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posted September 13, 2000 03:37 PM
TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY UNVEILS UNPRECEDENTED SCHEDULE FOR 2001

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Sept. 13, 2000) - When the curtain rises for the 2001 race season, Texas Motor Speedway will become the only speedway in the country to feature every major form of American automobile racing. Beginning next March, and running through September, Texas Motor Speedway will give fans a constant variety of auto racing and entertainment.

"We said from day one that Texas Motor Speedway would not be just another speedway," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "In just four short years, we have been able to give our fans every major racing series in America. This is a tremendous feat for what has truly become The Great American Speedway."

In addition to the unprecedented schedule of races for 2001, Texas Motor Speedway introduces fans to a weeklong festival of activities, promotions, and excitement in the spring and fall. RPM Week-Texas will be a celebration of auto racing during the NASCAR Winston Cup week, March 28-April 1, and again during the Indy Racing Northern Light Series championship race week, Sept. 13-16. During RPM Week-Texas, fans will be treated to virtually non-stop racing and activities at the speedway and in surrounding communities.

"If you are a race fan, there will be no better place to be than RPM Week-Texas next spring and fall at Texas Motor Speedway," Gossage said. "The whole family can enjoy great racing and race-related activities all week. This is our attempt to make race week an event for our whole community by tying in with our speedway sponsors, media partners and local businesses."

The 2001 race season at Texas Motor Speedway begins with the return of the Grand Prix of Texas and the American Le Mans Series, March 1-4 on the infield road course. The inaugural RPM Week-Texas begins March 28 with the return of the Hav-A-Tampa late model stock cars on the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws sprint cars visit the dirt track on March 29-30 for the Southern Bleacher Classic. The NASCAR Busch Series Texas 300 is March 31, with RPM Week - Texas concluding with the NASCAR Winston Cup DIRECTV 500 on Sunday, April 1.

Another first at Texas Motor Speedway is introduced April 27-29 with the CART FedEx Championship Series Texas 600 and the Dayton Indy Lights Series race. The month of June is ushered in with the Indy Racing Northern Light Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on June 7-9. The Casino Magic 500 proved to be the most exciting race in Indy Racing history last June, and Scott Sharp returns to defend his photo finish win on June 9. The Fort Worth 400 truck race is scheduled for Friday night, June 8.

The fall version of RPM Week-Texas gets started with Wolf Brand Chili 100 Hav-A-Tampa event at the Dirt Track on Sept. 13. The O'Reilly Texas Showdown will feature two nights of Pennzoil World of Outlaws sprint car racing at the dirt track on Sept. 14-15. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is back on the oval for the O'Reilly 400 on Sept. 15, and the week culminates with the Indy Racing championship event, the Lone Star 500 on Sunday, Sept. 16.

TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY - 2001 SCHEDULE
March 1-4 Grand Prix of Texas - American Le Mans Series
March 28-April 1 RPM Week - Texas
March 28 Hav-A-Tampa Late Models
March 29 Qualifying Day - NASCAR Busch Series
Southern Bleacher Classic - Pennzoil World of Outlaws
March 30 Qualifying Day - NASCAR Winston Cup Series
Southern Bleacher Classic -Pennzoil World of Outlaws
March 31 Texas 300 - NASCAR Busch Series
April 1 DIRECTV 500 - NASCAR Winston Cup Series
April 27-29
April 27 Practice - CART FedEx Championship Series
April 28 Qualifying - CART FedEx Championship Series
& Dayton Indy Lights Series Race
April 29 Texas 600 - CART FedEx Championship Series
June 7-9
June 7 Qualifying - Indy Racing Northern Light Series
& NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
June 8 Fort Worth 400 - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
June 9 Casino Magic 500 - Indy Racing Northern Light Series
Sept. 13-16 RPM Week - Texas
Sept. 13 Wolf Brand Chili 100 - Hav-A-Tampa Late Models
Sept. 14 The Dallas Morning News Pole Day -
Indy Racing Northern Light Series
& NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
O'Reilly Texas Showdown - Pennzoil World of Outlaws
Sept. 15 O'Reilly 400 - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Race
O'Reilly Texas Showdown - Pennzoil World of Outlaws
Sept. 16 Lone Star 500 - Indy Racing Northern Light Series

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EXCITEMENT BUILDS FOR FALL RACE WEEK AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Sept. 13, 2000) - Racing excitement returns to Texas Motor Speedway with the Oct. 13 O'Reilly 400 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event and the Oct. 15 Excite 500 Indy Racing Northern Light Series championship race. Fans will also have a chance to see the return of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws in the O'Reilly Texas Showdown at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track Oct. 12 and 14.

"It's once again come down to the final race to determine this year's Indy Racing champion," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "Our June Indy Racing event was the most exciting race in motorsports history and the fans will see the same kind of show in the Excite 500."

