In recent years, Austin’s Circuit of The Americas has publicly said it wants to host series like IndyCar and NASCAR. Each time, Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth has publicly waved its index finger to remind everyone that its contracts block racing from the rest of the state. Time may finally be up on that.
Cars are good, especially when they’re loud and fast. And, believe it or not, us car bloggers actually leave our computer screens occasionally to go look at real, live cars. That’s why Jalopnik will be at Texas Motor Speedway for the NASCAR races this weekend, ready to soak up the noise of loud V8s making big circles.
Texas Motor Speedway pulled the equivalent of bunny ears in the class photo on nearly every NASCAR driver who walked its stage this weekend, and it was like taking 40 trips to burntown each day: When the track a driver, a snarky joke about them would pop up on its giant television screen for fans to laugh at.
Whether you obsessively follow NASCAR’s every move or not, you have to admit: the post-race burnouts are glorious. There’s just something about the way the V8 engine note reverberates off the grandstands of an oval track that gives me goosebumps every time.
Texas Motor Speedway’s Victory Lane celebrations are always full of nods to the wild west, with cowboy hats, huge flames, big Texas stars and Texas-shaped confetti. However, one part of their usual celebrations didn’t seem right after a mass shooting near San Antonio: letting the winner fire a pair of pistols in the…
Kevin Harvick won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday, after passing Martin Truex Jr. for the lead with 10 to go. The race looked like it was all Truex’s, but Harvick got the victory and the free pass to race for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a couple of weeks.
Much like the rest of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s NASCAR retirement season, there was hope this would be his weekend to go to victory lane. After all, his first win was at Texas Motor Speedway. It was a sign, wasn’t it?
Here are some cars, at night, deep in the heart of Texas. There’s a song in there somewhere.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., that guy who ensures that the earth continues to revolve around the sun for most NASCAR fans, only has a few races left as a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver. So, we’re here, taking it all in and preparing to be awed by the roar of stock cars. That’s how to spend a weekend.
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A couple of months ago, Texas Motor Speedway asked me to come out for some drag racing one Friday night. The track lets everything from mild daily drivers to all-out dragsters race to see who’s fastest down pit road, and my car’s 145 horses just wouldn’t do. So, I roped my mom into it.
Saturday’s IndyCar race had so much crash damage, only six of its 22 cars finished on the lead lap. Wrecks racked up an estimated $1.8 million in damage across the field, per Racer—and that’s a conservative estimate. That works out to about 180 gently used Spec 944s, or five beige McMansions in the Ft. Worth…
After a gigantic crash earlier whittled down the field to only half of the cars that started tonight’s IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway, this year’s Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato spun out after hitting the grass and took out four more cars. Ouch.
“The Big One” involved nine cars at once after James Hinchcliffe got pinched in between Tony Kanaan and Mikhail Aleshin with nowhere to go. This started a huge chain reaction that left only 11 cars in the race—only half of the 22 that started the race.
IndyCar’s James Hinchcliffe discovered what happens when you try to give a car too much gas and lose control, causing a quite dumb pile-up at the end of Texas Motor Speedway’s pit lane tonight.
Tonight’s NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series race at Texas Motor Speedway ended in total chaos one lap earlier than expected as a big wreck sent Timothy Peters spinning on his roof. Meanwhile, still on track, they had to figure out who was ahead when the now-race-ending caution flag was dropped for the crash.
When the No. 37 car of Chris Buescher was tapped from behind from the No. 77 of Erik Jones in the pit lane during this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race in Texas, Buescher’s car spun around into its pits stall trunk-first—right into Buescher’s jack man Zack Young. Ouch!
The freshly repaved Texas Motor Speedway is a little slippery thus far, but man, does it look sharp. What’s more noticeable than usual, however, are the freshly painted, bright-white lines against the dark new asphalt. It begs the question: why are they there?
Once again, Texas Motor Speedway track president Eddie Gossage—in Fort Worth—is being weirdly territorial about the rest of Texas after Austin’s Circuit of the Americas expressed interest in a series that runs at TMS. Um, do you guys own a map? In any other, smaller state, Fort Worth and Austin would probably be in…