Repave... or not to repave... that is the question. Before the Folds Of Honor Quik Trip 500, a lot of focus of attention came from many drivers not wanting it repaved. It was first reconfigured and repaved in 1997 and since then it is the same surface now as it was in '97. In 2017 it has been said that it is 3 years past due for needing one and fans and drivers are saying "Don't repave it". I'm with the crowd supporting it, but you have to remember that concrete tends to come apart eventually. What if it Atlanta decided to not repave it as it is scheduled to be done this year before next season? That would make a lot of people both fans and drivers very happy. Some things though you have to consider if the track officials would decide to let it go for another year or two. One being that it's dangerously close to needing it done anyway. The hot and humid summer will keep deteriorating it as it is doing now. Another thing would be if it were discovered a few months before hand that a large section of it were to be un-raceable the event itself would have to be cancelled which would hurt track revenue without a race during that year. Even though you can say "well, I doubt a large portion of the track would come apart just before the race and I'm sure they would fix whatever it is for temporary purposes" true, but you can't always count on that. For me being a fan I am a fan of whatever gives me the Green flag, a few yellows and a checkered meaning whatever makes the track operate. But mind you if we don't repave we are getting the same product and the same guy leading every lap. With a repave yes we will have to wait a few years for the slipping and sliding to return. Texas Motor Speedway announced it is doing a slight reconfiguration and repave after the spring race. In the end I'm for whatever the track operations call for if they want to repave it fine, if they wanna wait I'm fine that too. It's all in the best interests of safety and entertainment product because without any surface there isn't entertainment to bring the fan. You can always count on me watching regardless.
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