Texas Motor Speedway Names New General Manager

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (October 25, 1999) -- Texas Motor Speedway General Manager Eddie Gossage today announced the promotion of Kenton Nelson to the position of Assistant General Manager for the Speedway. Nelson, 33, has worked for Texas Motor ...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (October 25, 1999) -- Texas Motor Speedway General Manager Eddie Gossage today announced the promotion of Kenton Nelson to the position of Assistant General Manager for the Speedway.

Nelson, 33, has worked for Texas Motor Speedway since 1996 as head of merchandising. In 1998, Nelson took on additional responsibilities when he was also placed in charge of the merchandising operations at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Sears Point Raceway, which are owned by Texas Motor Speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc.

"Kenton's keen business sense, excellent customer service reputation and outstanding operational skills make him the perfect individual to help lead this company," said Gossage. "He will work closely with me and Tom Kelly, the speedway's vice president of finance, to chart the direction and manage the explosive growth of Texas Motor Speedway. Kenton will be involved in all parts of the operation of this company."

Prior to joining Texas Motor Speedway, Nelson was in charge of souvenir operations for the Dallas Mavericks from 1994-1996. He worked for NBA Properties in New York from 1993-1994. Prior to that, he was in charge of merchandising for the San Antonio Spurs from 1989-1992.

"I'm excited about this opportunity to face new challenges," said Nelson. "This shows that Texas Motor Speedway is committed to promoting from within and that is very honorable. I look forward to working closely with Bruton Smith and Eddie Gossage."

"Kenton revolutionized the merchandising industry for speedways across the country," said Gossage. "This kind of progressive and innovative leadership is exactly what we want him to provide for the entire speedway."

Nelson will begin his new position immediately.

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