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A North Texas legend and former Texas Motor Speedway President, Eddie Gossage died on Thursday at 65. Speedway Motorsports confirmed his death on behalf of his family. The cause of death was not immediately released.

“Today we have lost one of the world’s biggest race fans,” said Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith. “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. On behalf of our Speedway Motorsports teammates across the country, our hearts go out to his many friends and his beloved family

The news Gossage’s passing come on the eve of the 40th NASCAR All-Star Race weekend. On this eve Mark Faber, Executive Vice President and General Manager said, “Each day I come to work, I see the impact he had throughout our property. 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,”

Gossage joined Speedway Motorsports in 1989 and become Vice President of Public Relation of same. He was honored their for his skill for promotional flair under the guidance of Chairman Bruton Smith and then-Charlotte Motor Speedway President humpy Wheeler.

Smith appointed Gossage as General Manager of Texas Motor Speedway in 1995 and gave him the title of TMS President in 2004. His journey was full with many ups and downs but he over come all of them under the guidance of the chairman.

TMS hosted millions of fans at NASCAR under leadership of Gossage. TMS also hosted iconic concerts from the likes of The Rolling Stones, ZZ Top and Willie Nelson.

Gossage stepped down from the position of President in June 2021. He had survived by his wife Melinda, daughter Jessica, son Dustin, daughter-in-law and his three grandchildren.

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