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The yuletide season tradition that is Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway celebrates its 10th year with the annual Thanksgiving opening night kicking off 39 days of one of the Lone Star State’s largest holiday light shows.

Beginning Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, January 3, families will enjoy two miles of light displays throughout the speedway. The display is open every day during that time period, including Christmas Eve and Christmas day, from p.m. until p.m.

Drive-through guests will be captivated by the more than two million lights spread across the circuit, the result of more than 1, man-hours of setup by holiday display giant Winterland, Inc., the company responsible for similar light shows at the speedways in Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Charlotte, New Hampshire, and Phoenix. The in-vehicle event has always been socially distanced so guests’ safety will be seamless.

“This has definitely been a year where our spirits have needed lifting so there’s no better way to close out than celebrating all we have to be thankful for and creating wonderful memories through the Gift of Lights,” said Texas Motor Speedway President and General Manager Eddie Gossage. “We’re proud to host Gift of Lights for a 10th year and to have created a holiday season tradition for the entire region.”

A number of special discount days are scheduled including:

  • November Crazy Car Day – Decorate your vehicle to receive $10 off at the gate.
  • December 1: Crazy PJs Day – Wear your pajamas to receive a $10 discount at the gate.
  • December 2: Military, First Responder and Health Care Worker Night – Free admission for anyone with a valid ID
  • December 7: Bring Your Pet Day &#; $10 discount at the gate to those who bring their pet
  • December 8: Crazy Christmas Sweater Day &#; $10 discount at the gate for those who wear a crazy Christmas sweater

Tickets to &#;Gift of Lights&#; are available online ( for $30 (cars/trucks), $50 (RVs/truck trailers), and $60 (bus of 20 people). Passengers must remain in their vehicles due to COVID Motorcycles and passengers in truck beds and trailers are prohibited.

A $1 donation from each ticket sold will benefit Speedway Children’s Charities – Texas Chapter.

Texas Motor Speedway expects to see record numbers of vehicles at this year&#;s show so the best routes to enter the &#;Gift of Lights&#; without traffic issues are detailed on the map below.

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Night racing means fast racing at Texas Motor Speedway

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BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, [email protected]

Published: Fri, April 8, AMUpdated: Fri, April 8, PM

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., makes his way through the garage area during a practice session for the Samsung Mobile auto race, Friday, April 8, , in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Motor Speedway is already one of the fastest tracks on the Sprint Cup circuit, and Saturday night, it's going to be faster.

The Samsung Mobile is set to begin at p.m., which means the majority of the race will take place after the sun goes down.

And no sun means less heat, which means more grip for the NASCAR tires zipping around the mile track.

“The track will certainly be faster and have more grip at night than what it has during the day, for sure,” Matt Kenseth said. “You always count on the track being a little bit faster at night, at least faster than it is in Friday afternoon's practice when it should be hot and slick.”

But how much faster will it be? The Sprint Cup cars already run average lap speeds higher than mph, and get up near mph in the straightaways.

“It's warm out, so it won't be stupid fast,” Joey Logano said. “But you'll have a lot more grip after the sun goes down, so you'll pick up some speed.”

The tricky part is that neither of the practice sessions ran later than 6 p.m., and Friday's qualifying was set to begin at p.m. Friday's practice session ended in the heat of the day at p.m.

“The biggest challenge is practicing mostly all during the day, and then racing at night, one night after another race is run on the track,” Kenseth said. “I think the race conditions will be a lot different. It'll be important to take a good, educated guess on what you'll need in the car to race there at night.”

Added Logano: “You have to build a lot of adjustability into the car, because you can't really be certain what's going to happen out there.”

That's where past experience becomes valuable. A couple of the previous Cup races have finished under the lights, and some Camping World Truck Series races have been held at night.

“We'll use what we know from the Cup races that ended at night,” Kenseth said. “We'll watch the Nationwide race on Friday night to see what it's like, and take some educated guesses from there.”

It seems the obvious problem with night racing would be vision. The track is well-lit, but the artificial lighting still isn't as bright as the sun. Yet that issue actually works in reverse, Logano says.

“It's actually easier to see at night,” he said. “There's always enough lighting and you don't have the glare from the sun shining off the other cars.

“It's amazing how different the track looks when the sun goes down. Racing just has a different feel under the lights.”

TMS president Eddie Gossage has been working for years to get the spring race moved to Saturday night, because he, like most race fans and drivers, grew up going to night races at the local track.

“You see sparks fly from the cars,” he said. “Everything feels different at night. It just completely changes the tone and tenor of the race. More than any other time, they just get after it.

“There's nothing like a night race, period.”

