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Death Of Sprint Car Driver Could Prompt Rule Changes In NASCAR, Other Series
Published August 12, 2014
TAKING THE NEXT STEP: In Dallas, Gerry Fraley writes NASCAR can "make something positive out of Ward’s tragic death with the simple act of ordering drivers to stay in their cars, unless there is imminent danger." Ward’s death "took place on a track that has no affiliation with NASCAR," but the governing body "nonetheless can have influence." If NASCAR "orders drivers to stay in their cars unless there is imminent danger, other racing groups in this country will follow" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 8/12). Meanwhile, in Norfolk, Bob Molinaro asks, "In some way, has NASCAR's indulgent approach to driver altercations played a role in the death of Kevin Ward Jr.?" The "on-track tantrums, the near fights and rare real ones are all part of the show within the show." Molinaro: "Because fans eat it up, NASCAR takes a permissive, boys-will-be-boys approach to confrontations" (Norfolk VIRGINIAN-PILOT, 8/12).