NASCAR: Daytona, Talladega re-enforcing crossover gates for safe - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

NASCAR: Daytona, Talladega re-enforcing crossover gates for safety

Posted: Updated:
  • SportsSportsMore>>

  • Hokies Prep for Ohio State

    Hokies Prep for Ohio State

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:40:12 GMT
    Virginia Tech knows it will have its hands full when the team takes the field in Columbus Ohio Saturday, Sept. 6.
    Virginia Tech knows it will have its hands full when the team takes the field in Columbus Ohio Saturday, Sept. 6.
  • Hokie Newcomers Make Waves Early

    Hokie Newcomers Make Waves Early

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:36:52 GMT
    Associated PressBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech entered its season opener with 32 players on the dress squad who never had played in a collegiate game for the Hokies, including 17 true freshmen and a starting quarterback who transferred in over the summer.Considering what transpired on the field, head coach Frank Beamer came out of the game feeling rather positive about his team's potential for this season.Behind...
    Associated PressBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech entered its season opener with 32 players on the dress squad who never had played in a collegiate game for the Hokies, including 17 true freshmen and a starting quarterback who transferred in over the summer.Considering what transpired on the field, head coach Frank Beamer came out of the game feeling rather positive about his team's potential for this season.Behind...
  • Brewer and Hokies win opener vs. William and Mary

    Brewer and Hokies win opener vs. William and Mary

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:53 PM EDT2014-08-31 02:53:49 GMT
    JIMMY ROBERTSONAssociated PressBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Michael Brewer threw for 251 yards with two touchdown passes, and Virginia Tech beat William Mary 34-9 in the season-opener for both teams on Saturday.Brewer, a transfer from Texas Tech, completed 23 of 30 passes, including touchdown passes of 13 yards to Isaiah Ford and 8 yards to Bucky Hodges.Virginia Tech pulled away by scoring on three straight drives and four...
    JIMMY ROBERTSONAssociated PressBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Michael Brewer threw for 251 yards with two touchdown passes, and Virginia Tech beat William Mary 34-9 in the season-opener for both teams on Saturday.Brewer, a transfer from Texas Tech, completed 23 of 30 passes, including touchdown passes of 13 yards to Isaiah Ford and 8 yards to Bucky Hodges.Virginia Tech pulled away by scoring on three straight drives and four...

MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer


NASCAR's two fastest tracks are re-enforcing crossover gates in the wake of the Feb. 23 accident at Daytona International Speedway that injured nearly 30 spectators.

Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway announced Wednesday that the high-banked tracks are installing additional cables at the crossover gates, which allow fans to move between the grandstands and the infield before and after races. The tracks also are adding supplemental tethers between the gate frame and support posts.

"We're pleased with the solution that we're implementing for Talladega and Daytona, but fan safety is an ongoing process and we're going to continue to look at the fan experience across all our venues for future improvement as we continue through," Daytona President Joie Chitwood said.

One of the eight gates at Daytona was where rookie Kyle Larson crashed on the final lap of the second-tier race the day before the Daytona 500. Larson's car went airborne, slammed into the fence and spewed debris into the stands.

Larson was unharmed. Dozens of fans were taken to hospitals for treatment, including one who was hit by a tire.

Daytona spent hours repairing the fence before the 500. After the race, the track hired a structural engineering firm to review the fence and propose improvements. NASCAR also was involved in the process.

"We believe we do everything we can to make this sport as safe as possible for our fans, and again, believe our history speaks to that fact," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's senior vice president of racing operations.

O'Donnell said NASCAR's main focus has been on what happened to Larson's car once it hit the fence. The front end of the car sheared off, and large chunks of debris, including a tire, landed in the stands. O'Donnell said Larson's car and another one are still being housed at the research and development center in Concord, N.C., where safety experts inspected the cars in hopes of determining potential improvements that might include better keeping cars intact during crashes.

"We're breaking down every part and piece to see if there's anything in addition we can learn and share with the team," O'Donnell said. "The race team is doing that along with us. That process takes a little bit longer because it's a little bit more detailed in terms of looking at every single part of the car and how some of those things were fabricated."

Other tracks could see improvements, too.

"Even as we wrap up this specific investigation as it relates to Daytona, our work will continue," O'Donnell said. "This was Phase I, to get ready for Talladega and Daytona. We're looking closely at all tracks for NASCAR races, and we'll make recommendations that we think are in the best interest of safety as we move forward - and as we've done for the past 65 years."

Chitwood declined to say whether eliminating the crossover gates was considered. Previous accidents in which drivers hit crossover gates were severe, but the gates were in the wall and not the fence for Mike Harmon's accident at Bristol in 2002 and Michael Waltrip's at the same track in 1990.

"We felt very good with the design and their recommendation to improve the crossover gates, but to keep the gates at this time," Chitwood said.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Teen involved in weekend crash dies from injuries

    Teen involved in weekend crash dies from injuries

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:53 PM EDT2014-09-02 17:53:49 GMT
    Roanoke County Police say the juvenile who was injured in a crash Saturday has died.
    Roanoke County Police say the juvenile who was injured in a crash Saturday has died.
  • Kraft Foods recalls over 7,500 cases of Kraft American Singles

    Kraft Foods recalls over 7,500 cases of Kraft American Singles

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:43 AM EDT2014-09-02 06:43:53 GMT
    (WSLS)-- Kraft Foods announces a voluntary recall of more than 7,500 cases of craft singles cheese slices.The company says the recall is a precaution after a supplier failed to store the cheese in accordance with Kraft temperature standards.No complaints or illnesses have been reported. If you have one of the affected packages, return it to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.Here are the affected items:Product Name:12 oz Kraft American Singles (16 slices)Best When Used by Date...
    (WSLS)-- Kraft Foods announces a voluntary recall of more than 7,500 cases of craft singles cheese slices.The company says the recall is a precaution after a supplier failed to store the cheese in accordance with Kraft temperature standards.No complaints or illnesses have been reported. If you have one of the affected packages, return it to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.Here are the affected items:Product Name:12 oz Kraft American Singles (16 slices)Best When Used by Date...
  • Vigil held for 2-year-old girl who died after being left in hot van

    Vigil held for 2-year-old girl who died after being left in hot van

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:30 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:30:57 GMT
    Roanoke City Police are investigating the incident surrounding the death of a 2-year-old girl. According to a news release from police, officers were called to the 1500 block of Kenwood Boulevard SE at 4:27 p.m. Sunday for an unresponsive child.
    Roanoke City Police are investigating the incident surrounding the death of a 2-year-old girl. According to a news release from police, officers were called to the 1500 block of Kenwood Boulevard SE at 4:27 p.m. Sunday for an unresponsive child.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.