Report suggests that NASCAR could return on May 17th

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to a report by SC Now, NASCAR may be returning on May 17th. If this is true, it’ll mean NASCAR will return following a two-month hiatus.

The story suggests that there will be no fans in the stadium when the event happens. NASCAR would return at Darlington Raceway on the weekend of May 17th.

NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson leads the pack of cars before the start of the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400
NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson leads the pack of cars before the start of the NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

It’s not clear how these details will happen. The story suggests that some details are still being worked on, especially if it will just feature a Cup Series race, or the governing body’s all three series.

In order for this to even happens, the NASCAR teams would have to be in their shops and working on their cars by at least the 1st of May. On Thursday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper cleared NASCAR teams to do that, as long as there were social distancing.

In an interview with The State, South Carolina tourism chief Duane Parrish said that NASCAR would be at the oldest superspeedway once the racing resumes.

“Some good news,” Parrish said. “The RBC Heritage [Golf Tournament] announced they will be playing a made-for-television event, no spectators. Before that, Darlington will broadcast a race as well with NASCAR. So we do have some lights at the end of the tunnel in regards to events.”

NASCAR has, in the past few years, held a throwback weekend at the facility in September of each year. If they have the race in May, would that count for the Southern 500? Or, would it be a second race? Those questions have not been answered at this time.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the Southern 500 was scheduled for September 6th at 6 pm on NBCSN. It was scheduled to kick off NASCAR’s playoffs.

Darlington has not had two races in a NASCAR season since 2004.

NASCAR has said even when they postponed their May 9th race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia last week that they would like to have all 36 events. If they return soon, the likelihood is that there will be no fans in attendance until the virus is able to stop spreading.

“Our intention remains to run all 36 races, with a potential return to racing without fans in attendance in May at a date and location to be determined,” NASCAR said in a statement last week.

NASCAR has not held an event since March 8th when Joey Logano won his second race of the season. The governing body was able to hold four events to kick off their season, before the coronavirus pandemic.

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