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TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY CONSTRUCTION BEGINS; WHEN WILL IT END?
Published April 23, 1998
Construction on the Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) began Tuesday, but TMS officials said they "still haven't finalized a plan" for the track's "major overhaul," reports Holly Cain in the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. TMS GM Eddie Gossage: "We haven't decided what we're going to do yet, but the things being done now with the bulldozers and milling machines would have to be done anyway." The next scheduled event at TMS is a June 5-6 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and IRL "doubleheader." Gossage said that TMS engineers are "still consulting" with NASCAR, NASCAR drivers, as well as the IRL in "finding a solution that pleases as many interests as possible" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/23). PREMATURE MOVE? NASCAR officials "were taken aback" by a Tuesday report that South Boston Speedway (SBS) "planned to move its NASCAR Busch Series race in the year 2000 to a proposed track in the Washington DC/Baltimore area," according to Bob Zeller of the Greensboro NEWS & RECORD. SBS Owner Mason Day: "In order to see my event grow and stay competitive in the industry, relocating this event is inevitable." NASCAR President Bill France: "NASCAR has no precedent of track owners arbitrarily relocating races. Nor have we agreed to any changes two years in advance." Zeller notes that track owners "don't own" NASCAR race dates, and adds that with the exception of the CA Speedway, NASCAR "does not commit to events at speedways that have not been built yet." NASCAR spokesperson Tim Sullivan, on Day's comments: "In our eyes, it's a little premature to make those comments when we don't know what the 1999 schedule looks like yet" (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 4/22).