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NASCAR Continues All-Driver Safety Meetings In Las Vegas

A second safety meeting was held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday (Oct. 15) with NASCAR and NASCAR Cup Series drivers, the Associated Press reported.

Like last week’s meeting at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, the session went for 75 minutes.

The meetings were conducted after a second driver, Alex Bowman, incurred a concussion when his car rear ended the wall at Texas Motor Speedway. Bowman is out at least for the next three races; Noah Gragson will fill in.

Kurt Busch was the first driver who was not cleared to compete due to concussion symptoms after his crash during qualifying at Pocono Raceway. He announced Saturday that he would not run full-time in the Cup Series in 2023 and that Tyler Reddick would drive the No. 45 for 23XI Racing in his place.

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NASCAR tested some safety adjustments to the rear of the car earlier this month.

Several drivers answered questions from the media after the meeting at the Charlotte ROVAL, including Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney.

Keselowski was concerned last week about the cost of the changes that NASCAR wants to make. However, NASCAR said earlier this week that it “sent an update to teams… with changes to the rear clips, center sections and rear bumper struts, and that NASCAR is covering the costs.” Bozi Tatarevic wrote a more substantial piece detailing the changes that will be made for Road & Track.

An all-drivers meeting will be held each week for the rest of the year. Steve Phelps said at the Charlotte ROVAL that NASCAR would “continue to iterate on the car to make it safer.”

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Joy joined Frontstretch in 2019 as a NASCAR DraftKings writer, expanding to news and iRacing coverage in 2020. She's currently an assistant editor and involved with photos, social media and news editing. A California native, Joy was raised as a motorsports fan and started watching NASCAR extensively in 2001. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Studies at California State University Bakersfield in 2010.

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Kurt Smith

I kind of think the time to be doing this was about a year ago, when there were news stories questioning the safety of the car.

DoninAjax

As usual, the brain trust believed they were smarter than the drivers and could use simulations to design their new cow patty.

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