NASCAR creates new rule to keep drivers in their cars

NASCAR has created a new rule following a dirt-track race which left Kevin Ward Jr. dead.

“As we have demonstrated in our history that we are willing to react quickly to different incidents … this morning we are formalizing one of … our at-track regulations,” said NASCAR vice president of competition and racing development Robin Pemberton.

According to the addendum to the NASCAR rule book (Section 9-16), “if a race car is involved in an on-track incident on or near the racing surface, and is unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the race car (such as smoke or fire inside the car),” the driver is to remain inside the car until directed to exit by workers on the scene.

NASCAR will take into account circumstances before delivering any penalties.