Editorial: All race tracks should implement safety rules

Auto racing is an inherently dangerous sport, with drivers maneuvering cars and trucks through traffic around tracks at high speeds. Because of the risk of accidents and injuries, improving the safety of drivers is important.

That can be accomplished, at least in part, through technology and rules.

After Dale Earnhardt died during a head-on crash into a wall during the 2001 Daytona 500, NASCAR required its drivers to wear a head-and-neck restraint system to prevent basilar skull fractures — the cause of Earnhardt’s death.

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