When Elliott Sadler's car hit the wall at Pocono a lot of fans were holding their breath. We watched as Elliott painfully exited his car before lying down on the track.
Not only was this crash painful for Sadler but it was painful as a fan to watch. Fans were glued to their televisions wondering if Elliott had been seriously injured.
After the death of Nascar great Dale Earnhardt at the end of the 2001 Daytona 500 Nascar spent a lot of time and money investigating the accident. What followed was mandatory safety features including the HANS device and full face helmets.
Since then Nascar has continued to make changes with driver safety in mind. The safer barriers were a huge step forward and have prevented a lot of injuries to drivers.
However, unlike the templates for the cars on the track, Nascar has yet to mandate enough safety feature requirements for the tracks. Pocono's crash involving Sadler is a perfect example of where Nascar needs to step in and mandate safety barrier walls for both the inside and outside walls. Had there been safety barriers on the inside walls, Sadler's crash might have been less painful for the driver and for the fans watching the race.
Drivers who end up in the inside wall deserve the same protection as those who crash into the outside walls. Nascar needs to set more requirements for the tracks owners and if the track owners don't want to comply with rules put in place by Nascar, then its time for Nascar to take away races.
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