NASCAR may issue edict telling drivers to stay in cars after crashes
08/13/2014 10:55 PM
08/13/2014 10:57 PM
NASCAR could issue an edict before this weekend’s Sprint Cup race, the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, that makes it mandatory for drivers to stay in their cars until safety personnel arrive following a collision.
Tracks around the country have changed their rules in the wake of Kevin Ward Jr.’s death in a sprint car race.
Ward was sent into the wall when his car was bumped by Tony Stewart’s in a dirt-track race Saturday night in Canandaigua, N.Y. Ward got out of the car and walked onto the track, where he was hit by Stewart.
Smaller tracks already are taking action.
Brewerton Speedway and Fulton Speedway, New York dirt tracks under the same management, announced new rules that drivers would be required to stay in their cars during an accident.
Brad Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup champion, said it could be tough for NASCAR to enforce a similar rule.
“I’m not aware of any rule or law that works without the ability to enforce it,” Keselowski said.
“I don’t know how you can enforce a rule like that unless you had a robot on the track to grab the person and put them back in the car. The only way you can enforce it is with a penalty system afterwards.”
Keselowski left his car after being involved in an incident Kyle Busch during the Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300 Oct. 5 at Kansas Speedway.
“I hate to put myself in NASCAR’s shoes,” he said. “I think sometimes we put so many rules in place, it’s almost impossible to enforce them all.”
| Staff and wire reports
Sprint Cup Data
The race: Pure Michigan 400
The place: Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., a 2.0 mile oval
The distance: 400 miles, 200 laps
The time/day: 11 a.m. Sunday (ESPN)
2013 winner: Joey Logano
Saturday: Camping World Truck Careers for Veterans 200, 11 a.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Saturday: Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday: Indycar ABC Supply Wisconsin 250, 2 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
Sunday: NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals, final eliminations 8 p.m. (ESPN 2)