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Kentucky Speedway resurfacing done in time for race week

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SPARTA, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thousands will feel the need for speed in Sparta, Ky., this weekend.

That's because it is time for the big one. The Kentucky Speedway will host three days of racing, and when the cars hit the track, fans and drivers will see some major improvements.

"It's fast coming out of there. It's loud and fast," Gary Willis said.

And that's why the diehard fans like Gary and Paula Willis are already camped out at turn two.

"It's exciting," Paula Willis said. "You feel like you're right there with them."

This week kicks off the big NASCAR triple header at the Speedway. The trucks hit the track on Thursday, and then real speedsters follow.

"The Alsco 300 is Friday night, that's the Xfinity Series, and then the big one, the Quaker State 400, presented by Advance Auto Parts and that is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Saturday night," said Tim Bray, Director of Communications for Kentucky Speedway.

On Tuesday, crews put the finishing touches on the track logos and pit stops, but that's just part of the changes drivers and race fans will notice.

"First of all, we did resurface the entire track for the first time in since 2000," Bray said. "Secondly, we changed the banking in turns one and two."

Bray said the resurfacing will make the 1.5 mile track a lot faster.

"There's going to be an awful lot more of the speed coming out of turn two down the backstretch and making turn three a real challenge for these guys."

Bray hopes the improvements and a little name dropping will get race fans motivated.

"You've got everybody from Jimmy Johnson to Dale Earnhardt Jr., and you will see Tony Stewart with his last race here at the track," he said.

"I'd like to see Danica do well," Gary Willis said.

Gary Willis has his favorite, but Paula enjoys watching her husband in action.

She said, "It's fun to watch him," Paula Willis said. "Because he's really into it. He loves it."

Tickets are still available for all three races this coming weekend.

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