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TURNING WATER INTO WINE? TMS TO RECONSTRUCT RACING SURFACE
Published April 7, 1998
Texas Motor Speedway's racing surface "will be overhauled in response to problems associated with the track and complaints from drivers before and after Sunday's Winston Cup Texas 500," according to Simon Gonzalez of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. The overhaul, "expected to cost" $1M-$2M, will include "correcting the problem that has allowed water to seep through the track asphalt and revamping the surface to allow side-by-side racing." Track Owner Bruton Smith said the renovations will be done in time for the Craftsman Truck series race on June 5. Gonzalez adds that the "plan calls for making TMS a clone of Charlotte Motor Speedway" -- also owned by Smith. Smith: "Texas is the same size and configuration as Charlotte, and what we will do is follow, as closely as possible, those contours of Charlotte" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 4/7).