It is being reported on nascar.com that it is being considered to repaving the Bristol Motor Speedway in an attempt to return the popular facility to it's form previous to the last repaving project. There are many who link the drop off in attendance, particularly for the Spring race to the wider track with progressive banking which allows side by side racing. They say the old track where a single grove forced drivers to utilize a "bump and run" procedure to pass was more exciting to watch. Smith blames the rainy weather for a large part of the unsold tickets, citing that it hurt the race day walk up sales. I would remind him that there used to not be any tickets to sell on race day. The official announced crowd size was 102,000, well short of the 160,000 seat capacity. With recent walk up sales averaging about 5,000 tickets, the math is more than fuzzy when you apply that as a reason for the lack of sales.