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NASCAR Institutes New Rule to Keep Drivers in Car

NASCAR Institutes New Rule to Keep Drivers in Car

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — NASCAR vice president Robin Pemberton instituted a new rule on Friday that will not allow drivers to get out of their car until told to do so by a NASCAR official.
The announcement comes in the wake of Tony Stewart’s fatal sprint car crash that killed Kevin Ward Jr. in upstate New York on Saturday.
“Throughout the history of our sport, NASCAR has reviewed and analyzed situations and occurrences that take place not just in NASCAR racing but also throughout all motorsports and other sports,” Pemberton said. “When we believe we can do something to make our sport safer and better for the competitors and others involved in the competition environment, we react quickly. Safety always has been priority No. 1 at NASCAR.”
The rule, listed as Section 9-16, will be effective immediately. Here’s the rule below:

During an Event, if a racecar is involved in an on track incident and/or is stopped on or near the racing surface and unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the racecar (i.e. fire, smoke in cockpit, etc.) the driver should take the following steps:

Shut off electrical power and, if driver is uninjured, lower window net
Do not loosen , disconnect or remove any driver personal safety equipment until directed to do so by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
After being directed to exit the racecar, the driver should proceed to either the ambulance, other vehicle, or as otherwise directed by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron
At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle

All vehicles not involved in the incident or that are able to continue afterwards should slow down to a cautious speed as outlined in Section 10-4 (Yellow Flag), use extreme care as they approach an incident scene, and follow any directions given by safety personnel or NASCAR/Track Officials. Cars in line behind the safety car should not weave or otherwise stray from the line in the vicinity of the incident.

The Sprint Cup series will be in Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.
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Tony Stewart Will Not Race at Michigan This Weekend

Tony Stewart Will Not Race at Michigan This Weekend

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for NASCAR(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Tony Stewart has decided not to race this Sunday in the Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. It will be the second consecutive Cup event he will sit out since his involvement in a fatal accident in a sprint car race in New York that took the life of Kevin Ward, Jr.
Stewart’s NASCAR team, Stewart-Haas Racing, announced Thursday that Jeff Burton will drive the No. 14 car in Stewart’s place at Michigan. It also stated, “Stewart’s plans for upcoming Sprint Cup races have yet to be determined.”
Stewart struck and killed Ward Jr. during a sprint car race in Canandaigua, New York, last Saturday night. He missed the Cup event at Watkins Glen the next day.
A funeral for Ward Jr. was held Thursday in Turin, New York.
An investigation into the incident remains ongoing.
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Tony Stewart Involved in Deadly Crash

Tony Stewart Involved in Deadly Crash

Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR(CANANDAIGUA, N.Y.) — NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was involved in a wreck that killed one person at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in the late hours of Saturday night. While authorities have not released the name of the victim, many witnesses identified him as Kevin Ward, Jr.
Video of the crash shows Stewart and Ward colliding, spinning out the 20-year old. Ward then proceeded to get out of his car and point at Stewart. As the 42-year old came around the turn again, Ward walked closer and was then struck by Stewart’s tire and thrown 50 feet.
Stewart-Haas Racing released a statement early Sunday morning.
“A tragic accident took place last night during a sprint car race in which Tony Stewart was participating,” the statement read. “Tony was unhurt, but a fellow competitor lost his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We’re still attempting to sort through all the details and we appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.”
The Ontario County Sherrif’s Department did not release the name of the victim but did confirm he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Stewart was “fully cooperative” during his questioning according to Sherrif Philip Povero. The current investigation is not a criminal one.
Canandaigua Motorsports Park cancelled all remaining races on Saturday as the investigation began. Stewart is still scheduled to race in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen, about an hour away from Canandaigua.
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Jimmie Johnson Wins Second Consecutive Sprint Cup Race

Jimmie Johnson Wins Second Consecutive Sprint Cup Race

Jerry Markland/Getty Images(DOVER, Del.) — Jimmie Johnson is at it again.  The six-time Sprint Cup champion took home the checkered flag for the second consecutive weekend after a win at Dover International Speedway on Sunday.
Johnson won last weekend’s Coca-Cola 600.
Brad Keselowski won the pole and made a late rally, but fell short and finished in second.
“It’s amazing that we can stay on top of things here with the different generation car, different rules, different tires,” Johnson said. “This place just fits my style and (crew chief) Chad Knaus’ style.”
Kyle Busch’s bid at a sweep this weekend took a turn for the worst after the No. 18 Toyota slammed into the wall 124 laps into the 400-lap race and was forced into the garage. Busch won the Nationwide Series race earlier in the weekend.
Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.
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Richmond International Raceway Preview

