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Michiana race tracks adopt new rules

In light of the racing tragedy involving Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward new rules have been adopted by local race tracks.  Plymouth Speedway and South Bend Speedway have announced that drivers must stay in their car when they crash.

"We don't want to turn our fans off and the best way to do that is to force-feed these drivers policies that will make them stay in the car," says Steve Brown the owner of South Bend Speedway.

If drivers get out of their car, the penalties are severe.

"If they get out of their car at South Bend Motor Speedway they are done, they're going to lose all their points, they're going to lose all their money and they're done for the year they're not coming back," says Brown.

The penalties are similar at Plymouth Speedway.  Drivers we spoke to say they hear the message loud and clear.

"When your running for a points championship, it is severe especially if your half-way through the season already, you could lose your sponsorship opportunity, you can lose big money that would pay your bills," says Charlie Hanna a driver.

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