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Early reviews positive for Kansas reconfiguration

August 29, 2012, Track Release,

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Several Sprint Cup Series teams took to the newly reconfigured Kansas Speedway on Tuesday in a Goodyear tire test and the reviews are in -- and they have been pretty positive as teams navigate the variable banking for the first time.

"I think they did a really nice job repaving," Matt Kenseth said. "Drivers aren't huge fans of repaves, especially being the first ones on the track. By this afternoon the cars were more comfortable on the track. I think the repave is awesome."


Regan Smith agreed.

"We've seen quite a few of these this year already. They did a pretty good job with this one," he said.

For Dale Earnhardt Jr., the day was about getting some time on the track.

"It's nice to get out on the track. It's nice to see the track. I like this place," Earnhardt said. "The banking will add speed to the race track and [Turns] 1 and 2 definitely have more banking. This should be a fast little race track."

Kenseth, who holds the track record of 180.856 mph set in 2005, expects that mark to fall.

"We're already running, the last lap was 30.30 [seconds] or something," Kenseth said. "You know it's going to be faster when everybody runs in qualifying runs. I expect it to be the high 28s in a qualifying run."

The Goodyear tire test concludes Wednesday and is open and free to the public.

Tickets for the Oct. 19-21 race weekend, including the Nationwide Series' Kansas Lottery 300 and Cup Series' Hollywood Casino 400, are on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or visiting Every season ticket comes with a track pass that provides access to the infield for the pre-race concert, drivers' introductions and much more.