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Unfortunate events force some stubborn drivers to change

NASCAR races are increasingly safer than ever because of changes and innovations that unortunately followed tragic accidents throughout its history.

Updated: May 22, 2008, 7:34 PM ET
By Brett Borden | Special to ESPN.com

Innovation and inspiration have made NASCAR a safer sport throughout the years. There is no denying that some of the devices the sport's engineers have come up with to keep drivers and spectators safer have real ingenuity behind them. Unfortunately, they have a string of real and tragic events behind them as well, usually involving some of the sport's most glorified names.

The racing in NASCAR's infancy seems crude and barbaric by today's standards. The drivers were beating and banging ...

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