NASCAR Fans E-mail List Drivers comments on Texas Most of the drivers who tested last week at the new Texas Motor Speedway, where the inaugural Winston Cup race will be held Aug. 6, have given it the thumbs-up. Darrell Waltrip, a three-time...
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Drivers comments on Texas
Most of the drivers who tested last week at the new Texas Motor Speedway, where the inaugural Winston Cup race will be held Aug. 6, have given it the thumbs-up.
Darrell Waltrip, a three-time Winston Cup champion and one of the elder statesmen on the stock car circuit at age 50, said simply, ``It's nice. It's a race track.''
Some drivers compared its 1-1/2-mile oval to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, and some said it was similar to the 1.017-mile oval at North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham.
``It has some similarities to Charlotte, but it's Texas,'' Waltrip said. ``Coming off (turn) four is real tight. If you spin or get up close to the fence in (turn) two, you're going to hit the inside guard rail. Those the are only two things I don't like about it.
``I've never been to a race track yet that I thought was perfect,'' he added. ``But Bristol (Tenn.) is close.''
Keep an eye out for the commercials coming up in ESPN's ``NASCAR Ride Along Program'' promotional campaign. Dale Earnhardt, Gordon, Dale Jarrett, Kyle Petty and Craven star in the spots, and they are a scream. Craven's spot also features Charlotte Hornets players Muggsy Bogues and Vlade Divac. The spots were filmed at Concord Motorsport Park. . . . Carolina Speedway in Gastonia will donate part of the proceeds from its March 22 races to the Gaston County American Red Cross family disaster program. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.
Quote of the Day
``I'll tell you right now that there are three things that are rumored but just don't exist: Bigfoot, the tooth fairy and a perfect setup for Darlington.'' -- Grand National driver Stevie Reeves.
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