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    NASCAR may be close to returning in May

    On Thursday, North Carolina governor Roy Cooper said NASCAR teams can work in their shops as essential businesses, allowing racing to be one step closer to returning.

    NASCAR teams can work in the shop so long as they maintain social distancing and as long as there are no local restrictions prohibiting them from doing so. When asked about the potential of the Coke 600 still running on May 24, Cooper said "I’ve been in contact with NASCAR officials, track owners, team owners, they have come forward with a plan to try to protect their employees, a proposal that there would be no fans in the stands. Right now our public health officials are examining their proposals and they’re also talking to local governments there."
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    Coca-cola 600 may be the restart.
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    Bout time

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    sounds like they are going to try to run Darlington before the "600." I know the schedule might need to be shuffled to work due to some states being "locked down" later than others, but I really disagree with taking a race from later in the season and moving it way up the schedule. By Labor day fans might be allowed into the tracks to some capacity...iduno, just doesnt sit right with me.
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    From Matt Weaver at Autoweek.com:
    If all goes according to plan, the NASCAR Cup Series will resume its 2020 season on May 17 at Darlington Raceway, contesting a new look makeshift schedule primarily in the southeast amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    Due to the pandemic, and the a limited number of states close to the race shops in Charlotte, North Carolina with loosened restrictions, the first six races back will take place in the Carolinas and Virginias without fans in attendance.

    Autoweek obtained a copy of this schedule disseminated to teams this week.



    Sunday May 17 | Darlington 400

    Wednesday May 20 | Darlington 310

    Sunday May 24 | Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

    Wednesday May 27 | Charlotte 310

    Sunday May 31 | Martinsville

    Wednesday June 3 | Bristol

    Sunday June 7 | Atlanta

    Sunday June 14 | Miami


    It was also important for NASCAR to contest four consecutive races with the 550 HP, high downforce package, since teams had a surplus of these cars prepared for races at Atlanta, Homestead and Texas prior to the shutdown.

    It remains unclear where the Xfinity Series and Gander Truck Series fits into the current plans.
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    Iduno how they are going to run Martinsville? Virginia has its stay at home order until June 10th.
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    Newman and Kenseth both granted playoff waivers... they're getting close to running again if they are talking about this kind of stuff
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    NASCAR returns to racing at Darlington, Charlotte


    APRIL 30, 2020 AT 3:06 PM

    NASCAR today announced it will return to racing on May 17, which will kick off a slate of races that includes seven events in three series at two race tracks – Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

    The NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series will each host its first on-track event since mid-March.

    The NASCAR Cup Series will return to Darlington Raceway on Sunday, May 17, with a 400-mile event scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET, live on FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

    What follows is a unique schedule that includes midweek races in primetime and a NASCAR crown jewel – the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway – in its traditional Memorial Day Weekend home for the 60th consecutive season.

    The opening slate of races is as follows:

    DATE TRACK SERIES DISTANCE NET START (ET)

    Sun, May 17 Darlington Cup 400 mi FOX 3:30 PM

    Tue, May 19 Darlington Xfinity 200 mi FS1 8:00 PM

    Wed, May 20 Darlington Cup 500 km FS1 7:30 PM

    Sun, May 24 Charlotte Cup 600 mi FOX 6:00 PM

    Mon, May 25 Charlotte Xfinity 300 mi FS1 7:30 PM

    Tue, May 26 Charlotte Gander Trucks 200 mi FS1 8:00 PM

    Wed, May 27 Charlotte Cup 500 km FS1 8:00 PM

    Each of NASCAR’s return events will be run without fans in attendance. Further schedule adjustments will be announced in the future.

    "NASCAR and its teams are eager and excited to return to racing, and have great respect for the responsibility that comes with a return to competition," said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "NASCAR will return in an environment that will ensure the safety of our competitors, officials and all those in the local community. We thank local, state and federal officials and medical experts, as well as everyone in the industry, for the unprecedented support in our return to racing, and we look forward to joining our passionate fans in watching cars return to the track."

    "We are excited to welcome back the FOX NASCAR season to our airwaves to provide a return to live sports, a move toward normalcy and a much-needed distraction during these unprecedented times," said Mark Silverman, President, National Networks, FOX Sports. "While we are thrilled to return to the race track, the health and safety of our employees and all race participants is our top priority. We will continue working in lockstep with our partners at NASCAR and the race tracks to follow all national and local health guidelines."

    Following thorough collaboration with public health officials, medical experts and state and federal officials, NASCAR has implemented a comprehensive health and safety plan. In accordance with CDC, OSHA and state and local government recommendations, nearly every aspect of how the event is conducted will be significantly modified, including:

    One-day shows;
    Mandated use of personal protective equipment throughout the event;
    Health screenings for all individuals prior to entering the facility, while inside the facility and exiting the facility;
    Social distancing protocols throughout the event;
    Strict limits on the number of individuals who are granted access into each facility
    As NASCAR works towards the execution of these events, the sanctioning body will continue to work with state and local authorities based on trends and local restrictions.

    In-race competition procedures remain largely unchanged, though NASCAR will eliminate practice for all events during this opening return slate, as well as qualifying for all events except the Coca-Cola 600.
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    Jimmie just did an interview(i did not see it) but he apparently still feels as he is going to retire. yay
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkieMark48 View Post
    Jimmie just did an interview(i did not see it) but he apparently still feels as he is going to retire. yay
    With Larson not getting the 48 now, it is looking like Gragson may get the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redsox12 View Post
    With Larson not getting the 48 now, it is looking like Gragson may get the car.
    I think Brad will. Noah hasn’t proved anything yet. I mean he couldn’t even get the job done for KBM. Dude is overrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redsox12 View Post
    With Larson not getting the 48 now, it is looking like Gragson may get the car.
    No way, Brad K. penciled in as of right now. I still think Chastain still has a slim chance bc this is the perfect opportunity for Ganassi to put him in the 42 and hes not taking it.
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    Richmond, Chicago and Sonoma loses races...so far

    Richmond doesn't make sense to me bc its a drivable distance from charlotte
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