Texas Motor Speedway is a speedway located in the northernmost portion of the U.S. city of Fort Worth, Texas – the portion located in Denton County, Texas. The reconfigured track measures 1.500 mi (2.414 km) with banked 20° in turns 1 and 2 and banked 24° in turns 3 and 4. Texas Motor Speedway is a quad-oval design, where the front straightaway juts outward slightly. The track layout is similar to Atlanta Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. The track is owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Nicknamed “The Great American Speedway“ the racetrack facility is one of the largest motorsports venues in the world capable of hosting crowds in excess of 200,000 spectators.
The speedway has been managed since its inception by racing promoter Eddie Gossage until June 2021 when he stepped down from the position of track president, citing retirement from motorsports management.
Based on qualifying speeds in 2004, 2005, and 2006 (with Brian Vickers shattering the qualifying record at Texas with a speed of 196.235 mph (315.810 km/h) in the 2006 Dickies 500 qualifying), the Texas Motor Speedway was once considered the fastest non-restrictor plate track on the NASCAR circuit, with qualifying speeds in excess of 192 mph (309 km/h) and corner entry speeds over 200 mph (320 km/h). However, as the tracks' respective racing surfaces continue to wear, qualifying speeds at Atlanta have become consistently faster than at Texas (2005 and 2006). Brian Vickers holds the NASCAR qualifying record at TMS. In 2006, he posted a 196.235 mph (315.810 km/h) speed. Elliott Sadler beat the record before Brian, qualifying in the 49/50th spot. Being the last person out on the track, Brian nipped Elliott Sadler's qualifying time. The NASCAR records still fall short of the all-time TMS qualifying record though. Driving a Lola Ford Champ Car, Kenny Brack took pole for the aborted Firestone Firehawk 600, with an average speed of 233.447 mph in 2001.
Two racetracks formerly on the Winston Cup schedule were closed to make room for Texas Motor Speedway's two race dates, with the North Wilkesboro Speedway being bought by TMS owner Bruton Smith and New Hampshire International Speedway owner Bob Bahre. The track was closed with one of the track's two dates going to both new owners. The North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina was also sold to Smith as a result of the Ferko lawsuit with the track's one remaining date also being handed over to Texas.
Texas Motor Speedway is home to the Cup Series' Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500, as well as the exhibition NASCAR All-Star Race. The track also hosts two NASCAR Xfinity Series races, the Alsco Uniforms 250 and the Andy's Frozen Custard 335, the IndyCar Series' Genesys 600, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' SpeedyCash.com 220.
For a short time during construction in September 1996, the track's name was changed to Texas International Raceway. SMI's customary track naming convention had planned to have the "Motor Speedway" as part of the name. However, in August 1996, a small quarter-mile dirt raceway in Alvin, Texas (now known as Texas Thunder Speedway) had filed suit to use the name. On December 2, 1996, a settlement between the two tracks saw the "Texas Motor Speedway" name reinstated to the 1.500-mile (2.414 km) oval, and the small number of Texas International Raceway merchandise instantly became collectible.
Between 2001 and 2002, the track, after the reconfiguration in 1998, was repaved because of a hole in turn three. On August 17, 2010, a press conference was held and it was announced that TMS's spring race will become a Saturday night event in 2011. The Samsung Mobile 500 was held on Saturday April 9, 2011. The same year, the apron of the speedway was repaved.
Jeff Burton (1997) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2000) both earned their first Cup win at Texas Motor Speedway. Earnhardt's victory was a then-record for fewest races to notch a victory in the "modern era" on the Cup circuit, winning in just his 12th start, breaking the record held by his father, Dale Earnhardt (16 starts). (The record has since been broken three times, by Kevin Harvick (3 starts), Jamie McMurray (2 starts) and Trevor Bayne (2 starts).