Texas Motor Speedway schedule


10 a.m p.m.: Legends races at Lil' Texas

1 p.m.: Season ticket holders' No Limits Garage Party (enter Gate 6)

2 p.m.: All gates open

4 p.m.: Pre-race show begins

5 p.m.: 3 Doors Down concert

p.m.: Sprint Cup Samsung Mobile (TV: KOKH, Cox 12)

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Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway is a drive-through attraction, which stretches 2 miles and features nearly 3 million LED lights.

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Texas Motor Speedway turns into a winter wonderland for this annual drive-through attraction, which stretches two miles and features nearly 3 million LED lights. Head to Santa's Village to get your photo with old St. Nick. The annual Gift of Lights event benefits several local charities, including the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth and Speedway Children's Charities.

Nov. Jan. 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. $30 per car or truck, $$60 for larger vehicles.

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Texas Motor Speedway

Motorsport track in the United States

Not to be confused with Texas World Speedway.

The Great American Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway logo.svg
Location Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth, TX
Time zoneUTC−6 / −5 (DST)
OwnerFort Worth Sports Authority
OperatorSpeedway Motorsports, Inc.
Broke groundApril 11,
OpenedFebruary 29,
Construction cost$ million USD
Former namesTexas International Raceway ()
Major eventsNASCAR Cup Series
Autotrader EchoPark Automotive
NASCAR All-Star Race
NASCAR Xfinity Series
Alsco Uniforms
Andy's Frozen Custard
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
IndyCar Series
Length mi ( km)
BankingTurns: 20° & 24°
Race lap record (Paul Tracy, Team Green, , CART FedEx Championship Series)

Texas Motor Speedway is a speedway located in the northernmost portion of the U.S. city of Fort Worth, Texas&#;– the portion located in Denton County, Texas. The reconfigured track measures miles (&#;km) with banked 20° in turns 1 and 2 and banked 24° in turns 3 and 4. Texas Motor Speedway is a quad-oval design, where the front straightaway juts outward slightly. The track layout is similar to Atlanta Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. The track is owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc.


Aerial view of Texas Motor Speedway
Interior view of Texas Motor Speedway

The speedway has been managed since its inception by racing promoter Eddie Gossage.

Based on qualifying speeds in , , and (with Brian Vickers shattering the qualifying record at Texas with a speed of &#;mph (&#;km/h) in the Dickies qualifying), the Texas Motor Speedway was once considered the fastest non-restrictor plate track on the NASCAR circuit, with qualifying speeds in excess of &#;mph (&#;km/h) and corner entry speeds over &#;mph (&#;km/h). However, as the tracks' respective racing surfaces continue to wear, qualifying speeds at Atlanta have become consistently faster than at Texas ( and ). Brian Vickers holds the NASCAR qualifying record at TMS. In , he posted a &#;mph (&#;km/h) speed. Elliott Sadler beat the record before Brian, qualifying in the 49/50th spot. Being the last person out on the track, Brian nipped Elliott Sadler's qualifying time.[2] The NASCAR records still fall short of the all-time TMS qualifying record though. Driving a Lola Ford Champ Car, Kenny Brack took pole for the aborted Firestone Firehawk , with an average speed of &#;mph in

Two racetracks formerly on the Winston Cup schedule were closed to make room for Texas Motor Speedway's two race dates, with the North Wilkesboro Speedway being bought by TMS owner Bruton Smith and New Hampshire International Speedway owner Bob Bahre. The track was closed with one of the track's two dates going to both new owners. The North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina was also sold to Smith as a result of the Ferko lawsuit with the track's one remaining date also being handed over to Texas.

Texas Motor Speedway is home to the Cup Series' Autotrader EchoPark Automotive , as well as the exhibition NASCAR All-Star Race. The track also hosts two NASCAR Xfinity Series races, the Alsco Uniforms and the Andy's Frozen Custard , the IndyCar Series' Genesys , and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series'

For a short time during construction in September , the track's name was changed to Texas International Raceway. SMI's customary track naming convention had planned to have the "Motor Speedway" as part of the name. However, in August , a small quarter-mile dirt raceway in Alvin, Texas (now known as Texas Thunder Speedway) had filed suit to use the name. On December 2, , a settlement between the two tracks saw the "Texas Motor Speedway" name reinstated to the mile (&#;km) oval, and the small number of Texas International Raceway merchandise instantly became collectible.

Between and , the track, after the reconfiguration in , was repaved because of a hole in turn three. On August 17, , a press conference was held and it was announced that TMS's spring race will become a Saturday night event in The Samsung Mobile was held on Saturday April 9, The same year, the apron of the speedway was repaved.

Jeff Burton () and Dale Earnhardt, Jr () both earned their first Cup win at Texas Motor Speedway. Earnhardt's victory was a then-record for fewest races to notch a victory in the "modern era" on the Cup circuit, winning in just his 12th start, breaking the record held by his father, Dale Earnhardt (16 starts). (The record has since been broken three times, by Kevin Harvick (3 starts), Jamie McMurray (2 starts) and Trevor Bayne (2 starts).

