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Texas Motor Speedway adds ‘extreme motorsports’ truck race in 2017

TMS head Eddie Gossage announced another race for the 2017 season.
TMS head Eddie Gossage announced another race for the 2017 season. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

A third truck race is coming to Texas Motor Speedway in 2017.

Track president Eddie Gossage announced on Saturday that the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks will be added to the June race weekend next year. Gossage made the announcement alongside series creator Robby Gordon, a longtime race car driver.

“We want to try and do something that’s never been done before,” Gossage said. “We want to do something that is unique.”

The race is scheduled to run on June 10, the same day as the IndyCar race. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will run the day before on Friday, June 9.

The super trucks series features 12 identically prepared 650-horsepower trucks that are built to take flight. Gordon is hoping to design a jump in which the trucks will go 220 feet in distance and 35-feet high for the Texas race. Top speed for the trucks can reach 140 mph.

A course layout has yet to be finalized, although it will likely feature the frontstretch and pit road. Races take about 20 minutes to complete, Gordon said.

“Our races are very short, high-action,” said Gordon, who founded the series in 2013. “We call it extreme motorsports. If you took a NASCAR, an IndyCar, a monster truck and a Supercross bike, put them in a shoebox and shook it up, a little stadium truck would pop out.”

TMS already has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races each year.

“If any market is a truck market, Texas is a truck market,” Gordon said. “My hope and opinion is we can add to this great event. I think racing here at Texas Motor Speedway will be very cool.”

Gossage said there will be no increase in ticket prices with the addition of the race.

Supporting the blue

Fort Worth police officer Matt Pearce couldn’t have been more pleased with the support shown for local law enforcement agencies Saturday at TMS.

Pearce, who was shot multiple times in the line of duty in March, served as an honorary grand marshal along with Dallas police officer Jorge Barrientos, who was wounded in July’s downtown Dallas shootings.

“There’s not very many times in your life that you get to do cool stuff like this,” Pearce said. “I cherish every chance I get to come out here and be the guy who is having fun instead of working, because normally I’m working out here.”

Pearce was also pleased to see the support shown for local service agencies. The IndyCar drivers wore different hats in support of agencies around the country before the race, and the track did its part in a “Back the Blue” initiative.

“The support is what makes us want to get up every day, put that uniform on and go out and risk our lives,” Pearce said. “If there wasn’t the support, you wouldn’t find guys who would voluntarily put a target on their back every day and go to work.

“With all of this, it makes me lying in a bed for two weeks unconscious worth every bit of it to know that I potentially saved somebody by putting myself in danger.”

Fan support

Josef Newgarden and Conor Daly were involved in a scary crash during the June race, and IndyCar didn’t let them re-enter the race when it resumed Saturday.

But Newgarden and Daly made the most of their day, welcoming fans by scanning tickets, giving away souvenir programs and T-shirts to fans entering the race. Of course, Gossage joined them in the festivities.

Drew Davison: 817-390-7760, @drewdavison