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March 7, 2015

Visible from the second deck of the Neon Garage, where fans jammed observation windows and gawked down into the Sprint Cup garage, concrete walls traced along the inside of the backstretch at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With the casino-encrusted skyline of this entertainment oasis on the horizon, as bands of drummers and stilt-walkers and show girls roved the courtyard, fans could be easily distracted from the absence of one of their hometown drivers. Injured in an accident in the season-opening Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway three weeks ago, Kyle Busch faces...

March 3, 2015

Sprint Cup stars should not be used as crash test dummies. It’s a running joke in NASCAR that’s simply not funny. If there’s an inch of unprotected wall at a race track, Jeff Gordon will find it. On Sunday, Gordon was running 10th when he was caught up in a four-car accident triggered by Denny Hamlin on the backstretch at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gordon had cleared Hamlin and “stood on the gas”. However, Hamlin tagged Ryan Newman, who clipped Jamie McMurray and shot the No. 1 Chevy straight into Gordon’s Chevy. “After that I was just along for the ride,” Gordon said. “It...

March 3, 2015

It's been nearly 17 years since the call was made to create a soft wall solution for auto racing, but with recent injuries, that system, and its 100 percent installation at tracks has become a headline topic. Racing fans new to NASCAR, or any other professional racing series worldwide will have heard a lot of rumblings recently about the SAFER Barrier, Kyle Busch and now, Jeff Gordon. After some high profile injuries and deaths from heavy impacts with solid and stationary concrete, a call went out to the engineering community to come up with a system that would lessen the impact against...


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