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TURNING WATER INTO WINE? TMS TO RECONSTRUCT RACING SURFACE

          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).

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