by Thomas Chemris - Motorsport.com
NASCAR officials stated that at this time they have no interest in exploring the use of the Humpy Bumper, a crushable bumper concept introduced on May 16th by Lowes Motor Speedway President Humpy Wheeler.
The device, designed to assist the absorption of a high-speed impact is one of several new safety concepts being developed.
The focus on improved safety for race drivers has been an intensified in light of on track deaths of 4 drivers in the last 12 months.
"The experts will tell you that there are four major areas to be improved in order to make these race cars as safe as possible", notes Wheeler. "The most important is the need to absorb some of the energy of a wall impact, particularly at 20 to 30 degree hits".
Lowes Motor Speedway is proactive in safety improvements.
The facility introduced a limited use of soft wall technology for certain corners of the track.
NASCAR has not ruled out the development of front crush zones, however the sanctioning body has just broken ground on its own research and technology center, where they will be able to research concepts and improvements in safety and aerodynamics.