On October 13, 2000, Tony Roper was racing in the Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway when he attempted to pass Steve Grissom. However, another truck veered up the racetrack in the tri-oval, forcing Roper to evade, turning him into Grissom's front bumper. The contact caused Roper's #26 Ford to take a sudden hard-right turn, which then caused the truck to slam head-on into the concrete wall of the tri-oval. Roper died the next day as the result of the injuries he sustained from the crash.
In fall of 2012, Gossage added a carnival outside turn two to promote the track's "Wild Asphalt Circus" theme. On September 23, 2013, the track announced that by the 2014 spring Cup race, the world's largest video screen would be added. The Panasonic screen, nicknamed "Big Hoss", is 218 feet (66 m) wide and 94.6 feet (28.8 m) tall.
In 2014, Texas Motor Speedway did not sell tickets on the backstretch for either of its NASCAR Cup Series races, reducing the seating capacity of the track to 112,552. The world's largest high-definition video screen at a motor speedway, Big Hoss, was introduced in the Duck Commander 500.
In 2017 along with a repaving of the track surface, the Track was reprofiled to have to have the banking in turns 1 and 2 be reduced from 24 degrees to 20 degrees along with having the racing surface width expand from 60 feet to 80 feet in turns 1 and 2 as well.
With the reveal of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, Texas Motor Speedway began hosting the NASCAR All-Star Race while losing the spring Cup date with the addition of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.
Firestone Firehawk 600
The Firestone Firehawk 600, a CART race, was to be held on April 29, 2001. During practice and qualifying, however, 21 of 25 drivers complained of dizziness and disorientation during two days of practice. Drivers experienced sustained G forces over 5 g, more than the typical human tolerance. With their powerful 900+ hp turbocharged engines and superspeedway downforce packages, the Champ Cars were averaging speeds well in excess of 230 mph. This was much faster than IRL machinery of the time, and faster still than the speeds seen regularly by NASCAR Cup Series cars.
With the possibility of drivers blacking out on the track, CART cancelled the race two hours before the scheduled start.
Note: The NASCAR timing and scoring use a length of 1.500 miles (2.414 km). This length was used by IRL in their races in 1997 and 1998, too. Since 1999 the IRL timing and scoring use a remeasured track length of 1.455 miles (2.342 km). The CART measured for the inaugural and later cancelled race a length of 1.482 miles (2.385 km). In 2017, IndyCar use a track length of 1.44 miles for timing and scoring.
|Record||Year||Date||Driver||Car make||Time||Speed/Average speed|
|NASCAR Cup Series|
|Qualifying||2017||November 3||Kurt Busch||Ford||26.877||200.915 mph (323.341 km/h)|
|Race (500 miles)||2012||April 14||Greg Biffle||Ford||3:07:12||160.577 mph (258.424 km/h)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series|
|Qualifying||2002||April 5||Jeff Green||Chevrolet||27.908||193.493 mph (311.397 km/h)|
|Race (300 miles)||2008||April 5||Kyle Busch||Toyota||1:58:39||151.707 mph (244.149 km/h)|
|NASCAR Truck Series|
|Qualifying||2018||November 2||Johnny Sauter||Chevrolet||28.608||188.758 mph (303.777 km/h)|
|Race (200 miles)||2015||November 6||Erik Jones||Toyota||1:23:44||158.002 mph (254.280 km/h)|
|Qualifying||2001||April 28||Kenny Bräck||Lola Cosworth||22.854||233.447 mph (375.697 km/h)|
|Practice||2001||April 28||Paul Tracy||Reynard Honda||22.542||236.678 mph (380.896 km/h)|
|Race (165 mi (266 km))||2011||June 11||Will Power||Dallara Honda||0:48:09||206.693 mph (332.640 km/h)|
The official race lap records at Texas Motor Speedway are listed as:
|Oval: 2.414 km (1996–present)|
|IRL||22.972||Tony Stewart||Dallara IR-7||1998 True Value 500|
|Indy Lights||27.3273||P. J. Chesson||Dallara IPS||2004 Texas 100|
|NASCAR Cup||27.617||Kevin Harvick||Ford Fusion||2018 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500|
|NASCAR Xfinity||28.342||Ryan Blaney||Ford Mustang||2018 My Bariatric Solutions 300|
|NASCAR Truck||28.913||Brett Moffitt||Toyota Tundra||2018 JAG Metals 350|
|Road Course with Chicane: 3.740 km (2000–present)|
|LMP900||1:12.924||Allan McNish||Audi R8||2000 Grand Prix of Texas|
|GT1 (GTS)||1:20.108||Olivier Beretta||Dodge Viper GTS-R||2000 Grand Prix of Texas|
|GT||1:23.879||Sascha Maassen||Porsche 911 GT3-R (996)||2000 Grand Prix of Texas|
|LMP675||1:26.134||Steven Knight||Lola B2K/40||2001 Grand Prix of Texas|
NASCAR Cup Series
(As of 6/9/2021)
|Most Wins||7||Jimmie Johnson|
|Most Top 5s||16||Jimmie Johnson|
|Most Top 10s||22||Jimmie Johnson|
|Starts||36||Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch|
|Most Laps Completed||11,852||Kurt Busch|
|Most Laps Led||1152||Jimmie Johnson|
|Avg. Start*||8.0||Steve Park|
|Avg. Finish||10.4||Kevin Harvick|
