Tony and Ryan on repaving Mich
SMOOTHING IT OVER: Michigan International Speedway is planning to repave its two-mile trioval during the offseason. Not every driver was thrilled with the news.
''I never like to see them paved,'' Ryan Newman said. ''I love them when they're old and they have character. It's going to be another work in progress for Goodyear to bring in and build a tire for a new race track of this shape and of this caliber.''
Officials say the 43-year-old track's fourth repaving should mean better grip on track and the elimination of a series of bumps on the surface. The $7 million project will begin after the Sprint Cup race in August.
MIS was last repaved in 1995, and Busch offered an example for track officials to follow.
''Homestead, I feel like they did the best when they repaved it,'' he said. ''You could go right to the race track and you could run the bottom, you could move to the middle, you could go to the top. Hopefully they can take a little bit of information from Homestead and do that here.''
Not everyone was concerned about the new surface.
''I'm good with the repaving. I just hope they promise to build us new garages,'' Tony Stewart said. ''This is one of the biggest tracks we go to and Martinsville is the smallest track, but Martinsville has the best garages at a half-mile track.''
NICE RIDE: Tony Stewart was still beaming about his ride in Lewis Hamilton's McLaren-Mercedes, but the former IndyCar series champion said he's certain Formula 1 isn't for him.
''I think I can do 100 percent of what I can do, but it's still not 100 percent of what the car can do,'' Stewart said.
Stewart and Hamilton traded cars for a series of laps at Watkins Glen recently. Stewart, who moved to NASCAR over a decade ago, said braking a car about a ton lighter than his everyday ride was the most challenging part of the test.
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