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Texas 500 NASCAR Spring Weekend, INDYCAR Race Length Modified
Posted by: newsla on Sep 24, 2013 - 06:30 AM
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Texas 500 NASCAR Spring Weekend, INDYCAR Race Length Modified As 2014 Texas Motor Speedway Schedule Announced


The 2014 motorsports schedule for Texas Motor Speedway will once again feature the eighth race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with November's AAA Texas 500, but also includes variations to its spring NASCAR doubleheader weekend and annual INDYCAR race.

 

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The Texas 500 NASCAR doubleheader schedule will be modified to provide both local and visiting fans the ultimate sports weekend with the NCAA Final Four tournament semifinals also being staged that weekend in Arlington.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Texas 500 has been run Saturday evening the past three years, but will return to its traditional Sunday afternoon slot for only the 2014 season. The shift to Sunday, April 6, will avoid a head-to-head conflict with the college semifinal basketball games scheduled for Saturday, April 5, and also allow fans that are visiting the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex for the college basketball tournament the opportunity to enjoy some NASCAR racing, in particular the Texas 500 since there are no NCAA Final Four games that day.

Texas Motor Speedway also will tweak the traditional NASCAR race weekend schedule and run the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race the evening of Friday, April 4, while The Dallas Morning News SportsDay Qualifying Day for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take place the afternoon of Saturday, April 5. The on-track activity officially begins Thursday, April 3, with a pair of Nationwide Series practices and The Dallas Morning News SportsDay Qualifying Day for the Nationwide Series set for Friday, April 4.

With the NCAA semifinals scheduled for Saturday, April 5, and the championship game for the evening of Monday, April 6, the race schedule changes provide a unique opportunity for a dynamic sports weekend in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

The INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader remains in its traditional slot - two weeks after the Indianapolis 500 on June 5-7 - but IndyCar Series race fans literally will get more mileage out of their visit next season. "America's Original Nighttime IndyCar Race" will have an additional 50 kilometers of race action and be retitled the Firestone 600 to reflect the change in the race distance.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be paired with the IndyCar Series for the 18th consecutive season, dating to the speedway's opening in 1997. The WinStar World Casino And Resort 400 will be held the evening of Friday, June 6, along with IndyCar Series qualifying. The race week kicks off Thursday, June 5, with practice and qualifying for the WinStar World Casino And Resort 400. The weekend culminates with the Firestone 600 IndyCar Series race the evening of Saturday, June 7.

The Texas Motor Speedway season concludes once again with a NASCAR tripleheader spiced with playoff-type drama as the AAA Texas 500 race week is set for Oct. 30-Nov. 2. The weekend will feature the AAA Texas 500, the eighth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup since its debut in 2005, on Sunday, Nov. 2. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be joined by its other top-tier series as the Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino And Resort 350 will be held the evening of Friday, Oct. 31, and the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Pole qualifying for the NSCS AAA Texas 500 and NCWTS WinStar World Casino And Resort 350 will be held Friday, Oct. 31, while the NNS O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge qualifying will be held Saturday, Nov. 1. The race week officially begins Thursday, Oct. 30, with a pair of NCWTS practices.

Official start times and television partners for each event will be announced at a later date.

The 2014 season also will feature the debut of the world's largest HD video board - Big Hoss TV - beginning with April's Texas 500 race weekend. The video board, which will be built by Panasonic, will boast 20,666.64 square feet of 1080p HD display. The screen will be 218 feet wide by 94½ feet tall, but the actual height of the structure will rise to nearly 125 feet above ground level with its support structures. The 108-ton video board will be located in the center of the backstretch behind the grandstands. For a sneak preview of the Big Hoss TV promotional trailer, please click here.

Season tickets, which consist of three race weekends and 16 events, begin as low as $270 for adults and $150 for children 12 and under and go on sale in conjunction with the schedule announcement. Season ticketholder benefits include best seat selection; discounts up to 29 percent (varies on seat location) over purchasing tickets individually; special discounts on concessions, merchandise, camping, parking and pit passes; access to the pre-race "No Limits" Garage Party presented by WinStar World Casino in April and November; and special offers on additional events held at the speedway.

Current season ticket holders will have first chance at renewing their seats or relocating for the best site lines of Big Hoss TV, in conjunction with the schedule announcement. The 2014 season ticket packages for new accounts will go on sale during the AAA Texas 500 race weekend of Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

Individual race tickets will go on sale Feb. 14. Due to expected ticket demand for the debut of Big Hoss TV, priority reservations will be given to 2013 season ticket holders, 2013 AAA Texas 500 4-Pack purchasers upgrading to 2014 season tickets, new 2014 season ticket purchasers, 4-Pack purchasers for the upcoming AAA Texas 500 and individual ticket purchasers for the AAA Texas 500, respectively.

In addition to the action on the 1.5-mile oval, the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track will play host to a pair of major events in the spring and fall. The Port-A-Cool® Texas World Dirt Track Championship will be held March 7-8 and feature the O'Reilly Auto Parts SUPR Late Model, Modified, and Limited Modified divisions. The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series, along with Modified and Limited Modified racing, will highlight the Port-A-Cool® U.S. National Dirt Track Championship set for Sept. 19-20.

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