NASCAR in Texas: Gentlemen, Start Your Hormones

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As you guys have probably figured out, I'm not a big fan of NASCAR the sport. But I dig NASCAR the scene.

During this weekend's annual spring visit to Fort Worth -- capped by Saturday night's Samsung Mobile 500 -- there will be female roller derby, pig races, white trash, blue collars, red necks, more than 500,000 fans and, out on the track, cars swappin' paint at close to 200 mph.

Amazingly, there's only one ringmaster orchestrating the whole circus -- a P.T. Barnum who recently almost died from cancer. Whether you like fast cars or TMS' thousands of fast women, you've got to appreciate the marketing genius of Eddie Gossage, who's the subject of this week's Observer cover story.

In it, I attempt to tell Gossage's tale. Sat down with him at the Daytona 500 back in February and spent considerable time talking to his friends, family and foes.

He's one of our area's most public figures. And, for the first time, he gives us the details into his most private ordeal, which started, fittingly, on the infield of TMS. From my story:

Tickets were selling, sponsors were spending, drivers were smiling, and customers were swaying and singing.

But Eddie Gossage couldn't feel his feet.

"It felt like I was standing on ice," Gossage says. "I was basically numb. If you would have cut off my toes I would have never known it. The only sensation I had was like tiny pins and needles in my feet. And I felt sick to my stomach."
In the end, Gossage kicked cancer's ass. Now he's trying to save NASCAR in North Texas.
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North Park Security
North Park Security

Next to the two piece of crap road race tracks on the Nascar circuit, the 2 races at TMS are absolutely pathetic. I don't even bother watching the crap. Bad track, bad racing and it only gets interesting with Indy Cars. I see better racing on north LBJ everytime I have the unfortunate misery of driving with you witless asshats.

Greggo's coke riddled sinuses
Greggo's coke riddled sinuses

You are an idiot. TMS is one of the best and fastest tracks on the circuit and has the most diverse list of winners on the circuit. How can a track that is next to impossible to pick a winner be pathetic?

North Park Security
North Park Security

I was wondering what it would take to draw a rise out of this crew. Nascar is the key.

This Sunday...I will be painting the garage and watching it dry...much preferable.

Painting it white in honor of Greggo's return to cokedom.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

I miss the good old days when Rhynes would only refer to TMS as "The Pick-n-Pull."

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Too bad Eddie can't arrange for The Fail to have decent audio quality for remotes from that place. Elf today from out there was not good radio, sound and content. What's it going to take for that station to do something outside of studio that doesn't sound like garbage?

Gossage is good at what he does, which is basically being a modern day version of Nigel West Dickens from Red Dead Redemption. Personally, I don't like the blatant catering to the rednecks of North Texas, but those bumpkins do fill them thar seats and drink tha burra.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I agree with GCRS. Nascar has never been in trouble in N Texas, in fact has maintained it relevance and attendance while most other tracks, including Dayotna and Bristol ( 2 of the more famous and popular tracks for Nascar idiots) had 1000's of empty seats. Great story on Gossage though, anyone who wants to be in marketing dreams of being able to what he does, which is anything that comes to mind without fear of being fired. Thats what makes him genious, he can do what you can do, BUT you cant do what he does. Sound Familiar

Spelling Bee Champion!
Spelling Bee Champion!

I think its genius..non-genious....fucktard!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

hey spelling bee bitch, I couldnt find fucktard in the scripps spelling bee book, so Fuck YOU you ignorant tool

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

Cancer or no cancer, in a town chock full of sports buffoons, Eddie Gossage might be the biggest of them all.

*cue the darkness music*

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

he may be a baffoon in your eyes, but that baffoon gets 160,000 people out to enjoy the product he promotes 2 times a year. I think the judge needs disbarred for that comment

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

To me, incompetence is not an integral component of buffoonery. Hicks was/is clearly incompetent, while Gossage, Cuban and Jerry are not in any way (other than Jerry's glaring shortcomings as GM). I'm referring strictly to behavior and demeanor. Gossage is exactly the guy you want running your racetrack, but the last guy you'd want people to know was your brother.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

your last sentance makes perfect sense. Now I got what your saying, I can totally agree with that

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

Never alleged he wasn't good at what he does - he's just as, if not more, obnoxious when doing it as Cuban and Jerry.

Someone can be good at their gig and still be an insufferable jackass.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

Yeah, upon further consideration, Jerry and Cuban are definitely 1-2 in the local sports obnoxiousness rankings. Gossage will have to settle for bronze.

Greggo's coke riddled sinuses
Greggo's coke riddled sinuses

That's impossible. No one, I repeat no one can be as obnoxious as Jerry Jones. Well, maybe Richie Whitt. Just kidding Richie.Jerry Jones' ego is so huge that he videos himself masturbating and then masturbates to that video.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

ok, well to me Hicks was/is a buffoon, a guy who blows smoke up everyones ass but everyone sees right through what he does. I dont guess im not understanding what you ae saying. Gossage doesnt lie, cry or whine when things dont go his way. He doesnt stand in front of the media and tell you how great he is a a GM or owner, he just so happens to pull off the craziest wildest stunts and tells you how it is as opposed to saying the politcally correct thing or declining to comment on an issue. Oh well, guess that my problem. Back to nut kicking the whitt

Greggo's coke riddled sinuses
Greggo's coke riddled sinuses

Now he's trying to save NASCAR in north Texas

Funny, I didn't even know it was in trouble. Maybe you confused it with the ratings for the Fan.

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