"It's a typical repave" was the standard answer describing the feel of the newly redesigned Kansas Speedway.
After rain delayed the action on the 1.5-mile track for several hours, 47 teams finally were able to test for two hours on Wednesday. Thirty drivers broke the existing track record of 180.856 mph, set by Matt Kenseth in October 2005.
Greg Biffle topped the speed chart with a lap of 184.900 (29.205 seconds). He described the track as "really smooth and fast." He's hoping that the next three days of activity will enable the track to "rubber in" and develop a second groove. As the track ages, it's anticipated that the high line will be the fastest around the track. But that could take a couple of years.
"It's almost like the only way you can get up there is with some artificial grip," Biffle said. "Right now, it's no man's land.
"It reminds me a lot of the other repaves; pretty good, not real bumpy and you can feel the grooves in the pavement going from one lane to another. ...