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Phoenix track assures NASCAR fans of safety

PHOENIX — A Valley safety expert is reassuring NASCAR fans after last week’s tragedy in Florida.

Steven Adelman, a venue safety expert with the Adelman Law Group in Phoenix, said the upcoming Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway that all that can be done to keep fans safe is being done.

At least 28 people were injured when tires and debris from Kyle Larsen’s car flew into the grandstands Saturday during the Daytona 500.

Adelman admitted there are some risks to spectators at a NASCAR event and said the organization realizes its sport can be dangerous.

“The essence of the event involves a certain measure of danger,” Adelman said. “While acknowledging that danger that cannot be reduced or eliminated, NASCAR and the racetracks it runs on take reasonable steps to protect fans so that they can enjoy that event, even with the reasonable measure of danger.”

He added that track officials are always assessing safety. “They went through a significant track and fence renovation in 2010.”

Adelman said anyone attending the races this weekend and is concerned about safety, he suggested sitting in seats that are further away from the track.