Atlanta Motor Speedway’s track surface will be changed ahead of the 2022 events for the first time in 25 years.
One of the oldest track surfaces in recent NASCAR history is set to be replaced. It has been announced earlier on Tuesday that Atlanta Motor Speedway is set to be repaved for the 2022 races, something that has never been done since 1996. More than that, the banking in turns will be increased to 28 degrees, while the track itself will become narrower.
Speedway Motorsports president and CEO Marcus Smith commented on the announcement: “As Atlanta’s racing surface has aged, we’ve challenged ourselves to reimagine what NASCAR racing at an intermediate track can be. With high banks in the turns, narrower width, and new pavement technology, Atlanta will be unlike any other mile-and-a-half track on the circuit. It’s all-new for ’22 and this will be specifically designed for close, competitive racing.”
NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell added: “Our partners at Speedway Motorsports have reprofiled Atlanta Motor Speedway to optimize the racing with the Next Gen car, and early simulations suggest the racing will be closer and even more competitive. From the Charlotte ROVAL to the Bristol Dirt Race and now a re-imagined Atlanta, Marcus Smith and his team continue to take bold, innovative steps to bring unique and exciting racing experiences to our fans.”
Atlanta Motor Speedway executive vice president and general manager Brandon Hutchinson also shared his thoughts: “Our operations staff has done everything possible to extend the life of our racing surface, and as a result fans have enjoyed some historic moments and fantastic finishes at Atlanta. While this asphalt cannot outlast Father Time, the memories of the great racing will last forever. NASCAR’s best will have one more chance to add to the legacy of this surface with a grand finale at the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart on July 11.”