It's Called a Catch Fence so Fans Feel Better
It's called a green-white-checker finish:
- Green flag ... shown to start or restart a race;
- White flag ... shown at the start of the last lap; and
- Checkered flag ... shown at the finish line.
|When we came off Turn 4, I assumed that we were all going to wreck because there was a pretty good draft especially from the guys that were four or five rows back.|
He wasn't that far off. Here's Austin Dillon without a pilot's license:
At 190mph in close quarters, there was nowhere else for Dillon to go but up:
It's progress, of course, that Dillon walked away with only a bruised tailbone and forearm. Too bad five paying customers couldn't have done the same.
There's now damn near enough of them at Daytona to start organizing annual reunions:
- Two fans were injured in 2012 when Joey Coulter found the fence in a Campers World Truck race.
- Fourteen of thirty fans took a trip to the hospital in 2013 after Kyle Larson sailed into the mesh during an Xfinity Series race.
Additional constraints on cars and reinforcement on fences aren't answers. They merely offer a false sense of security.
There's a better way that can be done with a few keystrokes in the rulebook.
The green-white-checker finish has gotta go.