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“"I believe the racing will be the same," he said. "I know they probably didn't have a lot of time between now and (the August) race to do everything they wanted to do. Just grinding will take away a little groove, but once we lay a little rubber down, it'll be just like it was, which I think is fine." Smith's decision not to consult drivers was the biggest issue. Biffle compared it to taking your everyday car to the garage for repairs and then being told you can't drive it. "I don't know the word I want to use," he said. "We're the ones driving. We're the ones that know what it needs." Kevin Harvick definitely took issue with Smith's comment during Wednesday's news conference that "I do not consult race drivers when I am building a speedway." "They were all gung ho on wanting to meet at Texas," Harvick said. "The next thing you knew, nobody showed up, nobody called, nobody wanted to talk to anymore. I guess maybe they were embarrassed that they just wound up grinding it." Harvick took a shot at retired driver Darrell Waltrip, who was consulted by Smith. "Obviously, it didn't sound like Bruton wanted anybody's opinion that drives a car, so he went to Darrell," Harvick said. "We'll see how all that works out for him. "When's the last time he drove at Bristol?" Asked about Harvick's comments, Waltrip told ESPN.com by text message: "He (Smith) didn't want me to tell him what to do, just (if) what I thought they were doing would change anything." Waltrip said Wednesday that while he hasn't competed at Bristol since the 2007 reconfiguration, he has driven the track in a racecar. Harvick said he was told by Don Hawk, SMI's vice president of business affairs, that Smith wanted to discuss changes at Bristol with him at Texas. Hawk acknowledged that Smith wanted to meet with Harvick and his team owner, Richard Childress, and the meeting didn't happen. Hawk said he apologized to Harvick and Childress via text. He added that several other drivers were contacted via text for input on the project, and that some responded and some didn't. He said Smith talked to Brad Keselowski by phone. "I contacted Harvick and Childress in person and by text for a meeting with Bruton in Texas,'' Hawk said. "The meeting did not happen. I apologized to Harvick and Richard, I made the contact, it didn't happen, I take the bullet, period." While skeptical the grinding will return Bristol to a one-groove track that requires drivers to bump others out of the way to pass, Harvick is glad something is being done. "At least they're being proactive in trying to help fix it," he said. "I don't know exactly where all the grinders will have to wind up grinding the track.
I believe the racing will be the same ... Just grinding will take away a little groove, but once we lay a little rubber down it'll be just like it was, which I think is fine.'” -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.