Smith and Gossage of TMS invited to Presidential Inauguration

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Jan. 11, 2001) - President-Elect George W. Bush has invited Speedway Motorsports Chairman Bruton Smith and Texas Motor Speedway General Manager Eddie Gossage to the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20. Smith and Gossage will...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Jan. 11, 2001) - President-Elect George W. Bush has invited Speedway Motorsports Chairman Bruton Smith and Texas Motor Speedway General Manager Eddie Gossage to the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20.

Smith and Gossage will attend the inauguration to witness the swearing-in ceremonies of the former Texas Governor. They will also attend a "Black Tie & Boots Ball" honoring Bush the evening before the Inauguration. Smith and Gossage will view the Presidential Parade following the inauguration from a balcony along the parade route as guests of the Vinson & Elkins law firm and then will attend one of the inaugural balls.

"President-Elect Bush has been very enthusiastic about his support of Texas Motor Speedway since we started," said Smith. "He attended our 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup event, his first exposure to our sport and thoroughly enjoyed his visit. He met with several drivers, team owners and crew members, but specifically wanted to meet Texas' own Bobby and Terry Labonte,"

Smith and Gossage have met with Bush at the then-Governor's office on several occasions since 1995 as they built the speedway, which is the second-largest stadium in the world.

"It will be an exciting moment for both of us and a great honor for Texas Motor Speedway," said Smith. "After all, Texas Motor Speedway is called "The Great American Speedway.' What is more American than attending the inauguration to see a friend take the oak of office as the new President?"

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Series General , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Terry Labonte