More changes coming to Bristol?

Cars race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 25, 2012 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

HAMPTON, Ga. — Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc., has been weighing feedback from fans and is considering additional changes to the racing surface at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, one of SMI’s marquee properties.

Smith, who joined fans in a town-hall-style meeting on Saturday, is considering “tweaking the surface a little bit after watching the replay several more times.”

Disappointed with attendance at the March race at the .533-mile short track, Smith commissioned a seven-figure grinding project that shaved two degrees of banking from the top lane of the concrete track.

Far from eliminating the outside groove as a racing option, the top of the track became the fast way around as the third lane rubbered in. The result was an action-filled race that was well received by a broad consensus of competitors and fans alike.

Smith has yet to provide specifics about what additional changes he might consider.


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