Texas Motor Speedway race start time changes

INAUGURAL DICKIES 500 START TIME MOVED BACK, GREEN FLAG TO FALL AT 2:50 P.M. CT FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 1, 2005) - NASCAR has changed the starting time of Sunday's inaugural Dickies 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race to 2:50 p.m. local Central...

INAUGURAL DICKIES 500 START TIME MOVED BACK, GREEN FLAG TO FALL AT 2:50 P.M. CT

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 1, 2005) - NASCAR has changed the starting time of Sunday's inaugural Dickies 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race to 2:50 p.m. local Central Time, 40 minutes later than originally announced.

The move from the original start time of 2:10 p.m. CT should prove beneficial to both race fans attending the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway as well as those watching the national telecast on NBC. The slightly later start time will ensure that the Dickies 500 marks the first time in the nine-year history of Texas Motor Speedway that a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race will run under the lights at the 1.5-mile oval.

"It is only fitting that the Chase race with the largest purse, largest attendance and largest market has its overall ambience enhanced by the final, dramatic laps being run under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "Our fans have always wanted to watch a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race under the lights here, so I guess the Dickies 500 will serve as a trial run for the sort of night- time spectacle you can expect at a facility such as this. Someday I'd love to start and finish a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at 'The Great American Speedway' under the lights."

Also, the later start will allow viewers to shift from one of America's most popular sports to a highly anticipated episode of one of its most popular shows. The Dickies 500 telecast will be immediately followed by a rare live episode of the highly acclaimed drama, "West Wing."

"With the Dickies 500 being the eighth of 10 races in the Chase and a heck of a battle going on for the championship, this race should have a large national appeal for viewers," Gossage said. "And we are extremely pleased that our television partner NBC appreciates the magnitude of this race from such a major market and pairing it with one of their most popular and highly acclaimed shows, 'West Wing'."

The new green flag time will not alter the start time of the "Coca-Cola Zero Pre-Race Extravaganza," which will begin as originally scheduled at 11 a.m. CT.

The green-flag times for the other feature races of the weekend - Friday night's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Silverado 350k (8:25 p.m. CT, SPEED) and Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series O'Reilly Challenge (1:20 p.m. CT, TNT) - will remain as scheduled.

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