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NASCAR Fans E-mail List Texas widens track Texas Motor Speedway responding to the drivers complaints about the track have added an addition 5 feet to the inside track on the frontstretch dogleg. "It ought to be a little easier to pass," TMS...

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Texas widens track

Texas Motor Speedway responding to the drivers complaints about the track have added an addition 5 feet to the inside track on the frontstretch dogleg. "It ought to be a little easier to pass," TMS general manager Eddie Gossage told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "This gives an option of running a variety of lines down the front straight. If you can run down on the apex and I can run on the outside, all of a sudden we're racing two-wide down the front straight.Gossage said the torrent of criticism unleashed by the drivers about the track following the inaugural Interstate Batteries 500 on April 6 "was a terribly rude thing to do. My concern is when the drivers complain it's a one-groove race track, the fans are convinced it's a one-groove race track. As of right now, the fans are convinced Texas is a treacherous race track."

GM Upset with changes

You knew it was coming and it has. GM is terrible upset with the 1/4" given to the rear spoiler of Ford teams. Here are some comments. Ray Evernham, ``Let's look at the facts,'' Evernham said. ``These are NASCAR's facts, not Ray Evernham's facts. They have a dynamometer test that proves that the Fords have more horsepower, and a wind tunnel test that shows they have more downforce. And they give Ford more spoiler? ``This is not about making the cars equal. This is like putting 20-pound ankle weights on Michael Jordan, or a 10-pound weight on Brett Favre's throwing arm. Ford is admitting that it needs a better car than what Jeff Gordon has, admitting that on an equal basis they can't beat Hendrick Motorsports.''

``It was unbelievable,'' Evernham said. ``A Ford (Bill Elliott's) won the pole for The Winston, a Ford (Dale Jarrett's) won the first segment and a Pontiac (Bobby Labonte's) won the second. ``Mark Martin said on television that he had the best car. His Ford was fast enough to spin Bobby Labonte out in the first segment.''

``Ford has won six races with four drivers, Chevrolet has won four with one driver,'' Evernham said. ``You tell me who has the better car.''

Gordons chassis

Apparently according to Ray Evernham the chassis that Jeff Gordon used in the Winston had been approved by NASCAR. There was some speculation about there used of the "second generation chassis". Ray Evernham: ``NASCAR had approved the car, but there's some serious discussion going on about it now,'' he said. ``We're trying to find out what's going on.'' Gordon and Evernham had not planned to run the car in the Coca-Cola 600, but NASCAR spokesman said Kevin Triplett said the sanctioning body has not said it can not be used again. ``We looked at the car pretty hard Saturday night,'' Triplett said. ``We tore down at least five cars, and that was one of them. We did it all right there together, so everybody could see what we were doing. We found nothing in the No. 24 that would give it an unfair advantage.''

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Ray Evernham , Mark Martin
Teams Hendrick Motorsports