Following today’s dramatic ending to the Daytona 500, I interviewed President of Texas Motor Speedway Eddie Gossage. The ultra-successful auto racing promoter watched in person as Denny Hamlin won in the closest finish at Daytona since electronic scoring was introduced in 1993.
We discuss the finish, owner Joe Gibbs, Toyota, a Camping World Truck Race and more. Gossage operates one of the largest sports facilities in North America and has been recognized as one of the more innovative speedway managers in motor sports today. A native of Nashville, Gossage has been involved in motor sports since 1980. The Texas Motor Speedway is his baby and he’s basically called the shots since ’80.
His varied experiences in all major forms of auto racing have made him one of the more influential executives in professional sports. Gossage was named the inaugural winner of the Indy Racing League’s “Promoter of the Year” in 2001.
Texas Motor Speedway hosts the largest sports events in the Lone Star State every year with two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races, two NASCAR Busch Series races, two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races, and an Indy Racing League IndyCar Series race.
OU AD Joe Castiglione is in-studio and tells us he had pleasant exchanges with the affable Gossage when the idea was floated of the OU-Texas football game being moved to Texas Motor Speedway so 150,000 people could attend. I hope you watch tonight’s Blitz where you will see a snippet of the complete interview to which this is attached.