Texas Motor Speedway: The Historical Timeline

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Historical Timeline of Events

11/28/1994 NASCAR speedway owner Bruton Smith announced plans to build a multi-million dollar superspeedway in the Fort Worth/Dallas market.
02/28/1995 Smith announces the decision to build 1.5-mile superspeedway near developer Ross Perot Jr.’s Alliance Development Corp. site, located between Fort Worth and Denton. The Alliance site was one of three under consideration. Smith said it was the concerted efforts on the part of Alliance and the city of Fort Worth and Denton County that ultimately made the decision final. The location at the intersection of Interstate 35 West and Texas State Highway 114 was also chosen for its accessibility for the fans.
04/11/1995 Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte and Bobby Labonte help break ground on construction for the speedway.
08/18/1995 Construction begins at Texas Motor Speedway.
05/01/1996 The Texas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities is formed, naming Betty Rutherford, wife of three-time Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford, as president.
07/24/1996 Ground is broken on the Lone Star Tower condominiums outside of Turn 2.
04/04/1997 Texas Motor Speedway officials announced plans to build The Speedway Club, a nine-story building located above the first turn of the 1.5-mile speedway.
04/05/1997 Mark Martin, driving the No.60 Winn-Dixie Ford, wins the inaugural NASCAR Busch Series Coca-Cola 300.
04/06/1997 Jeff Burton, driving the No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford, wins the inaugural NASCAR Cup Interstate Batteries 500 in front of a sellout crowd in excess of 200,000 people.
06/06/1997 Kenny Irwin becomes the inaugural Pronto Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race winner at Texas Motor Speedway.
06/07/1997 Texas Motor Speedway plays host to the first-ever nighttime IndyCar race, the True Value 500k Indy Racing League event. The race would end in controversy and a skirmish between team owner A.J. Foyt and driver Arie Luyendyk in Victory Lane. Billy Boat, Foyt’s driver, was celebrating the apparent win in Victory Lane when Luyendyk came in to protest the official results and claim he was the winner. USAC officials investigate the protest and make a decision regarding the race winner the next day, stripping Boat of the win and declaring Luyendyk the winner due to malfunctioning timing and scoring equipment.
06/14/1997 Texas Motor Speedway hosts 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.
06/21/1997 Texas Motor Speedway hosts the Blockbuster RockFest for an estimated 385,000 music fans. Featured performers were matchbox 20, Jewel , Bush, No Doubt, Collective Soul, Counting Crows and The Wallflowers.
11/01/1997 The Rolling Stones play at Texas Motor Speedway with opening bands matchbox 20, the Dave Matthews Band and the Smashing Pumpkins for an estimated 65,000 fans.
02/05/1998 Construction work begins on Turn 4 of the 1.5-mile superspeedway, including the alteration of the 50-by-300 foot section between the fourth turn of the frontstretch to ease the transition from the 24-degree banking to the five-degree straightaway banking.
03/24/1998 Finishing touches are put on many of the 76 condominium units in the 10-story Lone Star Tower overlooking Turn 2 of the speedway.
04/04/1998 Dale Earnhardt Jr. scores his first career win in the Coca-Cola 300 NASCAR Busch Series race.
04/05/1998 Mark Martin scores the victory in the Texas 500 NASCAR Cup race.
05/01/1998 The newly constructed Lil’ Texas Motor Speedway hosts its inaugural Legends event. The new speedway measures 0.2-mile in length with 12-degree banked corners and has grandstand seating for 1,448.
05/28/1998 The final layer of racing surface was applied to Texas Motor Speedway’s reconfigured 1.5-mile oval, officially completing the track work 37 days after it began. Modifications include the entrances and exits of the turns, a new drainage system and elimination of the eight-degree portion of the dual banking. Final cost of construction is approximately $4 million.
06/05/1998 Tony Raines wins the Pronto Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
06/06/1998 Billy Boat claims the victory in the True Value 500 IndyCar Series event.
08/07/1998 Lil’ Texas Motor Speedway hosts the Briggs & Stratton Bandolero Nationals. The event was the first national championship for the Bandolero cars. (August 7-8, 1998)
09/17/1998 Texas Motor Speedway announces plans to add 4,800 seats to its state-of-art facility. The new section will be located in Turn 1 as part of The Speedway Club.
09/19/1998 Mark Gibson claims the victory in the ZMAX 250 ARCA Series event.
