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Encyclopedia > Texas Motor Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway
The Great American Speedway
Facility statistics
Location 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth, Texas 76177
Broke ground April 11, 1995
Opened February 29, 1996
Owner Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
Operator Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
Construction cost $250 million USD
Architect
Former names
Texas International Raceway (1996)
Major events
NASCAR Nextel Cup
Samsung 500
Dickies 500

NASCAR Busch Series
O'Reilly 300
O'Reilly Challenge Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 527 pixel Image in higher resolution (992 × 653 pixel, file size: 1. ... Nickname: Cowtown, Panther City Motto: Where the West Begins Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Tarrant and Denton  - Mayor Michael J. Moncrief Area    - City  298. ... April 11 is the 101st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (102nd in leap years). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... February 29th, or bissextile day, is the 60th day of a leap year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 306 days remaining. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Speedway Motorsports, Inc. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... The National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... The Samsung/Radio Shack 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Justin, Texas. ... The Dickies 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Justin, Texas, USA. The inaugural race is scheduled to take place on November 6, 2005. ... The National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... NASCAR Busch Series logo The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel... The OReilly 300 is a NASCAR Busch Series race that takes place at Texas Motor Speedway. ... The OReilly Challenge is a NASCAR Busch Series race that takes place at Texas Motor Speedway. ...


Indy Racing League
Bombardier Learjet 550 The Indy Racing League, better known as IRL, is the sanctioning body of a predominantly American based open-wheel racing series. ... The Bombardier Learjet 550 is an Indy Racing League Indycar Series race held at Texas Motor Speedway in Justin, Texas. ...

Seating capacity
212,585 (NASCAR & IndyCar)
Current dimensions
Track shape Quad-oval
Track length 1.5 miles
Track banking Turns - 24 degrees

Texas Motor Speedway is a superspeedway located in the northernmost portion of the U.S. city of Fort Worth, Texas -- the portion located in Denton County, Texas. The track layout is very similar to Atlanta Motor Speedway and Lowe's Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway). The track measures 1.5 miles around and is banked 24 degrees in the turns, and is of the quad-oval design, where the front straightaway juts outward slightly. The track is owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., the same company that owns Atlanta and Lowe's Motor Speedways, as well as the short-track Bristol Motor Speedway. The National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The Indy Racing League, better known as IRL, is the sanctioning body of a predominantly American based open-wheel racing series. ... In North American motorsports, a superspeedway is a race track over one mile (1. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Nickname: Cowtown, Panther City Motto: Where the West Begins Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Tarrant and Denton  - Mayor Michael J. Moncrief Area    - City  298. ... The (old) Denton County Courthouse, resting place of the countys namesake. ... Atlanta Motor Speedway is a superspeedway in Hampton, Georgia, USA, 20 miles (32 km) south of Atlanta. ... Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is a superspeedway in Concord, North Carolina, a few miles north of Charlotte. ... Speedway Motorsports, Inc. ... Atlanta Motor Speedway is a superspeedway in Hampton, Georgia, USA, 20 miles (32 km) south of Atlanta. ... Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is a superspeedway in Concord, North Carolina, a few miles north of Charlotte. ... Bristol Motor Speedway is a NASCAR short track located in Bristol, Tennessee. ...


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 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 and corner entry speeds over 200 mph. 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 qualifying record at TMS. In 2006, he posted a 196.235 mph 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. [1] 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Artist rendering of a NASCAR restrictor plate A Restrictor plate or air restrictor is a device installed at the intake of an engine to limit its power. ... The National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Vickers crew working on his 2004 car Brian Lee Vickers is an American NASCAR driver. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Elliott Sadler (left) talking with teammate Dale Jarrett. ... Elliott Sadler (left) talking with teammate Dale Jarrett. ...


Two racetracks formerly on the Winston Cup (now NEXTEL 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. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... North Wilkesboro Speedway is a short track which held races in NASCARs top three series from NASCARs inception in 1949 until its closure in 1996. ... New Hampshire International Speedway is a 1. ... The North Carolina Speedway, affectionately known as The Rock, was home to NASCAR racing from 1966 to 2004. ... Rockingham is a city in Richmond County, North Carolina, United States. ... The Ferko lawsuit is a common nickname for a lawsuit that was challenged between plaintiff Francis Ferko, a shareholder of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. ...


