Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Why race under the lights? Fireworks
By Terry Blount / ESPN.com
For the first time since the place opened in 1997, Texas Motor Speedway is going Sprint Cup racing under the lights on Saturday. The Samsung Mobile 500 probably will draw the biggest crowd ever to see a sports event in Texas on a Saturday night.
Denny Hamlin had a bang-up time in the November 2010 Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.
TMS has enjoyed huge crowds and a lot of success with its Sunday Cup races, so why did track president Eddie Gossage decide to move the April event to Saturday night?
"I'm the original night-race guy," Gossage said Monday. "When I started working at Nashville in 1980, we were the only track with two nighttime Cup races.
"I worked at Bristol and we always had the one night race, and I was at Charlotte when the All-Star Race became a night event in 1992. Night racing is my thing. To me, it was the best thing we could do to keep the event fresh."
For more of this story by Texas Motorsports Hall of Famer Terry Blount, click here.