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Every racecar enthusiast understands the complexity of a championship and all of the additional preparation that goes on behind the scenes. But it’s easy to take the quality of racing for granted each week and the thrill of competition considering the risk every driver takes when they slide behind the wheel.
NASCAR, the largest stock car racing series in America, has a lot of responsibility when it comes to the safety of all its drivers. The sport has to go the extra mile each season when it comes to taking care of every minute detail in order to protect their athletes. The possibility of risk is always present, but NASCAR’s job is to mitigate it as much as possible as they make the safety of their race teams a top priority for each and every season. 2020 is no exception.
As interest in stock car racing continues to increase, along with advances in technology, experts must ensure this new era of competition includes safety advances that will reduce the chance of injury at any track on the circuit.
If you have been following NASCAR for years, you’re well aware of the danger at tracks like Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, large ovals where they reach speeds in excess of 200 miles an hour. An accident in those large packs could easily result in tragedy without the right type of protection in the cockpit.
With advancements in technology, fans can even experience how difficult it is to manage those high speeds. You can experience the thrill of being a driver just by entering a race simulator or play any of the racing-themed games available at online casinos. Having that opportunity is a great starting point that allows great insight into this rather interesting sport.
Eliminating any risk that might occur is almost impossible in motorsports. However, taking every possible measure that will help them in any way or form is required. NASCAR has proven to be one of the best when it comes to protecting its drivers; no one has been killed at the Cup Series level since Dale Earnhardt at the end of the 2001 Daytona 500, a span of some 19 years and counting.
Changes like the sport’s Next-Gen model, scheduled to debut in 2022, reconstruction of intermediate ovals into short tracks and continued research and development will only increase NASCAR safety in the coming years. Officials must always push to create the safest environment within this sport so that drivers can show off their talents without fear.
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