Elliott Sadler, currently eleventh in the Cup championship standings, commended Las Vegas Motor Speedway for adding SAFER barriers to the inside wall on the backstretch, a response to the violet wreck Jeff Gordon suffered last year.

Sadler also is a firm believer that other tracks should follow suit.

"You hear all these owners of tracks spending all this money all the time to get a (Cup) date, so they must have money lying around somewhere," Sadler said. "I think to have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series date, you should have soft walls all the way around the outside or inside of your racetrack.

"I know that it costs a lot (of money), but a lot of fans show up to watch us race every week. That's my opinion. There are some tracks that we could do better at."

by Reid Spencer/Sporting News