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WELCOME TO THE CIRCUS: There was a circus atmosphere all weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

As part of the track’s new “Wild Asphalt Circus” theme, a ringmaster in the full garb introduced the drivers before Sunday’s race.

There was a carnival set up in one of garage area’s for season-ticket holders. Plus, outside the backstretch all week was a midway open to the public with a ferris wheel and other fair rides providing a backdrop to the racing.

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SPARKPLUGS: A quartet of drivers have started all 24 Sprint Cup races at Texas: Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Mark Martin. The first race was in 1997, and Texas has hosted two a year since 2005. … Actors Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Julie Gonzalo and Jordana Brewster from the television show “Dallas” gave the command to start engines.