IRL: Drivers look forward to Texas race

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (May 15, 2000) - Drivers of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the Indy Racing Northern Light Series continue their busy race schedules. Although Indy drivers are focused on the Indianapolis 500 and trucks are preparing for...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (May 15, 2000) - Drivers of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the Indy Racing Northern Light Series continue their busy race schedules. Although Indy drivers are focused on the Indianapolis 500 and trucks are preparing for the upcoming races at Pikes Peak and Seattle, all are keeping one eye down the road to Texas.

The Friday night, June 9 Pronto Auto Parts 400 and Saturday night, June 10, Casino Magic 500, are the first of two visits each series will make to Texas this year.

Plano, Texas native Greg Ray, the defending Indy series champion, remains partial to the idea of racing at Texas.

"Of course Texas is home," said Ray. "It's always great to race in front of family and so many friends. It really helps to have all that support. Winning at Indy has been the goal of my driving career, but a win in Texas would be just as special."

Rockwall, Texas-based TeamXtreme will field two cars in the upcoming Indy race at Texas with veteran driver Davey Hamilton and series rookie Airton Dare.

A trio of truck racers with local ties will attempt to qualify once again for the Pronto Auto Parts 400. Carrollton, Texas resident B.A. Wilson, who drives for Little Elm, Texas-based Sonntag Motorsports, Randy Renfrow, who drives for Saginaw, Texas-based TKO Motorsports, and Arlington, Texas driver David Starr will all be seeking starting berths.

Qualifying for both races will be determined on Thursday, June 8. Tickets are still available for the Pronto Auto Parts 400 and the Casino Magic 500, as well as for qualifying night. Tickets are available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket hotline at (817) 215-8500, going online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com or through local Ticketmaster locations.

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Series IndyCar , NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr , Greg Ray , Davey Hamilton