Richmond International Raceway Preview

Justin Edmonds/NASCAR via Getty Image(NEW YORK) — The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be racing under the lights at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night.
Prior to the start of the race, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will drive the …

Tony Stewart’s Ready for Las Vegas

Tony Stewart’s Ready for Las Vegas

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for NASCAR(LAS VEGAS) — Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart is hoping to carry over his success at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.
Stewart currently sits 20th in the Sprint Cup standings, but has one victory…

Tony Stewart Primed for Comeback

Tony Stewart Primed for Comeback

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for NASCAR(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — After missing six months with a broken right leg, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is ready to return to the racetrack.
Stewart is scheduled to get behind the racing wheel for the first time sin…

Tony Stewart to Miss Rest of 2013 NASCAR Season

Tony Stewart to Miss Rest of 2013 NASCAR Season

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for NASCAR(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Three time-NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart will miss the remainder of the 2013 season due to a broken right leg, Stewart-Haas Racing announced on Monday.Mark Martin will replace Stewar…

Austin Dillon Will Take Stewart’s Place at Michigan

Austin Dillon Will Take Stewart’s Place at Michigan

John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Austin Dillon will drive the No. 14 Chevrolet in place of the injured Tony Stewart during Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.Stewart is out indefinitely after breaki…

Tony Stewart Has Surgery Following Iowa Car Crash

Tony Stewart Has Surgery Following Iowa Car Crash

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for NASCAR(KANNAPOLIS, N.C.) –Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a broken tibia and fibula in his right leg following Monday night’s crash during a car race at Southern Io…

Ryan Newman Wins the Brickyard 400

Ryan Newman Wins the Brickyard 400

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) –  Score one for the hometown kid.
Ryan Newman, a South Bend Indiana native, ended a 49-race losing streak with a win at the Brickyard 400 Sunday and finally got to win a race at storied Indianapolis Motor…

Jimmie Johnson Wins the Coke Zero 400

Jimmie Johnson Wins the Coke Zero 400

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(DAYTONA) –  Jimmie Johnson’s domination at Daytona continued on Saturday night.
Johnson took home the victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400, becoming the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982 to win …

Greg Biffle Wins at Michigan International Speedway

Greg Biffle Wins at Michigan International Speedway

Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images(BROOKLYN, Mich.) — Greg Biffle cruised to his fourth win at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.
Biffle’s win marked the 1,000th win for the Ford Company and the 19th of his career.
Kevin Harvick finished …

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/2/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/2/13

Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) — NHL Western Conference Finals:  Chicago Blackhawks 4 – Los Angeles Kings 2 (Blackhawks lead series, 2-0)
MLB:  Miami Marlins 11 (16-41) – New York Mets 6 (22-32)
Tampa Bay Rays 11 (31-25) – Cleveland Indians …

Tony Stewart Wins FedEx 400

Tony Stewart Wins FedEx 400

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for NASCAR(DOVER, Del.) — Tony Stewart cruised into victory lane for the first time this season after coming back to beat Juan Pablo Montoya on Sunday at Dover International Speedway.
Stewart snapped a 30-race winless stre…

Kyle Busch Wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Race At Fontana

Kyle Busch Wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Race At Fontana

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(FONTANA, Calif.) — Kyle Busch capitalized on a late crash to take home the checkered flag at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday.
Denny Hamlin was airlifted to a hospital after the race.  Hamlin and Joey Logano were involved…

Tony Stewart Has Faith in NASCAR Safety

Tony Stewart Has Faith in NASCAR Safety

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — In wake of the multi-car crash during the Nationwide Series opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday that injured 28 spectators, questions now surround the safety of the sport.
Tony Stewart …

Vicious Wreck Caps Off Nationwide Race At Daytona

Vicious Wreck Caps Off Nationwide Race At Daytona

John Harrelson/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — Tony Stewart survived a vicious multi-car crash at the end of the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday to pick up the checkered flag.
The crash occurred on the final la…

Matt Kenseth wins at Kansas Speedway

Matt Kenseth wins at Kansas Speedway

John Harrelson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — Matt Kenseth took home the checkered flag at Kansas on Sunday in the sixth stop for the Sprint Cup championship.
The victory marked Kenseth’ second in three races.  The newly paved Kansas Speedway …

Matt Kenseth wins at Talladega

Matt Kenseth wins at Talladega

Sean Gardner/Getty Images(TALLADEGA, Ala.) — Matt Kenseth took home the checkered flag in a wild finish in the fourth stop of the chase for the Sprint Cup championship at Talladega on Sunday.
Tony Stewart was leading during the final lap before a 25-c…

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