Big changes are coming to Atlanta Motor Speedway ahead of the 2022 NASCAR season.
Ahead of hosting the Cup and Xfinity Series this weekend, AMS announced Tuesday that the 1.5-mile track, renowned by drivers for its abrasive surface, will be repaved for the first time since its 1997 reconfiguration to a quad-oval layout.
But that’s not all. The track will also undergo a reprofiling. As part of that, banking will increase in the turns from 24 to 28 degrees. Banking will remain at five degrees on the straights.
Additionally, the racing surface will become narrower with an overall decrease in width from 55 feet to 40 feet. New widths will be 52 feet on the front stretch, 42 feet on the back stretch and 40 feet in the turns.
The track has been part of the NASCAR circuit since 1960, and hosted at least two Cup races annually from 1960-2010. Three races were held there in 1961.
After hosting a single Cup weekend from 2011-2020, it received a second Cup date again starting this season.
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