We all know now from the Dale Earnhardt Jr News Network that it is now official that Atlanta Motor Speedway is putting off getting a repave for at least one more race. In 2018 it will get its official repave as planned, but will be in its 4th year past from what the engineers said when it should be done. Like I said before in a previous blog it should be done now due to harsh weathering. Atlanta just is not the type of track like Auto Club where the weather stays consistent and somewhat mild throughout the year until it's race time for the cup and xfinity guys. Auto Club although 20 years old is still holding together and isn't in any need of fixin. But they say one more year. Ok that's great, you know what product of racing you're getting. You're getting the same race you saw the previous where Kevin Harvick knows his way around. I like Harvick don't get me wrong, but with NASCAR making all these changes a repave is what will shake things up to make it more of a challenge for these teams to work around when it comes to new pavement. Say if you're a fan of the current surface, I see it as more of a slap in the face for that fan because it's only one year you get to see this surface until it's torn up for a new one. Why bother racing again if it's one more year on the same surface? If you want to delay it and trust the concrete so be it. I think the track should push for at least two more seasons to justify waiting longer for the track to be run on the old surface if the drivers like it. Drivers say it's fun to race on, but the product is what the fans want to see happen because they pay the ticket for it. Some fans say the racing was terrible others love it more than anything in the world. 2018 will come along fast just as 2017 did. We will have the race and then it's repaved. Five or so years will go by and we will start to see it return to the slipping and sliding fun we see now. It's a game of accepting reality and patience.
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