Monday, May 2, 2011

RIR will review SAFER barriers

   Richmond International Raceway President Doug Fritz released a statement on Monday in response to criticism over the track - and others - not having SAFER barriers installed around the entire facility.

  "The safety of all who attend our events, including the drivers, is of the utmost importance at Richmond International Raceway," he said. "We along with NASCAR and the developer of the Safer Barrier at the University of Nebraska, review the performance of the barrier and its locations and have made improvements from time to time based on recommendations from the University of Nebraska, and will continue to look at being able to improve upon it.”

   Jeff Gordon suffered a hard wreck late in Saturday night's race at Richmond and slammed into an area of the track not covered by a SAFER barrier wall.