Blowin In The Wind

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. - NASCAR first came to the Kansas Speedway five years ago and since then the track has evolved into one of the most fan friendly on the circuit.

The sprawling facility was the first to offer the "Fan Zone" idea, which gives fans an opportunity to get right on top of the garage with viewing areas to watch inspection and the crews work on their cars.

The idea has since been implemented at Daytona and the newly-remodeled Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Kansas track is part of a growing entertainment complex with several hotels, restaurants and shopping centers located within walking distance of the track.

As for the track itself, Kansas is slowly becoming racier as it grows older - just like its sister track in Chicago. Despite its knock as another 1.5-mile "cookie cutter" track, Kansas is beginning to create its own personality which the drivers, for the most part, like.

"Kansas is a finesse race track," said series point leader Jeff Burton. "It’s a track where you have to be aggressive but have to have finesse as well. It’s not a cookie-cutter, high-banked fast race track because it’s so slick."

The possibility of lights is in Kansas' future, which would add a new dimension to the track. But in a relatively short period of time, Kansas Speedway has become a worthy addition to the NASCAR schedule.

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