Bob Pullar - Motorsport.com Notes from the Excite 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas (October 15, 2000) --The season finale of the IRNLS ended 2 minutes before a Texas thunderstorm dumped on the crowds at TMS. The storm did not ...
Bob Pullar - Motorsport.com
Notes from the Excite 500 at Texas Motor Speedway
Fort Worth, Texas (October 15, 2000) --The season finale of the IRNLS ended 2 minutes before a Texas thunderstorm dumped on the crowds at TMS. The storm did not dampen the excitement for the crowds nor race winner Scott Goodyear or Northern Light Cup Champion Buddy Lazier.
The IRL and TMS opened up the main straight and the garages for the fans to get up close and see the workings of the race teams after the final lap and to celebrate with race winner Scott Goodyear and series champion Buddy Lazier. Hundreds of fans gathered around the makeshift Victory Lane on the main straight to enjoy the celebrations and fireworks. 73,654 tickets were pre-sold for the race and today's estimated attendance was 61,100.
Rookie of the Year honor goes to Airton Dare, driving the #88 Uproar.com/Team Xtreme Racing G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone. He beat #6 Jeret Schroeder by six points for the rookie title when Schroeder's alternator gave out. Sarah Fisher finished third, 18 points back. Dare earns a $50,000 bonus from RaceSearch.com.
The MBNA Motorsport Pole Award goes to Greg Ray with Team Menard with 5 poles on the season. Greg also won the NetRaceLive.com award for leading the most race laps in 2000 with 299. Al Unser, Jr. and Billy Boat shared the MCI WorldCom Long Distance award with 2 wins each. The winner of the Long Distance award is given to the driver who improves the most positions from the start to the finish of any race. Boat won today after driving from a 22nd starting position to third place. Pennzoil Team Panther announced today that Sam Hornish, Jr. will be piloting the famous #4 for the team in 2001. Scott Goodyear is leaving the team after driving the car for the past several years. Billy Boat is expected to be driving a second car for the Panther team next year if the team's sponsorship plans materialize for a second car. Team Panther helped to prepare Billy's car for the season finale, where Billy placed third for Team Pelfrey in his Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone. Team Panther also loaned Billy new power from Speedway Engines to help Billy to his best finish of the 2000 season.
This weekend's action at TMS saw the World of Outlaws perform Thursday and Saturday night. Steve Kinser's #11 Quaker State car won the 40-lap feature Saturday night for a $20,000 payday. The action was intense as the feature race went green for all 40 laps. Friday night's action was on the 1.5-mile superspeedway with the NASCAR Craftman Truck Series. Greg Biffle won the championship for team owner Jack Roush. It was Roush's first NASCAR title. Bryan Reffner won the race for Team Menard.
The 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series kicks off in Phoenix on March 18 with USAC midgets, USAC Silver Bullet sprints and Supermodifieds as part of the annual Copper Classic.