ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- Saturday's race at Road America marks the finale of a five-race NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule for veteran road racer Boris Said this year in Joe Gibbs Racing 's No. 54 Toyota. On Friday, Said hinted that the event could signify another finale on a much broader scale. Said will try to cash in on another opportunity in top-flight equipment in Saturday's Road America 180 Fired up by Johnsonville (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). He'll be driving for the same No. 54 team that's visited Victory Lane four times this season, three times with Sprint Cup vet Kyle Busch and once with JGR prodigy Erik Jones . "Man, this is like the best Christmas present I ever got in my life," Said said after Friday's final practice at the 4.048-mile track. "I've been racing for over 30 years. I'm going to be 53 in a couple weeks. In the last three or four years, I've been racing cars that don't have a prayer to win, underfunded teams. It's still fun, but not fun not being competitive. So, to get an opportunity to drive for Monster and Joe Gibbs and Toyota in equipment like this, it was a dream come true. To finally run in the top five at Watkins Glen, it kind of shows, hey maybe it's not my age, it was just the equipment. "It's just been one of the most fun years I've ever had doing these five races with these guys. Now that it's last one, it might be the last NASCAR car race I ever run, I don't know. But it sure is a cool way to go out." If Saturday proves to be Said's swan song, his record will show one XFINITY victory, one Camping World Truck Series win and two Sprint Cup pole positions in a career that dates back to 1995 in NASCAR national series competition. This year, Said's biggest highlight was a fourth-place finish at the Glen, and leading two laps two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio and a lap at Talladega in May. Said pointed out that he dialed back his sports-car racing schedule this year to better focus on his five-race schedule with Joe Gibbs Racing . But he's otherwise kept occupied off the track in a partnership with Rick Hendrick's automotive group for BMW and Volkswagen dealerships. "That's another dream come true," Said said. In terms of the future, Said indicated that he'd likely compete in sports car events next season, but he'd jump at the chance for another competitive ride in NASCAR . "Who knows? If I could ever get another opportunity like this again, I don't care if I was 70 years old, I'd take it," Said said. "This is like a vacation every time I get to run this. I have fun every minute of the day here. Part of me is sad to see it end, but part of me is like, man, it sure was fun, though."
No one would blame Cameron Hayley for getting homesick. The 19-year-old NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver resides in Sandusky, Ohio where his ThorSport Racing team is based -- 1,891.3 miles away from his hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Most of the tracks he races at are even farther away. Distance has not stopped Hayley from chasing his NASCAR dream. Although it's located on the opposite side of Canada, Hayley will have a homecoming of sorts when he performs in front of his fellow countrymen in Sunday's Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) -- the NCWTS' only road course race of the season. "Not only is this a track I've been to before, it's also in my home country," said Hayley, who ranks sixth in the NCWTS standings on the strength of three top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 14 starts this season. "I just hope that I will have a good run for all of my Canadian fans." An alumnus of the NASCAR Next initiative highlighting the sport's top up-and-coming drivers, Hayley is still searching for his first NASCAR national series win. If he takes the checkered flag on Sunday, he would be the first Canadian to win a NASCAR national series race since Ron Fellows visited Victory Lane in Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2008. Racing in his first full-time NCWTS season, Hayley has gained momentum lately, logging six top-10 finishes in his last eight starts, including a career-best fourth-place showing at Pocono. He made his series debut at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last season, finishing 11th and believes his prior experience there will help him on Sunday. "We've done really well at tracks that I've been to in the past this year, already," Hayley said. "I've been to Sonoma a couple times and that place was really difficult. You look at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and think, 'it can’t be as difficult as Sonoma ,' but it's a very fast race track, and fast race tracks are not forgiving. It takes a lot of finesse and a lot of guts to go out there and get it done. We are bringing a really good truck, so I think this will be another good race for us to go out and get a solid top five, if not a win."
