The catch fence in Turn 1 at Kentucky Speedway was fully repaired in plenty of time before NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice on Friday morning.
The night before, Ben Kennedy's truck damaged a section of the catch fence as it slid atop the SAFER barrier in the waning laps of the UNOH 225 Camping World Truck Series race. NASCAR called the race with five laps remaining and Matt Crafton was declared the winner.
The repairs took 3 ½ hours and included repairing 75 feet of welded wire mesh fencing and replacing two support posts as well as 15 of the foam pyramids that fit between the steel tubing of the SAFER barrier and the concrete retaining wall behind it.
"Everything has been replaced and thoroughly inspected," NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said Friday morning.
No horizontal cables were severed and Kentucky Speedway operations director Steve Swift said the track would be restocking its supply Friday of any materials used in the fence repair.
Kentucky Speedway reinforced its catch fence in spectator areas by installing vertical steel cables between support posts before its Sprint Cup Series race in 2013. The cables were anchored into the concrete retaining wall and connected to the horizontal steel cables with steel clasps developed by Speedway Motorsports Inc. The clasps performed well, Swift said.
The catch fence repair added to what has been a busy race week for track operations.
More than 2 inches of rain have fallen in the region this month after an unusually wet June. The rain and weepers - water seeping onto the track surface through cracks and seams - have made it a challenge to keep the racing surface dry.
A crew of 15 to 20 workers tended to the track Thursday. Workers tended to the weepers up until the start of Thursday's Truck Series race. Although visible in spots around the apron, moisture on the racing surface did not interrupt the race once it started.