I enjoy NASCAR racing to the max. I also enjoy going to the local 1/4 mile track nearby Detroit on a warm Saturday night to see the locals go at it.

The enjoyment of Auto Racing is something you mostly are introduced to, usually at an early age by a family member who enjoys it. You can find it yourself or through a friend and become a fan that way also. But either way you hear of it, you will attend a race or watch it regularly on T.V., pretty much only if you truly enjoy it.

Racing is enjoyed by millions and most of those people are very naturally competitive. There are some filthy rich people out there who do it and who sponsor or back the racers. Some of these names are the biggest names in business. I guess that means anyone wealthy or poor can enjoy racing. Most of these people involved, are highly educated and are some of the nicest individuals you will ever meet, whether or not they are racers, sponsors, or just average fans of the sport.

In all age groups and all nationalities there are many men, women and children who love racing. This covers all age groups, all levels of education and all types of people. The one true common thread, is plainly that these people are extremely competitive by nature and they are the ones that always strive to be the winners in what they choose to do. They must be the doers in society if they set out to be the winners, because you can’t win at anything if you don’t do anything.

Now, as fans of racing, most grow up or are introduced to the dangers involving the participants. From the flagmen to the drivers and safety personnel, they are exposed to many dangers and these dangers are looked at frequently by the racing bodies. The factors involving accidents are usually many and most can be accounted for, but every now and then a new one pops up that we missed or came along because of previous changes.

Auto racing in America is some of the safest racing in the world. I think that the Insurance companies, Lawyers, and the overall concern by the promoters, is what dictates the safety aspect for all the people involved at the event, including the fans as well.

It’s a dangerous world we live, work and play in and at any time something bad can happen. Something concerning a factor that was missed when the safety aspects were updated. Any one who has ever been to any type of a public event of minor or major capacity has to know just from watching the news, that bad things can and do happen occasionally at public gatherings. The promoters try as hard as they can to figure into their safety measures and equipment, things that will cover all of the factors that could happen. But in the realistic and imperfect world in which we live, we will never be able to cover all the bases, just most. So as human beings we all know that accidents can and do happen, and will continue to happen each and every day of our lives.

Being a fan of racing I have seen safety factors increase and trickle down to the point of bicycle helmet laws in different locations, which is great. The local tracks are much safer now than just several years ago. NASCAR does what it can to continue making events safe for everyone. Major changes such as the implementation of safer barriers is still trickling down to smaller tracks, until maybe even the local go-cart tracks will have them. This is taking years to complete.

Now should NASCAR take a serious look at redesigning catch fences, making new standards for all future tracks or should they look at a combination of safety changes and racing changes that will prevent accidents like this and change the definition and reputation of all the high banked ovals. Further making the sport safer for both the drivers and the fans.

The safety factors should all be scoured and planned down to the last thing that we as people can imagine. So all aspects from racing and tracks as they are now, to racing and the building of future tracks, should be covered during every safety review. Constantly studying new ideas, then testing and implementing them if they seem to help.

We will continue as fans and I do believe racing and NASCAR are tuned in to the safety of all, so for now, Save me a seat near the top of the stands and pass the popcorn, because the race is about to start.


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