Presenting NASCAR content from around the web Editor's note: On Wednesday at noon ET, "High 5" will present some of the best NASCAR -related content from around the web. 1. Sweat it out You've got to sweat to get it. That's the message NFL quarterbacks and brothers Peyton and Eli Manning are sending in their latest online video series for Gatorade. The concept involves the Manning brothers visiting different colleges and "coaching" the students on how to work for their Gatorade when the drink refuses to dispense from the machine. Hidden cameras capture the students' reactions. Well, I would bet that Peyton and Eli would be more than satisfied with NASCAR teams' hard work that is exchanged for the standard dousal of Gatorade in Victory Lane. After all, it isn't called "Gatorade Victory Lane" for nothing, right? 2. Win and get in The Pittsburgh Steelers' James Harrison is fed up with kids' "participation trophies." And on Saturday, he took a stand on the issue, saying his own kids would no longer receive these types of awards. We at NASCAR .com like to call it his, "win and get in" philosophy. This may be a little harsh, James. But as Harrison is a former Kent State walk-on and NFL Europe player who worked hard to get his outside linebacker position for the Steelers, his stance on the matter is understandable. After all, there's only one checkered flag in NASCAR . Read the entire story from ESPN here . 3. Danica's power Danica Patrick announced her new 2016 sponsor Nature's Bakery along with her contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing on Tuesday. It seems like an ironic pairing, fig bars and NASCAR . But according to Bleacher Report's Joe Menzer, that's just why it's incredible. In a recent article , Menzer discusses Patrick's power in the sports industry and the importance of her ability to bring new sponsors into racing. One thing's for sure: Danica's popularity doesn't seem to be fading any time soon. 4. Here comes the bride It takes a dedicated pair of racing fans to spend your wedding anniversary at the race track. It takes a really dedicated duo to renew your wedding vows at the track on your 50th anniversary. But that's just what Karen and Dave Hastings did this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Longtime NASCAR fans, the couple renewed their vows in Victory Lane, rocking coordinating "Bride" and "Groom" T-Shirts. Karen even wore a veil and Dave sported a white flower lapel pin. Is there anything better than love and # NASCAR ? Fans renew their vows at @MISpeedway ! » http://t.co/2km2yM1DIr pic.twitter.com/sXnkEDPFDQ — FOX SPORTS: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) August 18, 2015 Cheers to your next "Big One", Mr. and Mrs. Hastings! (Sorry, couldn't resist). Click here to read FOX Sports 1's story of the ceremony. 5. DW sounds off on JGR Darrell Waltrip is an important figure in the NASCAR community, having held a prominant career in racing before trading his firesuit for a suit and broadcasting microphone in the FOX Sports booth. Waltrip took to FOXSports.com on Monday to offer his opinion on Joe Gibbs Racing 's momentum and begs the question that's on everyone's minds: Can anyone slow down JGR? Click here to read more of Waltrip commentary on JGR, Austin Dillon 's bright moment at Michigan and Hendrick Motorsports ' struggles.
RELATED: Danica inks deal with new sponsor Nature's Bakery Not to be lost in a week of highly emotional and impactful news of the sport, is the encouraging and positive outcome from the reigning Sprint Cup champion Stewart-Haas Racing . Because what's good for Danica Patrick and good for that team is actually also good for all of NASCAR . Tuesday's announcement that Nature's Bakery will begin a multiyear primary sponsorship of Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet beginning in 2016, is a significant sign for the sport. It's a fresh start and prime opportunity for this young and ambitious company, and a real indication that NASCAR is considered a thriving destination and viable option for a diverse group of potential corporate partners -- not just for the petroleum, tire and tool brands that have historically laid the foundation. "To have somebody new to this sport, that's a victory on top of a victory, just getting a new partner," Stewart-Haas Racing owner Tony Stewart said Tuesday after the team's formal announcement. "To bring somebody new into the sport, I think that shows the sport is still solid, it's still marketable and we have a lot of good things going on in this series." Even the way this partnership materialized feels serendipitous. The bakery's two production facilities in St. Louis and Nevada use products supplied by Haas Automation, SHR co-owner Gene Haas' company. The company executives are longtime NASCAR fans and ... one relatively innocuous conversation between a bakery representative and a Haas representative led to another, which led to a Patrick "taste test," which rather quickly led to a multi-million dollar sponsorship deal between an up-and-coming company and one of the country's most marketable professional athletes. "Roughly about 100 days from beginning to end," said Nature's Bakery co-founder Dave Marson, who called it a "kind of a crazy idea that we've made reality here today." Marson explained, "We flew out, we met with Tony and Danica and instantly we knew that this was right. We were honest with them and