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Texas Motor Speedway to Be Repaved


Undoubtedly due to the last years lengthy track drying periods today it has been announced that the 1.5 mile oval Texas Motor Speedway will begin a repaving process starting on Monday.

Along with the new racing surface, track officials have announced that there will be minor reconfigurations being done to the track. This includes taking the banking from 24 degrees down to 20 degrees in turns 1 and two as well as widening the racing surface from 60 feet to 80 feet in those corners.

With the project on the track starting Monday the project is expected to be finished in mid-March which means the track will be ready for NASCAR’s return to the track on the weekend of April 7-9.

Last year was not a good year for the track as the fall race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was delayed almost six hours by rain because the track was drying slowly. That same race also ended early due to rain and this was only days after NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice was rescheduled. An IndyCar race was also postponed nearly five hours due to the same conditions.

President of Texas Motor Speedway Eddie Gossage said over a conference call “Given our recent issues with having difficulty in getting the track to dry, we felt it was something we had to do that the fans that come to the racetrack know that the track is going to dry quickly .. and they get what they came for,’’. Also going onto say that it would probably be wise of NASCAR to expand the weekend schedule this April so teams will have more time on the new surface.
Gossage also made a statement to Goodyear and urged them to not just bring a hard tire as he said, That would be a mistake”.

Texas Motor Speedway which has not been repaved since 2001 is the second track this week owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc. to announce an upcoming repave as Atlanta Motor Speedway will start a repaving project shortly after its one NASCAR event of the season.
The track will be getting repaved by Lane Construction Corp. which has repaved several tracks since 2003 most notably Daytona and Charlotte and the company will be using an asphalt mixture similar to that of Kentucky and Las Vegas.

Along with the slight reconfigurations, the most notable thing about the repave is that it will be enhancing the drainage system, by making several more points around the track in which the water can better drain away from the facility.