By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Traditionally, the NASCAR All-Star race takes place at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May. However, due to the coronavirus, that has changed.
For just the second-time, the All-Star race will not be located in Concord, North Carolina. Instead, this year, the event will be held at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Also, for the first-time, this event will take place during the week, as it is scheduled for July 15th. There can be 30,000 people in attendance, according to Marcus Smith.
“The NASCAR All-Star Race is an event known for making history, and we will enhance that legacy by hosting the event at Bristol Motor Speedway,” said Speedway Motorsports President and CEO said. “While Charlotte will always be recognized as the birthplace and traditional home for the All-Star Race, the current data surrounding the pandemic in North Carolina makes Bristol a better option for fan access this summer. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and state health officials have played a significant role in getting NASCAR back on track by allowing the race teams to go to work and allowing Charlotte Motor Speedway to host the Coca-Cola 600. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Sullivan County officials have allowed for up to 30,000 fans at the All-Star Race in Bristol. We’re grateful for the continued support from both governors and all the state and local officials as we work with NASCAR to bring fans back to live sporting events.
“Bristol will no doubt put on a show worthy of the spectacle that the NASCAR All-Star Race has become known for, and we look forward to the challenge that the World’s Fastest Half-Mile promises to deliver.”
In 1986, the All-Star race was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
For those, who want to attend the All-Star race, there will be protocols in place, including social distancing. There will also be individual concession lines with more cleaning and sanitation in ‘high-traffic’ public areas.
Fans will be prohibited from bringing coolers and items will only be sold at the concourse areas.
“We are excited to take one of the most unique races in our sport to one of the most unique race tracks in our sport,” NASCAR Executive Vice President of Racing Development Steve O’Donnell said. “Bristol Motor Speedway puts on classic short-track action every time we race there, and we’re anticipating an elevated level of intensity for the NASCAR All-Star Race. We appreciate the great collaboration with Marcus Smith and his team, and all the race teams, in making this move. We look forward to bringing this thrilling race to a short track for the first time, and we hope our fans enjoy this special event, under the lights.”
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