posted on Jan, 25 2004 @ 08:50 AM
Energy-absorbing barriers will be installed in time for races at Talladega Superspeedway in April and at Daytona International Speedway in July, but
installation of the "soft walls" is not imminent at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte.Installation of the Steel and Foam Energy Reducing (SAFER)
barriers in all four turns of the 2.5-mile Daytona track will begin after the track's Bike Week in March and is expected to be completed in time for
the July 3 Pepsi 400.
The SAFER barriers were already in place on inside walls at Talladega, but will be added to the outside walls in all four turns in time for that
track's first Nextel Cup weekend of 2004, which ends with the Aaron's 99 on April 25.
Lowe's Motor Speedway has another type of barrier, of a design using incapsulated polystyrene, along inside walls at key points on its 1.5-mile
trioval. But track president H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler said Friday there is still work to be done on adapting the SAFER barriers for application at
high-banked intermediate-length ovals.