Coolers still allowed at Texas

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Sept. 24, 2001) - Fans may bring coolers as usual for the upcoming Chevy 500 race week events at Texas Motor Speedway despite recent announcements banning coolers at some speedways and sports venues. "We received numerous...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Sept. 24, 2001) - Fans may bring coolers as usual for the upcoming Chevy 500 race week events at Texas Motor Speedway despite recent announcements banning coolers at some speedways and sports venues.

"We received numerous calls and emails from concerned fans," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "Security is a top priority. We have remained in contact with law enforcement agencies over the past two weeks and they have not recommended that we ban coolers. If that should change, we would take the appropriate measures."

Fans may bring coolers measuring 14 inches or less in any direction. No glass containers are allowed.

STAR LIGHT, "STARR" BRIGHT - Had the races gone on as planned in September, race fans would have witnessed their first daytime NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The Silverado 350 was originally scheduled for a 3:00 p.m. start on Saturday, Sept. 15. With the postponement, the race will now get the green flag at 8:00 p.m. (CDT) on Friday, Oct. 5, so fans will once again see exciting truck racing under the starry Texas skies.

"A daytime race would have been just fine," said David Starr, driver of the #3 Chasco Contracting Chevrolet. "But I can tell you, there's nothing like night racing. It's good for the drivers because it's cooler, and I think the fans love it as well. There's something exciting about racing 180 mph under the lights.

"The Silverado 350 will be a super race. Hopefully we can improve on the third place finish we had here in June. It would be great to win in front of my home crowd."

-TMS-

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers David Starr