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Superspeedway opens second season with Pepsi 300

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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

superspeedway.

"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

event.

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

schedule.

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

that option.

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