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NASCAR issues new regulation following deadly wreck

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The ruling came just a week after Tony Stewart's car struck and killed driver Kevin Ward Junior at a small track in New York. (Source: MGN) The ruling came just a week after Tony Stewart's car struck and killed driver Kevin Ward Junior at a small track in New York. (Source: MGN)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

NASCAR drivers now have a new rule to follow: stay inside your car. NASCAR issued the new regulation on Friday. It follows the deadly wreck involving Tony Stewart and Keith Ward Junior the week before.

During a press conference, NASCAR Vice President Robin Pemberton explained what drivers and crew members should and should not do when there are wrecks on the track during a race.

The rule states that if during an event, a racecar is involved in an on-track incident and is unable to continue to make forward progress, the driver should take the following steps: Shut off electrical power, lower the window down, do not remove any safety equipment until directed to do so by safety personnel or a NASCAR official, and after being directed to exit the race car, the driver should proceed to the ambulance.

At no time should a driver, crew member or members approach any portion of the racing surface or apron. At no time should a driver, crew member or members approach another moving vehicle

The ruling came just a week after Tony Stewart's car struck and killed driver Kevin Ward Junior at a small track in New York. After an accident, Ward left his car and walked onto the track where he was hit by Stewart.

NASCAR officials said the new rule merely formalizes an old reminder that was always discussed during drivers' meetings. This rule carries over to all local tracks as well, not just tracks on the sprint cup circuit.

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