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Tuesday, April 10

NASCAR 'welcomes' others input news services

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR President Mike Helton issued a statement Tuesday in response to a report by an independent medical expert regarding Dale Earnhardt's fatal crash in the season-opening Daytona 500:

"We have said before and re-iterated Monday we're conducting our own detailed review with a team of experts ranging from occupant safety-restraint analysis, and crash analysis to medical and biomechanical specialists. This latest report will not change that.

"Contrary to several reports in the media, this report is not an opposing theory to anything NASCAR has presented. Since the Daytona 500, NASCAR has made clear that we will not suggest or speculate on the circumstances surrounding Dale Earnhardt's accident until our study is complete. No one from NASCAR has ever suggested what may have happened in this accident other than to say in our preliminary investigation we found issues of concern involving the occupant restraint system.

"As referenced in the report compiled by Dr. Barry Myers, better understanding can be achieved through biomechanical, sled and crash testing, which is consistent with the process we announced Monday.

"We respect the varied theories from the medical field and welcome their input as to what likely could have occurred and we remain committed to a thorough, comprehensive review."

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