April 24th, 2013
06:26 PM ET

Daytona speedway to update fences

In response to a crash during a February race at the Daytona International Speedway that injured dozens of spectators in the stands, officials at the track will add cables on crossover gates and tether the frames of the gates to posts in time for NASCAR races in July, representatives for the Florida speedway said Wednesday.

Changes were also made at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, where events will be held this weekend. The 2.67-mile track is known as one of the fastest on the NASCAR circuit.

There are seven crossover gates, a part of the massive metal fence that opens to allow people to cross the racing surface, at each track, officials said.

On February 23, a jaw-dropping wreck occurred on the last lap of the Nationwide Series race when Kyle Larson's car went airborne and pieces of his car flew into the grandstands. At least 28 people were injured, officials said.

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  1. Injun Ere

    And there will be more crashes and more deaths. A few cables are not going to stop a 10-lb. chunk of metal flying at a hundred miles an hour from killing spectators. This is a minimalist patch on a very simple problem that does little to nothing to stop the carnage from happening again.

    April 24, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      The track's insurance underwriters will determine that!

      April 24, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Injun Ere

      *rolls eyes*

      April 24, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Moving to Fox soon"

      Well Jerry Rigger why don't you just go down there and tell 'em to erect 1/2" steel diamond plate walls backed by 12" I-beam concreted 10' into the earth, or better yet; just go sit somewhere else.

      April 24, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Injun Ere

      I would, but them nascar fellas won't listen to some injun feller like me. Heck, go watch the races and tell me how it feels.

      April 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Injun Ere

      ...with a small chunk of metal in your head. Oh, too late. You really should go to fox news right away. They are more your speed.

      April 24, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I can't imaginge that broken cables whipping around would be all that safe, either.

      April 25, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. stuart

    Never seen a crush up front. Gotta be scary

    April 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. vikingwoman

    Well, it's about time! Nothing in life or on the planet is safe 100% of the time, all we can do is try! Many people have awakened to find a car in their house, because some1 lost control & crashed! Luckily, because of various safeguards, it doesn't happen often!!

    April 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |