Texas Friday late update

NASCAR Fans Online Onsite Reporter Don Myers Spoke to some drivers today regarding TMS speedway. All said that the hump in between Turns 1 & 2 was fine. There is no problem there. They all said Turn 4 was a monster. It comes from a High Bank...

NASCAR Fans Online Onsite Reporter Don Myers

Spoke to some drivers today regarding TMS speedway. All said that the hump in between Turns 1 & 2 was fine. There is no problem there. They all said Turn 4 was a monster. It comes from a High Bank to a "NARROW" front stretch and you just can't do any side by side racing coming out of 4.

Since rain was the call of the day, not much was going on. The only teams really working in the garage, were teams NEEDING to make the race, who can't make it on Points or Provisional.

I never got any feedback regarding what Bruton Smith was going to announce.

Talked to Ricky Cravens Crew, they said Ricky should be able to get out of the Hospital tomorrow. Todd Bodine should qualify his car Saturday.

Weather Forecast for TMS on Saturday is to be clearing High around 78 with Gusty winds up to 30 mph. Sunday calls for SUNSHINE and cooler weather. Highs in the upper 60's.

TMS is a MUD PIT now. After the Texas Thunderstorms, there is nothing but "running water" everywhere. 60% of the parking at TMS is out of commission....A traffic mess. TMS has asked that only people with VIP parking come and park at the track, and PLEASE CAR POOL. Bring 5 to 6 people with you Eddie Gossage said today. Since the parking lots did not have grass growing, they are mud baths right now. To help, Ft. Worth "T" Buses will pick you up from not only TCJC Northwest campus, but also from the Will Rogers Auditorium Saturday, starting at 6:30 am. Cost is $10.00 round trip. Also parking will be available at Alliance Airport, next to the track, shuttle buses will take you to the track. On Sunday the same thing goes, but also parking and shuttle buses will be available from the University of North Texas, in Denton. The shuttle buses should help some. Traffic around TMS itself is awful. It took me 45 minutes to move 1 mile today. After getting off the grounds, traffic was great. (Also I left about an hour after MOST people left)

Highway 35W from either the North or from the South moved GREAT all day today. Highway 407, Highway 1171 both did well (but are only 2 lanes roads, that can't be converted to one way) Hwy 114 did well also. Saturday will be the real test on the traffic.

Drivers I spoke to today, said they did a great job on the track, but some of the problems that they feel Bruton overlooked shouldn't have occurred. For example Pit Lanes to narrow. (This problem has been fixed) The drivers also feel, what complaints they address to them, will be corrected before they return to TMS.

A boring day at the track for both drivers and crew. For over 3 hours today, different crews played "Tape Baseball" in the garage area. It seems that they had to stay around, but at this time it wasn't raining. The rain let up around noon today. It didn't start raining till around 4 PM. They started the drying process, and a few teams were moving there cars to pit road, when NASCAR said to wait. Strong Thunderstorms were moving into the area, and it seems we could not get the whole field out and qualified in time. So back came the few cars that were moving to the pit area. The storms did hit, dumping around 3 inches of rain in about an hour. OUTLOOK for Saturday is very positive, BETTER FOR SUNDAY. One rumor was going around that they may do qualifying tomorrow afternoon and push the Busch race back to Monday...Not so says NASCAR. As we all know 8:30 Practice, 9:30 qualifying...(ONE LAP) and then to Brutons Smiths Shows. 1pm Busch race and one hour of practice for the cup drivers.

Sterling Marlin was saying that though he did not test Texas, he should do ok. He has had a lot of feed back. (We shall see)

Thats about all for now.

Don Myers NASCAR Fans Online

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Todd Bodine , Sterling Marlin , Ricky Craven