Texas Motor Speedway Breaks Ground on Dirt Track

Texas Motor Speedway Breaks Ground on Dirt Track FORT WORTH, TX (August 11) - In a landmark ceremony that is destined to change the complexion of the sport, Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series and Texas Motor Speedway officials...

Texas Motor Speedway Breaks Ground on Dirt Track

FORT WORTH, TX (August 11) - In a landmark ceremony that is destined to change the complexion of the sport, Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series and Texas Motor Speedway officials broke ground on a dirt sprint car racing facility Wednesday. "This is going to take the World of Outlaws to another level," series Founder and President Ted Johnson said. "Joining forces with TNN Motorsports several years ago took us to a high level, and now with Speedway Motorsports, Inc., building new speedways for us, we'll go even higher." The 4/10-mile oval to be built at Texas Motor Speedway will host two Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series events next season. Texas Motor Speedway, a regular stop for NASCAR's Winston Cup and Busch Grand National Series for several years, has a seating capacity of more than 150,000, and Johnson expects fans from all over the country to fill the seats at the dirt track. "The new state-of-the-art facility is going to seat approximately 15,000," Johnson added. "That will help us with prospective corporate sponsors, television and our whole situation. "Texas Motor Speedway has a tremendous following. The track's staff has done an excellent job of promoting the facility, and we expect to add to that success. As they grow, we'll grow right along with them." Texas Motor Speedway General Manager Eddie Gossage is thrilled to have the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series race along with NASCAR and the Indy Racing League at the Fort Worth track. "This is going to be a great addition to our speedway facility," Gossage said. "This is big news - not only from a sports perspective, but also for the economic impact this will have." The four- to five-acre facility will be located in the southwestern part of the speedway property, behind turn one of the 1.5-mile superspeedway. The straightaways will be 70 feet wide with eight-degree banking and 80 feet wide in the turns with 10-degree banking. The facility, which will also include many luxury suites, is scheduled for completion for the spring 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup race. "This state-of-the-art superspeedway will be home to one of the finest facilities in our sport," defending and 15-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Steve Kinser said. "I can't wait to race here next year." Kinser helped cut the ribbon stretched across the finish line by driving a winged sprint car through it. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series had already been racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for two years when SMI bought the facility early in 1998. LVMS, which includes a semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval, along with a 1 1/2-mile asphalt oval, a 2.5-mile road course and a 1/4-mile drag strip, brought the best of sprint car, stock car and drag racing together. SMI officials were impressed with the response each track received, and decided to expand its existing facilities in the Fort Worth/Dallas and Charlotte markets. WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Steve Kinser