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With the highly-publicized controversy surrounding this big decision, there have been lots of people both for – and against the choice, but ultimately it was left up to engineers and track officials to choose.
Fielding complaints from a large number of drivers after the current season’s race at the track, the president of Atlanta Motor Speedway revealed earlier this week that they had finally made a decision about the planned re-paving of the track – and it’s not what you would expect!
Meeting with officials from Goodyear Tire, NASCAR, a number of racing teams, drivers, and his own advisory board, AMS President Ed Clark announced that the track would postpone the track’s re-paving until after the 2018 race…but this could spell trouble for the drivers.
While many drivers pleaded for officials to not re-pave for another couple years, the cause for re-paving could have a negative impact on the season and race held there next year.
“Drivers hate repaves,” Brad Keselowski said following his Cup win in early March. “My hope is they can get another year or two out of it.”
The reason AMS is in need of re-paving is due to the 20-year-old surface suffering effects from weather and water seepage that has degraded the surface over the last two decades. If the conditions worsen, it could spell trouble for next year’s race in a multitude of ways – but, officials seem to believe that they can dodge any issues by performing some needed patchwork to keep it up to snuff.
“We appreciate all of the input we have received from key individuals in the NASCAR industry, as well as our customers,” President Ed Clark said.“The overwhelming majority have urged us to hold off on paving so that we can enjoy at least one more weekend of high-speed slipping and sliding in 2018 before the new surface is installed.”
In addition to the current postponement, the Washington Post reports that the decision will be reevaluated following the 2018 race as well.
Watch the video below that shows all the crashes from Atlanta this year.
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