|Longest Rain Delay||72 hours||Clint Bowyer|
* from minimum 3 starts.
NASCAR Cup Series winners
|Year||Date||No.||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|1997||April 6||99||Jeff Burton||Roush Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||4:00:16||125.111||Report|
|1998||April 5||6||Mark Martin||Roush Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:39:47||136.771||Report|
|1999||March 28||5||Terry Labonte||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:28:21||144.276||Report|
|2000||April 2||8||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:49:12||131.152||Report|
|2001||April 1||88||Dale Jarrett||Robert Yates Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:31:59||141.804||Report|
|2002||April 8*||17||Matt Kenseth||Roush Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:31:01||142.453||Report|
|2003||March 30||12||Ryan Newman||Penske Racing||Dodge||334||501 (806.281)||3:43:28||134.517||Report|
|2004||April 4||38||Elliott Sadler||Robert Yates Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:36:30||138.845||Report|
|2005||April 17||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:51:08||130.055||Report|
|November 6||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:19:00||151.055||Report|
|2006||April 9||9||Kasey Kahne||Evernham Motorsports||Dodge||334||501 (806.281)||3:37:55||137.943||Report|
|November 5||20||Tony Stewart||Joe Gibbs Racing||Chevrolet||339*||508.5 (818.351)||3:46:11||134.891||Report|
|2007||April 15||31||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:39:41||143.359||Report|
|November 4||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:49:05||131.219||Report|
|2008||April 6||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||339*||508.5 (818.351)||3:30:41||144.814||Report|
|November 2||99||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:28:26||144.219||Report|
|2009||April 5||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:25:22||146.372||Report|
|November 8||2||Kurt Busch||Penske Racing||Dodge||334||501 (806.281)||3:24:18||147.137||Report|
|2010||April 19*||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||334||501 (806.281)||3:25:34||146.23||Report|
|November 7||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||334||501 (806.281)||3:34:01||140.456||Report|
|2011*||April 9||17||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:21:26||149.231||Report|
|November 6||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:16:51||152.705||Report|
|2012||April 14||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:07:12||160.577||Report|
|November 4||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||335*||502.5 (808.695)||3:41:30||136.117||Report|
|2013||April 13||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||334||501 (806.281)||3:27:40||144.751||Report|
|November 3||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:18:05||151.754||Report|
|2014||April 7*||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||340*||510 (820.765)||3:39:02||134.191||Report|
|November 2||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||341*||511.5 (823.179)||3:52:05||132.239||Report|
|2015||April 11||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:33:57||140.5||Report|
|November 8||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:38:38||137.49||Report|
|2016||April 9–10*||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||334||501 (806.281)||3:37:16||138.355||Report|
|November 6||19||Carl Edwards||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||293*||439.5 (707.306)||3:16:00||134.541||Report|
|2017||April 9||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:24:18||147.137||Report|
|November 5||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:29:52||143.234||Report|
|2018||April 8||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||334||501 (806.281)||3:32:07||141.714||Report|
|November 4||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||337*||505.5 (813.523)||3:21:27||150.558||Report|
|2019||March 31||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||334||501 (806.281)||3:16:11||153.224||Report|
|November 3||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||334||501 (806.281)||3:44:44||133.759||Report|
|2020||July 19*||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:58:57||137.292||Report|
|October 28||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||334||501 (806.281)||3:42:14||135.263||Report|
|2021||June 13||5||Kyle Larson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||100*||150 (241.401)||1:45:59||84.919||Report|
|October 17||5||Kyle Larson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||334||501 (806.281)||3:42:54||134.859||Report|
|2022||May 22||12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford||140*||210 (337.960)||2:02:47||102.62||Report|
- 2002, 2010 (spring), & 2014 (spring): Race moved from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon due to rain.
