Carl Edwards spoke out today to the other NASCAR drivers and he wants to help prevent another accident. Just recently Tony Stewart ran into Kevin Ward Jr. when he got out of his car and was on the track during a caution. On Sunday, Yahoo shared what Carl had to say at the driver's meeting this morning.
Viewers love to watch NASCAR drivers every week on television, but they don't always get to see what goes on during the driver's meetings. Today the floor was open for questions and that is when Carl spoke up. It was right after they had talked about the speed requirements during a caution. Here is what he had to say:
"I'd just like to say, with our speeds up so high, we all appreciate what you're doing safety-wise. I challenge everyone in here, myself included, to lay off the throttle when there's a caution and lay back a little bit. I think we can all do a better job, myself included. Thank you."
Speeds on the track are over 200 mph a lot of the time. This does not go on during a caution though. Sometimes drivers do not slow down enough though. If someone gets hit, it can results in an injury or even death. Carl wants to keep all of the other drivers out there safe.
A new rule came out from NASCAR recently that is about getting out on the track during a caution. They are not allowed to get out of their car at all now unless there is a fire, smoke or another reason that they need to get away from the car. This should help prevent another accident from happening.
The thing is Tony Stewart was racing on a dirt track and not in a big NASCAR race when Kevin Ward Jr. was killed. Hopefully some other smaller tracks will implement similar rules for safety.