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Pocono Raceway adds more SAFER barrier to track

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LONG POND, PA - AUGUST 02: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Crispy Toyota, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet, lead the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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Pocono Raceway announced Tuesday it has completed the installation of 5,197 feet of Steel and Foam Energy Resistant (SAFER) barrier to the 2.5-mile track, in addition to other safety improvements.

SAFER barriers now cover all of the walls on the 3,740-foot frontstretch as well as areas between Turns 2 and 3.

The independently owned track also upgraded the three track crossover gates with SAFER barriers included in their construction.

Pocono, which hosts two NASCAR race weekends and a Verizon IndyCar race, now has 23,640 feet - or 4.48 miles - of SAFER barrier walls.

The additional SAFER barrier follows the installation of 6,000 feet of the material last year and the extension of the pit wall near the pit entrance.

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