10 years at Kansas Speedway: Time to Repave?

4 Jun

Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR

After 10 years of hosting NASCAR races, officials at Kansas Speedway say it’s only a matter of time before the track surface needs to be revamped. (For a comprehensive article on this, check out this link.) Drivers, however, don’t necessarily agree. One reporter asked racers about this on Saturday after the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250, and Todd Bodine, Johnny Sauter and Joey Coulter all said that if they got to vote, the track would not be repaved.

“This place has got so much character now,” Bodine said. “When it was first built and we came here … it was smooth, and lots of grip, and now, even in trucks we’re out there sliding around and we’re driving the heck out of them every lap. That’s why you see great racing here. It’s got a lot of character. It’s a neat place.”

The reporter remarked half-jokingly that the track would most likely be repaved anyway, and Bodine in particular gave a passionate defense of Kansas Speedway’s current state.

“Why would they repave it?” Bodine began. “Yeah it’s got a couple of bumps and it’s wore-out, but that’s what makes it fun. It separates good trucks from bad ones and good cars from bad ones, good drivers. That’s what makes it fun. Anybody can go fast on dry pavement.”

Coulter’s statement was short and sweet but seemed to summarize what the general feeling was.

“I don’t think I’d repave it either,” the rookie said. “It’s pretty fun the way it is.”

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