Shuttle pilot returns to TMS with flag

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Doug Hurley, a Texas Motor Speedway season-ticket holder and the pilot of the final Space Shuttle mission this past July, returned the flag to TMS president Eddie Gossage on Sunday.

Hurley took a "No Limits" flag up with him and invited Gossage and TMS media relations director Mike Zizzo to the launch and Gossage called it one of his "bucket list" events.

Gossage said the track has something special planned for how the flag will be unveiled prior to today's race.

Hurley said he's been a season-ticket holder since 2006, when the track got a second Sprint Cup race.