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“"I don't see all the hate for new Bristol versus old Bristol," Keselowski said after leading a career-best 232 laps two weeks ago. "I'm biased, I know. But to me this was one of the best Bristol races I've ever seen." Kevin Harvick was among the drivers that favored the old surface. "In all fairness, everybody in Bristol was trying to make the racetrack better, and in the end it didn't work for them," he said last week. "The telltale sign of that was standing in the infield and looking at the crowd. It used to be years upon years of waiting lists. "When you take a risk like they took on changing the racetrack with engineers, you're taking a big risk. Now they're going to pay probably the ultimate (price)." Smith told ESPN.com last week that the 2007 decision to switch to progressive banking that created the side-by-side racing was made by an SMI engineer without telling him. He said he didn't learn of the change until two weeks after the project was complete. Now, with the track no longer the toughest ticket in NASCAR, he plans to correct the mistake. "In my opinion, that is where we went wrong," Smith told ESPN.com. "I have never been a fan of progressive banking. I had never, ever liked it."
The race fans have spoken. We had input that included a wide range of opinions. But the majority we heard from said they wanted to see changes made. As a result, I have ordered the equipment and work will begin within the next two weeks to allow time to have everything ready for August.” -- Bruton Smith