Kentucky Speedway to add asphalt layer to track surface

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) Kentucky Speedway will apply another layer of asphalt to its racing surface this month for use by next NASCAR season.

The 1.5-mile oval was resurfaced this summer, with a reconfigured layout, increased banking and improved drainage. But speedway general manager Mark Simendinger said in a statement Monday that portions of the paving did not meet specifications. He said the deficiencies did not influence this year's racing and would ''affect only the long-term viability of the surface if left uncorrected.''

Kentucky will host a tripleheader weekend July 6-8 featuring all three NASCAR national series and headlined by the 400-mile Cup race. The ARCA and Xfinity series return with 150- and 300-mile events on Sept. 22-23.

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