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Kansas Speedway Repaving Project Part Of Continuing Trend At NASCAR Tracks
Published April 23, 2012
CONTINUING A TREND: ESPN.com’s David Newton noted the repavings are “a lot of change in a sport where the fans seem to resist it, as we've seen with the Chase and the new car.” It makes drivers and track promoters “nervous, particularly track promoters who hear all the reasons a track shouldn't be repaved” (ESPN.com, 4/21). In Charlotte, Jim Utter noted track repaving “seems to be all the rage this season,” and there may “very well be legitimate reasons for tracks to go through this process.” Utter noted in “almost every instance,” repaving does “not produce good racing, at least in the short term.” Utter: “For fans' sake, let's hope that record does not remain the same this year” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/22). NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick said, "I'm not a fan of tearing up any race track. I don't think they've done a good job with any of the asphalt they have put down at any of the race tracks since they have repaved" (AP, 4/22).