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Fan Safety a Top Priority for NASCAR

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RICHMOND - It's the worst case scenario for race fans, a fiery car crash and flying debris is a startling reminder of what could happen if things go wrong.

Aimee Turner with Richmond International Raceway says safety is one of their top priorities, even if it's not noticeable to the fans.

"It's something that we always think about and we're always monitoring security and safety regulations," she says. "We have a lot of things that we do that fans probably don't even realize that we do to keep them safe."

What they do have in place are fences designed to keep cars out of the stands, and back in 2011, barriers were installed to protect drivers from strong impacts.

Officials say the track is constantly inspected by their staff and before races, by NASCAR.

"They inspect our facility as far as the track surface, as far as the fencing around the track," Turner says. "That's something that our staff is constantly keeping up with."

Turner says while NASCAR did make changes to Daytona after the crash, they haven't found any need to make any major changes to RIR.

"They are constantly reviewing all of the track and so if there's something that needs to be done they will tell us and we'll make sure that we're following through with that need."

 

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