On October 13, , Tony Roper was racing in the Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly at Texas Motor Speedway when he attempted to pass Steve Grissom. However, another truck veered up the racetrack in the tri-oval, forcing Roper to evade, turning him into Grissom's front bumper. The contact caused Roper's #26 Ford to take a sudden hard-right turn, which then caused the truck to slam head-on into the concrete wall of the tri-oval. Roper died the next day as the result of the injuries he sustained from the crash.

In fall of , Gossage added a carnival outside turn two to promote the track's "Wild Asphalt Circus" theme.[3] On September 23, , the track announced that by the spring Cup race, the world's largest video screen would be added. The Panasonic screen, nicknamed "Big Hoss", is feet (66&#;m) wide and feet (&#;m) tall.[4]

In , Texas Motor Speedway did not sell tickets on the backstretch for either of its NASCAR Cup Series races, reducing the seating capacity of the track to ,[5] The world's largesthigh-definition video screen at a motor speedway, Big Hoss, was introduced in the Duck Commander

As a consequence of the COVID pandemic in Texas, TMS held graduations for 23 area high schools in late spring [6]

With the reveal of the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, Texas Motor Speedway began hosting the NASCAR All-Star Race while losing the spring Cup date with the addition of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.[7]

Firestone Firehawk [edit]

Main article: Firestone Firehawk

The Firestone Firehawk , a CART race, was to be held on April 29, During practice and qualifying, however, 21 of 25 drivers[8] complained of dizziness and disorientation during two days of practice. Drivers experienced sustained G forces over 5 Gs, more than the typical human tolerance. With their powerful + hp turbocharged engines and superspeedway downforce packages, the Champ Cars were averaging speeds well in excess of &#;mph. This was much faster than IRL machinery of the time, and faster still than the speeds seen regularly by NASCAR Cup Series cars.

With the possibility of drivers blacking out on the track, CART cancelled the race two hours before the scheduled start.


Track records[edit]

Note: The NASCAR timing and scoring use a length of miles (&#;km).[9] This length was used by IRL in their races in and , too.[10] Since the IRL timing and scoring use a remeasured track length of miles (&#;km).[11] The CART measured for the inaugural and later cancelled race a length of miles (&#;km).[12] In , IndyCar use a track length of miles for timing and scoring.[13]

RecordYearDateDriverCar makeTimeSpeed/Average speed
NASCAR Cup Series
QualifyingNovember 3Kurt BuschFord&#;mph (&#;km/h)
Race ( miles)April 14Greg BiffleFord&#;mph (&#;km/h)
NASCAR Xfinity Series
QualifyingApril 5Jeff GreenChevrolet&#;mph (&#;km/h)
Race ( miles)April 5Kyle BuschToyota&#;mph (&#;km/h)
NASCAR Truck Series
QualifyingNovember 2Johnny SauterChevrolet&#;mph (&#;km/h)
Race ( miles)November 6Erik JonesToyota&#;mph (&#;km/h)
QualifyingApril 28Kenny BräckLolaCosworth&#;mph (&#;km/h)
PracticeApril 28Paul TracyReynardHonda&#;mph (&#;km/h)
Race (&#;mi (&#;km))June 11Will PowerDallaraHonda&#;mph (&#;km/h)

NASCAR Cup Series[edit]


(As of 6/9/)

* from minimum 3 starts.

NASCAR Cup Series winners[edit]


  • , (spring), & (spring): Race moved from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon due to rain.
  • (fall), (spring), (spring), (both) & (fall): Race extended due to a NASCAR Overtime finish. (fall) took two attempts.
  • (spring): First scheduled night event in Cup Series history at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • (spring): Race was delayed by rain for 2 hours. Race was completed early Sunday morning at &#;am CT.
  • (fall): Race shortened due to rain.
  • (spring): Race was moved back by several months as a result of the COVID pandemic

IndyCar Series winners[edit]

  • Billy Boat took checkered flag as the winner due to scoring error; Luyendyk declared official winner the following day.
  • and Postponed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon due to rain. race further postponed due to more rain/logistical issues.
  • Postponed from September 16 due to 9/
  • Race shortened due to crash involving Kenny Bräck.
  • Race was shortened due to the COVID pandemic.

Current races hosted[edit]

A glimpse of the Texas Motor Speedway stadium before the crowds arrive.

Other races such as the Lone Star Legends[16] series take place during the summer. The dirt track facility hosts the occasional Monster Truck show as well as motocross and short course racing.[17]

Other events[edit]

On June 14, Texas Motor Speedway hosted the Fruit of the Loom CountryFest for an estimated , spectators. Featured performers were Jo Dee Messina, Bryan White, Wynonna Judd, Vince Gill, The Charlie Daniels Band, Hank Williams Jr., LeAnn Rimes, Travis Tritt, and Randy Travis.

