On the sporting calendar, April is nothing if not the busy season. The boys of summer return to the diamond with the MLB back in session, the NBA and NHL playoffs begin, and pro golfers take to the green to kick off the first grand slam of the year at Augusta National for The Masters Tournament.
But in the NASCAR world, race car enthusiasts will be focusing their attention on the Texas Motor Speedway for the annual Duck Commander 500, a Ft. Worth tradition since 1997.
On Saturday, April 11, gentlemen will be starting their engines as NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series settles in the Lone Star State. The 501-mile race – which equals out to be about 334 laps – won’t start until 6:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, but there’ll be plenty for race goers to do before then, as gates are slated to open on Thursday at 9 a.m.
Bidding NASCAR enthusiasts a warm welcome will be the Casey Donahew Band, taking part in the Loud and Proud Pre-Race Show, sponsored by AMDRO.
“We are delighted to be partnering with the Texas Motor Speedway and look forward to spending time with race fans in Texas,” said Andrea Fuller, AMDRO senior brand manager.
This is a particularly meaningful event for the Casey Donahew Band members, who are Texas natives.
“We grew up here and we’ve been doing this 12-and-a-half years and traveling all over the United States,” said Donahew. “We call it home and playing anywhere in the Fort Worth-area means a lot to us.”
Long-time NASCAR fans are well aware that the stock car race event in Ft. Worth has assumed several different titles over the years, this being the second year that it’s had the Duck Commander 500 designation. The inspiration for the event’s namesake, Willie Robertson of reality-TV series “Duck Dynasty,” will also be in attendance.
“I’ve always said I could make a living just in Texas,” Robertson told the Dallas Morning News recently. “We’ve got a whole lot of fans there. It’s a big event and a great place to showcase Duck Commander with NASCAR.”
Plenty to see and do
Additionally, race goers will have a number of interactive experiences to take advantage of, including access to the NASCAR XFinity Series and Sprint Cup Series gates, a driver autograph session – including the likes of Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Justin Allgaier – a question and answer period from a lineup of race car pros, and a who’s who of NASCAR household names mingling with the thousands expected to be there for the four-day event.
The headliner, of course, is the race itself, and Team Penske’s Joe Logano will be looking to take the checkered flag this year and reclaim his title as Duck Commander 500 champion. Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing won it all the previous year. Forty-five others will have something to say about that, though, including Tony Stewart of Stewart-Haas Racing, Greg Biffle of Roush Fenway Racing, and Carl Edwards of Joe Gibbs Racing.
Whoever wins, it should be a good time to be had by all, but only one driver will walk away with the title: a giant step closer to being crowned NASCAR Sprint Series Cup Champion this fall.
For information on ticket prices and seating, visit the Duck Commander 500’s official website.