Texas Motor Speedway Switches April NASCAR Race to Sunday; Adds Largest Sporting Venue HD Television
The Texas Motor Speedway just made a huge improvement to their facility and race fans are going to love it. 138,000 people can fit into the largest sporting facility in the state of Texas, and this iconic move is going to fill up the stands for sure.
“Big Hoss” sounds pretty odd doesn’t it? Well, on the weekend of April 3-6, it won’t seem so odd. Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage announced the latest upgrade to one of NASCAR‘s youngest tracks on Monday evening. Big Hoss is going to be the world’s largest sporting venue HD television, which will make its debut on the traditional April weekend that NASCAR goes to Texas. Gossage says that the addition to the track is the biggest thing in their history, and it’s pretty clear why.
The video screen will surpass the one at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which is also owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc. This television is going to be gigantic folks. In partnership with Samsung, the video board will stand behind the backstretch and will be an astonishing 20,000 square feet wide.
That’s not the only change though.
The Texas Motor Speedway will be switching it’s Spring NASCAR date for the annual Texas 500. In the past, the race was usually run on Sunday afternoon, but the past three years has been run in the evening.
“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,” as stated in a press release.
Basically, the only reason for the change is because of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, which will be in Texas. However, it’s a good move for NASCAR, as the race will go back to the original tradition of running during the daylight. The NASCAR Nationwide Series race will also swap days. Even though the Cup Series will be racing on Sunday, the NASCAR Nationwide Series will run the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday, April 4.
Overall, the changes will provide not just NASCAR for NCAAB fans, but all sports fans the opportunity to watch both events (or attend if in Texas). The track also announced the date for the fall race which will remain the eighth race in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup. This basically shut down all rumors that Texas was going to be the host of the season finale instead of Homestead.
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