Track #413 TMS.....It wasn't easy
- Track #413 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas
Most of today was spent as Texas Motor Speedway for
the NASCAR Busch stock car race. The all day forecast
was for rain and it didn't disappoint. I got to the
track at 10 a.m. for the noon start. TMS has had a
reputation for very bad traffic although it wasn't bad
today with a crowd of about 125,000. I committed to
not entering the track until just before the race
started because I was going to get a ticket from a
scalper and didn't want to buy one too early and then
have the show rained out. I stuck to my plan and
bought a $45 face value ticket for $35 at 11:55 a.m.
The seat was at the end of pit road in the 28th row.
This is about half way up but is excellent because as
you enter the track through a tunnel row 28 is just
below the tunnel so all of the people traffic is
behind you not in front. The race started at noon but
on lap 19 at 12:25 p.m. the rains came and a rain
delay of 4 1/2 hour ensued. At about 5 p.m. the race
began again and ended at about 7:30 p.m., under the
lights, with Mark Martin winning.
There were a ton of souvenir trailers if that is your
bag. There were more than I can ever remember. I
would estimate 75-100. The track is first class. The
seating on the front stretch runs from the middle of
turn 3 and 4 to the middle of turns 1 and 2. They
have a big screen jumbotron at the start finish line
which shows the TV feed. Radio transmission of the
event is good in the stands. It's not at lots of
NASCAR events. My ticket price, even at the face
value, was reasonable for this type of event. I was
wearing my Eldora Speedway jacket and because of that
ran into a couple of guys from Pittsburgh. Spent a
long time during the rain delay talking with them
about Eldora, etc.
The race program for both Saturday and Sunday combined
cost $10. To add insult to injury they were selling a
plastic zip lock bag to keep the program dry for $3!!
As in tradition the entire crowd stood up for the
start and all restarts for at least 10 laps. Unless
you are following a car by color you can only identify
a car for about half way around the track. When they
are on the back stretch or in the opposite turn you
can't tell who is who. Sort of like road racing in
not be able to see the entire circuit. I had to park
about a 10-15 minute walk from the track entrance.
Tomorrow's Winston Cup event is supposed to have
200,000 folks compared to today's paltry turnout of
125,000. Again a 20 Diet Coke cost $3.00 and a Dove
bar $3.50. The cheesburger although $5.00 was large.
As you can see I'm on a health kick!
# 1 trackchaser West of the Mississippi, from San Clemente where the wind chill hovers around 72, all the women are good looking and the children are above average.
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