North Carolina is now officially under a stay at home order. That lasts until April 29. With a majority of the NASCAR teams based there, they basically are shut down for the next four weeks. As of now anyways, they’re slated to start again on May 9 at the Martinsville (VA) Speedway. That now seems to be in peril.
On Monday, Virginia’s governor announced that they will too be under a stay at home order, but theirs is lasting until June 10 though. In turn, that makes NASCAR’s return to racing on the .526-mile Virginia paperclip on May 9 very much in doubt. With an order to avoid crowds of more than 10 humans, how can 40 NASCAR Cup Series teams show up to race even without fans in the stands, especially when they can’t go back to work until April 29 at the very earliest?
This is going to be a challenge for NASCAR to return before the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway with even that race being in question. The ‘600 is scheduled for less than a month after the stay at home order ends and the state to the north will be under one for a couple weeks after that. Plus, two of the three races that were scheduled for May 24 have already been either postponed or canceled all together.
The Monaco Grand Prix is off for this year while the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 was pushed to Aug. 23.
NASCAR faces a challenge right now to return to racing before June as a result of which as teams are being thrown curveball after curveball.