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NASCAR Postpones Martinsville Speedway Races

NASCAR has elected to postpone all events at Martinsville Speedway scheduled for May 8-9, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, per an April 17 release.

The events were originally planned as the first event to return to the NASCAR schedule after a seven-week hiatus from competition that included postponements at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and five other tracks in wake of the health crisis.

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While it is unknown when the Martinsville date will be rescheduled, NASCAR is still determining whether or not it can contest all 36 races this season and is exploring possible alternatives to normal race weekend procedures.

“NASCAR is postponing the scheduled events on May 8-9 at Martinsville Speedway,” the NASCAR release stated. “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.”

While many teams and driver remain concerned about the stability of their organizations during the delay, NASCAR has stated it is taking every possible precaution to protect the health of all entities involved.

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Bruce Smith

“Our intention remains to run all 36 races” Pretty stupid statement for this late in the season.


NASCAR leadership is once again delusional if it thinks at this point it can run all events. Need to seriously think about one event per track and a season long championship. Yes that would mean no 2nd Daytona race and even think about moving the season finale to a different track since Phoenix already had its race. There is no reason for NASCAR to be dragging its feet on figuring this out when it is so obvious to pretty much everyone including all the various stakeholders that the season is trashed and need to have a reasonable/doable schedule for all stakeholders.


“NASCAR leadership is once again delusional”

That’s true about a lot of leadership in the U.S.

Bill B

Damn! When all this Corona virus stuff started and they cancelled the first races and finally settled on the Martinsville dates as a probable return, I paced myself to make it that far. How demoralizing,,, not just because I miss NASCAR races, but more so because I want life to get back to some degree of normalcy.

I will add that there is a huge opportunity for a major boost to whatever sport can get new activity going first.

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