said, 'Hey, we're not Coca-Cola. If you're looking for Coca-Cola, if you're looking for General Mills, you've got the wrong people, but if you believe in an up-and-coming brand in a category that's growing, we're your guys.' "They believed in us." MORE: Herman Unplugged: Danica deal proves sport's strength In many ways Nature's Bakery -- which started as a family-owned bakery and now bakes and sells healthy snack bars in 22 countries -- embodies exactly the kind of spirit and fundamentals that NASCAR fans embrace. The fact that it's a family-owned American company with 420 employees -- not 50,000 -- is a concept well received. This is a sport whose fans appreciate the underdog and cheer for those putting in the hard work. "This is the next natural level and evolution of our brand," said Marson. "It brings us to the forefront. It lets us play with the big boys now, so we're ready for it." On a practical level, this buoys Patrick's confidence in her pursuit of NASCAR success and it allows SHR to continue its focus on defending its 2014 championship run with one less major distraction. And for Patrick and Stewart, sealing a deal between them was the only option considered. "I just think it makes everything seamless to where we're just continuing business as usual," Stewart said. "There's no change; she just gets to keep building on what she's been doing up to this point with us. For us, it's the same deal, too, we don't have to worry about a transition." Added Stewart, "We continue to see progress in her. "Everyone puts so much pressure on her that everything that she does -- or if she makes a mistake -- it's magnified by everybody, so I think considering that, she's done a pretty damn good job up to this point."
RELATED: Updated Chase Grid Ain't no party like a NASCAR party! As the regular season nears its end and The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup rapidly approaches, so too does the annual fan celebration to mark its beginning -- NASCAR Chase Fest. Taking place, once again, in Chicago on Sept. 17 ahead of the first Challenger Round race at Chicagoland Speedway , Chase Fest sponsored by Toyota and Sprint provides a free outdoor fan fest featuring appearances and autograph sessions with all 16 Chase drivers and other NASCAR personalities. Grammy-nominated 3 Doors Down will help keep the party flowing with a concert, as well as a performance by Chicago's popular country cover band, the Suburban Cowboys. Fans in attendance also will have a plethora of meal and drink options, with food being provided by Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and beverages by Coors Light. Additional entertainment will include the Toyota Ferris Wheel and the NASCAR on NBC Sports Bumper Cars. The events of the day will be covered by NBCSN, including Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Marty Snider and Rutledge Wood, for the network's live broadcast of " NASCAR America." Chase Fest will take place on Weed Street between Fremont and Kingsbury streets from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. local time. For full details on this year's Chase Fest, click here .
RELATED: Kenseth wins at Michigan " Chase Grid standings BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Team Penske drivers Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski had to repeat pre-race inspection after their splitters didn't pass the first time through before Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. NASCAR announced it asked the teams to switch splitters and that the original splitters would be taken back to the NASCAR Research & Development Center for inspection early next week. NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell discussed that decision on Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "The Morning Drive." "On the 2 (of Keselowski) and the 22 (of Logano), in that case, they're so close on all the splitters and we thought the issue that we looked at was really close to the spec that we have so in that case we elected to take both of those, bring them back to the R&D Center and just take a closer look. "I don't think we'll find anything in this case. It was just one of those areas of a car that, like we do from time to time, we take a look at. See what we may be able to learn if there's anything there, and then have dialogue with the team and the industry if we do see anything. But more of a procedural thing on our end this weekend when it comes to the 2 and 22." Neither driver lost their qualifying spot due to the change in splitters. Logano qualified 10th while Keselowski was 14th. Logano finished seventh, while Keselowski finished ninth in the Pure Michigan 400 . "We do everything to our race cars," Todd Gordon, crew chief of the No. 22, told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Sunday before the race. "We clean everything up. We don't bring nasty, dirty race cars through inspection. We clean everything we can and make it as close to what we left the shop with. We cleaned it up, and we replaced it." Logano won last week's Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International, his second victory of the season, and he is now fifth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings with four races to go until the postseason. Keselowski, who has never won at his home track in Michigan, has one victory this season and is ninth in the Chase standings.
