NASCAR’s 2012 season has featured several changes, many of those have been at the racetracks.
Several tracks have announced changes that are either under way or have just been completed. Just within this season alone there have been three tracks alone that have made or are currently working on changes. Those three tracks are Kansas Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, and Pocono Raceway.
Kansas Speedway is currently under a new repaving project. Since the April Kansas is changing the track’s pavement, a project that began right after the STP 400 cup race in April. Tanks and bulldozers were present at the STP 400 to begin ripping out pavement. The track is planned to be ready for the fall, right around the time the chase begins in October.
Over at Bristol Motor Speedway, the track began a process of changes right after the spring race. Speedway Motorsports CEO and Chairperson Bruton Smith announced that changes would be made to the track at Bristol following the cup race in March. Fan input about the race was the reason behind Smith’s decision to make changes. The finishing touches are currently under way due to NASCAR’s return to Bristol this summer, around August.
Pocono Raceway is another track that went through a change of it’s own. Pocono just like Kansas, has got new pavement. The new pavement at the tricky triangle is set to make its debut this upcoming weekend from June 8-10. Prior to the race weekend, NASCAR is holding two days of testing at the tricky triangle from June 6-7th.
In the first day of testing 36 Sprint Cup drivers tested the new pavement on the 2.5-mile track. Mark Martin posted the highest speed of the first day of testing with a speed of 175.380 mph. Speeds posted in the first day of testing broke the top speed from last year’s August race posted by Ryan Newman with a speed of 170.026 mph.
Pocono’s new pavement will be put to the test in the Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR on June 10th. New pavement gives the opportunity of faster cars and higher speeds, in a race that has been cut down 100 miles.