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FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 14, 2014) ? Frigid temperatures, snow and ice in North Texas has not slowed construction workers from continued progress on the world's largest HD video board created by Panasonic at Texas Motor Speedway . On Friday, Dallas/Fort Worth media members were led by Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage on a sneak preview of "Big Hoss TV," which is scheduled to be completed by March 1 and officially dedicated during pre-race ceremonies for the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, April 6. Towering 12 stories high over the backstretch is the completed steel framework that will serve as the foundation for "Big Hoss TV." Workers have installed 28 of the 40 LED modules ? each measuring 54.5 feet by 9.5 feet ? that will be placed in 10 rows of four that will serve as record HD display area that measures 218 feet (width) by 94.6 feet (height). Once completed, "Big Hoss TV" will provide fans with 20,633.34 square feet of HD imagery and will be 79 percent larger than the video board at AT&T Stadium (11,520 sf), home of the Dallas Cowboys. It also will surpass current record-holder Charlotte Motor Speedway (16,000 square feet), the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. sister track of Texas Motor Speedway , for the world's largest HD video board at a sporting venue. "This is the largest fan amenity we have ever undertaken in the history of Texas Motor Speedway and it truly should be a game changer in the industry," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "Panasonic has done a tremendous job in keeping the project on schedule and have their crews working around the clock seven days a week on this enormous undertaking. Given the target completion date of March 1, we're working on a "Big Hoss TV" sneak preview event with a dynamic entertainment element that will be open to the public in mid-March that will be announced soon." "Big Hoss TV" also requires a state-of-the-art control room that is being built and housed adjacent to the timing and scoring booth atop the start/finish line on suite level. The control room houses five servers and two switchers that control the video feed to "Big Hoss TV." The control room operator will have the luxury of choosing from 19 different cameras, 16 of which are operated by two production trucks. Ultimately, the video is broken up into 16 different sections on the video board. The equipment will be manned by a minimum of five individuals which will include producer, director and technical directors. Construction on "Big Hoss TV" began after November's AAA Texas 500 as workers began digging 16 anchor holes 42 feet deep and four feet in diameter for the massive 108-ton structure. "Big Hoss TV" is anchored with 42 feet of steel rebar reinforced in the ground by 20 yards of concrete filled in each of the holes. The strength of the foundation allows for "Big Hoss TV" to sustain winds of 140 miles per hour. Initial construction plans also required workers to install 4,200 feet of 96-strand fiber optic cable that runs from the location of "Big Hoss TV" on the backstretch to the control room in the frontstretch suites. Workers have moved to a seven-day work week the past month to put the finishing touches on the project by the end of the month. The final phase of the project includes completion of the electrical infrastructure inside of the video board, where workers will install electricity and fiber optic connections to each of the 40 LED modules. Workers also will install the final wiring in the control room before they begin to test the lower section of the LED modules early next week. Tickets for the Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend and the official christening of "Big Hoss TV" are available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com . FULL SERIES COVERAGE View all articles View all videos View all photos
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King of the restarts, Hansen beat Laughton (26) and Conti (5) to the line for the win at Charlotte . Danny Hansen survived a marathon race at Charlotte Motor Speedway last night and earned his first career victory in the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing. After running at the front for much of the evening, Hansen took advantage of slip-ups by other front runners and delivered in the clutch on several late-race restarts where he out-dueled championship leader Chad Laughton . "I'm really not sure where to even start," said Hansen. "I don't think it has really even hit me yet, such an amazing feeling to finally get a win at something I had worked so hard at for so long." "Such an amazing feeling to finally get a win at something I had worked so hard at for so long." ? Danny Hansen Laughton had to settle for second, edging Pocono winner Michael Conti at the checkered flag. Brandon Schmidt finished fourth and Cody Byus came home with a solid fifth place. Hansen did not lead until 19 laps to go when he passed Laughton and Justin Bolton shortly after a restart. Laughton, who led a race-high 79 of 200 laps, looked to take the lead back from Hansen but a caution flag with 18 laps remaining slowed his progress and proved to be a key moment in the event, as the rest of the online race was broken up into very short runs by frequent cautions. The last restart was of the green-white-checker variety and began with Hansen leading teammate Conti to the green with Laughton in third. Hansen got the jump on the field and Conti slid into second, providing Hansen with a buffer between himself and Laughton, who had looked slightly faster on the short run all night. Hansen maintained a lead of a car length as he took the white flag while Conti and Laughton started to battle for second ? which is exactly what Hansen wanted to see in his mirror. Laughton, even with his extremely quick car, did not have enough time to clear Conti and challenge Hansen for the win. Early in the going, no one would have likely picked Hansen as a favorite to win even though he started from the sixth position. Ray Alfalla started on pole and led the opening five circuits before giving way to Joey Brown , who initially looked to be the class of the field. After an early yellow and subsequent pit stop, Brown came under attack by Laughton and could not hold him off. Brown started a slow slide back in the field as his car could not keep up on the longer runs. Finally he was involved in an accident with 12 laps to go, cutting his night short. Alfalla was likewise destined for disappointment, eventually coming home a distant eighteenth. After taking the lead for the first time on Lap 34, Laughton showed his muscle by being able to maintain the lead despite a strong draft which kept the leaders together. Laughton continued to lead as the race wore on toward the halfway point, but new challengers were appearing, namely Nick Ottinger and Kenny Humpe . Both drivers wound-up leading 33 laps, but Humpe looked particularly strong, especially on the long run. As other drivers started to fall off the pace late in a fuel run, Humpe maintained his speed and started to build a gap. Unfortunately, Humpe cost himself a chance at the win when he slid through his box during a pit stop under the caution flag while leading. The miscue put him back in the field and, with his car not handling to his liking in traffic, he slid to twelfth at the finish. Ottinger also had issues, though unlike Humpe his were not of his own doing. He chose to short-pit under green and as soon as he hit pit road the yellow flew. This forced Ottinger to drive through pit road without stopping so he would not go a lap down, which cost him all his track position and left him with too few laps to attempt a recovery back into the top five. This is when the door opened for Hansen to grab control of the race, which he did with his superb restarts. Despite his runner-up finish, Laughton failed to build much of a gap in the standings. His lead is now seven points over Conti, who has been gaining ground since his early season struggles and climbed from seventh to second in the standings with his third place finish. Conti is tied with Jake Stergios who continued his consistent start to the season with a quiet run to eighth at Charlotte . At the back end of the top five, Ottinger overtook Humpe for fourth and now sits just a single point behind second spot. Humpe is another four points adrift and sits only one marker ahead of Alfalla, who dropped from second to sixth after his poor run. After back-to-back exciting finishes, the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series heads back to a short track as Dover International Speedway is next up on the schedule. With teams still struggling to figure out the new build, it would not be a surprise to see some familiar faces at the front of the field. One driver absent from the front lately has been defending series champion Tyler Hudson . He was involved in another accident early in the going at Charlotte and now finds himself twenty-fifth in the standings. Will Conti and Hansen continue their strong runs, or will there be another new face in victory lane? Tune into iRacing Live in two weeks' time to catch all the sim-racing action from the high banks of The Monster Mile!
