NASCAR doesn’t approve Nur Ali to race at Texas

Nur Ali was not approved by NASCAR to run the Nationwide Series

race this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

Ali struggled in his Oct. 20 NASCAR debut at Kansas, where he

crashed and finished 33rd in the Nationwide race. He is the first

driver of Pakistani descent to compete at NASCAR’s national


The Fort Worth resident had hoped to drive for Rick Ware Racing

in Saturday’s race at Texas. But he said NASCAR wants him to gain

more experience on smaller tracks before he’ll be approved to

compete at 1.5-mile Texas.

Ali said he’ll enter the Nov. 10 race at Phoenix, which is a

1-mile track.