Pole-sitter Chase Elliott wrecks early at Daytona 500: NASCAR racing is indeed too dangerous. The possibility of head and neck injury for someone driving at such high speeds is immense as some track doctors believe. The deaths of four race drivers, in the past year, due to head injuries further proves the point.
Yes, NASCAR is dangerous. Then again, think about the things we do every day. Driving on the freeway is extremely dangerous, even more so. People are on their phones cruising 70mph. Hundreds of people die each month because of these crashes. In fact, when taken into consideration, Nascar is less dangerous because they are not on their phones.
Car wrecks, injuries and deaths in Sports are always tragic. Nevertheless, risk and violence are part of our genetic make-up and can never be fully ignored. Although dangers remain in the sport I do not believe that these can be removed without taking away much of the spectacle and import of the sporting event itself.
NASCAR racing is not too dangerous. In fact, if anything it is as safe as it has ever been. The reality is that driving fast is littered with danger. But, technological advances have made NASCAR vehicles as safe as ever. How many times have we witnessed horrific crashes only to see the driver climb out and walk away. Regular peopel driving to and from work is more dangerous than NASCAR.
Nascar vehicles are finely tuned machines that have been built with the power they hold as part of their design. There are already safety mechanisms built into the engine that prevent them from exceeding certain safety thresholds. This means that the current running speed of the vehicles is the same as it has been for many years. The cause of the accident itself has yet to be determined, but it seems likely based on established scientific principles, (namely, thermal expansion,) that it was the warmest day of the competition affecting the ability of this finely tuned machine to perform. To look at the speed of the vehicles while ignoring the ambient environmental conditions is ignorant to a fault.