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Gordon eases criticism of NASCAR after meeting over concerns about SAFER barrier installations

Jeff Gordon works in the garage during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Friday, March 6, 2015, in Las Vegas. Gordon went on to win the pole position. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Jeff Gordon works in the garage during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Friday, March 6, 2015, in Las Vegas. Gordon went on to win the pole position. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)  (The Associated Press)

Jeff Gordon eased up on NASCAR after discussing track safety issues with officials behind closed doors.

Gordon said Thursday he was "getting a little bit ahead of himself" when he questioned where NASCAR was with planned installations of SAFER barriers after hitting a concrete wall two weekends ago in Atlanta. The energy-absorbing barriers are common at tracks, but not installed in every place a car might crash.

The popular driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet said Tuesday's meeting with officials was "informative." The series began installing softer walls on portions of most tracks in 2002.

He spoke at an event in downtown Dallas honoring Gordon during his final full season as a Sprint Cup driver. The first of two Texas races in NASCAR's top series is April 11.