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Smith says began talking to engineers Sunday night about alterations to track to get it back to how it was before 2007

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Bristol Motor Speedway owner Bruton Smith is considering about $1 million worth of changes to return his Tennessee track to the way it was before a 2007 reconfiguration.
"We are going to take a very hard look at it this week," Smith told The Associated Press on Monday. "We have everything in our computers that shows us what the track used to be and what it is now, and we started working on that last night. I'll have an answer for you next week on if we'll alter the track."
But Smith insisted it was the rain, not fan apathy over the current style of racing at Bristol, that contributed to Sunday's poor crowd.

[+] EnlargeJared C. Tilton/Getty ImagesBristol owner Bruton Smith believes the weather, not the racing, was to blame for empty seats on Sunday.



"We certainly thought it was going to be better, but the rain got us," Smith said.
The rain began late Saturday night and continued until about two hours before Sunday's scheduled start, which Smith said "killed the walk-up crowd. And that alone accounts for 3,500 to 4,000 tickets."
Bristol once was one of the toughest tickets in all of professional sports, but attendance has waned the past several years and its spring race has particularly suffered.
The speedway says it seats 160,000, and although the grandstands appeared half empty Sunday, NASCAR's listed attendance was 102,000. Smith said 8,120 sold tickets went unused.
"Those were tickets that didn't show, people who elected not to venture out, and that's because of the weather," Smith said.
But he remained adamant the attendance decline has nothing to do with the new racing at Bristol. At the same time, though, Smith said he began talking to his Speedway Motorsports Inc. officials on Sunday evening about changes to the track.
The .533-mile bullring was long one of the most popular venues in NASCAR because of the aggressive style drivers had to adopt to be competitive on the tight track. The August night race is considered a showcase, and the combination of bumping and banging for 500 laps on a hot summer night usually led to an explosion of tempers.
It mellowed a bit after the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship was formed in 2004, and drivers trying to make NASCAR's title-deciding format had to be cautious that late in the season. Then came the 2007 reconfiguration, which added variable banking in the corners and opened lanes for two-and-three wide racing.
With so much room, there's not as much contact between the cars, and fans have complained that Bristol just isn't the same.
Smith said SMI will study fan comments this week.
"I want to be sure that the fans like what they see," he said. "If the fans like three abreast through the turns, we do nothing. If they don't, then we'll alter the track. The fans vote is the most important thing."
If changes are made, they'll be done in time for NASCAR's Aug. 25 return to Bristol.
"If I am going to do anything, I am going to guarantee we are going to do it before August," he said.


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Thanks [MENTION=2680]Tracy2[/MENTION], IDC what they do, I just want to see good racing, both ways were cool to watch
 

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I wish there was a way to combine them honestly. I like less crashes, but I miss the bump and run.
Maybe this car will be able to do that, it has way more downforce than the old cup car, which never ran the old Bristol
 

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The cars aren't the same either. It used to be that when you gave someone the bump, your front bumper went a little under their rear and you'd jack them out of the way. Now the bumpers line up. If you change the track back to the way it was, you'd have the ram-n-run, because that'd be the only way to get around anyone.

The first few Nationwide races at the track after it was changed were spectacular. Now that they have the newer body cars that line up... eh.

It's not just the track.
 

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The other main issue with the current Bristol is that old tires should not last that long at the end with no issues. New tires mean jack.
 

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Interesting that they are talking about potential changes. The races are not the same for many reasons, as has been pointed out. The track, the cars, the tires all play a role in the different style. I like the side by side, but it has lost a touch of character. Personally, I don't like caution fests, and that is what many races were at the old configuration.
 

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just get rid of the variable banking and everyone will be fighting for the bottom again. plus next years cars wont have bumpers that line up.
 

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just get rid of the variable banking and everyone will be fighting for the bottom again. plus next years cars wont have bumpers that line up.
Thats exactly what they are going to do, get rid of the variable banking
 

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So Bristol will be flat or banked all at the same degree all the way around?
 

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The cars aren't the same either. It used to be that when you gave someone the bump, your front bumper went a little under their rear and you'd jack them out of the way. Now the bumpers line up. If you change the track back to the way it was, you'd have the ram-n-run, because that'd be the only way to get around anyone.

The first few Nationwide races at the track after it was changed were spectacular. Now that they have the newer body cars that line up... eh.

It's not just the track.
tater you always have in my opinon some of the most sensible posts/reasoning in things...couldn't agree more...the track is what it is, and as they said, many if not all of the drivers like the new configuration. They like to be able to RACE...if they want to participate in demolition derby..they can pick any saturday night for it...glad to see what it is, I like RACING.
 

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That is what I was saying in my first post
The way you made it sound was like it was either going to be flat all the way around like Martinsville, or banked all the way around like a cereal bowl, with the same degrees of banking all the way around
 

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The way you made it sound was like it was either going to be flat all the way around like Martinsville, or banked all the way around like a cereal bowl, with the same degrees of banking all the way around
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tater you always have in my opinon some of the most sensible posts/reasoning in things...couldn't agree more...the track is what it is, and as they said, many if not all of the drivers like the new configuration. They like to be able to RACE...if they want to participate in demolition derby..they can pick any saturday night for it...glad to see what it is, I like RACING.
I honestly have mixed feelings. In many ways, I loved the old-style Bristol. But that got boring too. You'd see just this parade of cars going around the track and little passing unless you hit someone out of the way. Then that would bring on the 15-20 caution flags.

But then you have this style of racing, which can be very enjoyable and very frustrating at the same time.

I think it would be better for Bruton to hold off on any changes until the next 'new car' comes out. He picked a poor time to change the track last time, I think.

All things the same, he shouldn't have messed with something that wasn't broken to begin with. His track sold out 160,000 seats for how many years in a row and he changed the track. It just seemed illogical.

By the way, I'm sure there are many who would disagree with your opening remark there lol
 
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