09/20/1998 John Paul Jr. wins the Lone Star 500 IndyCar Series event. Billy Boat is named the “Texas Two-Step” winner, receiving a trophy and a $100,000 check for having the highest combined points from the IndyCar Series events held at Texas Motor Speeddway in 1998.
02/02/1999 Ten thousand more seats are added for the Primestar 500 bringing the total seating capacity to 164,861.
03/25/1999 The grand opening of the Speedway Club is celebrated with a concert by Wayne Newton in the 25,000-square-foot Texas Grand Ballroom.
03/27/1999 Mark Martin wins the Coca-Cola 300 in front of the largest crowd in the history of the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
03/28/1999 Texas native Terry Labonte thrills the home crowd with a victory in the Primestar 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
06/11/1999 Dennis Setzer scores the victory in the Pronto Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
06/12/1999 Scott Goodyear wins the Longhorn 500k IndyCar Series race.
08/11/1999 Texas Motor Speedway breaks ground on a $2.5 million, 0.4-mile clay-surfaced dirt track that will host the prestigious World of Outlaws sprint car races and other events beginning in 2000. The track will seat approximately 11,000 people.
10/15/1999 Jay Sauter grabs the victory in the O’Reilly 300 NASCAR Camping WorldTruck Series event.
10/17/1999 Mark Dismore claims his first IndyCar Series victory at TMS in the Mall.com 500k while Plano (Texas) native Greg Ray clinches the series championship.
03/30/2000 The first official racing event takes place on the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track- the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Southern Bleacher Classic.
04/01/2000 Mark Martin visits Victory Lane in the Albertson’s 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
04/02/2000 Dale Earnhardt Jr. records his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup race victory in the DIRECTV 500 in front of an estimated 223,000 fans, making it the largest-attended sporting event in Texas history.
06/07/2000 A new tradition is marked with the Foyt-Rutherford trophy being named for the June IndyCar Series event, honoring Texas racing legends A.J. Foyt and Johnny Rutherford.
06/09/2000 Greg Biffle wins the Pronto Auto Parts NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.
06/11/2000 Scott Sharp wins the Casino Magic 500k IndyCar Series race that featured 32 lead changes and a 0.059 of a second margin of victory.
06/14/2000 Construction begins on a new infield road course that will host the Grand Prix of Texas on September 1-3, 2000.
09/01/2000 Texas Motor Speedway hosts its first road racing weekend which includes the Star Mazda Series, Women’s Global GT Series, SpeedVision World Challenge, BF Goodrich TransAm Series and the American LeMans Series.
10/13/2000 Bryan Reffner earns his first and only career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in the O’Reilly 400k.
10/15/2000 Scott Goodyear becomes the first multiple IndyCar Series winner by capturing the Excite 500k. His first victory came in the 1999 Longhorn 500k.
12/21/2000 Changes at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track are announced. Significant elevation changes will be made to the grandstand for the 2001 season.
01/09/2001 Texas Motor Speedway unveils the Victory Lane Club. The all-new Victory Lane Club features 3,200 seats in the Turn 4 upper & lower suites.
03/31/2001 Kevin Harvick was dominant en rounte to his victory in the Jani-King 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
04/01/2001 Dale Jarrett was strong from the outset as he captured the Harrah’s 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Jarrett fended off Steve Park by 0.703 of a second to claim the victory.
04/28/2001 Kenny Brack wins the pole for the Firestone Firehawk 600 CART FedEx Championship Series event with a lap of 233.447 miles per hour, the fastest qualifying lap ever recorded by any series in the history of Texas Motor Speedway.
04/29/2001 CART postpones the Firestone Firehawk 600 two hours prior to green flag citing excessive g-forces to the drivers.
05/08/2001 Texas Motor Speedway files suit in the 393rd District Court in Denton County against CART and several CART officials as a result of CART’s last-minute cancellation of the Firestone Firehawk 600.
06/08/2001 Jack Sprague wins the O’Reilly 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
06/09/2001 Scott Sharp registers his second IndyCar Series victory in the Casino Magic 500k, joining Scott Goodyear as the only two-time IndyCar winners at TMS.
06/18/2001 The speedway begins repaving the 1.5-mile racing surface with a granite-based asphalt compound that dries much more quickly than the existing limestone-based asphalt.
09/13/2001 The IndyCar Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events planned for September 15-16 were postponed due to the national tragedy that took place on September 11, 2001. The races were rescheduled for October 5-6.
