NASCAR implements broadened safety rules following deadly on-track incident

08/15/2014 03:18 PM

NASCAR officials have announced broader safety rules for drivers following the death of a driver during a race in New York.

The new rules require that, barring an emergency, drivers remain in their vehicles while stopped on the track until instructed otherwise by safety or NASCAR officials. Drivers and crew members are also cautioned from approaching the racing surface, apron or any moving vehicles.

Twenty-year-old Kevin Ward, Jr. was struck and killed one week ago by a race car driven by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. The two were involved in an on-track collision which prompted Ward to exit his vehicle to confront Stewart.

The immediate implementation of the rule changes occurred ahead of three national series races this weekend, including the Camping World Truck series at Michigan where the announcement was made. Stewart has opted out of the race and will be replaced by Jeff Burton.


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