Staying Safe: Texas Motor Speedway Installs New Barriers

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FORT WORTH-There's no doubt that there's a risk of danger in NASCAR, and crashes keep fans on their toes.

But fans at the 2013 Daytona 500 were the ones in real danger when they were being sprayed with debris from a multi-car crash.

Well in our neck of the woods, the Texas Motor Speedway is making some changes to make sure drivers stay safer.

They're installing 2,866 feet of additional barriers on interior and exterior wall areas, all in time for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Tripleheader in November.

"All the race tracks that NASCAR runs their races at have to have safer barriers; we have quite a bit already on our outside walls, we're just trying to be proactive and continue some more," said Chuck Berg of the Texas Motor Speedway.

These new barriers will help absorb the impact of a hit better than a concrete wall, minimizing injury to the drivers.

Guess you could call it a security blanket for drivers. Here's hoping their focus is on that checkered flag!