Moulton Speedway emphasizing safety rules after death of driver Kevin Ward Jr. at New York racetrack

MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) — Dirt tracks are where many of today’s top NASCAR drivers cut their teeth.

It is also where they learn what, and what not, to do while racing.

Following the death of Kevin Ward Jr., many racetracks are re-evaluating their safety precautions.

“It’s sad that it takes things like this to put emphasis on the rules that you’ve had in place for forever,” said Moulton Speedway co-owner Carol Burns.

At Moulton Speedway the rule has always been to never get out of your car after a wreck.

“That’s just proper protocol, not to get out of your car when an accident happens because you can get black flag for that,” said Burns. “They’ll put you off the track.”

The speedway also has a mandatory drivers’ meeting prior to every race where they review the rules.

For Saturday’s race, organizers will use the events that took place in New York to reiterate the importance of staying in the car.

In case anything does go wrong, the proper personnel are also always on hand.

“I really hate it was such a tragic issue but we always have paramedics, ambulance, firefighters, anybody here that can help with an accident that happens,” said Burns.

Moulton Speedway will host races Saturday, August 16, starting at 7:30 pm, including a late model 602 race.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and kids 12 and under get in for free.

1 Comment

  • Nuclear Mike

    You do all you can do to keep people safe from their own actions, but the racing ego cannot be tamed and following all the rules does not happen…

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