More Seats Added for Spring Race at Texas

10,000 MORE SEATS ADDED FOR PRIMESTAR 500 AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Feb. 2, 1999) - On a record pace to sell out the March 28 PRIMESTAR 500 Winston Cup event, Texas Motor Speedway today announced it will add an additional 10,000...

10,000 MORE SEATS ADDED FOR PRIMESTAR 500 AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Feb. 2, 1999) - On a record pace to sell out the March 28 PRIMESTAR 500 Winston Cup event, Texas Motor Speedway today announced it will add an additional 10,000 temporary seats. Tickets prices range from $55 to $80 and will go on sale Saturday at 9 a.m.

The additional temporary seating, combined with the 4,800 new permanent seats previously announced, will bring the seating capacity to 164,861, making the speedway set-up for the PRIMESTAR 500 the country2s second largest sporting venue.

"We have the fan support to make this decision," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "The phones continue to ring with people wanting tickets, so this should make a lot of race fans very happy."

The seats are being added in the turns -- 2,500 adjacent to the permanent concourse in Turn Four and 7,500 at the end of the backstretch grandstands in Turn Three. With an additional 4,800 permanent seats under construction as part of The Speedway Club in Turn One, the capacity for the March 28 PRIMESTAR 500 will increase by nearly 15,000 seats.

"It's really hard to actually get the grasp on how big 15,000 actually is," said Gossage. "That compares to adding a near capacity crowd for a Dallas Stars game at Reunion Arena to our existing seating. That's a significant number of people."

Fans who purchase their tickets in person at the speedway will get an extra bonus for making the trip 6 a 10% discount on any PRIMESTAR 500 race merchandise.

"The new race merchandise is literally just arriving, so these folks Saturday will have the first opportunity to pick up caps, t-shirts and other event collectibles," said Gossage.

Due to the seating configuration, coolers will not be allowed in the temporary stands.

In addition to purchasing tickets at the speedway, fans can also order tickets over the phone by calling the Ticket Hotline at (817) 215-8500, by going online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com, or by calling participating TicketMaster locations.

SPEEDWAY FEATURED DURING FEBRUARY SWEEPS -- Texas Motor Speedway will make it's prime time television debut in a two-part episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger" Feb. 13 and 20 on CBS. Race scenes for the episode, which centers around the fictional "Team Cherokee," were shot in September during the 1998 Z-MAX 250 ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde event at the speedway. Walker star Chuck Norris' son Eric, who actually has spent quite a bit of time behind the wheel of a race car, competed in the ARCA event. The remaining speedway scenes were shot in November. Appropriately enough, Part One airs the same weekend the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series kicks off with the Daytona 500.

KEEP ON TRUCKIN' -- Several teams from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series were at the speedway on Tuesday, kicking off two days of testing for GM. Schrader, owner of the #52 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet truck team, was on hand to see how his team might fare. His driver, Scott Hansen, will be making his truck series debut this year. "Things look pretty good for us this year," said Schrader. "Actually, it's kind of nice being on the owner side of things. I think this team has a shot a making a name for themselves this season." Schrader has a vested interest in four events running at Texas in 1999 -- as a driver in both the Sat., March 27 Coca-Cola 300 and the Sun., March 28 PRIMESTAR 500 and as a truck team owner for the Friday night, June 11 Pronto Auto Parts 400 and the Friday night, Oct. 15 Bluebonnet 300. In addition to Hansen, six other truck teams took laps Tuesday: Ron Hornaday, the 1998 series champion; Jack Sprague, who finished second only three points behind Hornaday; Jay Sauter; Rick Carelli; Lonnie Rush; and Joey Sonntag, also a rookie.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jay Sauter , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Scott Hansen