Bristol Motor Speedway Extends SAFER Barrier Prior To Food City 500

Bristol Motor Speedway Extends SAFER Barrier Prior To Food City 500

by April 3, 2015 0 comments

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By: Hunter Thomas
Twitter: @HunterThomas08

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Bristol Motor Speedway announced on Thursday that the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers will be extended before the running of the NASCAR events, April 16-19.

Prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500, NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East PittLite 125 in April at Bristol Motor Speedway, the SAFER barriers will extend along the outside wall down the frontstretch and backsteretch. With the additional 600 feet, the entire outside wall around the .533-mile track will be completely covered with a SAFER barrier, increasing the driver’s safety during competition.

“The safety of our fans and competitors continues to be a focal point for Bristol Motor Speedway,” Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager for Bristol Motor Speedway said. “SMI engineers and NASCAR reevaluated the track and made additional recommendations. We’ve been able to secure an additional 600 feet of SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barriers and will complete the build out of the front and backstretch outside walls before the Food City 500 race weekend.”

Protecting drivers from sustaining severe injuries, the SAFER barrier has continued to be the most innovative feature ensuring a driver’s survival during a horrific crash. Although the race cars are incredibly safe, there’s always that one crash at the certain angle that makes the cars no match for a concrete wall.

Most recently back in February, Kyle Busch sustained a compound fracture in his right leg and fracture in his left foot after he hit the inside concrete wall at Daytona International Speedway during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Alert Today Florida 300.

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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