Texas Motor Speedway

Dog parks at TMS give pets of drivers, fans a place to roam

Bullseye, the canine mascot for Target, was on hand with NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson for the opening of two dog parks at TMS, one for fans and one for racing owners and drivers.
Bullseye, the canine mascot for Target, was on hand with NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson for the opening of two dog parks at TMS, one for fans and one for racing owners and drivers.

Dogs are often the loyal companions of their owners at NASCAR venues.

They are man’s best friend, after all. However, imagine the torment of the hound, who would no doubt rather be chasing Sprint Cup’s super-engineered masterpiece machines than watching them go ’round and ’round and vroom and vroom.

Texas Motor Speedway has gone the extra mile in ensuring a pleasant experience for both man and dog.

Two Target Milk Bone dog parks have opened on the premises, one for car owners and drivers in the infield, and another outside the track for race fans. (Did you really think a NASCAR dog park wouldn’t have sponsorship?)

“This is so cool,” said Teresa Barrett, who along with husband Ronny introduced the fans’ park to Winston Cup, a cool canine whose tail indicated approval with wags the speed of hummingbird wings.

“A lot of us drivers and fans and everybody that comes to the races each weekend bring their pets, but don’t have any place to take the pets to go play,” said Kyle Larson, whose dog, Joey, has been a visitor to the TMS media center in past years. “Having a designated dog park is fun for us and the animals definitely love it.”

Batter up

Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt baseball and softball players will have a rooting interest in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup AAA Texas 500.

Two-four-six-eight, who do they appreciate? Michael McDowell, driver of the No. 95 Chevrolet, and Jim Morris, whose rise from high school teacher to major-league pitcher was made into a feature film, The Rookie.

The two will participate in an exhibition softball game as part of a fundraiser for the school’s baseball and softball teams from 3:30-6 p.m. today at Wyatt. Improvements to the school’s baseball field as well as new uniforms, and a new batting cage will be unveiled. The event is free and open to the public.

The gifts were made possibly by James Avery Artisan Jewelry and Morris’ Jim “The Rookie” Morris Foundation.

“I was just stunned at the lack of equipment and the field,” said Morris, 52. “Everything was just dilapidated and I thought I want to help these guys. So we started a foundation.”

On Friday, Morris signed a baseball glove and McDowell adorned his driving gloves with his signature. Both are headed to eBay to be sold with the proceeds benefiting Wyatt.

Did you know?

The state of Texas has been host to 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, including 31 at Texas Motor Speedway. College Station’s Texas World Speedway was host to eight events, and Meyer Speedway in Houston was the site of the Space City 300 in 1971. Winner Bobby Allison was driver of one of 14 cars entered, while 9,000 were in attendance. Average speed: 73.489 mph. Average speed of last year’s AAA Texas 500: 137.490.

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