FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Dec. 21, 2000) - Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track officials have announced significant alterations will be made to the facility's grandstand in preparation for the 2001 racing season.

The angle of the seating from row 13 and higher will be increased to improve sightlines for the fans. The changes in elevation from row to row will result in a reduction of the grandstand's seating capacity from 13,008 to 11,004 and the elimination of several rows of seats formerly under the luxury suites.

"We are undertaking the grandstand changes to provide a more enjoyable experience for our fans," said Eddie Gossage, speedway vice president and general manager. "We are going to forego over 2,000 seats in the grandstand to make sure that fans visiting the Dirt Track have a premier view of the events.

"We will keep our season ticket holders at the dirt track in the same area as their seats were in 2000 if those seats are affected by the changes," Gossage continued. "The 2001 dirt track season is going to be fantastic."

Texas Motor Speedway has been called "The Great American Speedway" for hosting every major auto racing series in 2001. The Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track will also host every major dirt series next season including the Pennzoil World of Outlaws sprint cars, United Dirt Track Racing Association late models (formerly the Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Series), the American Motorcyclist Association Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship, the AirMX Challenge for motorcycles and the Extreme Monster Truck Nationals.

Tickets for 2001 Dirt Track events will go on sale in January.