Smaller Fuel Tanks At Lowes

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Wanting to be safe rather than sorry, NASCAR announced that they would be instituting the use of a 14-gallon fuel tank rather than the regular 22-gallon fuel tank when the NEXTEL Cup Series visits Lowe’s Motor Speedway next month.

Despite a $3 million repaving job at the track during the winter, which was done in response to last year’s races which resulted in tire problems for multiple teams and 37 caution flags in two races, NASCAR has chosen to put in place the smaller fuel tank that is currently in use at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

"A new pavement, combined with a new tire, that shorter run is a safe way to do it," said NASCAR Vice President of Communication Jim Hunter.

"The speedway has been resurfaced, and is really smooth now and really fast. A new pavement usually generates more speed. We just want to be sure, want to be safe."

All NASCAR teams were informed of the decision this past Friday at Texas Motor Speedway.

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