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Atlanta Announces 2022 Reconfiguration, Repave

Atlanta Motor Speedway will begin repaving and reconfiguring its 1.5-mile circuit, with groundbreaking beginning later in 2021, for a new look in 2022, track officials announced July 6.

One of the biggest changes being made to the Georgia track is an increase in banking from 24 degrees to 28 degrees.

In addition, the new racing surface will become narrower, as the width is scheduled to be reduced from 55 ft. to 40 ft. overall.

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“As Atlanta’s racing surface has aged, we’ve challenged ourselves to reimagine what NASCAR racing at an intermediate track can be,” Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith said in a track release. “With high banks in the turns, narrower width and new pavement technology, Atlanta will be unlike any other mile-and-a-half track on the circuit. It’s all new for ’22 and this will be specifically designed for close, competitive racing.”

Construction will begin on the new reconfiguration project following this weekend’s Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. July 11 will mark the last event held on the schedule’s current oldest racing surface.

“Our partners at Speedway Motorsports have reprofiled Atlanta Motor Speedway to optimize the racing with the Next Gen car, and early simulations suggest the racing will be closer and even more competitive,” Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vp and chief racing development officer, added. “From the Charlotte [Motor Speedway] ROVAL to the Bristol [Motor Speedway] dirt race and now a re-imagined Atlanta, Marcus Smith and his team continue to take bold, innovative steps to bring unique and exciting racing experiences to our fans.”

According to the release, Atlanta officials partnered with iRacing to test potential models for the track’s new layout and surface.

The current layout’s final weekend begins with a NASCAR Xfinity Series race on July 10, followed by the Cup Series on July 11.

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Dalton Hopkins began writing for Frontstretch in April 2021. Currently, he is the lead writer for the weekly Thinkin' Out Loud column and one of our lead reporters. Beforehand, he wrote for IMSA shortly after graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2019. Simultaneously, he also serves as a First Lieutenant in the US Army.

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They should change it back to an oval.


And Richmond too!


that’s a huge investment of money. hopefully it will pay off. new car, new track.

Bill B

We won’t know for at least 5 years, until the track ages. When it’s new it will be fast and probably one groove. Although, they could spread some of their magic potion on the track.


Although it will take some time for the pavement to age, at least it’s some reassurance that Atlanta won’t get the Rockingham treatment.

Peter Pioer

I heard a driver say they thought it would turn the races into pack races like Daytona. We don’t need more of that.


I agree ajax I’d like to see Richmond go back to the half mile red and white steel guard rails and let them have at it again.

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