NASCAR teams turn first laps at repaved Kansas Speedway

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, in action during NASCAR testing at Kansas Speedway on October 17, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images for NASCAR)

A total of 47 NASCAR Sprint Cup cars, including 4 redesigned 2013 machines, waited out a rain delay Wednesday at Kansas Speedway but were finally able to get in two hours of testing on the newly reconfigured 1.5 mile oval.

The track was repaved during the summer, and the turns now have variable banking – 17 degrees to 20 degrees – that replaces the 15 degrees (apron to wall) of the former layout.  In combination with the new pavement the new banking leaves teams wondering just what to expect for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.

“I look at it as a new race track,” two time Kansas winner Jeff Gordon said. “We don’t think of it from any notes that we had from this track in the past. We pretty much just start from scratch. It’s like going to a brand new race track somewhere else. It looks completely different than it ever did before.” MORE>>>


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