Bristol to be repaved

Bristol Motor Speedway will have a new look when NASCAR fans return in the fall. To the delight of some drivers and crew chiefs, work on a new concrete surface begins this morning on the World’s Fastest Half-Mile.

BMS officials have consulted with current and former drivers, including Rusty Wallace and Jeff Gordon.

The goal is to offer a smoother surface which leads to better racing.

"I’m happy to give my feedback and I hope other drivers are," said Gordon, a five-time Bristol race winner.

"I wish that every track that is either repaved or where they are building a new track that they would sit down with as many drivers and crew chiefs and tire engineers and NASCAR officials that they possibly can before they decide what they’re going to do."

As usual, the work at BMS will be cutting edge. A new machine, called the Gomaco Slope Paver, has been developed to handle the specifications of the unique BMS oval which features 36-degree banking in the corners.

The resurfacing project should be completed by mid-July.

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