Atlanta Motor Speedway postpones repaving track

Brad Keselowski celebrates with a burnout after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway March 5, 2017, in Hampton.

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Brad Keselowski celebrates with a burnout after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway March 5, 2017, in Hampton.

After announcing plans to resurface in January, Atlanta Motor Speedway elected to postpone its plan to resurface the 20-year-old, 1.54-mile racing surface until after its 2018 NASCAR weekend.

The aged, abrasive surface was last paved in 1997, when the track was reconfigured into its current quad-oval layout. Speeds increased dramatically initially, making it one of the fastest tracks in NASCAR.

After consulting with NASCAR, Goodyear and race teams, AMS chose to delay updating the surface, which is well-known for producing slick and challenging racing conditions and causes some of the fastest tire fall-off of any track on the circuit.

Since 1997, the track has hosted 32 NASCAR Cup Series races, 20 Xfinity Series races and 16 Truck Series races.