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Tear-offs add new layer to windshield safety

NASCAR drivers stare straight in the face of danger every race, and the ever-evolving windshield makes sure those hazards don't fly straight into their faces.

Updated: July 31, 2008, 12:28 PM ET
By Ellen Siska | Special to ESPN.com

It's a part of the car that has changed significantly since the days of "strictly stock" NASCAR racing -- the windshield. Although many safety improvements have been made in the sport over the years, the introduction of the polycarbonate windshield not only protects drivers from injury during a crash, but it changes the way drivers see the racetrack -- literally.

When the first NASCAR-sanctioned race was run in Daytona in February 1948, traditional windshields were made of tempered glass, ...

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