NASCAR VP of Competition Elton Sawyer commented on the incident at Daytona involving Ryan Preece. Many were left shocked after the crash and thought the worst. However, Preece fared much better than expected. There is already talk of measures that could be taken to prevent such things from happening.
One of the measures would definitely be to remove the grass. Speaking to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Sawyer confirmed that this is one of the options; “Yeah, absolutely,” Sawyer said, as quoted by on3.com! "I think you look at all of that stuff.
Again, we look at the facility. We’ll look at the safer barrier, and where we put the tire packs, and where there’s grass and there’s asphalt. How our vehicles get to those areas. All of those things, we look at.
We’ve had good collaboration with the facilities. … Just to make sure we have the safest environment for our competitors and our fans. But yes, absolutely that will be something that will be discussed”.
Denny Hamlin: It’s just the grass made it bite
Denny Hamlin emphasized in his “Actions Detrimental” podcast that grass removal must be a priority.
Taking such measures could certainly mitigate the consequences of the crash. We will see if NASCAR leaders will really take such steps and prevent potential tragedies in the future. “I know the drivers have been really on this for a long time, but getting rid of the grass.
I guess I’m in that camp for sure. Certainly, the car doesn’t bite as much as it would if it was on – it’s not going to change it from getting air. The car was going airborne way before the grass. It’s just the grass made it bite and that’s when it caused it to twirl in the air”. We will see what the future brings!