LVMS to install SAFER barriers prior to Sept. 25 Las Vegas 350

Las Vegas Motor Speedway will install the new Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers prior to the Sept. 25 Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, LVMS general manager Chris Powell announced today.

"Participant safety is of utmost importance," Powell said. "Many great strides have been made to improve driver safety over the years, and we believe the SAFER barrier represents one of the most significant improvements in a long time in motorsports."

The speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. has placed Wes Harris, SMI vice president of development, in charge of the project for all SMI tracks. Installation is expected to begin in early August. The project is expected to take approximately six weeks to complete.

The SAFER barrier system is made up of steel tubes and pads of hard foam that are affixed to a speedway¿s concrete walls to absorb some of the energy that is transferred during a crash. The SAFER wall project began in the fall of 2000 and remains an ongoing safety initiative among NASCAR, Dr. Dean Sicking and the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility at the University of Nebraska.

Based on measurements by engineers, Las Vegas Motor Speedway will install 6,107 linear feet of the SAFER barrier, covering approximately 75 percent of the speedway¿s outer walls. The SAFER barrier system will be placed outside of all four turns as well as most of the front straightaway.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports, a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States.  In addition to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the company owns and operates the following premiere speedways: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Lowe's Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.  The Company provides souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiary, and manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars through its 600 Racing subsidiary.  The Company also owns Performance Racing Network (PRN) which broadcasts syndicated motorsports programming to more than 725 stations nationwide including XM Satellite and  For more information, visit the Company's website at