Improper installation of door foam can be hazardous

Updated: April 2, 2007, 6:50 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- NASCAR officials will reinforce to teams the importance of properly installing the safety foam inside the frame of the right door of the Car of Tomorrow during Tuesday's test at Richmond International Raceway

Kevin Harvick had a situation during Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway where the foam in his right door became so hot from heat from the tailpipe that it completely melted.

The electrical wires from the in-car television also melted, forcing Harvick to get out of the car while safety crew members sprayed the door with fire extinguishers.

"We want to reiterate and review how you put the foam in the car," NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said. "What we need to make sure of is they're allowing for more air to circulate."

Tharp said Harvick's car, which was looked at on Monday by NASCAR officials, was the only one that had that problem at Martinsville after several had it at Bristol.

"It's a whole new car," Tharp said. "Thankfully, we are able to make adjustments. It's a situation that can be correct."

Tharp added that the cars of race winner Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray, which were taken to NASCAR's Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., checked out perfectly.

Both cars have been returned to the teams.

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.

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