Friday, April 6, 2018

Six-Shooters to Return to Texas Motor Speedway Victory Lane celebration

Six-Shooters to Return to Texas Motor Speedway Victory Lane celebration Six-shooters have been given out to the winner of the Monster Energy Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) since the spring 2005 Cup race. TMS also awards a Henry repeating rifle to pole-winners. 

Joey Logano Celebrates His 2014 Win #NASCAR
Joey Logano Celebrates His 2014 Win

However, all that history and tradition halted last year, when track president and general manager Eddie Gossage nixed the guns in the immediate aftermath of a church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. In that killing spree, twenty-six people were killed at the First Baptist Church. The shooter who fled was subsequently found dead after running his car off the road.

“I just thought ‘this isn’t the thing to do today,” Gossage told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram at the time. “It was too close to us. If it had happened in, fill in the blank, whatever state miles and miles and miles away, I wouldn’t have thought like that. But it happened in our own backyard, more or less, in San Antonio.

“The six-shooters are not any kind of political statement or anything like that. They’re just a silly stereotypical Texas cowboy celebration. That’s all they are. A lot of different colleges and universities shoot guns or cannons or things like that at the kickoff or when they score a touchdown. And that’s all that is.” He added.

Therefore, the guns were absent from the last Cup race at the 1.5-mile track on Nov. 5 when Kevin Harvick won. Now after that one-race absence, the traditional six-shooters will again be part of Texas Motor Speedway’s Victory Lane celebrations. 

NASCAR holds its first 2018 Texas race weekend April 6-8, culminating in the Cup Series’ O’Reilly Auto Parts 500.

Here is Today’s Schedule:

  • 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. — Cup Garage Open
  • 11 A.M. – 7 p.m. — Xfinity Garage Open
  • 1 – 1:55 p.m. — Cup Practice (Fox Sports 1)
  • 2:05 – 2:55 p.m. — Xfinity Practice (FS1)
  • 4:05 – 4:55 p.m. — Final Xfinity Practice (FS1)
  • 5:45 p.m. — Cup Qualifying; Three Rounds/Multi-Car (FS1, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

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