Texas Motor Speedway Installs Tire Barriers in Preparation for Duck Commander 500by Kyle Pokrefky April 2, 2015 0 comments
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FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Motor Speedway has completed an installation of a total of 250 feet of tire barriers surrounding the track in preparation for next weekend’s Duck Commander 500 and O’Reilly Auto Parts 300.
The two-day installation placed 115 feet of tire barriers on the inside wall of pit exit and segments of 35-to-40 feet covering the track’s truck staging area in Turn 1 and emergency vehicle cut-out areas in Turns 1 and 4.
In total, approximately 450 tires were used to complete the installation.
The outside walls of the racing surface of the mile-and-a-half speedway were not covered with tire barriers as a majority of the outside wall is already covered by SAFER barriers.
The installation comes after NASCAR advised track officials to beef up the safety of their non-SAFER barrier covered walls following a crash with a non-covered wall by Kyle Busch in the XFINITY Series’s season opener that has sidelined the driver since February.
“NASCAR officials were here last Sunday and examined the speedway,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. “We always follow their advice on safety matters, but they requested we only add 250 feet of tire barriers. Considering that the inside wall and outside walls total almost 16,000 feet, adding 250 feet of tire packs is a minor addition. To me, that means NASCAR found the track to be extremely safe.”
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