FULTON, N.Y. — official release — Jared Wickerham/Getty Images photo — In response to the incident that claimed the life of sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, Brewerton and Fulton Speedways have announced a rule change requiring drivers to remain in their cars after accidents.
Ward was killed when he was struck by the car driven by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart after he exited his car following a crash at the half-mile dirt oval. Ward was transported to a local hospital after the crash and pronounced dead upon arrival.
The new rule at Brewerton and Fulton Speedways states that only safety crews and wrecker crews will be allowed on track following any accident. Drivers will be required to stay in their cars in the event of an accident. If a driver does exit his or her car, the the event will be immediately placed under a red-flag condition and all cars will be required to stop on the track.
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, will be subject to fine and/or suspension at the discretion of track management.
Additional tracks announcing updated safety regulations include Bronson (FL) Speedway and the soon-to-be reopened Taylorsville (NC) Speedway.