For only the third time at Texas Motor Speedway has the Sprint Cup race had to be moved to a Monday. But this year, the race was forced to move because of persistent rains on Sunday and the inability to get the track race ready. While the race was moved and a lot of fans were not able to still show up, there was still excitement for the race. Continue readingPlease be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook
Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage has always had a knack for finding ways to make Texas Motor Speedway more popular for the fans than it already is. He has done things like have dare devils doing stunts, and brought in some of the biggest name acts for pre-race entertainment. There was even an April fool’s day stunt where he announced putting a roof over TMS, sadly some people thought it was real and made a big deal about it. Continue readingPlease be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook
On a cloudy and incredibly windy Saturday night, Race fans in Texas were treated to a show. It was a 501 mile race that was run with very few cautions and a lot of single file racing. But within any good race on the NASCAR circuit, this would hopefully change near the end of the race as things tighten up.
The usual suspects were seen running at the front of the pack. But the surprise lap led of the day came from Marcos Ambrose. The strong southerly winds throughout the evening seemed to have little effect on the cars visually. But each pit stop, crews were picking trash and other debris off the front grill.
But the excitement was not to be, because the two early cautions were the only two that would be for the night. Greg Biffle was a dominant driver throughout the race, and won his 16th career race and became the 6th different winner of the 2012 season. This year’s Samsung mobile 500 will go down as the race with the fewest cautions at Texas Motor Speedway, also the most consecutive green flag laps at 234 and race speed at 160.575.
While the race wasn’t quite a full sell out, the crowd that did show up was treating to a driving clinic tonight. And once again Eddie Gossage can flash his million dollar smile because the fans, and everyone associated with NASCAR will leave Texas happy. The circuit will now move on to the next venue and the staff at Texas will now focus their attention to the next event.Please be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook
Dale Earnhardt Jr is NASCAR’s most popular and polarizing driver in the circuit today. He is known as the golden child of the sport and has been given lofty expectations to fill, since the passing of his father. Ever since he was thrust into the spotlight, he has struggled with trying to live up to those lofty expectations. He has gone as far to break out of his fathers shadow by switching teams to Hendrick Motor sports. While this move brought a renewed excitement, the results have yet to be there. Dale Jr hasn’t won a race since June 2008, and until this season, didn’t look like he was close at any point.
Through six races this season Dale Jr has been as good and consistent as the sizable “Jr Nation” wants him to be. He has one top 5 and three top 10 finishes so far this year, and you could have added one more top 10 to that had he not gotten caught in a late wreck at Daytona. While the season is in it’s infancy and a lot can change over the next 30 races, it is looking like every week that Dale Jr is improving and is close to getting that much needed win. After last weekends 2nd place finish at Martinsville, Dale Jr and his fan base can be excited as the circuit rolls into Texas Motor Speedway, which has been a good track for Dale Jr in the past.
At Texas Dale Jr has averaged a finish of 14th, but after last weekend there is a lot of momentum to find a way to win at this track. Even if he doesn’t win at Texas, there is a building momentum that has fans and drivers alike agreeing that it will only be a short time until the number 88 is back into victory lane. Anyone in NASCAR understands that as long as Dale Jr is running good, then the sport will be more popular and run better. Dale Earnhardt Jr is standing at the door step of victory lane, and he will kick the door in to take his spot soon enough.
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