Kasey Kahne became the first, and thus far only, NASCAR driver to support the upcoming changes to Bristol Motor Speedway. Kahne tweeted the following on his Twitter account in response to the plans laid out by track owner Bruton Smith:
@kaseykahne : “@jeff_gluck: Bruton: “We think we will win all the race fans over on this.”” Sounds great to me. I like what Bruton is doing to Bristol
Smith who is also the head of Speedway Motorsports Inc had asked the fans what should be done to the 1/2 mile track after years of falling attendance. Smith said that 40% of the responses urged him to take some sort of action. Action which would eliminate the “freight-train racing of the past” as track GM Jerry Caldwell put it.
Even though there has been outcry to bring back the old Bristol the initial reaction from fans and race team members is one of surprise. With the exception of Kahne few, with exception of Darrel Waltrip, have embraced yet another change to the track which was reconfigured in 20...