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Dover Announces Safety Improvements Ahead of Fall Chase Weekend

With its second race weekend of the season approaching, Dover International Speedway has announced upgrades that will improve both the safety of the racing surface and the space teams have to operate in the garage area.

Scheduled to be completed in time for Dover’s Sept. 30-Oct. 2 NASCAR weekend, Dover announced plans to add upwards of 500 feet of Steel And Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers to the one-mile concrete oval’s outside wall on the exits of turns 2 and 4.

A wall separating the Sprint Cup Series garage from the existing harness racing track will also be added as a part of the construction. The wall, which will stretch 753-feet-long and sit 10-feet-high, will allow for the removal of the grass hill between the garage area and harness track, allowing more working space for teams and haulers.

“We continue to improve our facility for all parties involved in NASCAR, including drivers, race teams and fans,” Dover International Speedway President and CEO Mike Tatoian said in a release. “Safety is always our top priority and the added SAFER barriers will certainly benefit our competitors. The renovations in the garage will also allow us greater opportunities for space flexibility in the coming years too.”

Dover’s final race weekend of the year will include a triple-header NASCAR weekend highlighted by the first elimination race of the Sprint Cup Series Chase. The weekend includes races for the K&N Pro Series East, XFINITY Series and Sprint Cup Series over a three-day period.

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A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.

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