Despite Austin Dillon’s terrifying crash at Daytona International Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway president Grant Lynch said it’s unlikely there will be any changes or additions to his track or its catch fence prior to the Sprint Cup race Oct. 25.
Lynch told USA Today that fan seating was pushed back 16 to 22 feet from the catch fence in response to Kyle Larson’s wreck at Daytona in Feb. 2013 that injured more than 30 fans.
“We were looking at it after the (Xfinity Series) wreck at Daytona,” Lynch said. “That’s when we made some changes. I think we’re back to the distance recommended.”
The Talladega race ends the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, paring the title field from 12 to eight drivers with four races remaining.
The USA TODAY story speculated that with so much at stake, the racing likely would be more intense with drivers willing to take more chances.