When Will Fans be Allowed for NASCAR Races? We Finally Have a Possible Answer

Published 05/19/2020, 12:19 PM EDT


Indianapolis Motor Speedway could be the first NASCAR return race to have spectators. The NASCAR are planning to have races with limited spectators in the near future.

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NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 is set for its original date of July 5 on the historic 2.5-mile oval. The plans still could change if there’s a resurgence of COVID-19 over the next two months.

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway could be the principal major brandishing setting to have fans back in the stands this late spring, as Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb declares a five-phase plan to reopen the state.

The last stage likely will include reopening sporting venues on July 4. Additionally, the IndyCar-NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader will open on the same day at the rambling track.

Mark Miles, who oversees the IndyCar Series as president of Penske Entertainment Corp. revealed in an interview with ESPN. He said, “It’s a real possibility we could be the first, the first NASCAR race with spectators. With IndyCar, we’re hopeful we may have spectators before that.

“The phases and their exact dates could change depending on the situation with COVID-19. So I expect that we’ll go ahead and plan with both scenarios and maybe have to make a final call one way or another before we get to July 3rd or 4th. But we’ll be ready for either eventuality.”

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NASCAR won’t be allowing fans in any of the planned races

Last Sunday, the series had its first-ever fanless race at Darlington. And for the first time, we had a virtual draw deciding the starting lineup.

And according to sources, NASCAR confirms that all the planned races will be held without any qualifying and practice race. Additionally, fans won’t be permitted inside the race tracks in any of the races till June 21.

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A NASCAR journalist confirms, “NASCAR has released weekend at-track schedules for Bristol, Atlanta, Martinsville, and Homestead. There will be no practice or qualifying for any series at those races.”

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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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