10/05/2001 Travis Kvapil scores his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in the Silverado 350k.
10/06/2001 Sam Hornish Jr. scores the victory in the Chevy 500k IndyCar Series event by 0.0188 of a second over Scott Sharp.
10/16/2001 CART and Texas Motor Speedway reach a settlement regarding the litigation surrounding the CART FedEx Championship Series event at Texas Motor Speedway that was cancelled on April 29.
03/31/2002 The Preferred Seat License (PSL) Wall of Honor is unveiled. The wall, located in the front of The Speedway Club, recognizes PSL ticket holders at the speedway from 1996 to present.
04/06/2002 Jeff Purvis claims his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory in the O’Reilly 300.
04/07/2002 Matt Kenseth celebrates his NASCAR Cup win in victory lane at the Samsung/RadioShack 500.
04/08/2002 Matt Kenseth comes from the 31st starting position to win the Samsung/RadioShack 500. The race was held on Monday after rain forced the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event to be postponed for a day.
06/05/2002 Texas Motor Speedway announces the start-up of Lone Star Legends, making Texas Motor Speedway the official distributor of Legends Cars and Bandoleros for the state of Texas.
06/07/2002 Brendan Gaughan wins his first NASCAR Craftsman Camping World Series race in the O’Reilly 400.
06/08/2002 Jeff Ward claims his first career IndyCar Series victory in the Boomtown 500k.
09/14/2002 Brendan Gaughan scores his second consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway in the Silverado 350k.
09/15/2002 Sam Hornish, Jr., edges Helio Castroneves by a scant 0.0096 of a second in the season-ending Chevy 500k IndyCar Series event. It is the closest finish ever in Texas Motor Speedway history and thrid closest in IndyCar Series history. Hornish Jr. also took the series title that day by a 20-point margin over Castroneves.
01/17/2003 The new Workhorse Custom Chassis VIP Campground takes shape along Allison Drive. The new campground is being equipped with full electrical and water hookups and features an asphalt-paved surface for campers.
03/25/2003 Texas Motor Speedway installs revolutionary new Warning Emergency System (WES) caution lights imbedded in the asphalt at the base of the retaining walls in the speedway’s four turns. The WES light system supplements the speedway’s existing caution light system.
03/29/2003 Joe Nemechek scores the victory in the O’Reilly 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
03/30/2003 Ryan Newman picks up his second career NASCAR Cup victory by edging Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Samsung/RadioShack 500.
06/06/2003 The Aaron’s Dream Team, the first all-female pit crew to compete in a NASCAR event, makes their debut at the O’Reilly 400k NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The female crew performed the pit stops for driver Shawna Robinson.
06/06/2003 Brendan Gaughan continued his winning ways at Texas Motor Speedway with his third consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory, this one coming in the O’Reilly 400k.
06/07/2003 Al Unser Jr. bests Tony Kanaan by 0.081 of a second for the victory in the Bombardier Learjet 500k IndyCar Series event, which was Unser Jr.’s final win of his illustrious career.
10/11/2003 Brendan Gaughan wins the Silverado 350k, becoming the first driver in Camping World Truck Series history to win four consecutive times at the same track.
10/12/2003 Gil de Ferran, making the final start of his outstanding Indy car career, goes out in glorious fashion by winning the Chevy 500k IndyCar Series race from the pole. Scott Dixon clinches the IndyCar Series championship in the season finale at TMS.
01/15/2004 International Race of Champions (IROC) announce that they are adding new venues to their schedule, one of which is Texas Motor Speedway. The inaugural race will take place April 2, 2004.
04/02/2004 After leading every lap from the pole position, Danny Lasoski won his first International Race of Champions event under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway.
04/03/2004 Matt Kenseth claims the victory in the O’Reilly 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
04/04/2004 Elliott Sadler holds off Kase Kahne in the Samsung/RadioShack 500 by 0.028 of a second, making the closest in the history of Texas Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
05/10/2004 Installation of the new Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers begins. The work was completed in one week.
05/14/2004 It was announced that Texas Motor Speedway will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup series races in 2005.
06/11/2004 Dennis Setzer scores his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Texas Motor Speedway in the O’Reilly 400k.
06/12/2004 Tony Kanaan edges teammate Dario Franchitti by 0.257 of a second to score the victory in the Bombardiear Learjet 500k IndyCar Series race.
