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NASCAR's Sprint Cup is Around the Bend Despite Safety Concerns

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03/14/2014 8:10 pm
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NASCAR's Sprint Cup is Around the Bend Despite Safety Concerns
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Theresa Moody

Staff Writer


Bristol, Tennessee is getting ready for Sunday's NASCAR premier series. Within 45 minutes of practice beginning, five drivers (Danica Patrick, Kyle Busch, Justin Allgaier, Greg Biffle, and Parker Kligerman) had accidents while loosing control of their cars.  They were practicing for Sprint Cups Sunday's Food City 500.  Patrick, Busch, and Biffle all "needed back up cars." These crashes come after recent safety enhancements, which include "a new tire compound that…produce[s] higher speeds" and "no minimum frontend height."  The higher speed will definitely cause some of the cars to over heat; because of this, teams will be allowed to use cooldown units in the pits. NASCAR Driver Denny Hamlin said, "I really don't think (the track is) treacherous, it's just the speeds are so much higher than we've seen.  It takes a little getting used to.  We are all out there fighting for a tenth-of-a-second -- a hundredth-of-a-second at Bristol.  I think it comes more from us pushing the edge than it is treacherous." Bristol is a very challenging track.  All drivers are within inches of the wall driving at least 125 miles an hour.  During last year’s race, Matt Kenseth, who eventually became champion, was barely able to escape an accident on the Bristol track.  He said, "I always like coming here no matter what the configuration is.  It's changed a lot over the years.  It definitely changes a lot during the weekend.  I think the track is going to be drastically different here in a little while, and it probably will again in qualifying later this afternoon, and it will be in the race again.  You always have to pay attention to that." Six-time champion Jimmie Johnson said, "We have had two very forgiving racetracks with generous aprons to cool down on and we still had some close calls.  Here you can't get on the apron to get out of the way. I think we will see a much cleaner, fair opportunity to get your fast laps in.” Keep Up With PopWrapped On The Web!  


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