IRL: Texas Motor Speedway to celebrate tenth anniversary

"10 YEAR EXPERIENCE" DISPLAY, TOP 10 MEMORABLE MOMENTS VOTING ALLOWS FANS TO PARTAKE IN "10 YEARS STRONG" ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 31, 2006) - Fans will get the opportunity to relive the greatest moments in Texas Motor ...

"10 YEAR EXPERIENCE" DISPLAY, TOP 10 MEMORABLE MOMENTS VOTING ALLOWS FANS TO PARTAKE IN "10 YEARS STRONG" ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 31, 2006) - Fans will get the opportunity to relive the greatest moments in Texas Motor Speedway's 10-year history through a giant "10 Year Experience" interactive midway display and by casting their votes to determine the most memorable moment over the decade.

"One of the primary reasons why Texas Motor Speedway is '10 Years Strong' is our outstanding and loyal fan support," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "Many of our fans have experienced all or most of these moments while others will learn more about our rich history this year. This is a great opportunity for us to allow our fans to relive some of those great moments and be part of the celebration. The '10 Year Experience' will take them back in time for a moment while the voting allows them to determine what they believe is the top moment in our history thus far."

The "10 Year Experience" will be a tented 9,000-square foot area that will house displays with audio and video replays of the designated "Top 10 Moments" since the superspeedway opened in 1997. Other displays will include the original Chevrolet pace car from the inaugural Interstate Batteries 500 NASCAR Cup race in 1997, the Texas Tire Monster and a special surprise or two.

The "10 Year Experience" will be located in the Midway area outside of Gate 4 on the frontstretch side of the speedway. Admission is free and the "10 Year Experience" will be available to fans for all three major race weekends, the Samsung/RadioShack 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekend (April 6-9); Bombardier Learjet 500k Indy Racing League weekend (June 8- 10); and the Dickies 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekend (Nov. 2-5).

Fans also will be able to rank the top moments in Texas Motor Speedway's 10-year history as well as determine the top moment. The "103.3 ESPN Radio Presents Top 10 Moments At Texas Motor Speedway" promotion will be available to fans through www.texasmotorspeedway.com and www.espn1033.com, beginning immediately and running through most of the Dickies 500 race weekend. 103.3 ESPN Radio also will be on hand at the "10 Year Experience" display prompting fans to cast their votes there as well.

Fans will choose among the following "Top 10 Moments":


    "Junior Achievement" - Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrating with his legendary father, Dale Earnhardt, in Texas Motor Speedway's Victory Lane after winning the first NASCAR Cup Series race of his career on April 2, 2000.


    "Texas Two Step" - Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage announcing March 14, 2004 that "The Great American Speedway!" will host two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events annually starting in 2005, a milestone accomplishment celebrated throughout the world of motorsports.


    "'W' Throws The Green Flag" - George W. Bush throws the green flag to start the Primestar 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on March 28, 1999. Bush, then the Governor of the State of Texas, became President of the United States in 2000.


    "Texas Justice" - "Super Tex" A.J. Foyt administering his version of Texas justice on two-time Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk in Victory Lane following the inaugural True Value 500k Indy Racing League event at Texas Motor Speedway on June 7, 1997. Foyt's team was sent to Victory Lane by officials from the United States Auto Club (USAC) and Luyendyk came in to protest, claiming he was the rightful winner. An overnight review of scoring performed by USAC resulted in a reversal the next day and Luyendyk was proclaimed the champion of the race.


     "The Greatest IRL Race Of All Time" - Sam Hornish Jr. noses out Helio Castroneves by 0.0096 of a second to win the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway as well as clinch the Indy Racing League championship over Castroneves on Sept. 15, 2002. The finish is the closest ever in Texas Motor Speedway history and the third-closest in IRL history.


    "First Time Is The Sweetest" - Jeff Burton wins the inaugural Interstate Batteries 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on April 6, 1997, bringing the sport back to the Lone Star State in grand style in front of a monstrous sold-out crowd. The win also was the first of Burton's Cup career.


    "Kaptain Knievel" - World-famous stuntman Robbie Knievel successfully jumps the entire 22-car starting field before the Chevy 500 Indy Racing League event, thrilling fans with the death-defying leap on Oct. 6, 2001.


    "It's A Wrap For Al Junior" - Al Unser Jr., celebrates the final Indy- car win of his illustrious career in Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway following the Bombardier Learjet 500k on June 7, 2003. Unser Jr. retires with 34 career Indy-car wins.


    "Sadler Saddles Up" - Elliott Sadler narrowly holds off charging rookie Kasey Kahne by 0.028 of a second in the Samsung/RadioShack 500 on April 4, 2004, the closest NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race in Texas Motor Speedway history. The finish was also the eighth-closest in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup history.


    "Sound Off" - Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones are one of many of the music world's biggest names to perform at Texas Motor Speedway. Also performing at "The Great American Speedway" over the years have been The Dave Matthews Band, Aerosmith, No Doubt, Vince Gill, Bush, Wynonna, Counting Crows, Randy Travis, Matchbox 20, Hank Williams Jr., Leann Rimes, Collective Soul and Jo Dee Messina, among others.

Each moment on the website voting area will feature a video clip for fans to relive that special day and then they will rank their top three moments in the order of significance. The top moment will be announced during the Dickies 500 race weekend.

Monthly prizes, including speedway gift certificates, race passes and merchandise, will be awarded and every fan who votes is automatically eligible.

-texasmotorspeedway.com-

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Series IndyCar , NASCAR , USAC
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Burton , Al Unser Jr. , Arie Luyendyk , Robbie Knievel , Kasey Kahne , Elliott Sadler , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Williams