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NASCAR Could Return At Darlington In Mid May

NASCAR is considering running its first race back in mid May, and one of the top options being considered is Darlington Raceway, according to sources.

NASCAR suspended its season after just four races, but it is now eyeing when it can return without fans. After Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis last week publicly said that he was talking to NASCAR Vice Chair Lesa France Kennedy about holding a race in the state soon, Homestead-Miami Speedway or Daytona Int’l Speedway’s road course emerged as possible options.

However, sources said that some teams are pushing for the first race back to be at a track within driving distance of Charlotte. NASCAR theoretically could run an event at Darlington one weekend before the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which is still scheduled for May 24.

NASCAR has been talking with teams constantly about the developments, including this morning. NASCAR would be running the events without fans and is developing a coronavirus testing protocol for both people in shops who work on cars and anyone at races.

NASCAR will likely limit the amount of people who can be at the track and it could even reduce the length of races or eliminate live pit stops for a number of weeks to keep the total industry attendance at a minimum.

There is some concern in the industry about re-starting too soon before other major sports, so NASCAR will likely have to allay those fears with a testing plan that teams buy into. This comes after several North Carolina politicians over the weekend called on Gov. Roy Cooper to amend executive orders to allow the Coca-Cola 600 to run as scheduled without fans.