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NASCAR Drivers Call For More Safety Changes At Watkins Glen Following Sprint Cup Crash
Published August 11, 2014
SAFETY FIRST: Newman referenced the Daytona Rising project when he said NASCAR has "no problems spending $400 million in Daytona, but they could spend a few million dollars here on safety and make a lot of drivers happy." USA TODAY's Ryan & Gluck note Newman's pleas "echoed the concerns voiced after the track's 2011 race, which included two violent wrecks." Driver David Ragan said that he had "seen better walls at dirt tracks and urged the addition of SAFER barriers." WGI following a '09 crash involving Jeff Gordon made $1.3M "in improvements to barriers and runoff areas, but drivers said more should be done" (USA TODAY, 8/11). In Charlotte, Jim Utter writes, "Here is some unsolicited advice for NASCAR: Either put energy-absorbing SAFER barriers everywhere at every track or do a better job of explaining why they aren't there" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 8/11).