The following are daily news and noteworthy items from the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.


7:08 p.m. — Poor Jamie Little. The FOX pit reporter is going to have her hands full  as she serves as the guest host for tonight’s Portacool Fandango event on the Texas Motor Speedway start/finish line at 7:30.

PortacoolFandangoNEGAdvertised as an unfiltered and uncensored night with the stars of NASCAR, this year’s Portacool Fandango lineup includes cast of racing legends and stars, including Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Austin Dillon, Michael Waltrip and Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage.

With live entrance music and fire extinguisher powered office furniture drag racing, it’s sure to be a memorable event.



 5:17 p.m. — With horns blaring and fans lined up near the infield tunnel, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend has begun to take shape as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series haulers entered the south tunnel at Texas Motor Speedway.

Some photos from the hauler parade:

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4:02 p.m.  Eric Burgoyne of Champion Tire won Round 2 of the TA Service Challenge Event at Texas Motor speedway.

The TA Truck Service Challenge test transport drivers’ skill behind the wheel as well as their knowledge of Department of Transportation (DOT) rules of the highway. Each team transport driver competes in six competitions, earning points for both their driving skills in a driver course and their knowledge of DOT regulations in a written exam.

Burgoyne picked up a $1,000 check for his victory and will move up from his eighth-place spot in the overall standings. Burgoyne finished eighth at the opening event at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Feb. 22. At the end of the season, a Grand Champion will be crowned on Sept. 30 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, with the first place driver netting $25,000, second place $10,000 and third place $5,000.

The results and schedule for the four remaining TA Truck Service Challenge events:

  • Atlanta Motor Speedway – Brendan Greene, No. 18 Hauler for Joe Gibbs Racing
  • Texas Motor Speedway – Eric Burgoyne, Champion Tire Hauler
  • Sonoma Raceway – Thursday, June 21
  • Kentucky Speedway – Thursday, July 12
  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Thursday, September 13
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway – Thursday, September 27


2:38 p.m. — Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Foods Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing, visited B.B. Owen Elementary and Diamond Hill Elementary School this morning to visit the winners Lionel Racing “Design A Die-Cast” contest.
Earlier this year, 12,061 students at 21 DFW-area schools participating in Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Read program were eligible to take part in the paint scheme contest. The winners received an actual 1:24 scale Lionel Racing die-cast with their paint scheme reproduced on the car. The overall winner’s design also will become part of the Lionel Racing NASCAR die-cast line that is available nationally at major retailers including Wal-mart and Target stores.
Mariyah Wortman was the KG-2nd grade division winner from B.B. Owen Elementary. She went with a red, orange and yellow paint scheme with a flame on the hood. The design is a tribute to firefighters and how brave they are to go into fires to save people.
Alondra Villa, the overall winner from Diamond Hill Elementary, went with a patriotic paint scheme that included the American flag in the car numbers because she loves her country. She added an eagle on the hood to represent her country and her school mascot. She also had a peace sign on the side of the car because she wants peace in the world.

“To leave a lasting impact like this for Alondra and what Texas Motor Speedway does and what Lionel does with the Speeding To Read program, it’s incredible,” Almirola said. “I’m just the lucky guy to be part of it, but it’s such a cool thing to encourage kids to read.”

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