Daytona Safer Barriers Being Installed Around Track Tonight

Daytona Safer Barriers Currently Getting Installed

Kyle Busch Daytona Safer BarriersFollowing a crash that knocked Kyle Busch out of Sunday’s Daytona 500 (1 p.m. ET, FOX), Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III announced that the Daytona Safer Barriers will be installed on every wall around the track.

Kyle Busch was injured in a crash today. Click here to watch the Daytona crash video.

Busch’s No. 54 Toyota slid across the track and struck the interior wall without a SAFER Barrier on Lap 112 of the season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series event, the Alert Today Florida 300, and he was taken to a local hospital for treatment on his right leg.

“This is not going to happen again,” Chitwood said of the incident with Busch. “We’re going to live up to our responsibility and fix this. And fix this right now.”

For Sunday’s event, Chitwood said the track would install Daytona Safer barries around the track. A tire pack will be put in place in the area where Kyle Busch struck the wall. Beginning Monday, it will start the process of installing SAFER Barrier on every wall at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

Chitwood was joined by NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell, who spoke to the sanctioning body’s conversations with tracks about SAFER Barriers.

“The race tracks know that and work together with us on the SAFER barrier recommendations,” O’Donnell said. “What we’ve said here tonight is we will accelerate those talks with the tracks. We want this sport to be as safe as possible for not only our drivers, but everyone who participates in the sport and the race fans as well.”

Source: NASCAR