Thursday, June 11, 2015

Tony Stewart hopes Michigan International Speedway racing surface will 'widen out'

Tony Stewart/Dave Marr photo
Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet, on the racing surface at Michigan International Speedway, which was repaved following the 2012 season and hosts the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday:
“It’s hard to say, but it should be better. That first year, once it cleaned off, it seemed like the track got to be pretty good. It was still a relatively one-groove track but it got better as the weekend went on. It was even better last year and, really, we should see more of the same, even with the higher speeds. Hopefully, the race track will continue on that path and continue to widen out. It was a lot racier than I thought it would be right off the bat, and it’s just been getting better, so I’m anticipating it’s going to be even better when we get back on it this weekend with our Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy.
“With the repave a couple years ago, it’s just lightning fast. And the groove is getting wider and wider so it’s easier to race there. It’s definitely just a fast, fast race track. We talk about momentum. Momentum is a huge deal there. You carry so much speed to the turns, and the corners are so long and so round, you have to be very smooth there.”

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