I'd nearly fallen asleep 40 minutes into NASCAR's presentation on the findings from the investigation of the death of Dale Earnhardt when The Post's Liz Clarke asked the only question that mattered: How does all this exhaustive and painfully detailed research immediately change life at the track? Are the walls surrounding the track going to be made softer? Will the cars be slower? Will head restraint devices be mandatory? What?
Mike Helton, NASCAR's president, said that sixth months of investigation, the subsequent findings and forthcoming recommendations will not provide "a quick fix. ... There's not a resolution tomorrow. We're not going to react just for the sake of reacting. ... There's not a bulletin getting ready to go out this afternoon to change walls at the race tracks or roll bars in the race cars. ... It's still going to take time."
NASCAR has a responsibility to any number of entities, starting with its drivers, to study and investigate every imaginable way to make racing safer. And if that means spending $1 million, or 10 times that, to build computer models to re-enact crashes, or to build a technical facility in North Carolina, or to hire the world's top kinematic analyst, so be it. Employ it. Enact it. Install it. Do it.
But if you were expecting the Earnhardt investigation to yield a way to prevent death in racing, you're sadly naive. Nothing said during more than two hours of an extraordinarily elaborate presentation made you sit back and say, "Whoa!" Were you waiting for the great revelation to come out of that session?
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