Lightning strike rips hole in asphalt at Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH -- Texas Motor Speedway crews on Monday began repairing a hole in the asphalt of the venue’s infield road course blasted open by a lightning strike Thursday night, according to the Star-Telegram.

The strike was so powerful it left behind a hole measuring 18 inches in diameter and 5 1/2 inches deep, reaching the track’s concrete base. According to TMS spokesman Mike Zizzo, asphalt was found as far away as 150 feet from the strike.

The infield road course sits inside the main, 1.5-mile oval track. During NASCAR races, the road course is covered by RVs and campers.

TMS crews will use Cold Patch asphalt repair, the same compound that would be used to fix a pothole during a race weekend.

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