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NASCAR

New Rule After Tony Stewart Incident

STAY IN YOUR CAR

8/15/2014 6:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NASCAR is laying down new laws after Tony Stewart's deadly accident, and the new bottom line is simple -- after a wreck drivers should stay in their cars and stay away from other moving cars.

NASCAR VP of competition Robin Pemberton announced the rule change this morning and acknowledged it is the direct result of Stewart driving over Kevin Ward Jr. during an dirt track race last Saturday night.

The new rule is drivers who get into a wreck should not get out of the car or remove any safety equipment until safety personnel tell them to -- and once a driver is out of the car he or she should not walk around on the track or approach moving vehicles.

The only exception would be if there's fire or smoke in the car ... then, obviously, drivers should get the hell out. 

Ward and Stewart were not in a NASCAR governed race the night of the incident, but Pemberton encouraged all motor sports leagues to follow NASCAR's lead and institute similar rules of their own.

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1.

coreyb    

Tony has a history of a bad temper on track, I don't think he wanted to kill him but he knew he put into the wall there so next time around be more alert to this happening, hell other drivers done this many times

46 days ago
2.

amyd    

Well, DUH!!!! Stupid kid walking in front of fast moving vehicles deserved to get hit. Not happy he died, but he would've been a vegetable, most likely.

46 days ago
3.

Cookie Lady    

Yeah, like they couldn't figure that out themselves.

46 days ago
4.

allupinyourearhole    

Michael Brown aledgedly commits crime and is dead the very next day. Tony Stewart CLEARLY runs a man over and kills him and the police says that no crime was committed and closes the case the very next day. Proof that in justice, who you are can save you from what you do. Sad.

46 days ago
5.

bring back recent posts    

Oh boy, some big minds must have been in that meeting, coming up with that conclusion.

46 days ago
6.

FREEDOM    

NASCAR NEEDS TO TELL THE WORLD THAT RACE CAR DRIVERS SHOULD NOT RUN OVER HUMANS.....

46 days ago
7.

FREEDOM    

IT SEEMS NASCAR HAS NO RESPECT FOR THE DEAD...

46 days ago
8.

FREEDOM    

NEW RULE!!! WHAT ABOUT LAWS FOR.INTENTIONALLY RUNNING OVER PEOPLE ...

46 days ago
9.

StevenB    

How in the HELL was that not a rule already?? It's been a rule at out local amateur track for over twenty years.

46 days ago
10.

Lola    

Here's an idea...don't run people down! Stewart is a professional driver, who made a poor choice to not slow down and steer clear of Mr. Ward. This was not an accident. An accident would be if he lost control of his vehicle...he did not! It's unfortunate that a person lost their life and the person responsible will not be held accountable in court. May Karma be swift!

46 days ago
11.

Zana1106    

Tony's ego led him to make a bad choice. I hope he retires cuz he sucks and I think he's a murderer. I hope he finds a conscience.

46 days ago
12.

LovingLife     

Only thing I have to say is "DUH"

46 days ago
13.

drod2070    

Did NASCAR really have to make this a rule? Shouldn't something like this be a given?

46 days ago
14.

MichJB    

Any intelligent person would stay with their car and not go wandering onto the track during a race. Ward killed himself.

46 days ago
15.

Pawz4Life    

suicide by Tony Stewart.... not cool

45 days ago
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