August 28, 2012
Kenseth was among eight drivers to check out the repaved surface of the 1 1/2-mile tri-oval on Tuesday during tire testing for Goodyear. New variable banking combined with the smoother asphalt surface made for some quick lap times, even during the shortened runs.
Kenseth set the record of 29.858 seconds in October 2005, but said he ran 30.30 on his last lap. Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he turned a lap of 29.90 in race trim.
Drivers had been reticent about the repave during the April race at Kansas, but most of the responses to the renovation were positive, even though Earnhardt acknowledged it may take a couple years of weathering to truly get back to normal.