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    This is acording to the Mansfield News. The track promotor said the asphalt is old and likely to crumble creating an unsafe condition in the future. The article went on to say work will begin Thursday. So what will the track configuration be? How about a hi-banked 1/3 mile?

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    1/3??? Where in heck you come up with that # lol. Mansfield true size lies somewhere between 3/8 & 1/2mi. Been long time but some reason thinking it was advertised as 3/8 back in late 80s. Place has concrete wall top and bottom so unless your knocking them down, track size is what it is. Covered grand stand and aluminum bleachers made for loud echo from cars at only pavement show I saw there. Hopefully he's planning on tearing up blacktop and putting new clay down cause last I was there the dirt was shot. Ryan 5r may be of more help. Think he ran street stock there up until closed.

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    • #3
      It's almost a 1/2 mile. He's tearing up the asphalt because it's in bad shape. It'll make it way better as dirt with the asphalt gone as far as prep. When i ran there it was't real high banked but they might of changed it when they screwed it up and layed asphalt down.

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      • #4
        Mansfield Motor Speedway is excited to announce it will be transforming the .44 Mile oval into a full blown dirt racing track and will host some of the biggest short track events across the country, amongst other entertainment for the Mid-Ohio region.

        Taken from their website: http://mansfieldmotorspeedway.com/di...-to-mansfield/

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        • #5
          I forgot about the concrete walls. The new track will have to be the same length as the old one, .44 mile. At the Must See Sprint Series race last year, it was loud enough in the grandstand to make my ears ring. I loved it! It took me back to Sunday afternoon at Sandusky Speedway when I was a kid. Considering the track's location, mufflers should not be required.

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          • #6
            There's enough neighbors that mufflers would be good idea and help fans in stands

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            • #7
              I raced there in a midget several years ago. The asphalt had a nice banking to it in my opinion. not flat but not high banked like Eldora. I really hope they don't add any more to it, We don't need 2 Eldora's in the same state. Plus in my opinion leaving it flatter should make for better racing.

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              • #8
                Glad to see they're getting rid of the asphalt. I've never heard much good about tracks that have put dirt over asphalt. that World of Outlaws race on dirt vision from I wanna say Rockford where they turned the asphalt into dirt for two days for WoO lates and sprints was pretty rough. I heard similar things about Sharon's all star race during speedweek and Oswego with the dirt cars.

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                • #9
                  It's roughly .44 around the outside of the track and just shy of 3/8 mile around the inside retaining wall with about 16* of banking in the corners and 8* on the straights.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ONUQB7 View Post
                    It's roughly .44 around the outside of the track and just shy of 3/8 mile around the inside retaining wall with about 16* of banking in the corners and 8* on the straights.
                    Very good info! Used to run there or work there? I haven't seen much on it outside of the .44 mile mark anywhere.

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                    • #11
                      Link: Asphalt to be removed at Mansfield Motor Speedway

                      MANSFIELD - When Mansfield Motor Speedway promoter Cody Sommer announced that the half-mile speed plant was going back to dirt for the 2017 season, he wasn't originally planning to remove the asphalt that currently covers the track. That plan has now changed.

                      Sommer announced earlier this week that the asphalt will be removed starting Thursday morning.

                      "It's actually a lot more work and not necessarily the original plan, but when I stepped back and looked at the facts on the table it makes way more sense," Sommer said Tuesday. "It's about providing a better race track, the big picture, a lot of those things."

                      Sommer said the decision was made when he and his team took a closer look at the condition of the asphalt. The track was originally converted into an asphalt track in 1999, and Sommer said it shows its age.

                      "It's been a long time since that initial surface was put down," Sommer said. "And the winter here is not an easy one in the Midwest and Ohio. That by itself is hard on a surface, let alone the racing that happens over time. They've done patching work and different things over the years and it's really deteriorated. The racing surface has cracks all over it. It's really gotten to the point where it's starting to fall apart. The big fear in putting dirt over top of it is you're going to make a situation that's already bad worse. It's kind of like putting a piece of duct tape over a broken hole."

                      "If that race track starts to break apart underneath that dirt, eventually those rocks and that asphalt is going to find its way to the surface, and we don't want that," Sommer said.

                      The Mansfield Motor Speedway opens its 2017 season on March 25 with first of three Triple CROWN Spring Series events.

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                          • #14
                            It really looks like a nice facility and great news that the asphalt is getting removed

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GTigers55 View Post

                              Very good info! Used to run there or work there? I haven't seen much on it outside of the .44 mile mark anywhere.
                              I work with mapping systems in Mansfield about a mile from the track, and measured it. I grew up around there in 90's watching my dad and will race there this spring.

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