Bristol Motor Speedway to add SAFER barrier before upcoming NASCAR races

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Bristol Motor Speedway announced that it will add 600 feet of SAFER barrier to the outside walls on the frontstretch and backstretch in time for its April 18-19 race weekend for the NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series.

“The safety of our fans and competitors continues to be a focal point for Bristol Motor Speedway,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager for Bristol Motor Speedway in a statement. “SMI engineers and NASCAR reevaluated the track and made additional recommendations. We’ve been able to secure an additional 600 feet of SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barriers and will complete the build out of the front and backstretch outside walls before the Food City 500 race weekend.”

Jeff Gordon took notice Thursday of what Bristol was doing.