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Jeff Hammond

Jeff Hammond is a former NASCAR crew chief who led Darrell Waltrip to two of his three Sprint Cup championships. The duo also teamed up to win the 1989 Daytona 500. Prior to that, Hammond was the jackman for Cale Yarborough for all three of his Cup championships. He has 43 Sprint Cup wins as a crew chief. Follow him on Twitter.


I’ve always been a huge fan of Saturday night racing, so you can imagine my excitement here in Texas. Like the old saying goes, everything’s bigger in Texas, and having a NASCAR Sprint Cup race under the lights at the high-banked, high-speed Texas Motor Speedway makes it even that much more spectacular.


NASCAR on FOX brings live coverage of the Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. The green flag drops at 1 p.m. ET, with coverage on FOX beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.

I’ve described it before to people as it is like going to a play. Naturally the actors on Saturday night take on a whole new dimension on that mile-and-a-half stage. This is our first points race under the lights with this new Gen-6 car and I think the speeds will be nothing short of incredible.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s always fast at Texas, but with this new lighter car with better downforce, it’s going to be even faster.

It’s these types of tracks that the Gen-6 car really was designed for. We saw that at Auto Club Speedway in California three weeks ago. We had a great race there. I expect exactly the same Saturday night here in Texas.

I think under the lights, with the new body designs from all three manufacturers plus all the new colors from the various sponsors, it’s really going to be a showcase for this new car. These cars will be center stage and I expect these actors behind the wheel to take us to a whole new dimension of racing.

I honestly think the stage is being set to have one of the greatest, if not the greatest race we’ve ever had at Texas Motor Speedway. After what we all witnessed at California, I, for one, can’t wait for the command to start engines Saturday night in the Lone Star State.


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