Keep this handy guide by your side when watching your next NASCAR race and you'll be on top of the game and might even impress your friends: Camber: The amount a tire is tilted in or out from vertical. Described in degrees, either positive or negative. Dirty air: Aerodynamic term for the turbulent air currents caused by fast-moving cars that can cause a particular car to lose control. Downforce: A combination of aerodynamic and centrifugal forces. The more downforce, the more grip a car has. But more downforce also means more drag, which can rob a race car of speed. Drafting: The practice of two or more cars, while racing, to run nose-to-tail, almost touching. The lead car, by displacing the air in front of it, creates a vacuum between its rear end and the nose of the following car, actually pulling the second car along with it. Drag: The resistance a car experiences when passing through air at high speeds. A resisting force exerted on a car parallel to its air stream and opposite in direction to its motion. Driving into the corner: When drivers say they are having problems driving into the corner it means the car is not performing how they want it to (too tight or too loose) at the point where the car is entering the corner. How a driver approaches a corner could depend on strategy: trying to pass, gain speed, save tires or drive the shortest distance through the corner. Groove: Slang term for the best route around the racetrack; the most efficient or quickest way around the track for a particular driver. The "high groove" takes a car closer to the outside wall for most of a lap, while the "low groove" takes a car closer to the apron than the outside wall. Road racers use the term "line." Drivers search for a fast groove, and that has been known to change depending on track and weather conditions. Loose: Also known as "oversteer." When the rear tires of the car have trouble sticking in the corners. This causes the car to "fishtail" as the rear end swings outward during turns. A minor amount of this effect can be desirable on certain tracks. Quarter-panel: The sheet metal on both sides of the car from the C-post to the rear bumper below the deck lid and above the wheel well. Restrictor plate: A thin metal plate with four holes that restricts airflow from the carburetor into the engine. Used to reduce horsepower and keep speeds down. The restrictor plates are currently used at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. Round (of wedge): Slang term for a way of making chassis adjustments utilizing the race car's springs. A wrench is inserted in a jack bolt attached to the springs, and is used to tighten or loosen the amount of play in the spring. This in turn can loosen or tighten up the handling of a race car. Short pit: The strategy of pitting well before running out of fuel, getting fresh tires to make up time on the leaders and theoretically taking the lead once those lead cars need to pit. Short pitting puts a car on an alternate pit cycle and could be beneficial or not depending in part upon how cautions fall the rest of the race. Side drafting: When a car races alongside another car and "dumps" air flow from that car's nose to the spoiler of the other car, causing the other car to lose momentum and allowing the side-drafting car to pull away. It's a strategy used on larger tracks such as Talladega, Daytona and Michigan. Slingshot: A maneuver in which a car following the leader in a draft suddenly steers around it, breaking the vacuum; this provides an extra burst of speed that allows the second car to take the lead. Splitter: Runs the entire width of the car at the front and sometimes appears as if it's touching the ground. What the spoiler does for downforce in the back of the car, the splitter provides downforce to the front. Damage to the splitter can be difficult to overcome because of the important role it plays in the aerodynamics of the car. Spoiler: A metal blade attached to the rear deck lid of the car. It helps restrict airflow over the rear of the car, providing downforce and traction. Tapered spacer: A metal piece that limits how much air gets into the engine cylinder, which in turn limits how much fuel can go into the cylinder and reduces the amount of energy produced. Tight: Also known as "understeer." A car is said to be tight if the front wheels lose traction before the rear wheels do. A tight race car doesn't seem able to steer sharply enough through the turns. Instead, the front end continues toward the wall . Track bar: A lateral bar that keeps the rear tires centered within the body of the car. It connects the frame on one side and the rear axle on the other. Also called the panhard bar. Wave around: Cars can take the wave around when there is one to go under caution and the pace car turns its lights off. Wave-around cars are not permitted to pit until after the green flag comes back out and the race resumes. Wave-around cars restart at the rear of the field, but they are put in front of cars that have received a penalty. MORE TECH TALK: Inside Track presented by Mobil 1
