MARTINSVILLE, Va. -

Officials in upstate New York are still examining evidence, including fan video, after this weekend's crash involving NASCAR driver Tony Stewart.

Stewart and Kevin Ward Jr. were battling for a position when Stewart caused Ward to spin out. Ward then got out of his car to confront Stewart, when he was hit by Stewart's car.

Ward was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Stewart pulled out of Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series at Watkins Glen. He's also pulled out of another upcoming dirt track race in Indiana.

No charges have been filed at this point.

This weekend’s deadly crash has everyone in the racing business talking, including track owners in southwest Virginia.

The racing community is a big one, but it is also tight-knit. Instead of pointing the finger at Ward or Stewart, track owners are opening the dialogue about safety on the speedway.

"It's just really an unfortunate situation,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell.

Campbell said Saturday's deadly crash in New York hits all too close to home.

"When one hurts, they all hurt and it's such an unfortunate thing for Tony and the sport,” he said.

Campbell said the racing community is trying to figure out where to go from here.

"What can we do moving forward to prevent something like that from happening and I think even though as bad as this thing is something good will come of it,” said Campbell.

Safety on the speedway is always a topic of discussion, but track owners said it's the talk now more than ever.

"I've had several of my top racers call and say this is a wakeup call for all the racing community,” said Whitey Taylor. “We've been doing it and getting away with all this."

Taylor owns Franklin County Speedway. He told WDBJ7 he’s always been against drivers getting out of a car.

"Two seconds is not worth a lifetime or the life of someone,” he said. “They should never, never come out of a car until the pace car is on the track, caution lights are on and everything is safe."

Both Campbell and Taylor agreed Saturday’s crash was tragic, but they said it's a reality and danger of the sport.

"Drivers get out and either throw helmets or throw gloves or give hand signals,” said Taylor. “In most cases it's harmless and fans are excited, but there's a danger that runs with that."

Campbell is a driver himself and after reviewing the footage from Saturday's crash he said the track was not well lit. He also said Ward's fire suit was not very bright. He thought both of those things played a role in the crash.

"It's an emotional, it's highly charged emotional thing for drivers when they are competing and traveling at those speeds and something happens,” said Campbell. “Sometimes your instinct and emotion takes over common sense and I think in this case that had a lot to do with it."