NEUTRAL: Did you notice Pocono's new safety additions along the two backstretches this weekend? You can consider those in direct result of Kasey Kahne's tree-scaling adventure and Elliott Sadler's engine-removing hit, both during races at Pocono last season. Both incidents — vicious in each their own way — left drivers and media alike voicing malcontent with Pocono's dated methods of keeping drivers from injury during a crash.
The additions included catchfencing along most (if not all) of the track's exterior walls — no, this isn't 1985 — and a new standalone SAFER barrier that's designed to keep cars from either 1) smashing into a hard concrete inside wall like Sadler or 2) pirouetting through the air.
I'm giving Pocono high remarks for making the timely and expensive additions, but as a Monday morning racing safety quarterback, they leave some questions. For instance, Mike Skinner walloped the inside wall off of Turn 1 at Pocono during Friday's qualifying thanks in large part to itRead More »from Hot/Not: Pocono deserves good marks for safety upgrades