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Slower Speeds Could Be In The Future For Daytona, Talladega

NASCAR driver safety is becoming a major part of the conversation these days, both among drivers and those overseeing the sport.

NASCAR chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell revealed as much when he gave an update into the investigation of Joey Logano’s frightening crash at Talladega Superspeedway. 

“We’re having ongoing dialogue with the drivers,” O’Donnell said. “I think if anything, you can see us take a look at the speeds of the car as we head potentially into our next superspeedway race. But yeah, (the accident) all had kind of to do with the angle and where the car was and the contact.”

Logano wasn’t hurt in the Talladega crash, but as CBS Sports noted, “he was publicly outspoken about the current aerodynamic rules on superspeedways and how they contributed to his car taking flight.”

Logano told Fox Sports, “I’ve got a rollbar in my head, you know what I mean? That’s not OK. I’m one hit away from the same situation Ryan Newman just went through (at the end of the 2020 Daytona 500). I just don’t feel like that’s acceptable. A lot of it’s due to this big spoiler and these big runs, the pushing and all that. It’s no one’s fault –Denny’s trying to go and the No. 47’s trying to go, it’s a product of this racing. We have to fix it, though. Because someone already got hurt, and we’re still doing it.”

For NASCAR, fixing it seems to be in the plans. How long it takes, of course, remains to be seen. Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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