In preparation for the May 17 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the retaining walls at Lowe's Motor Speedway are once again being painted Sprint yellow.

This is the second consecutive year the inside and outside walls have been changed from their traditional white to bright yellow for the sport's annual all-star event.

It will take 286 man hours to complete the painting project which started late Sunday evening and will be finished Wednesday. Eleven men from JKS Motorsports are applying 575 gallons of Sprint-yellow paint to the inside and outside retaining walls using rollers and four gas-powered sprayers.

"The yellow wall is really psychedelic. It reminds me of the '60s,"veteran driver Kenny Wallace said after the walls were painted yellow for the first time. "You get used to a look for 20 years-I've been racing here since 1989-and now it's different. But it's neat. It adds a lot of color to the place."

Tickets for the May 17 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race start at just $30 and can be purchased online or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.