Talladega Superspeedway open to fans for Cup race

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Talladega Superspeedway announced Thursday that it will allow a reduced number of fans to attend the Oct. 4 Cup playoff race.

The track announced that fans will not be allowed in frontstretch seating for the Xfinity and Truck doubleheader on Oct. 3. The track also announced that its garage experience will be closed. NASCAR President Steve Phelps told reporters this week that he doesn’t foresee access in the infield for media, sponsors and fans “before we have a vaccine” for COVID-19.

Here are details from the track on guidelines for fans for the race.

Talladega allowed a limited number of fans to attend its June Cup race. Some tracks have allowed a limited number of fans in recent weeks. Daytona had an estimated 20,000 fans fans last weekend. Dover, which held a Cup doubleheader the weekend before Daytona did not have fans.

The Cup playoffs open with Sunday’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (6  p.m. ET on NBCS). South Carolina officials will allow up to 8,000 fans to attend that event.

The series then goes to Richmond Raceway the following week. No fans will be allowed at Richmond. The first round ends at Bristol Motor Speedway. A limited number of fans will be allowed for both the Xfinity and Cup races there. The track hosted about 20,000 fans in July for the All-Star Race.