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Pocono Raceway adds more SAFER barrier

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Pocono Raceway officials have announced the completion of a project that has added more than 5,000 feet of Steel and Foam Energy Resistant (SAFER) barrier around the 2.5-mile track.

The barrier was put in place along the 3,740-foot frontstretch as well as areas between Turns 2 and 3, according to a track release.

In addition, each of the track's three crossover gates have been upgraded and now consist of SAFER materials.

The upgrade comes one year after officials installed more than 6,000 feet of SAFER barrier around the track and brings the total to more than 23,000 feet for the facility.

Pocono Raceway has hosted Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races annually since 1974. The track will host two race weekends for the series this season, the Pocono 400 on June 11 and the Pennsylvania 400 on July 30. The 2.5-mile venue also hosts a NASCAR XFINITY Series race in June and a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race as part of its July race weekend.

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It is the only track hosting the series that features three turns, hence the facility's "Tricky Triangle" nickname.

Kurt Busch won last year's June event while Chris Buescher scored his first career win in the series second stop last August.

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