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Former Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage dead at 65

Motorsports promoter and former Texas Motor Speedway president dead at 65
Motorsports promoter and former Texas Motor Speedway president dead at 65 00:36

FORT WORTH — Speedway Motorsports shared news of North Texas legend Eddie Gossage's death Thursday afternoon. 

The motorsports promoter and former Texas Motor Speedway president died at 65. 

Gossage's passing comes on the eve of the 40th NASCAR All-Star Race weekend.   

"Today we have lost one of the world's biggest race fans," Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith said. "From his legendary promotions to the lasting relationships he developed throughout the sports and entertainment industries, Eddie Gossage meant so much to the world of motorsports." 

Gossage is known in North Texas as the first general manager for Texas Motor Speedway. 

"Eddie Gossage was a trailblazer, promoter and innovator at a time when attracting attention was critical as Speedway Motorsports expanded NASCAR into the Lone Star State," said Mark Faber, Texas Motor Speedway's executive vice president and general manager.   

Gossage had overseen the Texas Motor Speedway facility through its first 25 seasons of racing. He had done so since its groundbreaking about 20 miles north of downtown Fort Worth in 1995. Two years later, the facility held its first race. 

He worked for Speedway Motorsports for 32 years. Previously, he worked for Nashville International Raceway, Bristol International Raceway and Miller Brewing Co. in motorsports management and public relations. He joined Speedway Motorsports in 1989 in Charlotte.    

"Each day I come to work, I see the impact he had throughout our property," Faber said. "Eddie laid a foundation for success to build upon for generations to come and made Texas Motor Speedway a showplace of which Texans will always be proud."

Funeral arrangements for Gossage will be shared at a later date.

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