This week NASCAR is at Kansas’ closest Sprint Cup series neighbor, the Texas Motor Speedway. Other than our home track in Kansas City this is the closest stop on the series, from Wichita to Fort Worth is only about a five hour drive.
If you are lucky enough to be making the trip south, bring plenty of rain gear. It’s supposed to be soggy.
As we all know everything is bigger in Texas, though the track is not one of them. A mile and a half in length, it’s tied for eight biggest with all the other mile and a half tracks. They do have “Big Hoss,” a 108-ton 20,633.64 square feet big screen certified as the largest in the world by Guinness. In comparison, the screen at the other event in Texas this weekend, 11,520 square feet per side. So it’s about the size of two of those screens put together.
The racing can get big too. This track promises fast speeds and wide open racing.
“Texas is a really fast race track and for as old as the asphalt is, it still has a lot of speed,” said Kyle Busch. “We’ve actually been setting track records there the last couple years. Real, real interesting place and kind of flat corners getting in and getting out of the corners, but you can still carry a lot of speed through those areas of the race track. Just having your car secure enough in those areas and being able to have a lot of wide open throttle time.”
Texas has had 17 different winners in 26 cup races, with Busch being one of them. He won this event last spring. Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson each have three wins in Texas. Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton and Greg Biffle each have a pair of Texas wins. Dale Earnhardt Jr, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, and Kurt Busch each have a single win.
"Texas Motor Speedway is a good track race-wise,” said Newman. “It provides drivers with a lot of options. You can move around and find a line that your car responds to and it's really versatile so you can get around somebody. It's also fast- really fast - so aero is also an important part of it and it's nice to have that ability to move around. With it being one of the older tracks on the circuit asphalt-wise, the racing will be good for both the drivers and the fans watching in the stands and on television.”
Also keep in mind, no driver has won twice this season. And big name drivers like Johnson, Stewart and Kansas native Clint Bowyer are still searching for their first wins of the season.
The green flag is set to drop at 2pm local time, weather permitting.