O'Donnell: Potential for youth and diversity initiatives to merge RELATED: NASCAR Next class unveiled " More on NASCAR Next GALLERY: Meet the NASCAR Next Class of 2015 Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer, was among the sanctioning body's presenters during Tuesday's debut of the NASCAR Next 2015-16 roster of young drivers. If the process for identifying new up-and-comers for driving opportunities continues to grow, the group's composition could evolve in the years ahead. The newest NASCAR Next class of 12 drivers -- five returning members and seven first-time participants -- made their grand introduction Tuesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Two members -- Nicole Behar and Ruben Garcia Jr. -- were also participants in last fall's NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine, a proving ground for multicultural drivers and women hoping to make their mark in the sport. The NASCAR Next campaign is in its fifth season; the D4D initiative has been in effect since 2004. O'Donnell said each program has momentum, but that there is potential for a merged program in the future that combines the best of both. "I think it's part and parcel," O'Donnell said. "I think eventually the hope is that it could grow just to one, but I think the D4D program is still running strong, still provides us with an opportunity those who may have not been in a car at 4 and 5 years old, didn't have that opportunity and then were able to do that through the Rev Racing program, so we've seen some success and we're still seeing that. "I think this is an opportunity to recognize some drivers who are in the Late Models and have had some success and continue to grow and we can work with them as well. So, two successful programs, but eventually we'd love to see it just be one." Since the Next program began under the moniker of NASCAR's Next 9 in 2011, several notable alumni -- Chase Elliott , Kyle Larson , Darrell Wallace Jr . and Alex Bowman among them -- have found regular rides in one of the three NASCAR national series. O'Donnell said the movement to identify and promote the new wave of stock-car driving talent has been a collaborative effort, drawing on the recommendations of former drivers, track owners and other racing officials. Though O'Donnell hinted at the program's evolution, five years later the objective for NASCAR Next remains the same. "The goal of it is to graduate a driver from the touring to the national series level," O'Donnell said. "As we've seen, that's always been a struggle of getting names out there about their talent. They're so difficult in this day and age, so I think this has been a help to just get some drivers who may not have been recognized that, hey, let's get an owner to take look at a driver and advance them to the next level as well." Among other topics O'Donnell fielded Tuesday in an open Q&A with reporters: -- On the criticisms lobbed by defending series champion Kevin Harvick last weekend, stating that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule was "stagnant" : "We're happy with the schedule we have. We certainly look at what's available to us, but the scheduled that we have in place, I think that the tracks are doing a tremendous job of helping to promote the sport. Talladega was a great success for us this weekend, and we'll roll into Kansas and Charlotte. We certainly have dialogue with Kevin and everyone's got an opinion on the schedule, but we're happy with where we're at right now." -- On why the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race won't be run as a high-profile test of next year's rules package: "I think we're still developing what the 2016 package could be. It could very well be the 2015 package, so to go down a path that we felt potentially needed testing, we didn't think was the right thing to do, and put essentially a test out there for a big race on our schedule. So we elected to stay where we're at and continue to monitor the racing under this package right now." -- O'Donnell also indicated that NASCAR competition officials are targeting August 1 as a deadline for settling on a 2016 rules package. He also said that he expects national series schedules to be released on a similar time frame to last year as well.
