NASCAR unveiled the rest of the regular season schedule for 2020 on Wednesday. These dates get us through the end of August in fact. So, the main question now asked, which tracks will host fans and which ones won’t?
We know Watkins Glen for Cup and Xfinity Series teams and Eldora and the annual trip north of the border for the Trucks are canceled. They join a list that consists of Iowa, Chicagoland, Sonoma and Richmond (spring) as tracks that won’t host NASCAR races this season.
But, what tracks left will allow fans through the gates?
We know Homestead (1k) and Talladega (5k) hosted fans last month. Then, Pocono, Indy and Kentucky were next up with none of the last two weekend’s and this weekend’s race in the Bluegrass State will allow fans in.
But, the next two weeks after will. The All-Star race that is to run next Wednesday night at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway will allow 30k fans in. That weekend, the Texas Motor Speedway will allow fans in as well. The amount of fans is unknown, but we do know tickets have been sold so far with the anticipation of having several thousand fans in the Fort Worth area track.
After that though, fans will be left out again.
Kansas is next up on a Thursday night but they decided to have no fans. That announcement came on Wednesday too.
“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,” said a Kansas Speedway statement.
New Hampshire will have a limited amount of fans for their early August weekend, but neither of the two races at Michigan will allow fans a week after that.
Dover says that they are in consultation with the state of Delaware on whether they can host fans during their race weekend. That leaves Daytona who may be able to host some sort of fans since they held 5k in attendance at the IMSA race on July 4. But, if cases in Florida continue to rise, then maybe both the ROVAL and oval races will be held behind closed doors too.
That gets up to Labor Day weekend where the playoffs remain unchanged.