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NASCAR Rule: Drivers Can't Exit Cars After Incidents

(Undated) -- NASCAR is implementing a new rule prohibiting drivers from exiting their cars after an on-track incident. NASCAR vice president Robin Pemberton says drivers cannot leave their cars unless there are extenuating circumstances and explains what procedures they should follow.
The rule also states that no driver or crew member should approach any portion of the racing surface, apron or another vehicle. The change comes after NASCAR driver Tony Stewart's car hit and killed driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt-track race last weekend in upstate New York. The 20-year-old Ward left his car and was on the track to apparently confront Stewart for running him into the wall. Ward's funeral was held on Thursday. Stewart has not raced since and there is no timetable for his return.
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NASCAR vice president Robin Pemberton says this rule is designed to prevent dangerous on-track confrontations.
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