A visit from the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament will move the Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series to Sunday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway – one of the changes recently announced by the track in preparation for the 2014 racing season.
The Texas 500, which has run on Saturday evening the past three years, will return to the Sunday afternoon slot for the 2014 season only. The shift to Sunday, April 6th will avoid a head-to-head conflict with the college semifinal basketball games scheduled for Saturday, April 5th, and also allow fans visiting the Dallas/Fort Worth area for the tournament the opportunity to enjoy some NASCAR racing, in particular the Texas 500, since there are no NCAA Final Four games that day.
TMS also will tweak the race weekend schedule and run the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race on Friday night, April 4th, while The Dallas Morning NewsSportsDay Qualifying Day for the Cup Series will take place Saturday afternoon, April 5th. The on-track activity begins Thursday, April 3rd, with two Nationwide Series practices, and The Dallas Morning NewsSportsDay Qualifying Day for the Nationwide Series set for Friday, April 4th.
The INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader remains in its traditional slot - June 5th through 7th - but the IndyCar race will add 50 kilometers of race action and be retitled the Firestone 600 to reflect the change in the race distance. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be paired with the IndyCar Series for the 18th consecutive season, with the WinStar World Casino And Resort 400 taking place Friday night, June 6th, along with IndyCar Series qualifying. The race week kicks off Thursday, June 5th, with practice and qualifying for the Truck Series and culminates with the Firestone 600 IndyCar Series race on Saturday night, June 7th.
The TMS season will conclude with a NASCAR tripleheader weekend scheduled for October 30th through November 2nd. The weekend will be highlighted by the AAA Texas 500 Cup Series race on Sunday, November 2nd. The weekend will also feature the Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino And Resort 350 on Friday night, October 31st, and the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday, November 1st. The weekend kicks off on Thursday, October 30th with Truck Series practices.
Also announced were road improvements totaling more than $1.1 billion along Highway 114, which should improve the ingress and egress of traffic flow for race fans visiting TMS.
Some of the improvements along Highway 114 - the speedway's main thoroughfare for fans traveling from east of the speedway - will reach completion by November's AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend, while the rest will be complete before the April 2014 NASCAR race weekend. The additional lanes along Highway 114 are expected to further improve the traffic flow during the AAA Texas 500 weekend and beyond.
"That should put the old myth about traffic issues away forever," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "Long lines of traffic are a thing of the past and the improved access along the speedway's most important highway will certainly catch the attention of fans."
Additional information on both of these items can be found at www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
Information and quotes in this piece provided by Texas Motor Speedway PR.
Check out Paula’s Examiner columns on motorsports:
Follow Paula on:
· Twitter - @paulat14
· Website – paulathompsonfreelance.com
· Flickr – Paula Thompson Freelance
Contact Paula at email@example.com