- Texas World Speedway
Texas World Speedway was built in 1969 and is one of only seven superspeedways of two miles (3 km) or greater in the United States, the others being Indianapolis, Daytona, Pocono, Talladega, Auto Club, and Michigan. TWS is located on approximately 600 acres (2.4 km²) on State Highway 6 in College Station, Texas. There is a 2-mile (3 km) oval, and several road course configurations. The last major race occurred at the track in 1981. The track is still used by amateur racing clubs such as the SCCA, NASA, driving schools and car clubs, as well as hosting music concerts and the like.
During the 1980s the track fell into a state of disrepair, and both NASCAR and the IndyCar Series chose to drop it from the schedule. It continued to operate in a limited role for amateur racing. In 1993, the track reopened after a repaving and moderate refurbishment. It hosted a race for the ARCA series but due to the lack of modern facilities and amenities, it has since served as a circuit for amateur and club racing, along with private testing, and also hosts NASCAR teams' testing for Michigan International Speedway and California Speedway because of NASCAR conducting new 2006 restrictions prohibiting both tracks from being used for tests. With the 2009 NASCAR testing ban, the track expects more testing in the three national series because the track is not on any of the three circuits, and therefore is legal.
During a January 2009 test, Greg Biffle managed to reach 218 miles per hour (351 km/h) in a test for Roush Fenway Racing as part of evading NASCAR's testing ban. This became the fastest time ever achieved on this track by any competitor (amateur or professional).
Season Winning Driver Chassis Engine Team 1973 Al Unser Parnelli Offy Vels Parnelli Jones 1974 Gary Bettenhausen McLaren Offy Penske Racing 1976 A.J. Foyt Coyote Foyt A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1976 Johnny Rutherford McLaren Offy Bruce McLaren Motor Racing 1977 Tom Sneva McLaren Cosworth Penske Racing 1977 Johnny Rutherford McLaren Cosworth Bruce McLaren Motor Racing 1978 Danny Ongais Parnelli Cosworth Interscope Racing 1978 A.J. Foyt Coyote Foyt A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1979 A.J. Foyt Coyote Foyt A.J. Foyt Enterprises 1979 A.J. Foyt Parnelli Cosworth A.J. Foyt Enterprises
NASCAR race winners
Season Winning Driver Manufacturer 1969 Bobby Isaac Dodge 1971 Texas 500 Richard Petty Plymouth 1972 Texas 500 Richard Petty Dodge 1972 Lone Star 500 Buddy Baker Dodge 1973 Alamo 500 Richard Petty Dodge 1979 Darrell Waltrip Chevrolet 1980 Budweiser 400 Cale Yarborough Chevrolet 1981 Budweiser 400 Benny Parsons Ford
- Bobby Isaac's 1969 win was his first in a long-distance superspeedway race.
- Richard Petty's 1972 win was his first in a Dodge.
- The 1979 400 was NASCAR's first race at Texas after it shut down for the 1974-5 seasons; USAC stock cars and Indycars returned to Texas in 1976.
USAC Stock Cars
- 1973 (April 7) Gordon Johncock
- 1973 (October 6) Roger McCluskey
- 1976 (June 6) A.J. Foyt
- 1976 (August 1) A.J. Foyt
- 1976 (October 31) Bobby Allison
- 1977 (June 5) TX Bay Darnell
- 1978 (March 12) A.J. Foyt
- 1978 (June 4) Gary Bowsher
- 1978 (November 12) A.J. Foyt
- 1979 (March 11) A.J. Foyt
- 1979 (November 11) Bobby Allison
- 1980 (March 9) Terry Ryan
SCCA CanAm winners
Season Winning Driver Chassis Engine 1969 Bruce McLaren McLaren M8B Chevrolet
IMSA World SportsCar Championship winners
Season Winning Driver Chassis Engine 1995 Wayne Taylor Ferrari 333SP Ferrari 1996 Wayne Taylor , Jim Pace Riley & Scott Mk III Oldsmobile Aurora V8
- ^ "Notebook: Biffle hits 218 mph in test at Texas World". Nascar.com. January 22, 2009. http://www.nascar.com/2009/news/headlines/cup/01/22/notebook.gbiffle.dearnhardtjr.tstewart.mkenseth/index.html. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
- Trackpedia guide to driving the Texas World Speedway
- Texas World Speedway – Homepage
- City of College Station – Homepage
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