Kansas Next For SAFER Barriers

Kansas Speedway officials announced today that SAFER barriers will be installed at the track in the coming months.

Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barriers are scheduled to be in place around the 1.5-mile trioval in time for the track's Banquet 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race Oct. 10.

"Soft wall technology is vital to the safety of the drivers who race at Kansas Speedway, and we are proud to be one of the growing number of ISC tracks that recognizes this," speedway President Jeff Boerger said. "I applaud NASCAR for encouraging racetracks to install the system."

Scientists at the University of Nebraska's Midwest Roadside Safety Facility developed the SAFER barrier, which absorbs some of the energy in a crash and lessens the impact on a driver.

The SAFER barrier at Kansas Speedway will be made up of steel tubes and pads of hard foam and affixed to the track's retainer wall between Turns 1 and 2, and Turns 3 and 4. The SAFER wall at Kansas Speedway will be 40 inches high, and extend through the inside of the turns about 30 inches from the wall.

From start to finish, it will take engineers about three weeks to install the barriers.

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