Texas Motor Speedway
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Racing on the Texas Motor Speedway racetrack is exhilarating, because it is a wide-open, blazingly fast track that requires good handling. Every turn at Texas has its own personality and requires its own special handling. Drivers hug the wall on Turn 1, release the throttle, and apply the brake to get into the corner's groove, then give it more throttle as they round the middle. They add throttle on the way to Turn 2, where they increase it while taking down the steering angle. On Turn 3, they hug the outside wall and then start dragging the brake when they see the corner coming, working toward mid-track and adding more throttle in the middle of the turn. Turn 4 is a corner where drivers lower their speed and lower their steering angle due to a fast transition on the dogleg frontstretch, as well as increasing the throttle, staying on the inside close to the grass for the dogleg straight. For racers that want a drive that will demand their best, the Dale Jarrett racing experience at Texas Motor Speedway has it all.
Safety at Texas Motor Speedway
Safety at Texas Motor Speedway is enhanced by Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers on all four turns, the oval, and the inside retaining wall of the backstretch. With enough seats for more than 122,000 guests, Texas Motor Speedway is equipped to handle the roaring crowds it attracts on professional race days.
Length: 1.5 miles
Banking: 24° turns, 5° straightaways
Frontstretch length: 2,250 feet
Backstretch length: 1,330 feet
Seating capacity: 212,585
3545 Lone Star Circle
Fort Worth, TX 76177
Description of Fort Worth, Texas:
Fort Worth, also known as “Cow Town,” is a modern metropolitan city with a distinctively Western flavor and myriad things to see and do. The city started in 1849 as an actual Army fort and has retained much of its early character, priding itself on its old-fashioned comfortable, down-home quality. In the old days, the streets of Fort Worth were home to cowboys, adventurers, gunmen, and outlaws. Today, however, travelers to Fort Worth are more likely to see oil moguls walking the streets. Cowboy boots are still the order of the day in many places, particularly the Stockyards, which are reminiscent of the old West. There are longhorn cattle drives through the streets every day, as well as the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and Billy Bob's country and western music nightclub. Everything in Fort Worth is not about cowboys, though; there is also an impressive array of museums and cultural activities, as well as family entertainment and sports. When you come to Fort Worth, you know you'll have fun.
Texas Motor Speedway got its start when NASCAR speedway owner O. Bruton Smith decided to build a multi-million dollar superspeedway in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 1994. Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte, and Bobby Labonte participated in the groundbreaking ceremony in April of 1995, and construction began in August. In its original configuration, the speedway had 24° banking for stock cars and 8° banking for open-wheel cars. The first NASCAR event was held in April 1997, and Mark Martin won the race. In 1998, Turn 4 was reshaped to create an easier transition between the turns and the front straightaway. In April of that year, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s first Busch Series victory took place at Texas Motor Speedway. A second renovation was then completed to eliminate the dual banking, and this resulted in the racetrack's current configuration.