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NASCAR Cup: Texas Motor Speedway preps with tire dragon

FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 05: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, lead the field past the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

In preparation for the NASCAR doubleheader weekend at Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth that will culminate in Sunday’s running of the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, TMS is running a tire dragon over its track surface.

“The @TXMotorSpeedway crew has been working hard prepping the track for next week’s @NASCAR races,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage (@EddieGossage) announced via Twitter on March 30. “Both the Texas Tire Monster & Tire Dragon have been working in the 2nd groove up, working in rubber. Look at the dark black asphalt! Won’t stop till race time. Will get even better!”

At the request of drivers, the tire dragon also is being used to “rubber-up” the top of the race track.

“Because some of you can’t wait for the Texas Tire Monster and the Tire Dragon to get to the top, here it is,” Gossage tweeted Tuesday, along with a video. “The Tire Dragon is about half way up the banking and the Tire Monster is at the top. We’re here to make you happy! Any Cup drivers that want to drive them, COME ON!”

The tire dragon, four tires mounted on the back of a tractor, has been used recently at multiple tracks that have undergone recent repaves in an effort to add rubber to the racing surface, resulting in better racing that previously took several years after a repave to achieve. Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 will be the third Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway since the track was repaved ahead of the 2017 season.

Saturday’s My Bariatric Solutions 300 race for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is scheduled for an approximate 3 p.m. ET green flag, while Sunday’s Cup race is scheduled to get underway at approximately 2 p.m.

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