Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Fast Track Facts: Texas Motor Speedway

credit: NASCAR Media
Texas Motor Speedway, located in Fort Worth, TX, is home to all three of NASCAR’s top series as well as the Verizon IndyCar Series. The 1.5-mile oval opened in 1996 and seats in excess of 180,000 spectators. Here are a few more Fast Facts on the next track on the schedule for the Xfinity and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Texas Motor Speedway is banked 20 degrees in Turns 1 and 2 and 24 degrees in Turns 3 and 4, and has a similar layout to its sister tracks, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. Those three tracks, as well as Bristol Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and North Wilkesboro Speedway are owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc.
  • There is also an infield road course with four variations ranging from eight to 15 turns and 0.5 to 2.324 miles in length, as well as a 1/5-mile asphalt oval (“Lil’ Texas Motor Speedway”) and a 0.4-mile dirt track on site.
  • Current races hosted at TMS include two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, two Xfinity Series races, two Truck Series races and one IndyCar Series race.
  • Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) and current broadcaster Jeff Burton (1997) earned their first career wins at TMS. Jimmie Johnson has the most Cup Series wins at the track (six), while Helio Castroneves has the most IndyCar Series wins (four). Matt Kenseth owns the qualifying record for the Cup Series at TMS: 199.299 mph (27.095 seconds) in Nov. 2014.
  • A number of driving schools are located at the track, including the NASCAR Racing Experience, the Mario Andretti Racing Experience, the Richard Petty Experience and the Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure. Fans can also tour the facilities, including a luxury suite, victory lane and a lap on the track (subject to availability).
  • Get more information on upcoming races at Texas Motor Speedway at www.texasmotorspeedway.com


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