Current, former Rangers attend Cup race

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Texas Motor Speedway had a bit of Ranger flare to it on Sunday.

Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins came to the race to check things out. Maddux said he's been to one NASCAR event and this is Hawkins' first.

It's the start of a big week for Maddux, who will interview with the Red Sox on Tuesday and the Cubs on Wednesday for their managerial openings.

Maddux, by the way, sounded much better Sunday and could talk, though he was a little hoarse. He's been battling laryngitis.

Reliever Arthur Rhodes also attended the race for a few days this weekend. Rhodes started the 2011 season with the Rangers and then won a World Series ring with the St. Louis Cardinals as a situational lefty out of their bullpen.

Head athletic trainer Jamie Reed, a fan of Richard Childress Racing, was also on hand for the race.