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Stock Car Scoop: Breaking Down The New NASCAR Schedule After Coronavirus

NASCAR is on its way back! An April 30 announcement of a new schedule will end the sport’s coronavirus postponements on May 17. The first event will be at Darlington Raceway, a 400-mile race for the Cup Series. And then? Where are they going next? Find out in the latest edition of Stock Car Scoop with Bryan Nolen.

Frontstretch’s new podcast focused on the motorsports news of the week also has a look at the new safety changes that will be implemented at these races and for the foreseeable future. NASCAR Vice President Steve O’Donnell also explains the benchmark for recovery he and the sport are looking for heading into the summer months.

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Bryan Nolen is the Podcast Manager for Frontstretch.com. He also hosts the Frontstretch Podcast with Bryan Nolen and occasionally makes appearances on The Happy Hour Podcast. He has a Sportscasting degree from the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting. He resides in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two rabbits.

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After coronavirus !!! Ridiculous statement. By that time the virus will be raging again due to states opening way to soon and Nascar will shut down again. I seriously doubt we have any Nascar races this year. Time will tell, but May 17th will not see a Darlington race imo.

Cale Yarborough

It doesn’t matter when we “open up”. The virus is going to continue to spread. Most people are going to get it at some point. People like you who fret about “opening up too soon” have no real understanding of how infectious diseases work. Until enough people have developed antibodies to this virus (by interacting with others, living fairly normal lives), all this quarantine is doing is delaying the inevitable and prolonging misery.

NASCAR should go on. Look to Sweden for advice on how to bravely handle a pandemic. As Fredrik Erixon said: “The theory of lockdown, after all, is pretty niche and deeply illiberal – and, until now, untested. It’s not Sweden that’s conducting a mass experiment. It’s everyone else.”

phil h

if you gonna stick close to home (Mooresville, North Carolina) why not race at Rockingham. No fans! You don’t have to worry about that. The track has safer barriers! Drop the Rag!!


Phil h – politics: every race at the Rock is one less race that NASCAR or SMI gets. That’s just the way it is. Other barriers: the television deal, the medical facilities, pit road specs, and volunteer availability


Not to mention the state of the Track Surface, the state of infrastructure, tires (that are usually tested at any new racetrack), the lack of practice in the new format, insurance, security, etc.

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