A lot of Las Vegas Motor Speedway is being torn down, but very little is being thrown away.

The speedway's multi-million dollar construction project has created a considerable amount of rubble which might be misconstrued as waste. But quite a bit of what was demolished will be reused.

"We have made a concerted effort to recycle as much of the old facility as possible," said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. "In doing so, we are being both fiscally and environmentally responsible. In the past, we have recycled parts of the grandstands when we built the Earnhardt and Petty Terraces, but this project is much larger than any of those."

The estimated 500,000 tons of asphalt removed from the superspeedway's turns, back straightaway, infield and access roads will be recycled to pave five acres of parking lots and 25 acres of campground around the track.

The infield top soil - estimated at 100,000 cubic yards - will be enhanced with peat moss and reused in the tri-oval area and elsewhere around the LVMS property.

Even the three-lane tunnel will undergo recycling.  Its corrugated steel walls from the infield side will be moved to the entrance of the tunnel due to the reshaping of Turns 1 and 2.

"The barrier wall is moving out 200 feet, so we had a lot of extra tunnel on the infield side that we don't need," said Devin Horihan, LVMS director of development.  "We need it on the outside of the tunnel because we're changing the banking of the track.  We took the tunnel apart on the infield side, now we're reassembling it on the outside.

"There will be 3,000 feet of wheel fence that will be reused on the backstretch and in Turns 1 and 2.  The garage doors from the pit buildings were picked up by a local recycler. The base stone under the asphalt on the track was recycled.  It's a high-quality fractured limestone and will be used again under the new track.  When you think about it, there really isn't that much waste."

Thirty-six palm trees were removed from the tunnel entrance to the superspeedway and will be replanted around the LVMS property.
The new speedway surface, which will be banked 20 degrees in the turns and 10 degrees on the back straightaway, will be ready for the Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event Sept. 23.

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