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Michigan to get facelift

The two-mile Michigan International Speedway will be repaved after the Aug. 21 Pure Michigan 400. But unlike other projects on the circuit, drivers seem to approve of the facelift.

New pavement will create so much grip for the first couple years it will be difficult to make passes since everyone will race along the bottom groove. But Michigan’s surface is so old and bumpy, drivers said it’s become a necessary inconvenience.

“The sad thing is that it’s time to repave a few of them and it’s just come due,” Clint Bowyer said. “It’s the only thing you can do when its time. It’s time. You have got to repave it.”

“I’m not a big fan of repaving anywhere, to be honest with you,” Kevin Harvick said. “But I understand that obviously you get to a point with the asphalt where it becomes kind of a safety concern.”

Kyle Busch hopes the track gets suggestions from the company that repaved the Homestead-Miami Speedway several years ago, and not from the people responsible for repaving Chicagoland Speedway, California Speedway and the Kansas Speedway.

“I hope they talked to somebody at least and got some ideas on maybe how to make sure that they can repave this place,” he said. “And, I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but not ruin it, you know what I mean. When you repave a place or when you pave one to begin with like a Kansas or a Chicago or a California a few years ago when they did that place.  It was always one groove right around the bottom of the race track.

“Homestead, I feel like did the best at it when they repaved it. You could go right to the race track and you could run the bottom, you could move to the middle, you could go to the top. It was a race track that you could move all over the place instead of just being stuck to one lane.”

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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