Richmond gets adapted 'SAFER' barrier

ISC-owned 0.75-mile oval Richmond International Raceway, VA, will be the first short-track to implement a new development of the 'SAFER' (Steel And Foam Energy Reduction) barrier system on its NASCAR Winston Cup race weekend over September 4-6, reports the Richmond Times Dispatch. The 'SAFER' system is in use on longer ovals, but short-tracks demand a different solution due to the increased scope for a tighter angle of impact

Richmond gets adapted 'SAFER' barrier

The barrier will be attached to the outside walls in two 1100ft sections that will cover the track's four turns. RIR president Doug Fritz said: "We're proud to be one of the first tracks to have the system installed. The installation of this state-of-the-art safety system is an example of Richmond International Raceway and International Speedway Corporation's ongoing commitment to driver safety."

The New Hampshire International Speedway will follow suit. Bob Bahre, the owner of the New Hampshire track, said it would cost a little more than $600,000 to install the 2,800 feet of cover, which will extend about 23 inches from the outer wall. "For safety, we don't care what we spend. We want it done and done right," he said. "We think it will help with the shock and blow and make it softer."

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