“We had our safety protocols in place," Chitwood said. "Our security maintained a buffer that separates the fans from the fencing area. With the fencing being prepared tonight to our safety protocols, we expect to go racing tomorrow with no changes."
Motorsports venues have been looking for a better alternative to catchfences for several years, and especially since Dan Wheldon's tragic death in a 2011 IndyCar race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. However, there have been no proposals for systems that would deliver the same sort of safety advance as achieved by the development of the HANS driver neck support and the SAFER barriers which reduce the level of impact of a car against speedway retaining walls.
However, NASCAR did face criticism after the crash for using legal powers under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act to order websites to immediately remove any fan-shot video of the incident from social media sharing sites including YouTube
Tickets to any NASCAR event bear explicit terms and conditions restricting the recording of the race and the sharing of any video or photos that a fan may have made while attending the event. Most US sporting franchises have similar terms - NFL provisions even technically forbid fans to write about what they see at a game.
NASCAR said that they had exercised their DCMA powers in this case in order to respect the privacy of the fans involved in the incident and to spare unnecessary anguish and suffering to families and friends who might see distressing footage of their loved ones being injured.
"The fan video of the wreck on the final lap of today's NASCAR Nationwide Series race was blocked on YouTube out of respect for those injured in today's accident," said a statement from NASCAR released on Saturday evening. "Information on the status of those fans was unclear and the decision was made to err on the side of caution with this very serious incident."
YouTube eventually reinstated access to the material, telling The Washington Post:
"Our partners and users do not have the right to take down videos from YouTube unless they contain content which is copyright infringing, which is why we have reinstated the videos."