Mar 6, 2013, 10:00 AM EST
NASCAR senior vp of operations Steve O’Donnell has confirmed the sanctioning body will look to see what changes can be made to the catch fencing before the Talladega Superspeedway weekend in May.
In an Autosport report, O’Donnell outlined that action will be taken at the two restrictor-plate tracks, Talladega and Daytona, before looking at other potential changes on the remainder of tracks NASCAR races at.
“Really [it’s] a two-phase process we’re looking at,” O’Donnell explained. “Superspeedway racing with Daytona and Talladega is going to be the first concentration for us. We have a race coming up in May at Talladega; anything we can learn in the immediate future that can be applied to Talladega, we’ll do that.”
Improving safety in all aspects of the series remains a daily priority for NASCAR, he said.
He did say Kyle Larson’s car, which got into the fence to begin with, performed as expected since the driver was not injured. Most of the safety elements did their job, he said.
“Our focus is going to be if the elements in the car did their job, or what do we need to do to the impact to the fence,” O’Donnell said.
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