NASCAR DIRECT TV 500 RACE
Texas Motor Speedway 2 April
Direct TV NASCAR 500 Auto Race was held at the Texas Motor Speedway on 2 April
2000 at 1 PM. Tom and Gretchen Webb of Red River, New Mexico drove to Lake Bridgeport
and attended the race with me. They arrived on Saturday in time for a good
margarita and visitation prior to dinner.
We had a delightful buffet dinner in The Club at the Runaway Bay Country
got up early Sunday morning, had breakfast and headed for the speedway at 9 AM.
We drove from Lake Bridgeport to Decatur and turned south on Hwy 287 proceeding
to Hwy 407 which heads to Justin. We did not go through Justin but took country
roads that brought us out on Hwy 156 about a mile from the entrance to the
speedway. We entered the speedway
parking lot and parked on Row 11 right in front of the main entrance. We
arrived at the parking space on Row 11 at 9:40 AM. From the car we walked up
the driveway to the main entrance to the grandstands.
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we entered the main gate we walked through a long corridor of 18-wheelers type
trailers that were selling racing souvenirs. The racing fans were elbow to
elbow. People were lined up 10 deep to buy the junk. I mean souvenirs. Several
tents were in place to demonstrate racing stuff including full size racing
cars. Believe it or not we did not buy a thing. We now entered the main gate
and started the search for our seats. We had great seats in Section 425, Row
20, seats 15,16, and 17. From our seats we could see the entire track. The
backstretch was visible but to far away for a real good view. However, there
was a huge TV screen almost in front of us so we could see the events on the
backstretch. The speedway added several temporary seating areas due to the
large ticket demand. As it turned out there was 223,000 thousand people at the
race in spite of the weather. The weather was not the most desirable for a
racing weekend. It rained most of the day on Saturday delaying the Saturday
Grand National 300 Race about 4 hours. It continued raining during the night.
The rain stopped early Sunday morning and did not rain during the race, however
it was cloudy and cool all day. We arrived at our seats at 10:45 AM. There were
lots of activities during the two and a half hours before the 1 PM start of the
view of the track from our seats was very good. We could see the infield,
backstretch, grandstands, and all of the suites. A Care Flight helicopter
landed right in front of us. A helicopter carrying a new Monte Carlo automobile
flew over and deposited the car on the grass next to pit row. Five people had
been selected to draw keys to the car.
The person that had the keys to start the car won the car. The second
person to draw the keys won the car. There was a huge fireworks display for the
winner. The huge TV screen in
front of us allowed us to view the presentation ceremony prior to the race.
Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte were presented with awards along with many other
folks. It is getting close to time to start the race.
well and we arrived back in Lake Bridgeport 8:30 PM.
had a very exciting day. We hope you enjoy our dialog and photos of the Direct TV
500 NASCAR race.