NASCAR is without a doubt one of the most popular racing platforms out there today. And, its absence has been more than notice. Well, that absence is about to be over. In just a few short days, NASCAR will become one of the first major North American sports to end its shutdown due to the coronavirus. Hopefully, there will be other sports that follow suit, but that is neither here nor there. What you need to know is what to expect from the return and how to be prepared for it. The first thing that you need to know is that the organization will be conducting seven races over a span of 11 days and night across three national touring divisions. Unfortunately, these races will take place behind doors, and fans will not be allowed at the track, but this is a major step in the right direction towards some normalcy.
No Practice Or Qualifying
If you are a racing fan, you already know that you can usually get double the entertainment but checking out the practices and qualifying portion of the race. These aspects of the sport can be just as entertaining and exciting as the actual race itself. Unfortunately, with the exception of the prestigious Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, May 24th, these race features will not be available. That’s right, the drivers are going to be able to practice for the race. And, they won’t have to qualify. The Coca-Cola 600 is the only race that is currently scheduled with time trials in which teams will unload, go through technical inspections, race, and then return home.
Know The Schedule
Don’t be too disappointed just yet because there will still be plenty of action to take advantage of. Just not as much as you are used to. It will be crucial not to miss a minute of the action and here’s how you can watch.
- Sunday, May 17th/ Darlington/ Cup 400 mi/ FOX 3:30 pm
- Tuesday, May 19th/ Darlington/ Xfinity 200 mi/ FS1 8 pm
- Wednesday, May 20th/ Darlington/ Cup 310 mi/ FS1 7:30 pm
- Sunday, May 24th/ Charlotte/ Cup 600 mi/ FS1 6 pm
- Monday, May 25th/ Charlotte/ Xfinity 300 mi/ FS1 7:30 pm
- Tuesday, May 26th/ Charlotte/ Trucks 200 mi/ FS1 8 pm
- Wednesday, May 27th/ Charlotte/ Cup 310 mi/ FS1 8 pm
Get In On The Betting Action
It is probably the longtime gamblers of the sport that has felt this shutdown the hardest. NASCAR might be one of the widest known racing sports throughout the world, but it is also one of the most profitable and lucrative when it comes to gambling. The sport not only brings in tons of gaming revenue for the states that it attends, but it offers gamblers huge potentials for major earnings. While you will not be able to place bets at the track or in-person, you can still take advantage of sites online such as BetOnline! These sites will be offering a variety of lucrative betting platforms for the upcoming two-week stretch. Be sure to get in there and take advantage, as the numbers will probably never be higher.
Before The Shutdown And The Future
It was on that faithful March 13th that the sport was shut down due to the coronavirus epidemic. Luckily, before this shutdown, there had already been four Cup Series races completed. This would have been the Daytona race, the Las Vegas race, The Fontana race, and the Phoenix race. Some of the postponed races included Atlanta, Homestead, Texas, Richmond, Talladega, Dover, Martinsville, and the All-Star Race at Charlotte. The association had high hopes of contesting a full 36 races in 2020, but it doesn’t look like that is going to be the case. They announced on Thursday that three tracks would ultimately lose races due to the shuffle.
NASCAR has put some unique stipulations in place to prevent potentially spreading the virus. Upon arrival at the track, there will be checks and drivers and crew must adhere to distancing regulations at all times. It is also mandatory for everyone, including the drivers to wear authorized protective gear. NASCAR has even gone as far as to reduce rosters throughout the sport for every team that competes over this two-week stretch.
All facilities will be marked with one-way pathways, so crew members do not accidentally bump into each other. And, don’t forget that the race takes place behind closed doors, so there will be no fans at the track.