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A year of change for Daytona

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Updated: 7/04/2013 6:51 pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Daytona International Speedway has completed one project and is about to start another.


NASCAR's most famous track finished installation of revamped cross-over gates Wednesday, a day before drivers and teams took to the high-banked oval to begin preparations for Saturday night's 400-mile race.


The gates were reinforced following a frightening wreck in February that injured nearly 30 spectators. Daytona and Talladega added cables at the crossover gates, which allow fans to move between the grandstands and the infield before and after races. The tracks also installed supplemental tethers between the gate frame and support posts.


Track president Joie Chitwood III says, "We've been around 55 years and, yes, things happen. But we've done a really good job of giving fans a safe and fun environment. You never stop doing that."

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