The NASCAR season kicked off this weekend at Darlington Raceway, and it was a quick one.
The Southern 500 was the only race of the day on Sunday, with drivers participating in just two practice sessions (one of which was canceled due to rain) and a single qualifying session. Drivers will be back out tomorrow for another race before heading out again in June for events at Bristol and Richmond International Raceway.
Nascar is a racing sport that is popular in the United States. It was first created by NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., and is now run by his son Bill France Jr.. The sport features cars with engines between 682 cc and 3,000 cc powered by gasoline or ethanol fuel. These cars race on oval tracks measuring 2 miles (3 km) long, which are divided into three lanes for competition; the outside lane is called “the high line,” while the middle lane is called “the low line” and finally there’s an inside lane called “the short track” for slower speeds.
In order to win races, drivers must complete laps around their track within a certain amount of time—usually 50 minutes or less—as well as lap after lap without making any mistakes whatsoever during this period.”
NASCAR returns to action Sunday afternoon at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.
NASCAR returns to action Sunday afternoon at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. The Southern 500 is the first race of the season, and it’s also one of only two races held on a superspeedway—the other being Atlanta Motor Speedway (formerly Atlanta International Raceway). The 500 mile event features drivers from all over North America competing for their share of $1 million dollars in prize money.
You can watch live coverage of this exciting competition on NBCSN starting at 2 pm ET/11 am PT!
Racing’s Southern 500 will take place without fans, following a 10-week hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The race is scheduled for June 22 at Darlington Raceway. It is the first of three NASCAR races this season, and it will be held without fans. According to sources, the track had been closed since October due to an outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re excited about being able to host our first event since we went dark,” said Darlington Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier in a press release announcing that they were resuming operations as quickly as possible after the deadly virus ravaged North Carolina’s Eastern coastline earlier this year. “We’ve done everything possible to create a safe environment for all those who attend our events here at Darlington Raceway.”
The 500 scheduled for May 17 was postponed until June 22; the summer classic becomes the first of three races this season at Darlington.
The Southern 500 scheduled for May 17 was postponed until June 22; the summer classic becomes the first of three races this season at Darlington. The race was postponed for 10 weeks because of a coronavirus outbreak that began in Atlanta and has since spread to other states, including North Carolina.
The 500-mile race will begin as scheduled on June 22 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. It’s one of only two NASCAR events remaining on its current schedule after Daytona International Speedway cancelled its 20-race schedule following Hurricane Irma last week; Phoenix International Raceway also announced it would not host any additional races until 2020 due to damage sustained during Monster Jam Trucks’ Monster Jam World Tour XXVI show at AllState Arena last month.”
Kyle Busch qualified second, followed by Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick.
- Kyle Busch qualified second, followed by Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick.
- With a solid qualifying effort on Sunday morning at Daytona International Speedway, Kyle Busch has locked in his spot in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.
- The No. 18 SealMaster Toyota Camry driver will head to Homestead-Miami Speedway next week with a shot at becoming just the eighth driver since 1997 to win both races of a doubleheader weekend (he did so last year).
NASCAR returns with no fans and one race in June, but hopes to have more races later this season
NASCAR returns with no fans and one race in June, but hopes to have more races later this season.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to have a short schedule,” said Steve O’Donnell, executive vice president of racing operations at NASCAR. “We think it will be good for the sport.”
NASCAR has been dealing with low attendance throughout its last couple of seasons and plans to continue that trend by having only three events during the busy summer months. The first two races on May 17 were postponed until June 22 because of rain delays and scheduling conflicts between other series like IndyCar and Formula One racing events that usually lead up to Daytona 500 weekend (March 26-29).
In conclusion, the NASCAR season returns on Sunday with one race and no fans. It’s a disappointing situation for both race fans and the organization itself, but hopefully they can find a solution soon. We will be watching closely as this story develops throughout June!