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Texas Motor Speedway Speed Reads For Week Of 3/10/14
Posted by: newsla on Mar 12, 2014 - 07:49 PM
Texas Motor Speedway Speed Reads For Week Of 3/10/14

It's time to "Go Big or Go Home."

Next Wednesday evening (March 19), Texas Motor Speedway will be bringing its fans two of the biggest names in NASCAR and INDYCAR, one of the biggest shows on cable television along with two of its stars, and THE biggest HD video board in the world during a free public event to preview the upcoming racing season and unveil the behemoth "Big Hoss TV."


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The speedway's infield will take on the ambiance of an outdoor festival as fans will come armed with lawn chairs and coolers to witness the speedway's biggest season-opening preview event featuring stars from the racing and entertainment world.

The program of events, which will begin at 8 p.m. CT, will open with the official unveiling of "Big Hoss TV" as the world's largest HD video board created by Panasonic comes to life. Situated in the middle of the backstretch, "Big Hoss TV" towers 12 stories high and encompasses 20,633 square feet of HD imagery that boasts 281 trillion colors and 4.8 million pixels. Texas Motor Speedway will supplant fellow Speedway Motorsports, Inc. track Charlotte Motor Speedway (16,000 sf) as the owner of the world's largest HD video board and soon establish a Guinness World Record.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kyle Busch, the defending champ of April's Sprint Cup Duck Commander 500 and Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, and three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves, also the defending champion of June's Firestone 600, will conduct on-stage Q&A sessions to preview their seasons as well as their next visit to Texas Motor Speedway.

Duck Commander Chief Executive Officer Willie Robertson and his wife, Korie, will make a special visit from West Monroe, La., between "Duck Dynasty" tapings and conduct a Q&A session as well. The couple also will give their personal insights and preview that evening's episode of A&E's "Duck Dynasty." The evening will culminate with the 30-minute "Duck Dynasty" episode being shown on the behemoth "Big Hoss TV" beginning at its customary 9 p.m. CT air time.

Food vendors will be on site in addition to merchandise trailers that will feature several newly released Duck Commander 500 apparel and items.

The event is free and open to the general public. Vehicles will come through the South Tunnel and infield parking is free. The South Tunnel will open at 6 p.m. CT.

Note: For media attending the event that includes a special pre-event media session with all the key guests from 6:30-7:45 p.m. CT, the deadline to RSVP is THURSDAY for media credentials and parking.
'Big & Rich' Headlines Pre-Race Show

It's only fitting that the official debut of "Big Hoss TV" features one of country music's biggest acts as "Big & Rich" with special guest Cowboy Troy headline the Rockin' Roundup! at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 6, prior to the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

The duo of Big Kenny and John Rich will perform a one-hour concert beginning at 12:20 p.m. CT on the frontstretch that will lead into the Duck Commander 500, which is set for a 2 p.m. start.

This marks the second trip for "Big & Rich" to Texas Motor Speedway as the group performed during the Samsung Mobile Rockin' Roundup in April 2008. The duo is expected to release its fifth studio album later this year, but have already released the first single with the debut of "Look at You" in February. The duo has created a number of country hits including "Comin' to your City," "Save a Horse," "8th of November" and "Lost in this Moment," among others.

Fans can join in on the excitement of the Rockin' Roundup! with "Big & Rich" by purchasing a special $79 "mosh pit" ticket. The special ticket, which must be accompanied by a Duck Commander 500 grandstand ticket, provides fans exclusive access stage-side for all the pre-race festivities leading up to the Duck Commander 500, including the concert and driver introductions.

To purchase a "mosh pit" ticket or seating to the Duck Commander 500, visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com or call the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.
SCC Kickin' It For A Cause

Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter will host the inaugural North Texas Kickball Classic to benefit pediatric cancer initiatives in North Texas on Saturday, March 22, beginning at 8 a.m. CT at Texas Motor Speedway.

The North Texas Kickball Classic features a single-elimination format with the winning team receiving suite tickets for the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, April 6. Teams must consist of a minimum of 11 players and requires a minimum of four males and four females per team.

The cost is a $30 donation per individual, which includes all food and beverage. Teams may contribute more for the fundraising cause and the team with the most money will be rewarded with suite tickets for the Duck Commander 500.

To register for the North Texas Kickball Classic or more information, visit www.kick-it.org/events/north-texas-kickball-classic or call Speedway Children's Charities at (817) 215-8500.
Last Lap

The media credentials deadline for the Duck Commander 500 weekend is Friday, March 21. To apply for credentials, visit www.smicredentials.com. Those not yet registered for the website will first need to apply for access through the site. Once a registration confirmation e-mail is received, the credential request can then be submitted. Requests following the deadline will not be accepted. ... NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie driver Ty Dillon will get some Sprint Cup Series experience as he will pilot the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing car during a two-day test session beginning March 18. ... Individual tickets for the Duck Commander 500 doubleheader weekend and the debut of "Big Hoss TV" are still available. Frontstretch tickets for both the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday, April 4, and Duck Commander 500 on Sunday April 6, begin as low as $30. It marks the lowest-priced frontstretch ticket for a Sprint Cup Series race in the history of Texas Motor Speedway.

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