- 2006 (fall), 2008 (spring), 2012 (spring), 2014 (both), 2018 (fall) & 2022 (spring): Race extended due to a NASCAR Overtime finish. 2014 (fall) took two attempts.
- 2011 (spring): First scheduled night event in Cup Series history at Texas Motor Speedway.
- 2016 (spring): Race was delayed by rain for 2 hours. Race was completed early Sunday morning at 2:45 am CT.
- 2016 (fall): Race shortened due to rain.
- 2020 (spring): Race was moved back by several months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 2021–2022 (spring): Were the NASCAR All-Star Race.
IndyCar Series winners
- 1997: Billy Boat took checkered flag as the winner due to scoring error; Luyendyk declared official winner the following day.
- 2000 and 2016: Postponed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon due to rain. 2016 race further postponed due to more rain/logistical issues.
- 2001: Postponed from September 16 due to 9/11.
- 2003: Race shortened due to crash involving Kenny Bräck.
Current races hosted
- IndyCar Series – Xpel 375
- NASCAR Cup Series – NASCAR All-Star Race
- NASCAR Cup Series – Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500
- NASCAR Xfinity Series – Alsco Uniforms 250
- NASCAR Xfinity Series – Andy's Frozen Custard 335
- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – SpeedyCash.com 220
On June 14, 1997 Texas Motor Speedway hosted the Fruit of the Loom CountryFest for an estimated 185,000 spectators. 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.
On June 21, 1997 Texas Motor Speedway hosted the Blockbuster Rock Fest where an estimated 385,000 fans bought tickets and attended. The 15 hour plus and 16 band concert featured the likes of Bush, No Doubt, Collective Soul, Matchbox Twenty, Jewel, the Wallflowers, the Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind, Sugar Ray, Paula Cole as well as many others. Because fans started arriving the night before, VH1 organized a kickoff concert on that Friday night. The concert remains one of the top attended concerts ever.
The Traxxas TORC Series held the series' first off-road racing event in 2009 at Texas Motor Speedway. The 0.4 mile clay oval at the facility was transformed by adding jumps and whoops. Winners in the two-race weekend were: Pro-4 winner Rick Huseman won twice; Pro-2 events were claimed by Ricky Johnson and Scott Taylor; and for Pro Lite class winners were Marty Hart and Casey Currie. It was the only TORC event held at the track as of 2013.
In June 2017, the track hosted the Stadium Super Trucks as a support event for IndyCar. The series raced on a dirt track consisting of the infield, pit road, and the frontstretch. To promote the event, the speedway's turn two featured an off-road expo nicknamed the "Off-Road Ruckus", allowing visitors to drive their off-road vehicles along an obstacle course and observe exhibits.
The first annual Christian alt-rock festival FortyFest was held at the Texas Motor Speedway "Little Texas" facility in August 2010.
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