NASCAR All-Star Race Brings the Largest US Sports Gathering in the Post COVID-19 World

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July 16, 2020 10:42 pm

Tennessee authorities permitted NASCAR to offer 30,000 tickets for the All-Star Race. It was moved from Charlotte in light of the fact that the state would not approve spectators for the race.

Up to 30,000 fans were permitted to witness the race LIVE at the track. This is NASCAR’s biggest occasion with fans since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic in March.

Broadcasters did not release the actual participation figures, however, it gave the idea that at any rate 20,000 fans were socially separated all throughout the grandstands.

This most likely became the biggest gathering of people for a sporting event in the United States since March.

The IndyCar race that took place recently at Road America in Wisconsin allowed fans. There was no restriction on tickets sold for the occasion. However, estimates suggest that the event hosted around 10,000 fans.

As reported by ESPN, Elliott said “What a better night to have fans back. There’s nothing like Bristol. There’s no feeling like it. This speaks for itself, Bristol is an electric atmosphere. We’ll take that million dollars back to Georgia.”

The fans flooded to the fence. They even recited “USA! USA!” as Elliott celebrated. Tickets were available down through Tuesday night and were still accessible on Bristol’s site until the cutoff time.

NASCAR race held with precautionary measures

Bristol, named as “The Last Great Colosseum,” can hold around 140,000 onlookers. Speedway Motorsports had announced a list of precautionary measures for the race.

Fans were asked to maintain social distance in the grandstands. However, masks were just required upon entrance. Fans were told they could expel them once in their seats.

Elliott won in his fifth All-Star appearance. Above all, he is the 25th diverse driver to win the All-Star race. Chase and his dad join Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. as winning father-son duo.

“What a special race to win. It’s extremely special to join Dad in winning this race,” Elliott said.

“To me, this is one of the prestigious events on the schedule. There’s a lot of hype around it. It means a lot to me …. you are racing against the very best. To beat the best is always special.”

Read More: Watch: Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski’s Intense Battle From the NASCAR All-Star Race

Abhay Aggarwal

Abhay Aggarwal is sports analyst at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in early 2020, he has over 300 NASCAR, Formula 1, and Tennis articles to his name. Abhay has been an avid motorsports fan for over a decade, and he even attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011. When he's not writing for ES, he can be found reading up about MMA or Baseball (MLB), or even winning one-off karting races in Abu Dhabi.

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