On August 28-29 nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams returned to Kansas Speedway to tire test on the newly reconfigured oval concluding a massive track reconfiguration project.
“I think they did a really nice job repaving,” said Matt Kenseth. “Drivers aren’t huge fans of repaves, especially being the first ones on the track, by this afternoon the cars were more comfortable on the track. I think the repave is awesome.”
The project started immediately following the STP 400 on April 22, 2011 and construction crews completed the following:
- Repaved the track surface.
- Reconfigured the oval to feature up to 20 degrees of variable banking in the turns; the previous banking at Kansas Speedway was 15 degree uniform banking in the turns.
- Added an infield road course that winds through the infield. Portions of the infield were graded and paved as part of the road course development.
For more about what the drivers thought of the new track surface, click here.