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Gordon's crash in spring prompts Vegas to put in SAFER barrier

Updated: August 27, 2008, 11:30 AM ET
Associated Press

A frightening crash by Jeff Gordon last spring has prompted Las Vegas Motor Speedway to install a new SAFER barrier along the inside wall on the back straightaway of the 1.5-mile track.

During the race in March 2008, four-time Cup champion Gordon made heavy contact with the wall in the area that is now protected by the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier. The new SAFER barrier covers 1,700 feet of the inside backstretch wall, with the energy-absorbing units now covering 7,800 ...

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