December 12, 2013
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) -- If Bristol Motor Speedway goes back to its rough-and-tumble roots before NASCAR returns in August, the drivers say they'll be ready for it.
Even if some are more excited about it than others.
Owner Bruton Smith is thinking about restoring tighter lanes and getting rid of variable banking at the venerable half-mile track, essentially forcing drivers to return to the beating and banging that made its races so entertaining and volatile.
Before preparing Friday for qualifying at Auto Club Speedway east of Los Angeles, Kevin Harvick counted himself among the traditionalists who would love to mix it up again.
Brad Keselowski won at Bristol last weekend while leading a career-best 232 laps. He's equally emphatic in favor of the changes made in 2007 that allow smoother, cleaner racing.
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