How Many NASCAR Playoff Races Can the Fans Attend?

Published 09/17/2020, 8:56 AM EDT


Even though the COVID-19 pandemic is raging across the globe, sporting activity has resumed to an extent. Even NASCAR has resumed operation and the season is now in its playoff stage.

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Of course, the sport has to make some compromises, like holding races behind closed doors. Since then, NASCAR has been experimenting with slowly integrating fans at the tracks once again.

With the first round of the playoffs nearly complete, the sport is contemplating introducing fans at Bristol. However the venue is limiting the seating capacity to roughly 30,000. In the buildup to the race weekend, the Bristol Motor Speedway sold out its ticket availability.

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“We are grateful to those guests who are placing their confidence in us during these unprecedented times,” said BMS’ vice president, Jerry Caldwell. “We want to thank our community and state leaders, our colleagues at NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports owners, Bruton and Marcus Smith. For trusting us to put on these historic events with Playoff implications at Bristol Motor Speedway. We take this responsibility seriously and will work hard to ensure our team and vendors execute this event in the safest manner possible.”

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What is the situation surrounding other NASCAR Playoff venues?

Beyond Bristol, only a handful of playoff tracks have unveiled their plans for hosting races. They are, the Talladega Superspeedway, the Kansas Speedway, the Texas Motor Speedway and the Phoenix Raceway.

However, there are still questions about the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Charlotte Roval and the Martinsville Speedway. Obviously, the seating capacity at the confirmed track will be heavily slashed. This is done so that they can observe social distancing norms.

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The United States is treading very carefully, because it is currently the highest in terms of infections. With the world racing to find a cure or a vaccine, the onus is on everyone to limit the spread as quick as possible.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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