On June 21, Texas Motor Speedway hosted the Blockbuster Rock Fest where an estimated , fans bought tickets and attended. The 15 hour plus and 16 band concert featured the likes of Bush, No Doubt, Collective Soul, Matchbox Twenty, Jewel, the Wallflowers, the Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind, Sugar Ray, Paula Cole as well as many others. Because fans started arriving the night before, VH1 organized a kickoff concert on that Friday night. The concert remains one of the top attended concerts ever.

Ongoing classes and events are held regularly at the facility, such as the Texas Driving Experience[18] and Team Texas.[19]

The Traxxas TORC Series held the series' first off-road racing event in at Texas Motor Speedway.[20] The mile clay oval at the facility was transformed by adding jumps and whoops.[20] Winners in the two-race weekend were: Pro-4 winner Rick Huseman won twice; Pro-2 events were claimed by Ricky Johnson and Scott Taylor; and for Pro Lite class winners were Marty Hart and Casey Currie.[21] It was the only TORC event held at the track as of

In June , the track hosted the Stadium Super Trucks as a support event for IndyCar.[22] The series raced on a dirt track consisting of the infield, pit road, and the frontstretch. To promote the event, the speedway's turn two featured an off-road expo nicknamed the "Off-Road Ruckus", allowing visitors to drive their off-road vehicles along an obstacle course and observe exhibits.[23]

The first annual Christian alt-rock festival FortyFest was held at the Texas Motor Speedway "Little Texas" facility in August

Texas Motor Speedway made an unsuccessful overture to move the annual Texas-Oklahomarivalry football game from the Cotton Bowl to the infield of the modern racing facility in [24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^"Track Facts". Texas Motor Speedway. Retrieved 13 January
  2. ^"NASCAR Cup Series Schedule, Results & Tickets on". Retrieved
  3. ^Mark Aumann, NASCAR.COM. "The evolution of race promotion - Nov 06, ". Nascar.Com. Retrieved
  4. ^Cain, Holly (). "Texas Motor Speedway to add largest HD video board". NASCAR. Retrieved
  5. ^"TMS not selling backstretch tickets". ESPN. Associated Press. November 25, Retrieved November 25,
  6. ^Elassar, Alaa (May 3, ). "Texas Motor Speedway is hosting high school graduations for the class of ". CNN. Retrieved May 7,
  7. ^Davison, Drew (September 30, ). "Texas Motor Speedway lands NASCAR All-Star Race. Will it become the permanent home?". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved February 2,
  8. ^Firestone Firehawk lineup. Usatoday.Com (). Retrieved on
  9. ^"Texas Motor Speedway at". Retrieved 15 July
  10. ^" True Value ". Retrieved 15 July
  11. ^" IndyCar race result at Indycar homepage"(PDF). Retrieved 15 July
  12. ^" Firestone Firehawk Presented by Pioneer". Retrieved 15 July
  13. ^" IndyCar practice results at IndyCar homepage"(PDF). Retrieved 15 July
  14. ^"Race Results at Texas Motor Speedway". Retrieved 25 November
  15. ^Hawkins, Stephen (April 6, ). "Rain postpones NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved April 6,
  16. ^Lone Star Legends Website is undArchived at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on
  17. ^[1]Archived May 28, , at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^"Total Driving Experience". Retrieved
  19. ^"Team Texas High Performance Driving School". Retrieved
  20. ^ ab"TRAXXAS TORC Series Hosts Season Opener at Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track". Who Archived from the original on September 28, Retrieved January 14,
  21. ^"A Behind the Scenes Perspective of the TORC Series Debut in Texas". Race Retrieved January 14,
  22. ^Davison, Drew (August 27, ). "Texas Motor Speedway adds 'extreme motorsports' truck race in ". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved September 1,
  23. ^Davison, Drew (June 7, ). "Stadium Super Trucks to create mega buzz at TMS". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved June 9,
  24. ^B. Duane Cross, NASCAR.COM. "Smith hoping to lure college football to Bristol - Aug 26, ". Nascar.Com. Archived from the original on Retrieved

External links[edit]

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Texas Motor Speedway presents Gift of Lights

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Texas Motor Speedway will open its gates to the public for the annual Gift of Lights drive-through holiday lighting spectacular. The drive-through lights will include over two miles of light displays, with almost 3 million lights, while visitors get to stay in their warm cars, listening to Christmas music on KLTY.

After they finish with the drive-through, visitors can come to Santa’s Village on the inside track. There, they can get a picture with Santa, dance around with Olaf, take a ride on the Reindeer Express miniature train, make their own ornaments, eat some great food, visit the photo booth, see a few retired race cars, and more.

All military and first responders will receive a free Santa Photo with proper ID.

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