10/16/2004 Todd Bodine scores his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race victory at Texas Motor Speedway in the Silverado 350k.
10/17/2004 Helio Castroneves led the final 20 laps to score his first IndyCar Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway. Tony Kanaan was crowned series champion in the season finale at Texas Motor Speedway.
12/10/2004 A $1.5 million construction project has begun on roadways around the south tunnel infield entrance at Texas Motor Speedway in an effort to improve traffic flow on speedway grounds and to expedite traffic on nearby public roads.
04/14/2005 South Tunnel construction completed. Bridge overpass debuted during the Samsung/RadioShack 500 race weekend.
04/16/2005 Kasey Kahne comes from the 25th position to capture the O’Reilly 300 Nationwide Series race.
04/17/2005 Greg Biffle dominates the Samsung/Radioshack 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, leading 219 of the 334 laps en route to the victory.
06/10/2005 Jack Sprague became the third multiple winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at TMS by capturing the Chex 400k.
06/11/2005 Tomas Scheckter edges Sam Hornish Jr. by 0.0534 of a second to score the victory in the IndyCar Series Bombardier Learjet 500k.
11/03/2005 The new overpass, located above the south tunnel entrance to the speedway infield, is dedicated to NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart. It will be known as The Tony Stewart Bridge.
11/04/2005 Todd Bodine captures the Silverado 350k NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory for the second consecutive year.
11/05/2005 Kevin Harvick wins the O’Reilly Challenge, the inaugural Nationwide Series race held during TMS’ new fall NASCAR weekend.
11/06/2005 Carl Edwards wins the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dickies® 500 to culminate TMS’ new fall NASCAR weekend.
12/01/2005 Construction begins on the new multi-purpose, two-story Victory Lane Broadcast Center. The facility will be completed in two phases during 2006.
03/22/2006 The Time Warner Cable (formerly Victory Lane) Broadcast Center and the Wall of Champions are unveiled. The upper level of the Broadcast Center is completed and features seven media studios overlooking Victory Lane as well as two raised outdoor platforms. The Wall of Champions has the engraved names of every TMS winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Series in addition to the
IndyCar Series.
04/04/2006 Celebrating the 10th anniversary season, Texas Motor Speedway unveils the “10 Year Experience,” a 9,000-square-foot area housing displays with audio and video replays of the designated “Top 10 Moments” since the superspeedway opened in 1997. Fans overwhelming voted Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first career Sprint Cup victory in 2000 as the top moment of the 10 seasons.
04/08/2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Kurt Busch wins the O’Reilly 300, becoming the fifth driver in history to win in his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut.
04/09/2006 Kasey Kahne becomes the first Sprint Cup Series driver in TMS history to win from the pole as he went wire-to-wire in capturing the Samsung/Radioshack 500.
06/09/2006 Todd Bodine only led one lap, but it was the most important one as he captured the Sam’s Town 400K NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.
06/10/2006 Helio Castroneves took advantage of final pit-stop problems by a dominant Dan Wheldon and Penske teammate Sam Hornish Jr. to steal the Bombardier Learjet 500k.
09/27/2006 Lower level of the Time Warner Cable Broadcast Center is completed. It features a radio/television media deadline room, TV studio/makeup room, four radio suites and trackside conference room.
11/02/2006 New track qualifying records for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series are established less than 24 hours apart. Clint Bowyer set the truck mark November 2 with a lap of 184.464 miles per hour and Brian Vickers followed with the Sprint Cup record November 3 on the strength of a lap at 196.235 mph.
11/03/2006 Clint Bowyer becomes the first Camping World Truck Series driver to win from the pole at TMS since 2000, going wire-to-wire in the Silverado 350k.
11/04/2006 Kevin Harvick defended his title in the O’Reilly Challenge NASCAR Nationwide Series race, holding off Tony Stewart by 0.861 of a second.
11/05/2006 Tony Stewart puts on a dominant display as he leads a race-record 278 of 339 laps en route to winning the Dickies® 500 Sprint Cup Series race at TMS.
11/05/2006 Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion “Texas” Terry Labonte, a Corpus Christi native, concludes his stellar career with his final start coming in the Dickies 500. Labonte, who was honored throughout the week, starts 43rd and finishes 36th.
11/05/2006 Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in 2000 was the overwhelming choice as the No. 1 moment in Texas Motor Speedway history as determined by year-long fan voting as part of the “10 Years Strong” anniversary season.
