NEWS ITEM: TMS PRESIDENT GOSSAGE STATEMENT REGARDING CHASE FORMAT EXPANSION

FORT WORTH, Texas (January 19, 2016) – The following is a statement from Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage regarding NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France’s announcement Tuesday of the implementation of a playoff system in both the XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series beginning this season.

Texas Motor Speedway now will play host to three Chase events Nov. 4-6 during its AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend.

The Longhorn 350 on Friday, Nov. 4, will serve as the fifth race of the Chase format for the Camping World Truck Series and be part of the three-race Round of 6 that will help determine which four drivers will vie for the championship in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 5, will serve in a similar role for the XFINITY Series. The race also will be the fifth race in the Chase format, but will be part of the Round of 8 that will help determine the four that will vie for the title at Homestead.

The NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Texas Motor Speedway culminates Sunday, Nov. 6, with the AAA Texas 500, the middle event of the three-race Eliminator 8 Round that determines the four drivers competing for the Sprint Cup title at Homestead.

“The Chase adds intense pressure and helps you see who has the heart of the champion. Other times we find out who has a spaghetti backbone. Either way, it is fascinating to witness and now Texas Motor Speedway fans will get to see it happen in NASCAR’s top three series all in one weekend.”