NASCAR is going where everything is bigger and better - Texas!
The Nationwide and Sprint Cup series head to Texas Motor Speedway, a 1.5 mile quad-oval track. Quad-oval means the front straightaway projects outward ever so slightly. The turns have 24-degree banking.
The winner rides into the sunset not only with a cowboy hat, but gets to fire off a pair of pistols. Which driver will find his way to Victory Lane this weekend? Stay tuned.
The Sprint Cup Series will roll out Sunday for the Samsung Mobile 500. Jeff Gordon is the defending spring race winner and Kurt Busch claimed victory at the fall race.
Due to inclement weather, the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide race was postponed to Sunday. Kyle Busch swept both Nationwide races at Texas last year.
The Camping World Truck Series is off until the May 2 race at Kansas Speedway.
The following is a handy schedule to track events and TV coverage this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway (all times in Eastern Standard Time):
Friday, April 16:
11:30 a.m. Nationwide final practice, ESPN2
12 noon NASCAR Live, SPEED
1:00 p.m. Sprint Cup practice, SPEED
2:30 p.m. Nationwide qualifying, ESPN2
4:30 p.m. Sprint Cup qualifying, SPEED (reruns at 10:30 p.m. ET)
6:30 p.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
6:30 p.m. Trackside, SPEED. Guests: Paul Menard and Scott Speed
Saturday, April 17:
11:30 a.m. NASCAR Live, SPEED
RAINED OUT Sprint Cup practice, SPEED
RAINED OUT Sprint Cup final practice, SPEED
POSTPONED TO SUNDAY Nationwide race: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300
Sunday, April 18:
9:00 a.m. NASCAR Now, ESPN2
10:30 a.m. NASCAR Performance, SPEED
11:00 a.m. NASCAR Smarts, SPEED
11:30 a.m. NASCAR in a Hurry, SPEED
12 noon NASCAR RaceDay, SPEED
2:00 p.m. Sprint Cup pre-race show, FOX
3:00 p.m. Sprint Cup race: Samsung Mobile 500, FOX. Green flag: 3:16 p.m.
8:00 p.m. NASCAR Victory Lane, SPEED
9:00 p.m. Nationwide race: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, ESPN2
PHOTO COURTESY OF NASCAR MEDIA