by Charlie Turner
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Mark Martin’s pole-sitting #55 spinning down off turn four, sliding into the entrance of pit lane. Martin kept it off the wall until the car impaled on the end of the pit wall that marks the entrance end of the pits. Miraculously, the wall hit behind Martin’s seat area and not at the door. Had the car hit the wall earlier, the scattering gaggle of NASCAR officials, photographers and pit toads might have taken casualties. If the car hits that piece of wall two feet closer to the front of the car, Mark may not have walked away.
Just when you think that NASCAR has all the dangerous places at racetracks protected with SAFER barriers and such, a race car finds a soft spot. Better fix this one.
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