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David Fuller said on April 28th, 2009 at 9:09 am

Safety should be a concern for any sport. NASCAR Fans live for this kind of wreck and those who sit up front thrill at being close to the action. The fences can always be improved, people could be told to sit further away, but there is always an inherent risk.

NASCAR is positively safe compared with motorsport like WRC (World Rally Championship) where spectators stand by the side of the road inches from the cars as they fly past at speed.

Risk to spectators via a freak accident could happen in any sport – Hit by a golf ball or a wayward downhill skiier. That is not to say that NASCAR shouldn’t continue to innovate, but it should be kept in perspective.

stephen kane said on April 28th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I watch Nascar and also have been to races so the act of a crash is very exciting as it is happening then turns to concern for the driver when everything quiets. There are many safety precautions at the track and I agree as in most sports the fans are safe 99.99% of the time. I have seen people hurt attending the Thanksgiving Parade (watch out for that falling light pole!) hit by golf balls, hurt at amusement parks and so on. The fact of the matter is people probably get hurt more by fan fighting for items landing in the stands (balls, bats, pucks etc) than getting hit by them.

Brian Walsh said on April 28th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

All are valid concerns but the bottom line is that a lot of it was sour grapes on Carl Edwards’ part. He had a slower car and got wrecked on the last turn because he tried to block the guy who was trying to pass him (who eventually did, and won the race). Bobby Allison was involved in a similar wreck at this track in ’87 and I read in an interview yesterday that he didn’t see the need to change anything. The thrill of tracks like Talladega and Daytona is that these sorts of things can happen. That is why the fans flock to them. Ideally, you want to have the fans as safe as possible without compromising their enjoyment of the race. In this case, for better or worse, because no one was seriously injured, I highly doubt there will be any changes. They sure as hell will not mess with the restrictor plates to make the cars slower.