NASCAR institutes new rules after race tragedy

An ambulance is parked on the infield of Canandaigua Motorsports Park on August 10, 2014. NASCAR...

An ambulance is parked on the infield of Canandaigua Motorsports Park on August 10, 2014. NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart hit and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt track race the day before. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

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Just one week after the accident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Upstate New York that left 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr., dead, NASCAR Friday instituted a new rule barring drivers from getting out of their cars after an on-track incident.

The rule, according to NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton, was written as a result of the dirt track tragedy when Ward got out of his wrecked 360 sprint car in an attempt to confront Sprint Cup star Tony Stewart.

While walking down the track Ward was struck by Stewart’s race car.

“As we’ve demonstrated in our history, we’re willing to react quickly to different incidents,” Pemberton said. “It’s not just about NASCAR, but it’s all of sports and motorsports that we take note in.”

He did, however, admit that the Ward tragedy was the impetus behind NASCAR clarifying and adding to its rules regarding on track behaviour.


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