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NASCAR Returns May 17 Outlining Strict COVID-19 Rules

By 05/13/2020 June 9th, 2020 No Comments

On May 17, NASCAR is set to return. The first race will be held at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Seven races are scheduled to take place within eleven days. May is going to be extremely busy for racing professionals (and us, fans)! Each of the events will be held at either Darlington Raceway or Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

With the start of the first official race amid the current COVID-19 crisis, it was expected that there would be guidelines for everyone to follow. Recently, NASCAR sent out a memo to teams announcing new rules to protect against this pandemic, and outlining the penalties for violation.

Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway are within a driving distance from most of the teams in the NASCAR industry. That eliminates the need for hotels and airplanes. It’s a controlled way to restart the racing season, which is why the schedule was set this way.

Each of the races will be run without practice or qualifying. Drivers will enter the first turn for the first time upon the drop of the green flag. This is the program for every race, except for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

There will be guidelines in place at the tracks too. Temperature checkpoints will be setup for each person entering the facility as well as across various spots within the tracks. Originally, NASCAR had plans to test the entire industry. However, the technology still isn’t there to test on a mass scale, and that quickly.

NASCAR is doing their part to protect the industry in every way possible. Those include the following:

• One-way walkways throughout the garage area.

• Teams are limited to 16 total members at the track. (That includes: the car owner, driver, spotter, garage and over the wall crews.)

• The road crews are expected to be different than the shop crews.

• Everyone is required to wear a mask at all times throughout the event. (Some teams will be decorating their masks with team and/or sponsor branding. Like paint scheme, these mask designs are going to be submitted to NASCAR for approval ahead of the event.)

• Gloves are required as well.

• Social distancing is also required. NASCAR will be spacing teams out throughout the entirety of the infield. The lack of fans and one-day shows will allow this to happen. (At the same point, this is also why there’s only going to be one class per day. Cup, Xfinity and Trucks will all have their own day at the various tracks ahead.)

• Everyone at the track is expected to keep a logbook. That log is to record everyone they come into contact with. This will allow the sport to contract trace in the case of a positive test.

NASCAR has gone through a lot to restart the schedule. Now that it’s starting, they want to make sure they can keep it going. Therefore, NASCAR needs to strictly enforce these said guidelines. They’ll do that by issuing fines for possible future violations. So, what’s the fine amount for failing to adhere to the aforementioned guidelines?

NASCAR fines for violating Coronavirus guidelines

NASCAR Cup Series Fine: $10,000-$50,000

NASCAR Xfinity Series Fine: $5,000-$25,000

NASCAR Truck Series Fine: $2,500-$12,500

Let’s get ready and start our engines for the racing season, and hope all remains on a healthy track. Good luck to all!

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