Texas Motor Speedway is home to two NASCAR Nextel Cup races: the Samsung 500 and the Dickies 500, as well as two Busch Series Races, the O'Reilly 300 and the O'Reilly Challenge and last but not least, the Indy Racing League race, the Bombardier Learjet 550. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... The Samsung/Radio Shack 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Justin, Texas. ... The Dickies 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Justin, Texas, USA. The inaugural race is scheduled to take place on November 6, 2005. ... NASCAR Busch Series logo The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel... The OReilly 300 is a NASCAR Busch Series race that takes place at Texas Motor Speedway. ... The OReilly Challenge is a NASCAR Busch Series race that takes place at Texas Motor Speedway. ... The Indy Racing League, better known as IRL, is the sanctioning body of a predominantly American based open-wheel racing series. ... The Bombardier Learjet 550 is an Indy Racing League Indycar Series race held at Texas Motor Speedway in Justin, Texas. ...


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 1.5 mile oval, and the small number of Texas International Raceway merchandise instantly became collectible. Alvin is a city located in Brazoria County, Texas within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown Metropolitan Area. ... December 2 is the 336th day (337th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


One key characteristic of Texas are the tunnel bumps in Turns 2 and 4 which give uniqueness to this 1.5 mile downforce "cookie cutter" racetrack.

Contents

Firestone Firehawk 600

See also: Firestone Firehawk 600

TMS was supposed to host the Firestone Firehawk 600, a CART race, on April 29, 2001. It was to be the first CART race on a high-banked track specifically designed for NASCAR racing. CART had never scheduled a race on a track with banking greater than 18 degrees. However, the rival Indy Racing League has run a race there since 1997 (currently known as the Bombardier Learjet 550). The Firestone Firehawk 600 was a Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) race scheduled for April 29, 2001 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. ... A simple wooden cart in Australia A cart transporting watermelons in Harbin, China. ... April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Indy Racing League, better known as IRL, is the sanctioning body of a predominantly American based open-wheel racing series. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Bombardier Learjet 550 is an Indy Racing League Indycar Series race held at Texas Motor Speedway in Justin, Texas. ...


However, 21 of the 25 drivers who qualified for the race [2] complained of dizziness and disorientation during two days of practice. They had expected speeds well above 220 mph, and in fact the lowest qualifiying speed was 219 mph. During Saturday practice, several drivers complained of lightheadedness and dizziness. Drivers experienced G forces as high as 5.5; a G-load in the 3's is considered the maximum that a driver can endure in a typical race. This article is about a measure of acceleration. ...


With the possibility of drivers blacking out on the track, CART postponed the race two hours before the scheduled start. TMS sued, claiming that CART should have known about the risks posed by the speeds. The two parties settled later in the year. CART, now known as Champ Car, has never returned to the track. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Current Races Hosted

The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... The Samsung/Radio Shack 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Justin, Texas. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... The Dickies 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Justin, Texas, USA. The inaugural race is scheduled to take place on November 6, 2005. ... NASCAR Busch Series logo The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel... The OReilly 300 is a NASCAR Busch Series race that takes place at Texas Motor Speedway. ... NASCAR Busch Series logo The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division (often compared to Triple-A baseball), and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel... The OReilly Challenge is a NASCAR Busch Series race that takes place at Texas Motor Speedway. ... The Indy Racing League, better known as IRL, is the sanctioning body of a predominantly American based open-wheel racing series. ... The Bombardier Learjet 550 is an Indy Racing League Indycar Series race held at Texas Motor Speedway in Justin, Texas. ...

See also

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External links

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Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is a superspeedway in Concord, North Carolina, a few miles north of Charlotte. ... Darlington Raceway during the 2006 Dodge Charger 500. ... Daytona International Speedway is a superspeedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... Dover International Speedway (nickname: The Monster Mile) is a NASCAR race track located near Dover, Delaware. ... The California Speedway is a two-mile, low-banked, D-shaped oval superspeedway in Fontana, California, similar to that of sister track Michigan International Speedway. ... OReilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis is a multi purpose racing facility located in Indianapolis, Indiana. ... Chicagoland Speedway is a speedway in Joliet, Illinois, USA, southwest of Chicago. ... Kansas Speedway is a speedway in Kansas City, in the U.S. state of Kansas. ... Las Vegas Motor Speedway, located at 7000 Las Vegas Boulevard North in Las Vegas, Nevada, is a 1,200 acre (4. ... 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Watkins Glen International (nicknamed The Glen) is an auto race track located near Watkins Glen, New York at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. ... The National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks. ... Atlanta Motor Speedway is a superspeedway in Hampton, Georgia, USA, 20 miles (32 km) south of Atlanta. ... Bristol Motor Speedway is a NASCAR short track located in Bristol, Tennessee. ... Michigan International Speedway is a two-mile (3. ... Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is a superspeedway in Concord, North Carolina, a few miles north of Charlotte. ... Daytona International Speedway is a superspeedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. ... Dover International Speedway (nickname: The Monster Mile) is a NASCAR race track located near Dover, Delaware. ... 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