2023 Writers’ Roundtable, Vol. 12: Best Texas Race?

Today’s question: What was the most exciting NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at Texas Motor Speedway since the series started competing there in 1997?. There was drama on the track, in the pits, in victory lane; that race really set the tone for what the track was bringing to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Tony Stewart started on pole and was a force out front, but Buddy Lazier rose through the field and stalked the leader as the pair had a spirited battle for the early to mid-portion of the True Value 500. This ended up being the final race with INDYCAR having USAC handle timing and scoring. Paul Kelly: Joey made reference to my favorite INDYCAR SERIES race at Texas – Billy Boat’s victory in 1998. But Boat and AJ Foyt Racing left no doubt this time in a spellbinding race. Tony Stewart started on the pole at 224.448, and he turned laps as fast as 228 mph in the draft during the race, which is borderline nuts for a 1.5-mile oval. With nine laps to go, Ray caught Boat by driving his No.

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