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Hard Crash at The Milwaukee Mile Raises Safety Concerns

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A recent crash at the Milwaukee Mile highlighted the lack of SAFER barriers at certain parts of the track.

What’s Happening?

The ASA Stars National Tour was busy on Father’s Day racing at the Milwaukee Mile this weekend. A hard crash by Justin Mondeik, however, highlighted some safety concerns for some. The crash included two hits on walls not protected by SAFER barriers.

  • The main safety issue was the lack of SAFER barriers on the backstretch. Milwaukee only has SAFER barriers on the outside walls in the turns, and all of the remaining walls are concrete. SAFER (Steel And Foam Energy Reduction) barriers have become the standard barrier at NASCAR tracks throughout the last two decades instead of concrete.
  • The Milwaukee Mile is a 1.015 mile race track in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It has hosted 33 NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series races between 1984 and 2009. The Craftsman Truck Series will return to the track on August 27th.

Around the Garage

Roger Penske went to the track to see if it had a future in IndyCar, and he mentioned that the track has a ways to go in terms of safety.

In the Stands

The Burke Realm calls the lack of SAFER barriers “not good”.

JJWolf0498 wants SAFER Barriers on the inside wall.

AJ is glad that they did not hit the opening in the wall.

torak says that Milwaukee is not ready for the Truck Series yet.

Brett supports the track, but he does admit there needs to be more SAFER barriers added.

jctools11 says that these types of carsz cars should not be on this track.

At the end of the day, it is an ASA race, which is tough to compare to NASCAR. However, the lack of SAFER barriers at some key parts of the race track is not a good thing to see. Hopefully nothing becomes too problematic at Milwaukee in August for the Truck Series.

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