Bristol Motor Speedway to remove progressive banking

Many NASCAR fans and media expressed concern at the amount of empty seats at Bristol in April.(Getty Images)

Bristol Motor Speedway will grind the top part of the .533 mile track to remove a racing groove, Speedway Motorsports chairman Bruton Smith announced Wednesday.

The change is in response to fan complaints of boring racing, complaints that grew after the tracks most recent event in March. Many of the tracks 160,000 appeared empty during the Food City 500 on March 18. Some critics began to speculate that the racing was at fault for the empty seats. Fans began to complain soon after.

In response, Smith announced in March that the track would be making changes in time for the August race. Wednesday the announcement was made that most of the progressive banking put into the track during the 2007 repaving would be removed via grinding along the top of the track. The grinding process will change the profile of the track. MORE>>>

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