If you happen to be a NASCAR fan, you are ready to see the beating and banging of some fenders—and not on a virtual racetrack. Well, good news race fans. We might have racing back on our TVs shortly.
Four races had been completed in the NASCAR season before COVID-19 shut it down along with the rest of the sports world’s entertainment options. NASCAR is reportedly working on options to complete the remaining races on its 36-race schedule which includes a ten-race playoff for its main series, the NASCAR Cup Series.
Tuesday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced that he and public-health officials in the state had met with NASCAR officials and gave the OK for racing to resume in the state in May with no crowds present.
NASCAR is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., and the vast majority of race teams are based in the general area.
The working model has racing resuming at tracks within driving distance of Charlotte with many tracks losing their races from the 2020 schedule.
As of now, it appears NASCAR racing will restart with a race at Darlington on Sunday, May 17, followed by a second Darlington race on Wednesday, May 20. From there, racing will resume at Charlotte, Bristol, Tenn., Talladega, Ala., Atlanta, Ga., and Homestead, Fla.
Details and scheduling are still being worked out, but all the races are being planned with no fans in the stands. NASCAR’s other series (ARCA, Xfinity and Gander Mountain Truck Series) are still being discussed as of this writing, but it appears we will soon have racing back on our calendars.See a typo? Report it here.