NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: AAA Texas 500
The race was acquired as a result of the Ferko lawsuit, which forced NASCAR to relinquish the sport's fourth major, the Mountain Dew Southern 500 and in the process end its Grand Slam, as the Southern 500 was one of the four races that made it up.
This race has been derisively referred to as the Francis Ferko 500, mostly by traditionalist fans upset by the demise of the Southern 500.
This race is featured in the 2006 film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby where on the last lap Ricky Bobby spins out with Jamie McMurray and McMurray continues but Bobby puts the car in reverse and wins backwards. The filming was actually at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the wall painted to look like Texas.
The race has always started in the late afternoon, gone through sunset and twilight, and ended under the lights at night, much like Coca Cola 600. It is not considered a night event.
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