Samsung Mobile 500
April 12 to 14
Texas Motor Speedway
3545 Lone Star Circle
Ft. Worth, Texas 76177
Hours: Thurs – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri – 9:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Price: $10 to $140/$125 VIP pit passes/$149 pit stop pavilion/$79 pre-race credential
Start your engines: The 2012 NASCAR Samsung Mobile 500 is roaring in to the Texas Motor Speedway for a three-day, Texas-sized event. The double-header race weekend features the Nationwide on Friday night and the Samsung 500 on Saturday night. But that’s just part of the high-action entertainment. There’s so much to do before and after the checkered flags drop that everyone will be operating at full throttle.
General parking is free, but be prepared for a half-mile trek to the entrance. Express and VIP parking will get you much closer.
Price: $10 express April 12/$30 April 13/$40 April 14/$25 VIP April 12/$50 April 13/$75 April 14
Getting to the Race
Avoid Highway 114 west from Dallas at all costs if you want to be there for the start of the race. The best plan is to get there at least three hours early to avoid traffic, park closer and enjoy the pre-race activities. The Texas Motor Speedway website features suggested routes, or tune in to 105.3 FM or KRLD 1080 AM for race-weekend traffic updates.
NASCAR Nationwide & Sprint Cup Series Practice
Hours: Thurs – 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Kick off the race weekend by watching the drivers take their practice runs around the 1.5-mile tri-oval track. Get a preview of who might win or lose so you can place your bets accordingly.
Sports Day Qualifying Day and Final Practice
Price: $25–$70 (admission to Nationwide Race, includes qualifying events)
Hours: Fri – 9:30 a.m. (gates open); 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Nationwide practice); 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Sprint Cup practice); 4:05 p.m. (Nationwide qualifying session); 5:40 p.m. (Sprint Cup qualifying session)
For a little blood-pumping action get a pit pass and watch the qualifying rounds from pit row. It’s the only time you can be in the pit during the action, and it will surely give you a different perspective on the race and competitors. Be sure and keep an eye out for the drivers afterward — this is a good time to score some autographs.
O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race
Price: $25 to $75
Hours: Fri – 7:30 p.m.
While the Nationwide Series may be second on the totem pole to the Sprint Cup, that doesn’t mean this race lacks luster. These highly competitive drivers are on the way to the big leagues. You might be watching the next Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the wheel.
Pre-race show with Foreigner
Price: free with ticket/$79 pre-race credential pass
Hours: Fri –3 p.m.
Let legendary ’80s rock band, Foreigner, get you “Hot Blooded” and revved up before the race. A pre-race credential pass will get you out on the track front and center for both the concert and the driver introductions, or enjoy the show for free from your seats.
Samsung Mobile 500
Price: $20 to $140
Hours: Fri – 6:30 p.m.
The Samsung Mobile 500 attracts one of the largest crowds of any sporting event in the U.S., with last year’s attendance estimated to be around 168,400. Averaging the size of about four Cowboys’ stadiums, this Texas-sized super speedway is one of the largest in the nation with a seating capacity of more than 200,000. Mix in a few hundred thousand screaming fans with drivers whipping around the tracks at 200 mph, and the added element of night racing, and be ready for an earth-moving NASCAR experience.
Located in front of gates 1 to 7 is a fan destination featuring rows of race displays, trailers, souvenirs and concessions.
Located near gate 3 on the Midway, Speed Stage features live TV broadcasts and free fan activities.
Pit Stop Pavilion Hospitality
Located at the Village of Champions near gate 7, Pit Stop requires an entrance pass for $149 to access the hospitality tent and chow down on complimentary food and beverages. Also includes a VIP pit pass good for use up until an hour before the race.
Pit Stop Park
Located outside gate 4, Pit Stop Park consists of up to 76 reserved tailgate spots for purchase. Tailgaters at this park enjoy the best in amenities including a Brookshires concierge booth for ordering groceries and hot items, restrooms, picnic areas and horse-shoe pits.
Meet your favorite series drivers, including Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth. Information on locations and times will be available on the Speedway’s website about two weeks prior to race weekend and on the driver’s websites.
Related: Texas Motor Speedway
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