After weeks of speculation, Richmond Raceway announces the race plan for the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series races. They announce that the NASCAR races will run without fans as a measure to safeguard public health.
Earlier, NASCAR and the track officials were keeping a close eye on the recent developments to see if a race with attendees was feasible or not.
In a media statement, Richmond raceway’s President, Dennis Bickmeier, stated, “This was a difficult decision, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic we believe at this time it is in the best interests of the local community to host races without fans.”
After that, he added, “We are grateful for the patience and support of our long-time loyal fans in this unprecedented season. But we will unite over the race weekend.
“As we tune in to the national broadcasts on NBCSN, FS1, and MRN to watch NASCAR’s best compete in four races over three days at America’s Premier Short Track.”
Additionally, they posted a media statement revealing the news. They wrote, “NASCAR and Richmond have worked closely with public health officials, medical experts, and state and federal officials throughout the development of this season’s realigned NASCAR schedule.”
Additionally, they stated that the decision is after careful consideration. And Richmond made this decision together with NASCAR and ‘the track will host its fall races without fans’.
It is being done as a measure to ‘ensure the safety of competitors, staff, and the local community’.
Next month, NASCAR will return to the Richmond Raceway from 10th September to 12th September. The venue will host four races across all three national series. First, the ‘ToyotaCare 250’ NASCAR Truck Series season finale on Thursday, September 10.
Following which, the first Xfinity Series race ‘Go Bowling 250’ will take place. Finally, a doubleheader on Saturday, September 12. First, the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race, followed by the ‘Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250’ NASCAR Xfinity Series race.