Column by: ANTHONY PALOMBO / RPW – DAYTONA BEACH, FL – NASCAR has hit the pause button to all action on track thru the weekend of May 3rd for now. This all in response to the current Coronavirus pandemic going on throughout the world. This is not just affecting the world of NASCAR, as most sports & events around the globe have come to a halt for the immediate future to curb the spread of the virus.
NASCAR Released a statement late Monday evening outlining their current situation:
“The health and safety of our fans, industry and the communities in which we race is our most important priority, so in accordance with recent CDC guidance, NASCAR is currently postponing all race events through May 3rd, with plans to return racing in Martinsville. We appreciate the patience of our fans and we look forward to returning to the racetrack. We intend to hold all 36 races this season, with future rescheduling soon to be determined as we continue to monitor this situation closely with public health officials and medical experts. What is important now transcends the world of sports and our focus is on everyone’s safety and well-being as we navigate this challenging time together.”
This will come to many fans chagrin. However, it is for a much greater good and the right thing to do. The CDC and Federal government have enacted a 15-day plan to keep social distance to slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes all events of 10 people or more and ask that all try to work from home if possible.
NASCAR has announced they are planning to come back for the weekend of May 9th for the first ever night race at Martinsville Speedway.