Eight-time: Jimmie Johnson is trying to win his eighth race at Dover, breaking a record he shares with Bobby Allison and Richard Petty. He almost had it the last time, but jumped a restart with 19 laps to go.
Movie look: Wonder Bread is sponsoring Kurt Busch’s No. 78 at Talladega next month. The paint scheme will match the car in the 2006 movie Talladega Nights.
Open field: Only one driver in the top five of the standings has won at Dover: Brian Vickers, in his championship year of 2003.
Tough challenge: Series leader Sam Hornish Jr. has not only not won at Dover, but he’s also never led a lap there. In four starts, he has only one top-10, last June’s seventh-place finish.
Camping World Truck
Debut: John Hunter Nemechek, the son of Joe Nemechek, is set for his series debut at Martinsville.
New chief: Dakoda Armstrong has a new crew chief, Doug George. Former chief Joe Shear Jr. is moving to Ken Schrader Racing.
Big jump: Cruz Pedregon’s victory Sunday at Ennis moved him from ninth to second in the Funny Car standings, and he gained big ground on Ron Capps, who lost in the first round, and series leader Matt Hagan, who lost in the second round.
New leaders: Doug Kalitta’s win in Top Fuel, his first in 71 events, tied him with Shawn Langdon for the points lead. … In Pro Stock, Jason Line is the new leader after reaching the finals after Mike Edwards lost in the first round.
404 Laps led in the last 600 at Dover in Nationwide races for Joey Logano. He has won three straight.
They said it
“I don’t think any one of us is going to get better stuff. It’s just going to come down to better communication between myself and the crew chief, because those are certainly the ways that you win these things. That’s how you build speed, is getting your car better all through the weekend.” —Kyle Busch, on catching JGR teammate Matt Kenseth
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Eddie Gossage had a lot to brag about Monday night when he introduced the plan to build a 218-foot video board at Texas Motor Speedway.
Proud as a papa, the racetrack president talked about “Big Hoss TV,” the baby he’s been wanting for years.
He could have talked all night.
“You don’t know how bad,” he said, about how bad he has wanted one. “It’s something you’ve always wanted to do.”
He had so many numbers on the tip of his tongue — you could put nine Alamos in it, three or four dinosaurs, a couple of Big Tex’s, stuff like that — it would have taken most of the night to get them all out.
But Gossage found time for a classy move.
The new proprietor of what will become the biggest video board in sports gave credit to the man who set the example four years ago — Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
“Give Jerry and the Cowboys all the credit, because they made this a big-screen market,” Gossage said. “You look around this area, and even high schools have big screens that are bigger than the screens that we’ve been using.”
Gossage is a Cowboys season-ticket holder. He is not in competition with the Cowboys.
But his screen had to be bigger because TMS is a bigger venue than AT&T Stadium.
“It’s not about being bigger than the Cowboys. It’s about doing the best we can for our fans,” Gossage said.
The big screen will also be good for TMS.
Actually, it’d better. Jerry Jones paid $40 million for his video board. Gossage won’t say what Speedway Motorsports Inc. paid for “Big Hoss,” but it is 79 percent larger and four years’ worth of technology more advanced.
It really needs to deliver on the light bill.
“I think it will be a novelty, if you will, for some people to come out and see it,” Gossage said. “And if they come out and see it, they’re going to love the racing. If they’ve never been to a race before, it’s going to expose them to racing, and then we’ll reel them in and make them a regular.”
Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @calexmendez
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