From the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ slowest track, teams head south and west this weekend to race at one of its fastest—Texas Motor Speedway.
They say everything is bigger in Texas. And while that may not always be true, if Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) president Eddie Gossage is involved in any way shape or form, he’ll have you believing that whatever it is, it is the biggest and baddest of all, because it is in Texas.
Gossage’s latest boast is truly a sight to behold. Big Hoss TV, billed as the world’s largest high-definition LED video board, has been built on the back straightaway of TMS to provide fans in the grandstands with a unique viewpoint of the action.
“This is a big place, and you could be watching somebody race down into Turn 1 and 2 and something occurs up in Turn 3 and you completely missed it,” Gossage told the crowd gathered for the official unveiling earlier this month. “Or you could miss something on pit road. Now, with the big screen, you’re not going to miss a thing.”
TMS offers teams the next opportunity to try out car setups for 1.5-mile tracks, which is critical to success not only during the regular season, but, more importantly, during the Chase, which has five 1.5-mile races. TMS is also a Chase track.
And will fans see a seventh new winner in seven races? It is possible. One theory floating around the NASCAR chat rooms is that the teams that already have a win are playing it safe, thus letting someone else get a shot at winning—especially if he's a teammate.
Kurt Busch's win at Martinsville did raise a curious thought: There might be so many winners this season that it could take two wins to be securely in the Chase. That scenario seems very likely at the rate this season is producing new winners. Maybe everyone currently in the top 20 in points will get a win. Now that's a thought!
Odds are we’ll see another new face in Victory Lane this Sunday.
*All quotes in this slideshow are taken from official team and manufacturer media releases, unless otherwise stated.