Two decades ago, NASCAR had no research and no development center, the SAFER barrier had not been installed at tracks, and drivers raced in seats that look rudimentary compared to today’s cocoons.
But things have changed in 20+ years. And for the good.
Never was that more evident than this past Sunday when Bubba Wallace walked away from this vicious impact at Pocono Raceway after his brakes failed and he hit the wall at full speed! This reinforces how far safety has come in NASCAR since the late 1990s.
The impact was so hard, that the concrete wall BEHIND the safer barrier (the stiff styrofoam that absorbs the energy of the car slamming the wall) cracked, as evidenced by the photo below.