I knew when the CDC advised the United States to heed warnings and to avoid social gatherings of more than 250 people for the next eight weeks, that it would affect the racing world negatively. We already knew that the NTT IndyCar Series wouldn’t be starting until May 9 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as they announced last Friday that they will postpone their season through the end of April.
NASCAR, had only announced the postponements of the next two races at the time – last weekend in Atlanta and this weekend in Homestead. Now, they will skip the next five races too with the next race date hoping to take place on May 9 at the Martinsville (VA) Speedway.
That means the races at the Texas Motor Speedway, Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway, Richmond Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway as well as the Dover International Speedway are postponed now too.
“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,” NASCAR said in a statement on Monday. “We appreciate the patience of our fans and we look forward to returning to the racetrack. We intend to hold all 36 races this season, with future rescheduling soon to be determined as we continue to monitor this situation closely with public health officials and medical experts. What is important now transcends the world of sports and our focus is on everyone’s safety and well-being as we navigate this challenging time together.”
If they are to indeed run all 36 races, they need to make up seven races now. Luckily, all but Atlanta and Homestead have a second date this season, but Texas, Bristol, Richmond and Talladega have their second dates in the playoffs which would be hard to run a doubleheader at.