Area dirt tracks make rule change in the wake of the Ward Jr. tragedy
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:11:48 GMT —
Some big changes are coming to area dirt tracks in the wake of the tragic death of Kevin Ward Jr. in Canandaigua.
Fulton and Brewerton Speedways announced this rule change on their website:
â??It is the goal of speedway management to maintain the safest possible racing conditions for all drivers. Only safety crews and wrecker crews are permitted on the track in the event of an accident. Pit crew members are not permitted on the track. Drivers are required to stay in their car in the event of an on-track incident. If a driver, for whatever reason, exits a car on the track during a caution period, the race will automatically be placed under a red flag and all cars will come to a complete stop. A driver may exit a car if requested by a safety crew member or if safety warrants in cases such as a fire. Drivers that exit a car without permission, for whatever reason, are subject to fine and/or suspension at the discretion of track management.â??
Ward was seen walking out on the Canandaigua Motorsports Park track in an apparent attempt to confront Stewart after a crash, when Stewartâ??s car hit him.
The park issued a statement Monday, offering condolences to the Ward family, and announcing the cancelation of Wednesdayâ??s â??Whacko Wednesdayâ?? event to give â??family, staff, fans and racing teams time to grieve and process all that has occurred.â??
Monday evening, the Ontario County Sheriff said that there is no evidence of criminal intent in the accident.
What do you think about the rule change? Should other tracks enact the same rule?