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Daytona, Darlington, Kansas to Lift COVID-19 Attendance Restrictions

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The grandstands will be full at three more tracks later this season. Per three coordinated May 7 releases, Kansas Speedway and Daytona International Speedway will open their stands to full capacity for their NASCAR race weekends later this season. In addition, Darlington Raceway, which hosts NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Truck series this weekend, will do …

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Atlanta Motor Speedway to Open to Full Capacity for July Races

2021 Xfinity Atlanta Justin Allgaier, No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, Win (Credit: NKP)

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Per an April 30 announcement, Atlanta Motor Speedway has elected to increase its grandstand capacity to 100% for the NASCAR race weekend headlined by the July 11 Cup Series race. The announcement marks the first NASCAR facility to announce plans for a full capacity event since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic. “As we’ve …

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Dover to Have 20,000 Fans for its Race Weekend

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In its first quarter earnings release, Dover Motorsports, Inc. announced 20,000 fans will attend the race weekend at Dover International Speedway. “We’re happy to report that officials in Delaware have given us approval to host up to 20,000 fans at our NASCAR weekend at Dover International Speedway in May,” Company President and CEO Denis McGlynn …

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Report: Canadian Grand Prix Canceled Again

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The COVID-19 pandemic has struck the Formula 1 schedule, as series officials have canceled the Canadian Grand Prix for the second straight year, Radio Canada reports. The event was slated to take place on June 13, but organizers deemed the possibility of the spread of the coronavirus too high. Formula 1 has not commented on …

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Sonoma Will Have Fan Attendance for NASCAR, ARCA Weekend

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Fans will be able attend the NASCAR race weekend at Sonoma Raceway, the track announced April 8. The track announced neither a number nor percentage of fans able to attend the Toyota/Save Mart 350. The track announced on its website a number of COVID-19 safety protocols for the events. Some of those protocols include wearing …

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NASCAR Introducing COVID-Detecting Dogs for Atlanta Weekend

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NASCAR has introduced a new way of testing for COVID-19: dogs. NASCAR will have the 360 K9 Group help to detect coronavirus for essential personnel starting this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The specially trained dogs can detect COVID-19 in a person 98% of the time, according to clinical studies cited by a NASCAR.com article …

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IMSA Postpones VIR, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Weekends to Avoid Le Mans Clash

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Earlier on Thursday (March 4), the Automobile Club d’Ouest (ACO) postponed the 24 Hours of Le Mans from June 12-13 to Aug. 21-22 in order to increase the possibility of having fans at the race.  Naturally, such a big move results in a series of changes outside of the World Endurance Championship. The ACO’s move …

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24 Hours of Le Mans Postponed To August

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The Automobile Club d’Ouest (ACO) announced Thursday (March 4) that the 24 Hours of Le Mans, originally scheduled for June 12-13, has been postponed to the weekend of Aug. 21-22.  The move has been made in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)’s press release indicates that they could have …

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Darlington Allowing Limited Fan Attendance for 2021

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Darlington Raceway will have limited fan attendance for its May 7-9 race weekend, track officials announced Feb. 25. The track will host all three national NASCAR series on the new throwback race event. The exact attendance amount was not specified in the release. “As we launch the new spring dates for the official throwback weekend …

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Antonio Garcia, Michael de Quesada Test Positive For COVID-19 In Daytona

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For Corvette Racing, this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona was a dominating one-two performance in the GT Le Mans class.  Nicky Catsburg, Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor earned the class victory after 24 hours of racing. However, right after that victory took place, Corvette Racing made an announcement that sobered the celebration.  They announced that …

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Mathieu Jaminet Forced Out of Rolex 24 Due to COVID-19, Sven Mueller to Sub

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Mathieu Jaminet announced Tuesday morning (Jan. 26) that he has tested positive for COVID-19.  As a result, there is not enough time for him to quarantine and produce negative tests in time for him to be able to race in this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. Unfortunately I won’t be able to race at Daytona …

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