Go ahead and repave Texas Motor Speedway
With the exception of a yearly NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visit to the dirt track of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, the three national series of NASCAR — Truck, Xfinity and Camping World Truck — are asphalt series, a few concrete but mostly asphalt. Heck, is there any NASCAR series that races on dirt much? I don’t think so. Ironically, though, pavement is a bad word in NASCAR circles. It may not be a four-letter word, but pair it with the word new to make new pavement, and well, that’s just blasphemy.
All kidding aside, tracks need repaving sometimes, like it or not. It’s just a fact of asphalt-racing life. The end result may be a few seasons of mediocre or worse racing at said track, but whether we like it or not, it’s a necessary evil we just have to put up with sometimes.
Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway was a bitter pill to swallow, or at least it was until the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup race took the green flag about six hours late. I think Sunday was a sign that we just need to suck it up and accept that Eddie Gossage is going to have to have his track paved, sooner rather than late.
It’s a harsh reality Gossage has already faced, as he broke the news Sunday. It was obvious, though, that it wasn’t news he was happy to present, and he seemed to know competitors wouldn’t like it. Don’t jump the gun on me here, though, an actual pavement hasn’t been announced prior to the 2017 return to the track, but Gossage did point out that new pavement would need to be laid down at his track sooner rather than later.
While I may not be ready for lackluster racing at TMS, it’s time for the powers that be at Texas Motor Speedway suck it up and repave their track. Fans not in attendance at the track at Texas on Sunday may not realize this, but the lenghy delay wasn’t for lengthy showers. Instead, it was for a brief rain shower followed by hours and hours of track-drying efforts. That darn track just wouldn’t dry.
And the AAA Texas 400 race day wasn’t the first time there’s been difficulty trying that darn track. Non-IndyCar fans may not realize it, but a 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series race at Texas was delayed by several months after five hours of track-drying efforts on the scheduled race day were grossly unsuccessful.
Kentucky Speedway, another Speedway Motorsports Inc. property, had a similar issue prior to this year. How was that problem solved? You got it — repaving.
Like it or not, I think we just need to face the fact that’s staring us in the face; it’s time for a Texas Motor Speedway repave. And given the chance it could rain there during a NASCAR race weekend next season, maybe Gossage needs to just go ahead and get on the phone and order that asphalt, no matter how many loads it takes.