The outbreak of the corona virus has brought a halt to all sporting events. Entire seasons have been cancelled while others have been postponed.
In a statement from NASCAR…
“The health and safety of our fans, industry and the communities in which we race is our most important priority, so in accordance with recent CDC guidance, NASCAR is currently postponing all race events through May 3rd, with plans to return racing in Martinsville (May 8 and 9). We appreciate the patience of our fans and we look forward to returning to the race track.”
In an update, NASCAR President Steve Phelps said that NASCAR plans to run the entire 36 points races and the annual All Star race. Depending on when the season will once again get underway, NASCAR may have to run some doubleheader races or mid-week races. NASCAR is looking to reschedule the postponed races prior to the 10 race playoffs.
The NASCAR schedule includes the Xfinity and Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series races.
Phelps added, “at this particular point, we would like to finish the season at Phoenix and keep the playoff portion intact. With that said, that will require a lot of different opportunities for us to look at. We’re in the process of doing that. So no specifics around midweek races or you’ve heard about doubleheaders and different things, so at this particular point, a lot of things on the table for us to look at, working with our race teams, working with our race tracks to make sure that the things that we’re putting on the table are feasible for us to do.”
Along with the already postponed races in Atlanta and Homestead-Miami; the races at Texas, Bristol, Richmond, Talladega, and Dover.
Along with the current health crisis, NASCAR is working on debuting a new car model next season which includes track testing this season, concern over how a two month layoff from racing will effect the teams, collaborating with broadcasters on presenting the races once they resume and how to fill the current void.