Knoxville Raceway has staff member with the coronavirus

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Each August, Knoxville Raceway is the focus of the sprint car world. Normally, the Knoxville Nationals is one of the most attended events.

This year, the Knoxville Nationals were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was replaced by the “One and Only” three day event.

Coronavirus (Photo by Glen Carrie/Unsplash)

During the three-day event, the infectious virus has struck a member of the Knoxville Raceway staff. It’s not clear who that may be at this time.

“Following last weekend’s “One and Only” race weekend, a member of the Knoxville Raceway staff tested positive for COVID-19,” Knoxville Raceway said in a statement on Facebook. “Upon notification and in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, the individual isolated themself away from Knoxville Raceway and will remain quarantined as directed by medical professionals.

“Knoxville Raceway has been made aware of several positive COVID-19 results this week within the Sprint Car racing community. Knoxville Raceway continues to work closely with the Marion County Public Health Department and Marion County Emergency Management while those agencies monitor the situation.”

The virus is supposed to show up two weeks after the person contracts it from someone else if they’re not wearing a mask. If that’s truly the case, then the employee did not know he or she had the virus, or knowingly risked others by continuing to work with the virus.

We hope that this individual did not know they had the virus and worked the event, because it would truly be wrong to risk others with the virus.

Kyle Larson won two of the three events. David Gravel — who won the 2019 Knoxville Nationals — also one on Friday night of the “One and Only.”

Larson won on Thursday and Saturday nights. He won the $50,000 Capitani Classic on Saturday night.

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