Newman's pleas echoed the concerns voiced after the track's 2011 race, which included two violent wrecks. David Ragan, who was involved in a nasty crash with David Reutimann, said he'd seen better walls at dirt tracks and urged the addition of SAFER barriers.(USA Today)(8-11-2014)
AND Drivers weren't in agreement as to what sorts of barriers might be preferable. Watkins Glen has made a number of safety enhancements in recent years, and NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton indicated the process is under constant review. "It's a constant improvement process," Pemberton said during a televised interview with ESPN during a red-flag
period that lasted more than an hour while track workers repaired the Armco barriers. "And as you know, many of the places we go to, the facilities, are multi-purpose, and we're only here one weekend a year-and it's busy throughout the rest of the year. Watkins Glen has made great advancements. You remember Turn 1 and 2 and all that, moved grandstands and fencing and SAFER barriers, and that's worked quite well for us. But not all places are places for SAFER barriers. There
are different types of systems to help slow cars down."(NASCAR Wire Service)(8-11-2014)
I hope NASCAR was listening yesterday.....Ryan is soooo right that track is old and something needs to be done to prevent the type of violent wrecks we saw yesterday. That was awful!!! And it just wasn't yesterday, Jeff Gordon, Sam Hornish David Ragan and many others....I wish NASCAR would become more proactive than reactive. We certainly don't need anyone to be severely injured ....Maybe with the new owners group can push to make this happen.....Safety needs to be the # 1 concern for the drivers, pit crews and spectators...