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Bruton Smith To Announce Bristol Motor Speedway Track Changes Today

Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith is set to reveal planned changes to Bristol Motor Speedway today in an 11 a.m. ET news conference at the track.

Smith vowed to alter the track surface following a dud of a race last month in which the once-packed grandstands were only half full. After gathering fan input, the head of SMI – which owns tracks such as Texas, Atlanta and Sonoma in addition to Bristol – decided changes were necessary.

Just what those changes will be is anyone's guess. Reports Smith was planning to spend $1 million on the project means the entire track surface won't be reconfigured prior to August's Bristol night race – that would cost more than $1 million – but there are other options Smith may have up his sleeve.

We'll be live at the news conference later this morning, so make sure to check back here for updates.