Daytona Adds More SAFER Barriers

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SAFER barriers - energy-absorbing barriers that reduce the forces in a crash that can injure drivers - have been added from Turn 4 through the tri-oval and to Turn 1. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daytona International Speedway has added 2,400 feet of additional SAFER barriers in time for this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup races.

SAFER barriers - energy-absorbing barriers that reduce the forces in a crash that can injure drivers - have been added from Turn 4 through the tri-oval and to Turn 1.

With the addition, Daytona International Speedway has SAFER barriers on its outside wall from the entrance of Turn 3 to the exit of Turn 2.

“We’re always looking at ways to enhance our safety and it is a priority for us,’’ said Lenny Santiago, senior director of public relations for Daytona International Speedway. “Whenever we have an incident on track, we always take a look in consultation with NASCAR, the University of Nebraska and other experts that are a part of the Motorsports Technology Group and take their recommendations. In consultation with them, we made sure we added additional safer barriers to these areas.’’

Kevin Harvick was vocal about the need for additional SAFER barriers at Daytona after being involved in a last-lap crash in the 500 and hitting an unprotected portion of the concrete wall

The track also has six new crossover gates, matching the two new crossover gates in place for February’s Daytona 500.

The ramp-style gates replace the need to have a door cut into the fencing to allow fans to walk through and down a staircase to the track.

The Nationwide Series races at Daytona on Friday night with the Sprint Cup Series racing Saturday night.

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