The Joe Gibbs Racing teams of Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth , which combined to win six of the last nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, will each lose 15 minutes of practice time next weekend when the series heads to Darlington Raceway . The two were among 11 teams issued warnings arising from pre-qualifying and pre-race inspection issues at Bristol Motor Speedway , site of the Aug. 22 Irwin Tools Night Race . Busch's No. 18 team failed pre-race inspection four times on Saturday. Busch finished eighth in the race. Kenseth's No. 20 team was penalized for failing pre-race inspection on its first two attempts, as well as failing to get to inspection at the allotted time. Kenseth finished 42nd after when an engine issue sidelined the 2003 Sprint Cup champion after 110 laps of the 500-lap race. NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series is not competing this weekend. The Bojangles' Southern 500 is scheduled for Sept. 6 at Darlington (7 p.m., NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The 15-minute penalties will be enforced when opening practice gets underway on Friday, Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. Kenseth is currently fourth in the Chase Grid and has a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff locked up. Busch, who missed the first 11 races of the season due to injuries sustained in a crash at Daytona International Speedway in February, is currently second in the Chase Grid, but needs to clinch a top 30 position in the point standings over the final two regular-season races before he officially locks his spot in the Chase up. Warnings may be issued to teams for a variety of minor infractions. For every fourth warning issued to a team, whether during a championship (points) or non-championship (non-points) event, the loss of pit stall selection will be enforced. Others teams receiving warnings at Bristol for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice were: No. 22 ( Joey Logano / Team Penske ), No. 24 ( Jeff Gordon / Hendrick Motorsports ), No. 7 ( Alex Bowman / Tommy Baldwin Racing ), No. 30 ( Travis Kvapil /TMG) and the No. 98 ( Timmy Hill /Premium Motorsports) Also penalized for being late to inspection were the following teams: No. 40 ( Landon Cassill /Hillman Racing), No. 83 ( Matt DiBenedetto / BK Racing , No. 15 ( Clint Bowyer / Michael Waltrip Racing ) and the No. 11 ( Denny Hamlin / Joe Gibbs Racing ).
Four-time champion asked for meeting on safety measures after Atlanta wreck Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live LAS VEGAS -- Four-time premier series champion Jeff Gordon will meet with NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell next week to discuss the sanctioning body's safety measures, including the potential expanded use of SAFER barriers. Gordon, in his final season of full-time competition, dropped that bit of information Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway less than a week after he smacked a concrete wall at Atlanta Motor Speedway and two weeks after Kyle Busch broke his right leg in a wreck at Daytona International Speedway . "I reached out to them," Gordon said of the meeting. "It's a meeting to discuss some things, that being one of them. "I think it's important to note, the tracks and NASCAR are doing a lot to put as much effort into (taking additional safety measures) right away. There is only so much that can be done in a short period of time. … I'm looking forward to getting together with them to hear a little more detail about that progress." Gordon, who has raced in every premier series event since the season finale in 1992, can remember a time when there were no SAFER barriers. And he remembers what it felt like to hit those rough walls consistently. When he finds a SAFER barrier-less concrete wall on occasion -- like at Atlanta -- it's a rude, often painful reminder of just how effective the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction safety system is. "If you race long enough, you're going to hit stuff and you're going to hit hard," Gordon said. "I've hit a lot of walls with (SAFER barriers), and I've hit a lot of them without. When I hit one without, it's always, 'Wow, what did I just hit? What was that?' I'm always caught off-guard by the impact and how severe it is. "With a SAFER barrier -- this happened to me at Texas, I blew a right front tire going into Turn 1. I thought, 'Oh, God, this is going to hurt … oh that wasn't so bad.' It's a huge difference." Gordon joined the chorus of NASCAR drivers calling for an increased SAFER barrier presence following both Busch's wreck, and then his own. Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway , site of next week's race, both made safety modifications in advance of their respective events. "We said that there's no greater priority for NASCAR in working with the tracks to have SAFER everywhere," NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Office Steve O'Donnell told NASCAR .com earlier this week. "In terms of where it makes sense, obviously there's some challenges with different gates where you've got to look at some other technologies, but for us, the process is in place for short-term plans where we've worked with Atlanta and the upcoming West Coast tracks, and longer-term, implementing the SAFER barriers as quickly as we can." When next week's meeting concludes, the 43-year-old Gordon said he would share his gleanings with other drivers in the garage. As for the answers he hopes to get, one stands out -- What was the SAFER barrier plan before Busch got injured? "The one thing I would question is, when did SAFER barriers start being put at race tracks and what was the plan for them to be complete?" Gordon said. "I was under the impression when they started going in that it was going to be a three- or four-year plan to implement the SAFER barrier on every wall that needed to have one. "I think everybody knows it's a priority, but it seems to be kind of pushed further long since Kyle's accident. Where were we prior to Kyle's accident on that plan? We need to know what that timeframe is." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule