Bowman Gray Stadium will not see racing action in 2020

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Bowman Gray Stadium on Thursday announced that there will not be a 2020 season. This is due to the COVID 19 restrictions in place in North Carolina.

The facility, which has been open since 1949, was allowed to be open to 25 people during Phase 2 of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s coronavirus response. Cooper’s Phase 2 has been extended to August 7th.

Race Car driver
Race Car driver (Photo by Pixabay)

According to the Charlotte Observer, there was 1,142 patients hospitalized for the coronavirus on Wednesday.

While the track can race with limited fans, they have elected not to do that.

“On July 14, Governor Cooper extended ‘Phase 2’ of COVID-19 restrictions for another three weeks until August 7,” the track said in a statement. “During this phase, events such as the racing at Bowman Gray Stadium are not permitted to have more than 25 spectators. We believe it is highly unlikely that Governor Cooper will significantly relax these restrictions in August or even September. Some professional sporting organizations may be holding events without fans. We, however, have no plans or desire to hold events without our fan base in the stands.

“This unprecedented situation has unfortunately forced us to cancel any plans for racing during the 2020 season. We have no plans to race in the fall or winter. We do not know how the COVID-19 situation will continue to evolve over the coming months, but we are planning to return to racing in the spring of 2021 – and we are hopeful that we will be able to do so at full capacity. Again, we are thankful for the patience and understanding of our fans, drivers, crew members, sponsors, officials, employees, friends, and family. We hope that everyone stays healthy and well during this time. We look forward to seeing you all again at the Madhouse in the spring of 2021.”

The 1/4th mile asphalt oval short track is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is one of stock car’s most legendary venues. In addition, it is referred to as “NASCAR’s longest-running weekly race track.”

The Whelen All-American Series — now the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series
— would traditionally be held from April to August, has been cancelled.

NASCAR legends Lee Petty, Richard Petty, Junior Johnson, David Pearson, Bobby Allison previously raced at the venue. NASCAR Car owner Richard Childress previously raced at the facility.

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