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Superspeedway opens second season with Pepsi 300
GLADEVILLE, Tenn.A notice to drivers coming to the
Nashville Superspeedway for the Pepsi 300 Busch race this weekend -
Turn 2 is repaired.
A slick spot in the turn resulted in several crashes last year
during the inaugural race at the $125 million, 1.33-mile
"NASCAR sat down with us immediately after the race and pointed
out a seven-foot spot in Turn 2 that was just a little too
polished, a little too slick," said Cliff Hawks, the
superspeedway's general manager.
Track officials brought in a grinder and roughed up the spot,
and within a day, it was repaired. No problems were reported during
the Indy Racing League and Craftsman Truck races later in the year.
"Drivers see a lot of improvement. Tremendous grip on the
track, which is important. Also they're noticing there's more
rubber on the track," Hawks said.
The Nashville Superspeedway will start its second season with
the Pepsi 300 and with the unique distinction as the only track in
the country to host two Busch races but no accompanying Winston Cup
Dover Downs Entertainment Inc. built the D-shared concrete track
to attrack a Winston Cup event, but winning one seems doubtful with
NASCAR already running top events 36 weeks this year in a crowded
Nashville didn't sell out the inaugural Pepsi 300, and sales
slower this year. Hawks expects to sell out the grandstand, which
seats approximately 30,000, and to erect some temporary seating.
More fans are interested in the June 8 Busch race, which will
run at night, he said.
"Now we have to be really focused on making sure these two
NASCAR Busch series dates are great events," Hawks said. "That's
what we want NASCAR to see."
Parking was made easier this year. It's first come, first
served, with a $2 charge added to each ticket so fans won't have to
wait in long lines to pay parking attendants.
A new Kids Zone gives children a place to play and a new
tobacco- and alcohol-free section was added for fans who wanted