I’m here at my third track of the season to cover the U.S. Grand Prix. Of course, at home I covered the three major races at Texas Motor Speedway. Now I’m in Austin at Circuit of the Americas, and in the spring I was lucky enough to blog from the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
I’m here covering my sixth AAA Texas 500. I’ve seen Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson win this race. Who’s is going to be today?
This is around the track, literally:
FORT WORTH — Troy Pickett, a 42-year-old from Argyle, captured his first overall half marathon crown Saturday in the No Limits Wild Asphalt Run at Texas Motor Speedway.
Pickett recorded a time of 1 hour, 28 minutes, 44.5 seconds to beat Fort Worth’s Tim Olson by 1:25. Pickett took the lead about eight miles into the 13.1-mile layout in his third half marathon. The final 1 1/2 miles was run on the main oval track.
“I got onto the road course and my left calf started cramping on me,” Pickett said. “I was not sure I was going to finish.
“The place looks huge watching cars go around it, but when I had to go around it on foot I thought it was never going to end. It was ridiculous. It went forever. It was great.”
Holly Harsh of Fort Worth was the women’s champion with a time of 1:39:51.2. Kevin Reneau, a 16-year-old Ferris junior, won the 5-kilometer title by half a second.
The Shake ‘n Bacon Brew beer milkshake consists of six ounces of Rahr & Sons Ugly Pug Black Lager, six ounces of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream and two ounces of bacon-infused maple syrup. The Shake ‘n Bacon Brew will be poured into a 16-ounce plastic souvenir cup and topped with three ounces of whipped cream and bacon crumbles.
Texas Motor Speedway announced Monday night that it will install the world’s largest high-definition video board in time for April’s NASCAR races.