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'09 TMS schedule unchanged

Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage isn’t just paying attention to what’s going on in the racing world.

Gossage is also keeping an eye on the economy, which is reflected in the speedway’s plans for 2009.The track released its schedule for next season on Monday, and while little changes with the race dates, the track is trying to make it easier for fans to attend races.

There are no ticket-price increases, and there will be a layaway plan and $10 debit cards for every season ticket purchased by Oct. 1. Season tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

“Our sport is all about being the fan-friendliest sport going,” Gossage said. “You have to consider the fans when you make a decision. I don’t know how much more you can ask for. We want you here.”

This isn’t the first time there hasn’t been a ticket-price increase at the track. Season tickets start at $279.Gossage also didn’t see a reason to try and tinker with the race dates. Samsung 500 race week begins April 2 with the Sprint Cup race April 5. The IndyCar Series will be in town June 4-6 along with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. TMS will also have the eighth race in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, with all three NASCAR series racing Nov. 5-8.

“We would argue that there’s not a racetrack in America with a better schedule than ours,” Gossage said. “Our fans like the schedule. If you give them what they want, they keep coming back.”

2009 TMS schedule

April 5 Samsung 500 June 6 Bombardier Learjet 550k Nov. 8 Dickies 500

Fan Fest II

Rain or shine, Fan Fest II is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. today in the infield garage area at Texas Motor Speedway. NASCAR stars Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray will be there to sign autographs at 6:30 p.m. and participate in a question and answer session. A free ride-along programs will be offered at the track and the Gin Blossoms will perform at 8 p.m. Tickets are free and available at Minyard, Sack ’N Save and Carnival stores, or at the speedway ticket office. Call 817-215-8500 or visit