RIR to add SAFER barriers to backstretch

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - After the April race, Jeff Gordon called on Richmond International Raceway to add SAFER barriers to the backstretch, where he was involved in a hard-hitting crash.  Friday, track president Doug Fritz obliged.

The barriers will be installed in time for the September "One Last Race to Make The Chase" NASCAR weekend at Richmond International Raceway.   The new SAFER barriers will cover the entire length of the inside backstretch wall, which is over 900 feet.

"The safety of all who attend our events, including the drivers, is important at Richmond International Raceway," said track president Doug Fritz in a release.  "We will always be reviewing our facility and continue to look at ways to improve on the experience of our fans and the drivers."

Gordon whacked the wall, and said afterwards that it "rang his bell." Gordon also publicly said that eventually all walls at every track should have SAFER barriers installed.

The walls are currently being fabricated by GT Grandstands, Inc., a Plant City, Florida company.  Installation of the SAFER barriers will begin as soon as they arrive in Richmond.  Cheaha Construction LLC of Munford, Alabama will oversee the installation process.

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