Posted March 03, 2013

NASCAR to bring in experts to examine race track fencing

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28 people in the stands were injured during a last-lap crash at Daytona. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NASCAR looks for improvement to fencing after this accident at Dayton last weekend. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NASCAR is looking to examine changes to race track fencing because of the Nationwide racing accident at Daytona that injured more than 20 spectators, reports NASCAR.com.

NASCAR will look to outside experts to see if changes are needed and will also seek to apply any short-term improvements to the next restrictor-plate race at Talladega in May.

During last weekend’s race Kyle Larson’s car flew up into the Daytona catchfence during the last lap and parts of Larson’s car, including the tires and engine, went through the fence. Two spectators who were injured remain hospitalized in a Daytona Beach, Fla. hospital.

“To do this right, we’ve got to take the time to reconstruct the car, reconstruct the fence, reconstruct the accident,” Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s senior vice president for race operations said, “and then go out and say — OK, here’s what we know happened, and what would prevent that moving forward?”


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