- NASCAR is expected to return in mid-May.
- It’s still not clear where the first race will take place once the season resumes.
- Texas Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway seem like the main candidates.
All US sports have been on a hiatus since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but some could return in the next couple of weeks. NASCAR definitely belongs to the category of sports that could return in May.
NASCAR is hoping the season could resume in mid-May, the biggest question being where the first race is going to take place.
There are several states racing to be the first to host NASCAR races once the sport resumes. If it returns in May, NASCAR will almost certainly be without any fans. What still unclear is where the races will take place. There are several states in the game, including Texas.
NASCAR to Return at Texas Motor Speedway?
The Governor of Texas Greg Abbott tweeted a few days ago that NASCAR is working with Texas Motor Speedway on organizing a race in May. He added that in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the race would take place without any fans.
The president of Texas Motor Speedway Eddie Gossage has confirmed everything Abbott has said in his tweet. In the Lone Star State, state parks have reopened earlier this week as restrictions are being slowly lifted in this part of the US.
Darlington Raceway Is Another Option
Darlington Raceway is located in South Carolina, one of the 11 states without a stay-at-home order. That makes it a good option for hosting the first NASCAR race once the season returns.
Another reason for this is that the track is only a two-hour drive from Charlotte, North Carolina, a city where a number of NASCAR teams are located.
Hosting the first race after the coronavirus hiatus at the Darlington Raceway would eliminate the need for logging. In this case, the Darlington race would take place over the weekend of May 15-17.
What About Other States?
NASCAR is targeting the return of the season sometimes in mid-May. An even bigger priority is organizing the race on Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, followed by the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on the last weekend of May.
The Speedway Motorsports CEO Marcus Smith has said that he’s very optimistic about the fate of the Coca-Cola 600 race on Memorial Day weekend.
For 60 years. this race has been a Memorial Day weekend traditionSmith said.
North Carolina is still under a stay-at-home order, but Smith has confirmed his company is currently in talks with the state government to allow the showcase race.