Complete Preview and Prediction for 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas

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Complete Preview and Prediction for 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas
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Speedway President Eddie Gossage

This weekend at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS), NASCAR fans will be be introduced to Big Hoss TV, which bills itself as “the world’s largest high-definition video board.” The Speedway will also receive certification of that fact from Guinness World Records.

Maybe you're impressed by that. Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage (shown above) says we should be, and the folks from Guinness are involved with saying it is, so this must be a big deal.

Also at TMS this weekend, NASCAR fans will get to see, up close and personal, the guys who look like a ZZ Top-tribute band and make millions of dollars from duck calls. Fans may not actually get to meet them in person and shake their hands, but the fans attending the race will get to tell their friends that the Duck Commander guys, who have been stylish enough to sponsor the race, were at the track.

There is some NASCAR racing taking place at TMS, too—really fast racing.

Sunday’s Duck Commander 500 will be the second opportunity for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup teams to determine whether their 1.5-mile track setups are working.

The track’s surface is old and worn out just enough to cause plenty of tire “drop-off,” which is what drivers say when the tires lose traction. TMS is a very fast track with the Cup cars entering Turns 1 and 3 at speeds well over 200 miles per hour. 

TMS also has some serious bumps that will unsettle the car and make for a better show for the fans. It’s tough to pass at TMS, and track position is critical. Expect to see a lot of two-tire pit stops in order to gain track position. The mixing up of some cars, some with two new tires and others with four new tires, will make for some very interesting racing, especially in the closing laps.

Fast, unpredictable and dramatic. This place has all those ingredients, and it makes Sunday’s Duck Commander 500 a must-watch race. 

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