Located in Fort Worth, Texas, the Texas Motor Speedway was built between 1995 and 1996. The original track featured a dual banking system with a 24-degree bank for stock cars and an 8-degree bank for open-wheel vehicles. The track is classified as a superspeedway as it is more than one mile in length and it is similar in layout to the Atlanta Motor Speedway and Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The track’s ‘Turn 4’ was reshaped in 1998 to make transitions from the turns to the straightway easier. Further renovations that same year eliminated the dual banking and resulted in the track currently in use today.
The Texas Motor Speedway measures 1.5 miles in length and features a quad-oval design. It has been banked 24 degrees in the turns to facilitate fast racing and the front straightway juts outwards a bit. It also has a seating capacity of more than 200,000 for NASCAR and IndyCar racing events. The track features tunnel bumps on Turns 2 and 4 which add to the its uniqueness. The track is currently owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc. At one stage the Texas Motor Speedway was considered to be the ‘fastest non-restrictor plate track’ to appear on the NASCAR circuit. Qualifying speeds exceeded 192 mph and corner entry speeds were often clocked at over 200 mph. However, with the gradual wear of racing surfaces other tracks, such as Atlanta, proven to be faster. Currently the top qualifying record is held by Brian Vickers who posted a 196.235 mph speed in 2006.
The Texas Motor Speedway is home to two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races – making it a very popular racetrack with big attendance figures. The races which it hosts are the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 and the Dickes 500. It also hosts the O’Reilly 300 and the O’Reilly Challenge – both of which are Busch Series Races. The Bombardier Learjet 550 is the only Indy Racing League race that it hosts.
Another fantastic year of auto racing is drawing to a close and now we’re at that special time of year when everyone’s hard work is duly recognized at various award ceremonies and events. This year is no different, and already the AARWBA All-American Auto Racing Team nominees have been announced.
So far it seems that top rivals Donny Schatz and Jason Meyers have been lumped together for the ‘Short Track’ category of the AARWBA All-American Auto Racing Team. Those who have been watching the two during the course of the year will find it somewhat odd that two rivals have now been made into teammates. Donny Schatz is not exactly a newcomer to the scene. This was the third consecutive time he’d won the World of Outlaws title and also the third consecutive year that he has been given First Team honors. Schatz competed ardently during the course of the year, winning 18 A-feature events and finishing the season with as many as 25 wins. He won as many as sixteen of the various World of Outlaws races and has also taken the Knoxville Nationals for the third season in a row. He is now one of only two drivers to accomplish that feat and he is eligible for the Jerry Titus Award, which is generally given to the ‘Driver of the Year’. After such a strong racing career he is understandably the perfect candidate.
Jason Meyers doesn’t quite have the same list of accomplishments under his belt, but he certainly isn’t doing too badly for himself. This is only the first time that Meyers has been named to the team and he was given Second Team honors after finishing second in the championship standings. He managed to win as many as nine of the World of Outlaws races this season and had 48 top-five finishes. He also had the quickest time trials at sixteen different races and managed to lead the series championship standings for a while near the beginning of the season. He has progressively improved his performance and stats over the year, finishing off by winning the first-ever ‘Breaking the VAULT’ challenge at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. In doing so, he also defeated nine other drivers including top rival Donny Schatz. Understandably both drivers are ecstatic about being named to the team.
Lowe’s Motor Speedway is set to get flooded with a frenzy of colorful and creative cars on October 24-26. They will be gathering at this great raceway to take part in the Goodguys Southeastern Nationals, a fantastic automotive event that simply should not be missed by anybody with a passion for cars.
Thousands of colorful automotive masterpieces will be filling the infield at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in preparation for this great annual event. This will be the 15th installment of the Goodguys car show, which regularly features more than 3000 different cars – a monumental feast for all automobile lovers. The cars vary quite dramatically in make and style and visitors will be able to view things such as pre-1972 hot rods, classics, muscle cars, custom cars, trucks, deuce coupes and hot rod roadsters. The list is virtually endless and so is the action. The entire event has been designed as a family event so that auto enthusiasts can bring their families with them and make the most out of the weekend. According to Marcus Smith, Lowe’s Motor Speedway’s general manager and president, “Thousands of classic hot rods will be here, not only on display, but in action, making this truly a great automotive spectacle.”
Apart from the myriads of cars and fantastic racing action, visitors can also expect to enjoy a swap meet, a car corral, a model and pedal car display and various vendor exhibits. Kids will be able to entertain themselves at the free model building area, while adults can test their skills at the street challenge autocross. On Friday evening fans can also purchase a ride around the 1.5-mile oval with Richard Petty behind the wheel of a NASCAR Sprint Cup car, driving at speeds of 150 miles and more. If this sounds like the sort of opportunity you don’t want to miss out on, you can book your tickets online at the Goodguys website or purchase your ticket on the day. Adults will be expected to pay $17 a day and children between 7-12 years of age will cost $6. Children under the age of six will be admitted for free. The show grounds will be open from 8:00 to 17:00 on Friday and Saturday and 8:00 to 15:00 on Sunday.