Charlotte adds polystyrene barriers

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 19, 2000) Lowe's Motor Speedway is adding polystyrene padding to help protect some of its interior concrete retaining walls for the UAW-GM Quality 500 on Oct. 8, track president H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler said Tuesday. The padding...

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 19, 2000) Lowe's Motor Speedway is adding polystyrene padding to help protect some of its interior concrete retaining walls for the UAW-GM Quality 500 on Oct. 8, track president H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler said Tuesday.

The padding will be used to reinforce portions of the inside walls in the 1.5-mile layout's second and fourth turns.

The energy-absorbing material is produced by Cellofoam of Conyers, Ga., and was originally designed for use in the manufacture of floating boat docks.

"We've looked at a wide variety of materials and feel this is one of a number of promising materials available for maximizing energy absorption in these specific areas," Wheeler said. "In the past we've used tires and water barrels in these locations, and this material is the next step."

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