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Kentucky & Atlanta improving barriers for NASCAR races

Atlanta Motor Speedway
 Sam Collins
 Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Atlanta, the fastest non restrictor plate circuit on the regular NASCAR calendar has announced a major safety review in the wake of Kyle Busch's accident at Daytona. It is extending its use of SAFER barriers at turn 1, while a tyre wall will be installed on the exit of turn 4.  Following this weekends Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race the circuits owners Speedway Motorsports Inc (SMI) will investigate further improvements to its barriers.

Kentucky Speedway, another SMI venue on the regular NASCAR calendar has also revealed that it too plans to upgrade its barriers ahead of its Sprint Cup race in July. "Sometimes you have to see what can possibly happen before you realize that you've got a problem that needs to be corrected," Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger said. "Obviously it's an expensive thing to do. It takes time. But it's something we're committed to. I've always said safety is our No. 1 thing, so that's what we're going to do assuming we can get the work done between now and our races. But there's not that many people that make SAFER barriers, so we've got to make sure we can get it, get it installed and do it properly."



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