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Here is what upcoming NASCAR Cup races fans can attend

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Wednesday saw NASCAR announce the remaining regular season schedule for all three national series, including six Cup Series races.

In total, 10 Cup points races and the All-Star Race remain in the regular season, beginning with Sunday’s race at Kentucky Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on FS1).

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, not all tracks are allowing fans to attend.

Here are the fan policies for the remainder of the Cup Series regular season.

Kentucky Speedway (Sunday)

Fans will not be allowed to attend.

 

All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway (July 15)

Up to 30,000 fans will be allowed to attend the race.

 

Texas Motor Speedway (July 19)

Fans making up to 50% of the track’s capacity will be allowed to attend.

 

Kansas Speedway (July 23)

Fans will not be able to attend.

 

New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Aug. 2)

Roughly 19,000 fans will be able to attend.

 

Michigan International Speedway (Aug. 8-9)

Fans will not be able to attend.

 

Daytona International Speedway (Aug. 16 and Aug. 29)

“We’re working towards having fans and hopefully we’ll have some news on when we’re going to go on sale in the next couple of days,” said track president Chip Wile Thursday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive.”

 

Dover International Speedway (Aug. 22 – 23)

Speedway officials remain in consultation with local, state and federal health officials, as well as Delaware Gov. John Carney, on whether fans will be allowed in the stands with appropriate social distancing for the August events.

Fans won’t attend Kansas Speedway race weekend

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Kansas Speedway announced Wednesday that fans will not be able to attend its July 23-25 race weekend due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

The weekend will feature one Cup race, a Xfinity race, two Truck Series events and an ARCA Menards Series race.

“Over the past month, we have worked closely with public health officials, medical experts as well as state and federal officials to determine if we could run our rescheduled July NASCAR weekend with fans in attendance,” track president Pat Warren said in a press release. “After careful and extensive consideration for the health and safety of our fans and the local community, we determined that the most prudent course of action would be to host the races without fans.

“While it was a difficult decision, the well-being of everyone who comes to our venue is paramount. We appreciate the patience and support from our fans, and look forward to our fall NASCAR weekend, October 16-18.”

Up to 30,000 fans are expected to attend the July 15 All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. A limited number of fans are expected for the July 19 Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway and up to 19,000 fans are expected for the Aug. 2 Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Texas Motor Speedway to admit fans for July 19 Cup race

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Texas Motor Speedway officials announced Friday that fans will be able to attend the July 19 NASCAR Cup race there.

Speedway president Eddie Gossage announced the news via both a media release and a YouTube video (see above).

The rescheduled O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 will be the first major sports event in Texas open to fans since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the media release, “The grandstands and suites at No Limits, Texas will be open to race fans subject to social distancing requirements and additional protocols.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued guidelines that currently allow sports venues to hold up to 50% of seating capacity. Texas Motor Speedway’s current capacity is just under 130,000. The track is currently working on how many fans will be allowed into the track under state social distancing and other safety guidelines.

“(There is) no set number but many factors are involved,” a track spokesman told NBC Sports. “Still to be finalized (include) a safe social distancing seating chart for the grandstands, fans who’ve purchased tickets for the March weekend now have to figure out if they can come in July, state guidelines, the Texas heat in July, etc.”

Gossage said all tickets will be mobile tickets. Previously printed tickets for the originally scheduled race weekend back on March 27-29 are ineligible to be used. Fans holding tickets for that event are asked to reach out to the Speedway to have new tickets issued.

“We hope everybody comes to the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 on July 19,” Gossage said. “But if they’re not comfortable, we’ll gladly give them a credit, even a refund, to make sure we do right by them. Not a problem at all.”

Also, fans will not be admitted to other events slated for the rescheduled race weekend, namely Xfinity and Truck Series races both scheduled for Saturday, July 18. Each race will be run without practice or qualifying sessions and the starting lineups will be based on a draw system.

The state of Texas reported 3,516 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, exceeding the previous record of new cases set just one day earlier, 3,129 on June 17.

Gossage appeared on a media teleconference Friday afternoon and was asked if the governor’s office has told him that the Speedway may have to reverse course if positive test results continue to climb.

“No sir,” Gossage said. “Obviously, if something happens, we’re going to follow the directions from the state.

Earlier, Gossage said, “Safety remains the primary focus for everyone who takes part in the weekend events, from fans to competitors, officials and track staff, so we continue to work with federal and state officials to comply with both Texas and CDC recommendations and requirements.”

NBC Sports asked Gossage if he has compared notes about hosting fans with entities like the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, who are working on their own social distancing and accommodation plans for fans to attend their games in the near future.

“I’m sure they’re really happy it’s us because I think you always want the other guy to go first and you can learn from them,” Gossage quipped. “No, I haven’t heard from them or talked to them. The big thing is we’re outdoors. The Cowboys play basically indoors … they go basically playing the whole season without ever opening the roof.

“We’re just a completely different animal because we’re completely outdoors.”

Also, per the track release:

“Fans will be allowed to bring food and unopened beverages in a soft-sided clear bag no larger than 14x14x14 inches. Standard coolers will be prohibited to limit interpersonal contact at security checkpoints. Speedway Motorsports and NASCAR will continue to adapt and improve procedures to ensure they are effective and can be scaled to support increasing the number of fans in the future.”

