|Kansas, the latest repaved track on the NASCAR schedule, was a success on Sunday. (US Presswire)|
There were some concerns about what kind of racing would be left in the wake of the decision to repave and reconfigure Kansas Speedway after last April's NASCAR weekend. Typically there are growing pains when tracks get a new coat of asphalt as well as the installation of progressive banking, as was the case in Kansas.
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Auto Club Speedway Fontana Calif.
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Many felt that would certainly be the case in Kansas, and a single-file parade in both Saturday's Nationwide Series and Sunday's Sprint Cup Series would be the result. That was far from the situation, and many fans are looking back at the weekend as one of the season's best, with side-by-side racing, emotion and solid competition in both events.
So while there's no guarantee the aftermath will be as good in such short order as what took place in Kansas, the next track to take the plunge should be Chicagoland Speedway. The Joliet, Ill., track is considered the sister track to Kansas, and both joined the NASCAR schedule in 2001. In recent years, Chicagoland's weathered surface has created decent racing, but rather than wait for it to ultimately crumble, track management should get ahead of the curve and follow the Kansas template.
There are so many 1.5-mile tracks on the schedule that any opportunity to give each its own flavor and character is a must. Kansas has done that with flying colors. It's time for the Windy City speedway to step up next.