Construction crews complete installation of SAFER barriers



Las Vegas Motor Speedway has completed the installation of the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers.

LVMS installed 6,107 linear feet of the SAFER barrier, covering approximately 75 percent of the 1.5-mile superspeedway¿s outer walls. The SAFER barrier system has been placed outside of all four turns as well as most of the front straightaway. The construction project was handled by Behade Builders of Las Vegas.

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.

The first event to be run with the SAFER barriers in place will be the Las Vegas 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Champ Car World Series doubleheader on Sept. 25.