Safety first at Flomaton track

Published 1:00 pm Monday, August 4, 2008

By By Chandler Myers
Hearts stopped and the crowd jumped to their feet as Rusty Turner’s car took a tumble down the front stretch at Flomaton Speedway on July 19 (see Mike Newton’s picture on 2B.)
Turner walked away from the mangled racecar uninjured, thanks to the safe measures taken by track officials and drivers to ensure that no one is ever at risk if an accident occurs.
Track safety is top priority at Flomaton and before each event drivers must undergo inspections to make sure their cars meet safety standards.
Track promoter NASCAR Ron said each car goes through the inspections to make sure all the parts are up to date and in working order.
Cars flipping at the track are rare, but Turner and another driver have flipped this season.
NASCAR Ron said that everyone’s safety systems have held up well and no one involved in an accident has been seriously injured.
He added that three years ago a wreck happened, with a young driver who was lucky to walk away.
Officials at the speedway take all the checks seriously, according to NASCAR Ron.
Ron said that he feels relaxed when the cars are on the track because every check has been made to keep the drivers safe.
He added that he thinks it is safer to be on the track then on regular road or highway.
See Wednesday’s Atmore Advance for results on Saturday’s race action from Flomaton Speedway.

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