Three drivers have still have a chance to win the Indy Racing championship. Points leader Buddy Lazier, Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever are all in contention to take home the Northern Light Cup as the series champion.

"It was really wonderful crowning defending series champion Greg Ray last year following our race," said Gossage. "The fans stuck around and were invited to come down and take part in the celebration. It was great and we plan to do the same thing again this year."

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series points leader Greg Biffle returns to Texas hoping to repeat his trip to victory lane in the June truck race and solidify his standing in the points. There is only one truck race left in the season following the O'Reilly 400.

"The NASCAR Craftsman Trucks have done very well here at Texas. The fans really support the series and we expect to have the second- or third-largest crowd of the season for the O'Reilly 400."

Fifteen-time Outlaws champion Steve Kinser leads the way back to Texas as he closes in on his sixteenth career Pennzoil World of Outlaws championship.

"Kinser is a legend in Outlaws racing," said Gossage. "He has a strong following and I'm sure his fans will be out in force to see him try to get his first win at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track."

For ticket information, contact Texas Motor Speedway at (817) 215-8500 or go online to www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
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TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Excite 500 Indy Racing Northern Light Series &
O'Reilly 400 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race Week
Oct. 12-15, 2000
PUBLIC SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

NCTS - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series

Wednesday, October 11, 2000
12:00 pm Garage Open to Indy Manufacturers


Thursday, October 12, 2000

12:00 noon Gates Open (Suites Closed)
12:30 -1:30 pm NCTS Practice
2:15 - 4:15 pm NCTS Practice
5:30 - 6:45 pm The Dallas Morning News Pole Day - NCTS (all positions/2 laps)
7:00 - 7:45 pm NCTS Final Practice (time permitting)


Friday, October 13, 2000

1:00 pm Gates open
1:30 - 3:30 pm Indy Practice
3:00 pm Suites Open
4:30 - 5:00 pm Indy Practice
7:00 pm O'Reilly 400 - NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
(167 laps/250.5 miles - Live on ESPN)


Saturday, October 14

9:00am Gates and Suites Open
9:00 - 10:30 am Indy Practice
Noon -1:30 pm The Dallas Morning News Pole Day - Indy (all positions/2 laps)
1:00 - 2:15 pm Davey Hamilton Freestyle Jump Team
4:00 - 4:30 pm Indy Final Practice (all starters)
4:45 pm Autograph Session (Indy garage area)

Sunday, October 15

10:00 am Gates and Suites Open
1:00 pm Excite 500 - Indy Racing Northern Light Series
(208 laps/312 miles - tape delay 2:30 p.m. CDT on ABC)

(All times Central Daylight Time)
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TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY DIRT TRACK
TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY DIRT TRACK
O'Reilly Texas Showdown
Pennzoil World of Outlaws
October 12 & 14, 2000

PUBLIC SCHEDULE


Thursday, October 12
3:00 pm Pit Gate Opens
6:00 pm Gates Open
6:00 pm Suites Open
6:30 pm Practice
7:00 pm Qualifying
8:00 - 8:45 pm Heat Races (8 laps)
9:00 pm C Feature
9:15 pm Channel Lock Dash
9:35 pm B Feature
10:00 pm A Feature

Saturday, October 14
3:00 pm Pit Gate Opens
6:00 pm Gates Open
6:00 pm Suites Open
6:30 pm Practice
7:00 pm Qualifying
8:00 - 8:45pm Heat Races (8 laps)
9:00 pm C Feature
9:15 pm Channel Lock Dash
9:35 pm B Feature
10:00 pm A Feature


(All times Central Daylight Time)
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SPEEDWAY PUTS ON SPECIAL EVENT FOR PSL AND SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Sept. 13, 2000) - Texas Motor Speedway continues its efforts to be the most fan friendly speedway by hosting a special party Friday, Oct. 27 exclusively for PSL and season ticket holders.

The evening will include a variety of activities including a giant Monster Truck show at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track featuring many of the household names in Monster Truck competition. The event will also feature children's games and attractions as well as $1 hot dogs and Coca-Cola products.

The souvenir rigs of more than a dozen of the biggest names in NASCAR Winston Cup racing will also be on hand outside the dirt track for a year-end pre-holiday sale. Rigs scheduled to be at the speedway include Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, Terry Labonte, Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

PSL and season ticket holders will also have the opportunity to drive their own vehicles around the 1.5-mile superspeedway from 4:00-8:00 p.m. that same evening.

"This is really just another way for us to thank our fans," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "I don't believe you'll find another professional sport in the Fort Worth-Dallas area that gives back to their PSL and season ticket holders the way we do.

"We try to come up with something a little bit better each and every year. I think this year, the Monster Truck show and the other events that night will make for a great evening of fun for our PSL and season ticket holders."

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