See where drivers will pit for the History 300 RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live The pit stall assignments are out for Saturday's History 300 (2:45 p.m. ET, ABC) at Charlotte Motor Speedway . Polesitter Kyle Busch has chosen the pit stall closest to the exit on pit road. Busch has eight Nationwide Series wins at Charlotte , including victories in the last two Nationwide races at the 1.5-mile track. Busch has no one in front of him on pit road. Brad Keselowski , who will start on the front row next to Busch, also has an pit stall with an opening in front of it. Regan Smith , Matt Kenseth and Chris Buescher also have the same luxury. Brendan Gaughan chose the pit stall closest to the pit road entrance. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE ? Latest news ? Standings ? Schedule
Kyle Busch in good shape to advance; Kenseth and Hamlin will battle at Dover RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota One week after all three of its teams came out of Chicagoland Speedway with top-10 finishes, Joe Gibbs Racing heads into the final race of the Challenger Round in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with two teams suddenly looking very vulnerable. Only a Herculean effort by driver Kyle Busch and his crew kept the No. 18 team from finding itself in a similar position. "Completely the opposite," JGR’s Jimmy Makar, senior vice president of racing operations, said following Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when asked to compare the results of the first two Chase races. Busch, seventh the previous week, somehow managed to salvage an eighth-place finish at NHMS in spite of severe damage to the front of his Toyota. Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin weren't as fortunate. Fueling issues kept Hamlin on pit road for an extended period during the race, which in turn left him deep in the field and in the middle of trouble when a four-car accident unfolded on Lap 180 of the scheduled 300-lap race. Kenseth had run in the top 10 for much of the day, eventually climbing as high as third, before contact with Paul Menard sent the No. 20 entry into the wall with less than 30 laps remaining. Kenseth wound up 21st on the day, Hamlin finished 37th. With four drivers trimmed from the field of 16 after this week’s race at Dover International Speedway , Kenseth will be looking to, at the very least, hold his ground. The 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion enters Sunday’s AAA 400 (ESPN, 2 p.m. ET), eighth in points and only eight ahead of Hamlin in the No. 13 spot. Kenseth's record at Dover is solid, with a pair of victories (2006, ‘11) and 20 top-10 finishes in 31 career starts at the fast, high-banked one-mile track. He finished third there earlier this year. Hamlin and his No. 11 team sit six points out of the 12th spot, held for now by Richard Childress Racing driver Ryan Newman . But Hamlin's far from alone -- only 12 points separate those between Kenseth (2,057) and 16th-place Aric Almirola (2,045). A week ago, the gap was a far more imposing 34 points between the two positions. He has yet to win at the Monster Mile, but Hamlin has finished inside the top 10 on six occasions, including a fifth-place result this past June. "Kyle was able to get up on the wheel and do what he could, fought hard for all his positions and they ended up with a respectable finish out of it," Makar said. "Matt didn't have time to get back; it was just a bad situation with just a few laps to go. He … didn't have time to actually race back with a couple of laps to go. It was just a tough situation for him." "Denny, I tell you, just snake bit there. We still don't know what happened to the fuel system. It was some freak thing, something we’ll have to look at when we get back (to the shop). But right now … it's nothing really obvious." Hamlin's issues put the driver "in a bad spot, a bad place on the race track" Makar said. And with everything else that happened after Hamlin's fuel issues, there were no guarantees he would have escaped those unscathed. "But he had a good, fast race car. It's a shame they weren’t able to race all day like that," Makar said. The strange turn of events for the three teams certainly weren't expected, given their solid start a week earlier. Now, they regroup and head to Dover , hoping to remain relevant. "I was really surprised," said Makar. "But I think it's going to be interesting next week. We've got to go race hard and get a good finish with everybody and hopefully we can move on." Four more drivers will be trimmed from the field following the Contender Round (Kansas, Charlotte and Talladega), leaving eight to battle through the Eliminator Round (Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix ). The final four will advance into the Championship Round, scheduled for Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race drivers hang out with Matthew Dillner and GarageCam before practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway .
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