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Talladega Superspeedway will repave its track next year for the first time since 1979, and several top drivers say they're looking forward to a smoother ride.

Several drivers have complained about the track in the past, saying the uneven surface takes a toll on springs and other chassis parts and makes the bumper-to-bumper racing even more harrowing.

The track surface had settled in several spots and asphalt patches have raised the surface in other areas.

Track spokeswoman Kristi King said the repaving project will begin after the Aaron's 499, which is set for April 30th.

She said it will be finished before the UAW Ford 500 in the fall.

The makeover will include complete asphalt repaving of the 2.66-mile tri-oval track, the apron and pit road. Track officials would not disclose the estimated cost.

The track opened in 1969 and was resurfaced on two occasions during the next 10 years, but has only been patched since then.