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Site of NHRA Fall Nationals making safety changes

Updated: August 27, 2008, 11:37 AM ET
Associated Press

Texas Motorplex, the site of next month's NHRA Fall Nationals, is in the midst of several new safety initiatives, including extending the run-off area beyond the finish line.

The changes come in the wake of the fiery crash in June at Englishtown, N.J., in which drag racer Scott Kalitta was killed.

"Even though we have one of the longest tracks and sand trap areas in the sport, we decided after the Scott Kalitta accident that we should extend our safety area as much as possible ...

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