Originally created 08/14/97

Texas Speedway ups ante for second Winston Cup date

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Fueled by a record quarter on the New York Stock Exchange, Speedway Motorsports Inc. said it would put up a $5 million purse for a second Winston Cup Series date at the Texas Motor Speedway,

Motorsports chairman Bruton Smith confirmed the company's planned purse.

The race would be the highest-paying event in NASCAR history, surpassing the $4.9 million paid at the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway two weeks ago.

"That's something that gets everybody's attention," said Winston Cup 1996 champion driver Terry Labonte of Corpus Christi.

"I hope Texas does get a second date, as nice as that facility is. They deserve a couple of dates."

The 1998 Winston Cup schedule is expected to be released Labor Day weekend at Darlington, S.C.

TMS and the new California Speedway are both pushing to receive a second race date.

"We don't think it's in the best interest of our sport to get into a bidding war with purses," said TMS general manager Eddie Gossage. "But if that's the way it goes, we certainly have the capacity. We have resources that few other have."

NASCAR president Bill France Jr. wouldn't comment on TMS's chance of getting a second date.


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