Texas Motor Speedway is going to take its repaving project all the way down pit road. 

The planned repaving of the 1 1/2-mile racing surface will begin next week. That is part of a capital improvement project that started at TMS on January 9.

Track president Eddie Gossage said Thursday that this is an opportune time to also repave the rough pit road, which has been re-patched as needed over the years. 

Construction crews have completed the installation of a new drainage system at the track. Changes have also been completed on Turns 1 and 2, where the banking was reduced from 24 to 20 degrees and the track widened from 60 to 80 feet. 

The paving of the track and pit road is expected to take four weeks, and be finished well in advance of the next NASCAR weekend there April 7-9.

The track opened in 1997 and was last completely repaved in 2001. The old asphalt had become porous, making it difficult to dry the track in a timely matter. Both NASCAR weekends and the IndyCar race at Texas last year were hampered by rain.