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Pocono Raceway Will Host NASCAR Without Fans

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The Governor of Pennsylvania has given the green light for NASCAR to host events at Pocono Raceway.

While fans will be barred from attending any NASCAR events for the foreseeable future, Gov. Tom Wolf has removed the temporary suspension of congregate activities as the area around the Pocono circuit moves to reopen in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Following the guidance on sporting events in Pennsylvania issued by Gov. Tom Wolf this week, the 2020 NASCAR events at Pocono Raceway will be held without fans in attendance,” Pocono Raceway CEO Nick Igdalsky and President Ben May said in a release, per the Pocono Record. “Current ticket holders can request a refund or account credit by visiting our website. We appreciate our fans’ patience, as well as the collaborative efforts from Gov Wolf’s administration and NASCAR, during these unique times.”

Prior to the pandemic, Pocono Raceway was to host NASCAR’s first modern-era weekend doubleheader for the NASCAR Cup Series on June 27-28. NASCAR’s Xfinity Series, Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series are also slated to run during the race weekend. While the status of the ARCA race is currently unknown, the remaining races are still slated to run as scheduled.

As of May 29, Pocono Raceway would mark the furthest distance NASCAR will have to travel from its home base in North Carolina since resuming regular on-track competition after the COVID-19 hiatus.

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Never at a loss for words, Zach Gillispie is a young, talented marketing professional from North Carolina who talks and writes on the side about his first love: racing! Since joining Frontstretch in 2018, Zach has served in numerous roles where he currently pens the NASCAR 101 column, a weekly piece delving into the basic nuts and bolts of the sport. Additionally, his unabashedly bold takes meshed with that trademarked dry wit of his have made Zach a fan favorite on the weekly Friday Faceoff panel. In his free time, he can be found in the great outdoors, actively involved in his church, cheering on his beloved Atlanta Braves or ruthlessly pestering his colleagues with completely useless statistics about Delma Cowart.

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