It starts as a low, faint buzz in the distance, and as this mysterious noise draws closer, it evolves into more of a low, sustained rumble. And in a flash, line after line of finely-tuned, high-performance colorful stock cars zoom past at over 125 miles per hour—bringing that rumble to a crescendo before your eyes with a hearty gust of wind.
On Friday, March 29, NASCAR fans gather from all over the region — many of whom set up shop on the TMS campgrounds for the weekend. Gear heads and casual fans alike can see cars from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drop the hammer and attempt to break the TMS qualifying record of 200.111 MPH, (set in 2014 by the now-retired Tony Stewart) and earn a spot in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.
ON THE TRACK
Saturday morning features practice for the Cup Series drivers followed by qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and a race, the Bariatric Solutions 300.
Sunday belongs to the big boys with multi-platinum star Bret Michaels of Poison headlining the Loud & Proud Pre-Race Show to kick off the Cup Series race. The first 30,000 fans through the turnstiles also get receive a Jimmie Johnson Bobblehead.
As the cars speed around the track, it’s impossible for eyes to gravitate toward Big Hoss, the giant HD video screen on the backstretch, the biggest HD screen in the world. Even bigger than the one at AT&T Stadium, Big Hoss now spans half an acre.
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OFF THE TRACK
Of course, this only covers the on-track happenings at TMS. As usual, there are plenty of activities off the track. One great thing about racing is the high level of interaction between fans and drivers. This week and weekend, fans will have ample opportunities to do so at driver appearances across the DFW Metroplex.
For those looking to escape the track for a bit, several great golf courses are near TMS like Golf Club at Championship Circle and The Creeks at Beechwood. Adrenaline junkies will want to try the zip lines at the DFW Adventure Park.
As for dining options, TMS has its own Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in the infield, but nearby Roanoke has the original location of Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, a DFW institution. Other popular spots in Roanoke are Hard 8 BBQ and Twisted Root Burger Company.
Babe’s home cooking hits its marks, but for those looking to venture off the beaten path, try Mom’s Café in neighboring Justin, a popular spot with locals. And what better way to wash down a tasty meal than with a visit to Rabbit Hole Brewing in Justin or Shannon Brewing Company in Keller to sample locally-produced beer? A perfect way to round out your first NASCAR weekend of 2019.
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Originally published on April 4, 2017
Updated on March 14, 2019