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Newz Forum: AUTO: NASCAR: Atlanta getting SAFER barriers

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posted on Aug, 18 2004 @ 04:25 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - Installation of the new Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barrier walls at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled to begin on Sept. 7, in time for testing for the track's autumn NASCAR race.

The project, headed by Speedway Motorsports Inc. construction manager Randy Wray, will be completed at night to accommodate daytime track activities already scheduled. Working with the same crew that has already installed the SAFER walls at SMI's Lowes Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Wray estimates the project will take 2 1/2 to 3 weeks.
"Atlanta's going to be largest project we've done, as far as linear footage goes. It's about 1,000 feet more than any other track," Wray said. "That's based on the radius of the turns, which is a little bigger at Atlanta and requires a little more wall."

AMS will install about 7,450 linear feet of the SAFER barrier, which will cover about 75 percent of the speedway's outer walls. The barrier system will be placed outside all four turns, as well as inside the second turn.

The SAFER barrier system is made up of steel tubes and pads of hard foam, which are affixed to a speedway's concrete walls to absorb some of the energy during a crash.

Thirteen tracks that hold Cup races already have the barriers in place. Kansas City is also expected to have the barriers in place sometime this month, with Las Vegas to follow in September.

The short tracks in Bristol, Tennessee, and Martinsville, Virginia, also will be fitted in the future.

The only tracks that will not have the barriers installed are Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen International, the only road courses on the NASCAR circuit.

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