By AMANDA VINCENT
Charlotte Motor Speedway will have a six-foot-wide “transition barrier” on its frontstretch by the time the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity series makes its second 2015 visit to the track in October, with the Xfinity Series race scheduled for Oct. 9 and the Sprint Cup Series on Oct. 10.
“The goal is to create something similar to a fairway to rough transition you might see on a golf course,” Charlotte Motor Speedway Vice President of Communications Scott Coper told NASCAR.com. “If a driver gets pinched down, he or she should have a good opportunity to get back on the track without suffering too much damage to the car.”
Specifically, the aim of this barrier is to decrease instances of splitter damage.
The “transition barrier” will be between the pavement and grass area and will be made up of 140 tons of a sand and soil mix with rye grass. The sand/soil area will be at the same level as the aphalt, while the grassy area will be lower. The area beyond the six-foot barrier will be unchanged.
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