The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series travels to the Lone Star State this weekend. Can this year’s race match the excitement of past races?
NASCAR’s lone presence in Texas resides in Fort Worth’s Texas Motor Speedway. The 1.5-mile behemoth opened in 1996 and hosted NASCAR sanctioned events by 1997.
Since its inception, the track has been known for high speeds, numerous wrecks, and flared tempers. Many drivers found the racetrack a hassle in its first years, but it has since become a favorite on the NASCAR circuit.
Texas Motor Speedway hosts more fans in attendance than any other sports venue in Texas. It currently can hold 138,000 people and has eclipsed 200,000 on several occasions.
Physically, TMS is comparable to Atlanta Motor Speedway or Charlotte Motor Speedway. Both of those tracks have the same dimensions and banking as TMS, but the speeds are slightly higher in Texas. The qualifying record, set by Kurt Busch in 2017, eclipsed 200 MPH! Atlanta and Charlotte’s qualifying records both fall short of 200 MPH.
Texas is also home to “Big Hoss,” the world’s largest video screen; proving that everything is bigger in Texas.
TMS hosts some of NASCAR’s best races every year. Since 2005, the track has held two races a year in NASCAR’s top series. Both the April and November event are some of the most anticipated on the schedule for NASCAR fans and residents of Texas.
Today, we review the best races to have taken place at Texas Motor Speedway in NASCAR’s top series.