The number four moment on our countdown began a new era at Kansas Speedway.
Immediately following the 2012 spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Kansas Speedway prepared to repave and reconfigure the existing track surface like so many other tracks have done. However, Kansas Speedway had a unique take on how to begin the demolition – use equipment from the Kansas National Guard.
The Kansas National Guard brought an Armored Combat Excavator (ACE) and D7R to kick off the demolition and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski wanted to help. After meeting with the Kansas National Guard, Keselowski climbed into a tank to take a few laps around the original surface of Kansas Speedway while the D7R and ACE started work on pit road.
While drivers aren’t usually fans of changes or track repaves, Kansas Speedway’s new surface has gotten favorable reviews in recent years.
“Gotta hand it to the folks who remodeled Kansas Speedway into what it is today,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr on Twitter. “Quickly rising up my list of favorite tracks.”
Don’t miss any of the moments at Kansas Speedway as racing returns this October with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season finale on Oct. 16, the NASCAR XFINITY Series (Kansas Lottery 300) on Oct. 17, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Hollywood Casino 400, the fifth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup) on Oct. 18, and tickets are currently on sale.
Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.
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