Thompson, CT — America’s first asphalt racetrack is now sporting a brand new surface following months of planning and preparation work. The Thompson International Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut has been re-paved for only the second time in its sixty-year history.
Some two thousand tons of asphalt were laid down on the 5/8ths-mile oval during the two-day project, which was done by Palmer Paving, Inc. of Palmer, Massachusetts. A crew of nearly twenty-five workers and over a dozen pieces of equipment were required to pave the high-banked racetrack. The turns, with 25-degree bankings, posed the greatest challenge. However, the experienced crews used great care and their extensive knowledge to apply the final coat of asphalt so that it would smooth the entire racing surface and not change the historic contours of the famed speedway.
“We were beginning to get a little bit concerned about the weather, said track owner Don Hoenig. However, we all kept a close eye on the forecasts and when we saw two good days in a row projected, everything was put into motion to get the job done. Palmer Paving has been a great company to deal with because of their knowledge and experience in resurfacing racetracks, and the fact that they have the specialized equipment necessary to do the job right,” Hoenig concluded.
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