12/05/2006 Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter awards $501,266 in grants to 164 area children’s charities, with both the grant total and amount of charities being awarded establishing record marks for the chapter. The record amount pushes the 10-year fundraising total by SCC to more than $4 million.
01/25/2007 Texas Motor Speedway concludes a special track renovation process that is expected to help alleviate a dip that has formed between Turns 1 and 2. The renovation is being addressed in response to comments made by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Dale Earnhardt Jr. during the Dickies® 500 race weekend in November, and was nicknamed “Dale’s Dip”.
04/14/2007 Matt Kenseth scores his 23rd career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory, bested Denny Hamlin to the line by 0.128 of a second. The finish is the closest in Nationwide Series history at Texas Motor Speedway.
04/15/2007 Jeff Burton becomes the first repeat Sprint Cup Series winner at TMS when he captures the Samsung 500. Burton, whose first TMS win came in the inaugural Sprint Cup Series race in 1997, led only the final lap en route to the win.
06/08/2007 Todd Bodine scores his second consecutive and fourth overall Camping World Truck Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway in the Sam’s Town 400k. Bodine now ties Brendan Gaughan for most Craftsman Truck Series victories at Texas Motor Speedway with four.
06/09/2007 Sam Hornish Jr. became the first three-time IndyCar Series winner at Texas Motor Speedway by capturing the Bombardier Learjet 550k. Hornish Jr. led a record 159 of the 228 laps en route to defeating Tony Kanaan by 0.0786 of a second, the seventh-closest IndyCar Series finish in Texas Motor Speedway history.
11/02/2007 Ted Musgrave scores his 17th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory and first at Texas Motor Speedway int he Silverado 350k.
11/03/2007 Kevin Harvick continued to write his name in the history books at Texas Motor Speedway by claiming his third consecutive victory in the O’Reilly Challenge.  Harvick’s fourth Nationwide Series win at Texas Motor Speedway makes him the all-time leader in NASCAR Nationwide Series victories at Texas, breaking a tie with Mark Martin.  His win in the O’Reilly Challenge was his 32nd Nationwide Series victory and breaks a tie with Jack Ingram for second on the all-time series win list.
11/04/2007 The Dickies® 500 once again proved a pivotal stop in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as Jimmie Johnson picked up the victory in the Dickies® 500 and took over the top spot in the championship battle as he went on to claim the Sprint Cup Series championship.  Johnson won the Dickies® 500 by beating Matt Kenseth to the line by 0.944 of a second.
12/04/2007 Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter awarded $752,466 in grants to 198 charities, making both the grant total and amount of charities being awarded record marks for the chapter.
04/05/2008 Kyle Busch earns his first Nationwide Series victory at TMS in the O’Reilly 300. Busch, who started 31st, battled to the front and led 126 of 200 laps en route to the win.
04/06/2008 Carl Edwards holds off Jimmie Johnson by 0.399 of a second to win the Samsung 500 and becomes only the second two-time Sprint Cup Series winner at TMS. Edwards, whose first win came in the 2005 Dickies® 500, joins Jeff Burton as the only multiple Sprint Cup winners at TMS.
06/06/2008 Ron Hornaday Jr. holds off Kyle Busch to win the Sam’s Town 400 for his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway. The race marked the fifth consecutive time a truck series race concludes in a green/white-checkered finish.
06/07/2008 Daredevil Robbie Knievel successfully jumps over 21 Hummers during the “Kaptain Robbie Knievel Great American Hummer Jump” presented by Frac Tech Services. The jump was longer than his previous 2001 jump at TMS where he jumped over the entire IndyCar Series starting field.
06/07/2009 The first unified IndyCar Series race at TMS provides a record-tying 28-car field for the Bombardier Learjet 550k. The night ends with Scott Dixon picking up his first TMS win, making him the second driver to win the IndyCar Series’ two marquee events – the Indianapolis 500 and Bombardier Learjet 550k – in the same season.
10/31/2008 Ron Hornaday Jr. sweeps both NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at TMS by winning the Chevy Silverado 350k. Hornaday Jr. becomes just the second truck series driver to sweep both races at TMS since Brendan Gaughan accomplished the feat in 2002-03.
11/01/2008 Kyle Busch makes history as he becomes the first driver to sweep both NASCAR Nationwide Series races at TMS by winning the O’Reilly Challenge. The win is Busch’s 10th of the season and moves him into a tie with Sam Ard for most Nationwide Series wins in a season.
