Texas Motor Speedway is well known as one of the best places in the world to watch an auto race, but you may be asking yourself; “Just how does TMS host a race in the sky?” Well here are some facts about TMS that are sure to get you psyched for a uniquely exhilarating event like Red Bull Air Race.
Texas Motor Speedway is the second-largest sporting venue in the United States (behind only Indianapolis Motor Speedway) and is the sixth-largest sporting venue in the world. This allows Red Bull Air Race planes enough room to maneuver while being able to comfortably host tens of thousands of spectators.
The front grandstand is constructed of 2 million pounds of aluminum and 15,000 tons of steel. The aluminum used could produce over 61 million Red Bull cans... that’s a lot of wings!
Texas Motor Speedway is home to “Big Hoss”– the World's Largest HD LED Video Screen. Positioned in the middle of the backstretch above “Burnout Alley,” Big Hoss covers 20,633.64 square feet of space. The state-of-the-art video board has a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest HD LED video board and is 79 percent larger than the video board at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. So be sure to look to Big Hoss for shots you won’t be able to see from the stands, including unique vantage points from GoPros from mounts on the wings and in the cockpit of all Air Race planes.
TMS has enough permanent lighting to illuminate 11 NFL stadiums — an average of 2,000,000 watts for a nighttime event. We’d like to thank Red Bull Air Race for making this a daytime event and keeping our electrical bill somewhat reasonable!
In one year, enough hot dogs are sold at TMS to go around the 1.5-mile oval track six times, that’s nine miles. Be sure to grab a dog at Red Bull Air Race and help us make it an even ten!
There are only eight Red Bull Air Race stops, and it’s no shock to us that Texas Motor Speedway is one of them. It simply comes down to size. TMS is HUGE. With enough room for planes, fans, hot dogs and whatever else Red Bull can throw at it, the speedway offers fan and pilot experiences like no other venue. If you’ve already got your tickets great! If you haven’t, be sure to get them now at redbullairrace.com/fort-worth-2015.
By Rich Phillips
It’s taken less than two months for Kyle Busch to show us he will be a serious player in the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup. After missing the season’s first eleven races with a broken leg and foot suffered at Daytona, Busch had a slow start. But ever since a late June run on the road course at Sonoma he’s been the hottest driver in NASCAR, and shows no signs of slowing down ahead of the AAA Texas 500 on November 8.
Busch started his streak with an unexpected win in the Toyota/Save Mart 350. It started a run we haven’t seen in nearly a decade, winning four-of-five races including three in a row. It tied him for the season lead in wins and satisfied NASCAR’s first requirement for Busch to make the Chase.
Next, Busch had to climb to the top 30 in points, a tall task after missing nearly one-third of the season. But in just eleven races he has done just that, cracking the top 30 after a second place finish at the other Sprint Cup road course, Watkins Glen. He must stay in the top 30 to gain a Chase spot, but with an average finish of 13th it shouldn’t be a problem.
Having Kyle Busch in the Chase is exactly what NASCAR needs. He’s certainly not the most popular driver and for many is the most hated. But that’s a good thing, having a nemesis for your favorite driver. Every pro wrestling match has a heel that the crowd hates. NASCAR can benefit in the same way. No Dale Jr. or Jimmie Johnson fan wants to see Kyle Busch bowing to them at Texas Motor Speedway in November.
Now there’s no guarantee that Busch will still be alive in the Chase come November. There are two rounds of eliminations before race number eight in the Chase. However, Busch has never looked more focused than he does this season. Having his career nearly taken from him with February’s crash, and having a baby in May seem to have grounded the driver they call “Rowdy”.
Whether he’s a championship contender or not we know that Kyle Busch will be a contender on the track in three months at Texas Motor Speedway. His history here is remarkable with eleven wins, including a record seven in the XFINITY Series. He swept the April weekend in 2013 and took a shot at sweeping the November triple-header in 2014, winning in the Trucks and the XFINITY Series. Love him or hate him, be prepared to make some noise either way for Kyle Busch in the AAA Texas 500 on November 8.
Rich Phillips is the host and producer of the weekly radio show Texas Motor Speedway’s Total Access. Click here to find a station near you.