Cracking Down on Racing Regulations

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV)-- Driver Kevin Ward's last moments were spent spinning out and hitting the wall with his car, then getting out of his car and walking on the track.

"Tony [Stewart] did everything in his power to turn down away from Kevin to avoid him. What a lot of people don't understand is that sprint cars don't react like a normal street car," said Cory Sparks, a driver who was a few cars behind Stewart during the race.

"It's bad enough when they get out and want to just go attack the other guy, but when you're out there doing it with the cars on the track, that's just too risky," said G.W. Fitzgerald, who works at the Eastside Speedway.

Fitzgerald says they've had drivers get out of their cars here, too. It's a problem they've tried to address by suspending the drivers. And it's a problem he says they'll likely start keeping a closer eye on to prevent a tragedy on the track like we saw in New York.

"It just happened the other week. But, I'm just glad that nothing's ever went to the extent of what happened this weekend," said Fitzgerald.

Under the track's current policy, if you get out of your car on the track,
you're disqualified, and suspended for two weeks.

Now, Fitzgerald says they'll crack down even more.

"I'm sure going to try. I know it's going to happen again, but we're going to try everything we can," said Fitzgerald.

An autopsy showed Ward died of 'massive blunt trauma'. The sheriff in Ontario County, New York says there's no evidence that driver Tony Stewart committed a crime by hitting Ward.


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