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REPORTS: NASCAR Return Date Could Be Sooner Than Expected

Published 04/21/2020, 2:04 PM EDT

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NASCAR may be returning back sooner than expected. Reports are coming that they considering a race in Mid-May before the Coke 600. Renowned motorsports/esports journalist Adam Stern posted a Tweet saying the same.

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A mid-May race at a track nearby the Charlotte is being focused as a potential way toward re-beginning the 2020 season. A track near the Charlotte Motor Speedway will help teams save up on some transportation costs and will also make it easier for them to have two races in back to back weekends.


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NASCAR suspended its season after the March 8 race in Phoenix because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And many states have imposed a lockdown on non-essential businesses.

North Carolina Governor Cooper has issued an order on March 27. Force closing all non-essential businesses in North Carolina in response to the coronavirus pandemic. However, Just a few days back five N.C. state congresspersons have called Governor Roy Cooper to alter executive order to permit the NASCAR Coke 600 to run as planned without any fans. And the increasing public pressure might work in favor of a mid-May race.


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We have already heard reports coming from the Associated Press saying that NASCAR has “privately given teams a revised schedule in which racing would return with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway”. And having a race before the big event might be something on the NASCAR management’s mind.

NASCAR is considering Darlington Raceway as one of the possible alternative

Darlington Raceway allegedly is a contender to have the race, which could occur seven days before the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Coke 600 is scheduled for  May 24.


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Clearly, this circumstance continually is developing, as the new coronavirus keeps on moving through the United States. By and by, NASCAR fans finally have something to look forward to. Meanwhile, the iRacing Pro Invitational Series has given a lot of diversion to motorsports fans hoping to scratch the tingle.


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Mrinal Kuniyal


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Mrinal Kuniyal has been a contributor to EssentiallSports since early 2020 and has focused on Formula 1, NASCAR, and IndyCar. He's a management graduate and his areas of interest include motorsports, marketing, and music.
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