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Tracks reconsider rules in wake of Stewart incident

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Every late Saturday afternoon, before the Late Models, Pure Stocks, Hornets, FreshPrintz UMP Modifieds and Superstocks or any other type of racecar takes the dirt track at Twin Cities Raceway Park, drivers sit through a meeting.

Among the various rules and regulations the drivers hear is one that has been with the North Vernon facility for several years: "Don't get out of your car onto the track."

That rule may catch on at other small tracks across the country in the wake of Saturday's fatal accident involving NASCAR veteran and Columbus native Tony Stewart. Stewart's sprint car hit and killed Kevin Ward Jr. after Ward exited his car and approached Stewart at a race in Canandaigua, New York.

"We don't allow them to get of their car because it's a small track and there's not room," Twin Cities owner Tom Wetherald said. "They know not to get out because they'll get barred from the track. That's in the drivers meeting. The only time they're allowed to get out of their car is when there's a wrecker coming."

For more on this story, see Friday's Republic.

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