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July could see thousands of fans attend Cup races

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NASCAR could have crowds topping 25,000 in back-to-back races next month, marking the largest sporting events in the U.S. since the COVID-19 pandemic halted sports in March.

The July 15 All-Star Race moves from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Bristol Motor Speedway and the half-mile track will host up to 30,000 fans.

Four days later, the Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway. The state of Texas allows 50% capacity for professional and collegiate sporting venues. That could allow Texas Motor Speedway to have 50,000 fans or more, depending on what track officials decide. They have not announced their plans.

“Fans are key, that’s what drives our sport,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer during a Monday night press conference. “It’s important (for teams) to be able to bring some of their sponsors there to entertain clients. We’re working our way toward that. We’re going to do it in a safe way.”

Sunday’s Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway will have up to 5,000 fans who purchased grandstand seats. That follows last weekend’s Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway that had up to 1,000 military personnel and family members as guests.

After Talladega, Cup races at Pocono (June 27-28), Indianapolis (July 5) and Kentucky (July 12) will not have fans.

The July 15 All-Star Race was to have been at Charlotte Motor Speedway but the state’s increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases made it apparent that the race could not be held with fans.

“Just over the last few days, we’ve been able to see there is a hot spot brewing in Charlotte,” said Marcus Smith, president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports.

Tennessee has opened more of its state and moving the All-Star Bristol made sense for Speedway Motorsports officials.

Here is what will be done for All-Star Race tickets, what rules will be in place at Bristol and more.

TICKETS

Tickets are on sale now. Upper bowl seats are $65 each. Lower bowl seats are $35 each. Before purchasing tickets, fans must agree to follow all facility rules and agree to an assumption of risk waiver.

Fans who purchased tickets for the All-Star Race at Charlotte may request a 120% credit or can request a refund. If they request credit, they can use it for any remaining Speedway Motorsports event this year with fans or 2021. 

AT THE TRACK

All fans age 3 and older will be encouraged to wear a cloth face covering.

Fans may be required to submit to a non-contact temperature check.

Fans may be presented with a brief questionnaire before entering and confirm they are not experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms and/or have not been recently exposed to the virus.

Fans must maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between their group and others.

Fans are reminded to wash their hands regularly with soap and water.

CAMPING

A limited number of overnight camping spaces will be available for purchase.

Miami plans to host up to 1,000 guests for June 14 Cup race

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Homestead-Miami Speedway plans to host up to 1,000 military personnel, first responders and their household members as guests to the track’s June 14 Cup race, according to a proposal approved by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

The Mayor’s office provided NBC Sports with a copy of the executive summary of Homestead-Miami Speedway’s proposal. With more than a week before the race, the track’s plans could change based on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Andy Slater of Fox Sports 640 first reported the track would be allowed to have military members at the June 14 event.

Those admitted would not be charged. They would be the only people allowed in the grandstands. They would be the first people to sit in the stands for a NASCAR race since the season resumed in May. Fans could watch both Charlotte races last month from Turn 1 condos but were not allowed any other access.

No tickets for the general public will be made available for any of the races at Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend.

Those admitted will not be allowed in the infield. They must undergo health screening before entering the facility, including a temperature check. They also will be required to wear a cloth mask and comply with other other preventive measures, including social distancing in the stands.

The track will have a sequenced ingress, egress procedure to control entry to and exit from the facility to minimize large concentrations of people. There will be multiple hand washing and hand sanitizing stations throughout the entrances and concourse.

No tailgating will be allowed. Parking will be allowed in every other spot. Guests will be prohibited from bringing coolers. Limited menus will be available. No merchandise will be sold on site.

Here’s the status of upcoming races for fans.

June 6-7 — Atlanta Motor Speedway: No spectators for any of its races.

June 10 — Martinsville Speedway: No spectators allowed.

June 13-14 — Homestead-Miami Speedway: Up to 1,000 military personnel, first responders and household members allowed only for June 14 Cup race. General public not allowed at event.

June 20-21 — Talladega Superspeedway: No spectators for any of its races.

June 26-28 — Pocono Raceway: No spectators for any of its races, including the Cup races on June 27 and June 28.

July 4-5 — Indianapolis Motor Speedway: No spectators for its races, including the July 4 doubleheader of the IndyCar race and Xfinity race on the road course.

July 9-12 — Kentucky Speedway: No spectators for any of its races.

July 15 — Charlotte Motor Speedway (All-Star Race): “Options for fan entry are being evaluated in consultation with state and local health officials, but no decisions have been finalized,” according to track media release.

July 18-19 — Texas Motor Speedway: “Texas Motor Speedway and NASCAR have developed a comprehensive plan and continue to work with state and local officials to determine the size and scope of the number of race fans who will be able to attend the weekend’s events,” according to track statement.

July 23-25 — Kansas Speedway: “We continue to work closely with state and local officials to determine if it may be possible to have fans attend our races in July,” according to track statement.

August 2 — New Hampshire Motor Speedway: It’s unclear at this time if fans will be allowed access” for the race, according to track statement.