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Dover will have additional SAFER barrier for upcoming races

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism

DOVER, DE - MAY 15: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, wrecks during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on May 15, 2016 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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Dover International Speedway officials announced Friday that the track will have more than 500 feet of SAFER barrier added in time for its upcoming race weekend during the Sprint Cup playoffs.

SAFER barrier will be added along the outside wall in Turn 4 and Turn 2.

In May, Jamie McMurray and Tony Stewart slammed the concrete wall outside Turn 4 during the weekend in the Sprint Cup Series, and Justin Marks did so in the Xfinity Series.

Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio after that weekend that series officials would “look at what tweaks we can make and be able to install” the SAFER barrier.

“I appreciate that,’' Carl Edwards said of Dover adding SAFER barrier. “I don’t think that stuff is cheap, but it is different I can tell you that I hit the wall twice at Indianapolis, the first hit right into the SAFER barrier and I thought, ‘that wasn’t that bad.’ Then I slapped it again on the concrete after that and that one felt like a very sharp impact. That’s the first time I hit a concrete wall in a while and even though it wasn’t that big of a hit, it means a lot to have that SAFER barrier there.”

Dover also announced it was increasing the size of the Sprint Cup garage. The Xfinity and Cup Series are at Dover from Sept. 30 - Oct. 2

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