How Old Is Texas Motor Speedway? [Updated!]

It’s been a while since we checked in with the folks at Texas Motor Speedway to see how they’re doing these days. The Austin motorsports complex has been undergoing a renovation for several years now, and it’s been a while since we last saw any signs of progress. While the project is technically complete, they haven’t posted any updates about what’s going on in the upcoming months.

Fortunately, we still have a few of their old newsletters that we can use to get the scoop on what’s been happening at the speedway over the years. The following are the contents of an old edition of the Texas Motor Speedway Newsletter from April 1994. As you’ll see, a lot has changed since then, but a couple of things still remain the same.

The Track Is Still Amazing.

When you think about it, the 4.3-mile dirt track has stood the test of time. The first edition of the Texas Motor Speedway Newsletter was published just two months after the track’s inaugural season. Since then, the speedway has been host to such legendary races as the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. The track has also been the setting for some of Hollywood’s biggest movies. In addition, it still hosts one of the biggest motorcycle marathons in the country. It’s easy to understand why the track has stood the test of time – it’s damn near perfect. The turns are just right, and it allows for a lot of passing. It also has a very high degree of difficulty. You know when you’re there, and you know you’re not going to beat the clock. It’s definitely a racer’s track, and it has retained its popularity because of this fact.

Renovation Is Finally Finished.

After a 10-year hiatus, Texas Motor Speedway finally completed its extensive renovation project three years ago this month. The original plans called for the complex to be completely revamped with a new track surface, new lighting, new bathrooms, new concessions, and new office space for track officials. The track’s management team and crew worked hard to get the job done on time, and they succeeded. The speedway was reborn, and it looked great. The grand opening marked the culmination of a decade of labor, and it was a celebration that was eagerly anticipated by the motorsport community.

The following three years were a rollercoaster of ups and downs as the track adjusted to its new environment. There were many challenges, including a labor strike that nearly derailed the entire project. Ultimately, as difficult as it was, the strike served as a warning sign that the track’s operators needed to up their game. They took the opportunity to reevaluate their processes and cut down on waste. This resulted in a significant savings that was reinvested into the speedway’s operations. It also allowed them to speed up construction, which, in turn, allowed them to get back to business sooner than expected.

It’s A Family Affair.

It’s been almost 20 years since the first race was held at the Texas Motor Speedway, and the track still feels like a family affair. One of the speedway’s co-owners is Bobby Dalziel, and his sons, Jeff and Bobby Jr., serve as the track’s general manager and secretary, respectively. The father-and-son duo have owned and operated the track for the past three decades, and it shows in their commitment to keeping things fresh and new.

Though the track is closed to the public, it still plays a vital role in the local community. Every weekend, there are still more than 100,000 people who come out to watch some of the greatest racecars in the world go around the track. It’s safe to say that the sport of motor racing is still thriving in Central Texas. Between the movies, the merchandise, and the tickets, the family has definitely made their money back many times over. If anyone knows how to run a successful business, it’s the Dalziels. They prove time and time again that if you build it, they will come.

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