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By Adam Tate, Associate Editor Rainguard Water Sealers will be the official sponsor for the upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series event at Texas Motor Speedway, which will now be known as the Rainguard Water Sealers 600. The water sealant and coating company has signed a three year contract with TMS President Eddie Gossage to sponsor the early June night race that has been a staple of the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule since 1997, which has made it the second longest continued event in modern day IndyCar behind only the Indy 500. “We’reRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup recently endured one of its most trying days last Sunday in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The event, delayed by rain, was also ended prematurely due to the same. However, that isn’t where the problem sits. Not entirely. You see, there is a massive amount of buildup for Chase races and perhaps no place more so than the 1.5-mile oval track – the site where many fans have witnessed raw emotion from drivers and teams asRead More
By Toby Christie, NASCAR Editor Son, I think you’ve hit a homerun. – Bruton Smith It’s one of the most unique trophies in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series — Texas Motor Speedway’s wooden double cowboy boot trophy. What you may not know, is that it was created by renowned Fort Worth, Texas wood carver Robert Cortez. Cortez, 61, was gracious enough to take time out with Tribute Racing to talk about the origins of the trophy, that now sits on the mantle of some of the greatest NASCAR drivers in history. The story,Read More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Four legendary drivers and one titan of a track owner are the latest additions to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. On Saturday afternoon at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., O. Bruton Smith, executive chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., entered the Hall with “Iceman” Terry Labonte, six-time NASCAR Modified champion Jerry Cook, 1970 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bobby Isaac and flamboyant Curtis Turner, who was instrumental in raising the profile of stock car racing during NASCAR’s early days. Introduced by currentRead More
By Owen A. Kearns, NASCAR Wire Service There’s a possibility, albeit remote, that O. Bruton Smith could be entering the NASCAR Hall of Fame as a race car driver instead of a race promoter extraordinaire. Smith, at age 17, bought a race car and decided to be a professional driver. “One time, I actually beat (NASCAR Hall of Famers) Buck Baker and Joe Weatherly,” Smith said in a May 7, 2005 interview with “So I knew when I beat them I could be a contender, right?” Smith’s mother, however,Read More
Terry Labonte
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The architect of some of NASCAR’s most impressive facilities joined four of the sport’s most tenacious racers in comprising the 2016 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class, selected Wednesday by the Hall of Fame Voting Panel. Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Terry Labonte headlines a quartet of drivers that includes six-time NASCAR modified champion Jerry Cook, 1970 Cup titleholder Bobby Isaac and 17-time premier series race winner Curtis Turner, one of the most flamboyant figures who ever sat behind the wheel of a stock car. Joining the four menRead More
Rick Hendrick
FORT WORTH, Texas – Esteemed NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick was inducted into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame on Thursday evening at Texas Motor Speedway and made his Hall pitch for Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Executive Chairman Bruton Smith. Smith, lauded for his innovativeness and fans-first approach as a track promoter that has been instrumental in NASCAR’s growth over the year, has been inducted into various hall of fames over the years, but there is one in particular that he has been a nominee but has yet to get theRead More