Opinion: Sonoma Reminds Us That SAFER Barriers Need to Be Everywhere

By: Toby Christie – @Toby_Christie

One of the greatest safety innovations in racing history is the SAFER barrier, or the metal walls, with energy absorbing foam that sit in front of the existing concrete walls at race tracks around the country. Fans, drivers and members of the NASCAR industry have called for tracks to add SAFER barriers at every section of the track inside and out, but every now and again cars in severe accidents find exposed concrete walls.

This weekend, at Sonoma Raceway during the Toyota / Save Mart 350 we were reminded once again how important the softer SAFER barrier walls are.
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Opinion: Can We Just Start Stripping Encumbered Race Wins?

By: Toby Christie – @Toby_Christie

In the interest of being honest, I have to admit that when NASCAR announced during the offseason that if a race winning car failed post-race inspection at a high enough level that they would tag the victory as an “encumbered” win, I was a fan of the move. An encumbered win would result in point penalties, but more importantly the win would not count toward the driver’s total of ever important playoff points.

It felt like finally something was going to be happening to teams that decided to bring a tricked up car to the track to tack on more wins.

However, after seeing the process unfold a couple of times so far in 2017, I can’t help but feel like like I was naive for my initial thoughts on the new rule. In fact now I feel the rule is a load of crock.
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Sonoma Presents Opportunity for Winless Drivers

By: Toby Christie – @Toby_Christie

15 races have come and gone in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, and several big-name drivers are still winless. Among the notables: Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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The Final Lap Weekly NASCAR Racing Radio Podcast #444 Denny Hamlin, Justin Allgaier / Top 5 2016 Stories

SHOW #444 – Guest: Denny Hamlin & Justin Allgaier – We also review Toby’s Top 5 Stories of 2016 article from motorsportstribune.com, news of the week included Dale Jr. gets married!, Atlanta repave and more. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Toby Christie. Continue reading “The Final Lap Weekly NASCAR Racing Radio Podcast #444 Denny Hamlin, Justin Allgaier / Top 5 2016 Stories”