Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Smith Will Modify Bristol Motor Speedway Layout

Speedway Motorsports, Inc. CEO Bruton Smith confirmed today that the track will undergo additional modification in the coming weeks to narrow the track and eliminate variable-degree banking in the turns. The announcement came in response to fan complaints of less bump-and-run racing at the Tennessee oval; long renowned as one of the most volatile venues in NASCAR.

Smith said the changes were largely fan-driven, adding, “I said when this process began last month that I would listen to what the fans said they wanted. After a week to 10 days, there was no question that the overwhelming majority was asking for alterations to the track. We have listened to fans, heard from drivers and talked to engineers about what to do and how much time we had to do it. Once we knew the direction, we located the right equipment to make it happen.”

Smith said fans spoke loudly about their desire to see a return to the no-holds-barred style of racing that characterized the Tennessee track before a major reconstruction project in 2007 added banking and width to the racing surface. Bristol ‘s 160,000-seat grandstands were roughly half-full for last month’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “Food City 500.”
While Smith has said it is possible to restore Bristol to its precise, pre-2007 specifications, he stopped short of doing so, electing instead to modify the current layout. Crews will immediately begin removing the track’s uppermost groove, installing a new concrete surface that does not include the variable-degree banking that produced increased side-by-side racing in recent years. The track’s overall width will also be reduced, leaving drivers less room to maneuver. Work will be completed in time for a scheduled Goodyear tire test there in early June.
“The majority of fans we heard from said they wanted adjustments made,” said Smith. “The bulk of those said the progressive banking was what they didn't like. So that's the focus of our efforts, and that is what we are working to change.”


  1. Man you fans are powerful!!! Tell Bruton that you don't like the other day race and you want them both at night too!!! Come on NASCAR Nation show how powerful you are!!!

    TW: Very tongue in cheek

  2. I am no engineer, but wouldn't only replacing the conrete in the upper groove make it faster up there and everyone running the top? The people whining about wanting more wrecks may not like this one. From my experiece, tracks that are faster around the top groove tend to have less wrecks than tracks that only have an inside groove that causes drivers to cut each other off.

  3. steve brown10:08 PM

    thanx uncle bruton