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Texas Motor Speedway Adding Temporary Tire Packs

Add Texas Motor Speedway to the list of tracks that have re-evaluated the safety of their facilities in the wake of Kyle Busch‘s Xfinity Series wreck at Daytona International Speedway in February.

With the help of consultants and engineers assigned by NASCAR, the recommendation came that Texas should add around 244 feet of tire packs in portions of turns 1 and 4. With the recommendation, the speedway immediately began the installation and expects those additions to be completed in time for next weekend’s Xfinity and Cup series companion races.

“Why would you not?’’ TMS President Eddie Gossage told the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday. “From purely a business standpoint, the worst thing in the world would be to lose one of the assets you’re selling the public… because you maybe could have done something safer.

“Plus, we’re all friends, colleagues in this.’’

The tires are intended as just a temporary fix to protect areas of the wall that don’t currently have SAFER barriers in place, however the intent is to upgrade to the softer walls during the offseason.

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Content Director Beth heads up management of our 30-person staff, acting as Tom’s main assistant with technology and personnel while working as Frontstretch’s Truck Series expert. The author of Truckin’ Thursdays and the coordinator of the site’s pre and post-race coverage, she also runs a periodic charity column that spotlights when NASCAR gives back. A childhood transplant to Texas, Beth is a 15-year writing veteran who has contributed content to BRANDT and Athlon Sports, among other outlets.

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