11/02/2008 The Dickies® 500 weekend becomes a sweeping success as Carl Edwards becomes the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to sweep both races at TMS after winning the Dickies® 500. Edwards leads a race high 212 laps en route to his third victory at TMS. The weekend marked a first in NASCAR history as it was the first time three drivers from three different series swept races in the same weekend at the same track.
12/01/2008 Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage announces a $2 million capital improvement project, transforming the upper half of the backstretch area into a lavish motorcoach area known as Burnout Alley. The project is expected to be completed in time for the Samsung 500 NASCAR weekend in April of 2009.
12/09/2008 Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter awards a record $1 million in grants to 121 Dallas/Fort Worth-area charities. SCC surpasses the record amount of $752,466 set the previous year. SCC Texas Chapter has awarded over $5.7 million in grants since it was established in 1997.
4/04/2009 Kyle Busch records his 23rd NASCAR Nationwide Series career victory in the O’Reilly 300 and becomes the first driver to win three consecutive Nationwide races at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch leads a record 178 laps in the 200-lap event en route to becoming the first driver to win from the pole in 17 Nationwide Series races at Texas.
4/05/2009 Jeff Gordon ends a 47-race winless drought with a victory in the Samsung 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The win marks his first win at Texas Motor Speedway and narrows down his list of winless tracks to one – Homestead-Miami Speedway – on the current Cup schedule.
5/29/2009 Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage and Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief unveil the Scion Drag-n-Brag program to help curb illegal street racing in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex by providing a safer alternative at the world-class motorsports facility. Texas Motor Speedway’s pit lane would be transformed into a 1/8-mile drag strip, playing host to Scion Drag-n-Brag for six consecutive Friday evenings during the summer months. Gossage and Moncrief christen Scion Drag-n-Brag by having the ceremonial first drag on pit lane.
6/05/2009 Todd Bodine wins the WinStar World Casino 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and sets an all-time record at Texas Motor Speedway with five wins in a single series. Bodine makes truck series history as well, becoming the first driver to post five wins at the same track.
6/06/2009 Helio Castroneves earns his third win at Texas Motor Speedway in the Bombardier Learjet 550k, joining Sam Hornish Jr. as the only three-time IndyCar Series winners at “The Great American Speedway!” Castroneves becomes the third driver to win both of the IndyCar Series’ two marquee events – the Indy 500 and Bombardier Learjet 550k – in the same season, joining Arie Luyendyk (1997) and Scott Dixon (2008).
7/03/2009 Texas Motor Speedway debuts Scion Drag-n-Brag as it converts pit lane into a 1/8-mile drag strip. More than 150 local drag racers compete in the inaugural event that also features a Show-n-Shine contest where car enthusiasts display their prized cars. The new program was developed with the idea of helping curb illegal street racing in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
11/06/2009 Kyle Busch, competing in all three NASCAR events during the Dickies 500 triple-header weekend, starts the weekend with a victory in the WinStar World Casino 350k Camping World Truck Series race. The win is his first at Texas Motor Speedway after finishing runner-up in three of his previous four NCWTS starts.
11/07/2009 Kyle Busch makes it two-for-two as he earns his second victory of the weekend by capturing the O’Reilly Challenge Nationwide Series race. Busch establishes a track record for most laps led by a Nationwide Series winner with 179. It was his fourth Nationwide Series win in a row at TMS, allowing him to join Brendan Gaughan (2002, ’03) as the only drivers to win four consecutive races at “The Great American Speedway!”
11/08/2009 Kyle Busch comes up two laps short in his quest to become the first driver to sweep all three NASCAR races in the same weekend during the Dickies 500. Busch, who gambled with fuel mileage, ran out of gas on Lap 332 and was passed by older brother Kurt, who would go on to capture his first Sprint Cup victory at Texas Motor Speedway.
11/30/2009 For the second consecutive year, Speedway Children’s Charities–Texas Chapter awards $1 million in grants to Dallas/Fort Worth charities during the annual Christmas tree lighting. For the first time, four Founder’s Grants, ranging between $125,000 and $150,000, were awarded to one charity in the four North Texas counties – Dallas, Denton, Tarrant and Collin. The inaugural Founder’s Grants recipients consist of Children’s Medical Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington, Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County and Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County. (texasmotorspeedway.com)
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