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On the heels of tragedy on a dirt track in upstate New York last weekend, NASCAR has added a rule to increase on-track safety.

The announcement was made early Friday at Michigan International Speedway, site of this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup series Pure Michigan 400 race.

Kevin Ward Jr., a 20-year-old local racer, was killed Saturday in a sprint car race when he left his car following an on-track incident with NASCAR Sprint Cup three-time series champion Tony Stewart. Ward walked to the middle of the short track gesturing at Stewart. Stewart’s car hit Ward, killing him.

There is an ongoing police investigation, but no charges have been filed. Ward's funeral was Thursday. Stewart, who enjoys participating in short-track racing during his free time, withdrew from last Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup series race at Watkins Glen. He also has withdrawn from this weekend’s Pure Michigan 400 at MIS.



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