Jimmie Johnson on Dan Patrick: NASCAR safer than NFL

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Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, thus far the only driver to clinch a spot in the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup, appeared on Friday’s edition of The Dan Patrick Show, also broadcast on NBCSN.

Racing has long fought the stigma that it isn’t entirely safe, but so many motorsports championships have taken strides to improve safety and particularly so over the last dozen years. Some of the largest safety improvements in racing since the turn of the century include the creation of the HANS Device (Head And Neck Support), development of the SAFER barriers first at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and now at most oval tracks nationwide, and NASCAR’s own Car of Tomorrow and new-for-2013 Generation 6 car.

NASCAR Sprint Cup has not witnessed a driver fatality since Dale Earnhardt at the 2001 Daytona 500. Johnson took time to address some of the safety improvements and said in his mind, NASCAR is currently safer than the NFL, as it undergoes a transformation of its product to combat its own safety concerns.