NASCAR Season Suspended Until May Following Coronavirus Pandemic
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NASCAR will remain out of action for a bit longer following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Initially set to reschedule two rounds, the series has now decided to postpone seven events.
NASCAR wanted to run its next two races, Atlanta and Homestead, behind closed doors.
The series initially went through with the decision, as all teams made their way to the Georgia oval.
As the situation worsened, NASCAR ultimately decided to postpone both rounds.
A conference call held between the series organizers and the teams led to an extended suspension.
Following the decision to postpone five more races, NASCAR will now remain suspended until May.
Which Races Were Affected by the Decision?
While the initial suspension only affected the Atlanta and Homestead rounds, the most recent decision adds five more races to the list.
Texas, Bristol, Richmond, Talladega and Dover have been postponed as well.
NASCAR remains committed to running a 36-race calendar, and won’t cancel the seven races.
Instead, the organizers will now search for new dates to slot in the postponed rounds.
If NASCAR doesn’t extend the current suspension, the series is set to return to action during the second week of May.
The season will resume at the half-mile Martinsville Speedway, which hosts the Truck and the Cup Series between May 7 and May 9.
NASCAR Not the Only Racing Series to Postpone Events
The motorsports world was heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
NASCAR was one of many top level series across the globe to suspend the action.
Formula 1 decided to cancel the Australian Grand Prix season opener just moments before the first practice session.
The world’s most famous racing series postponed three rounds and will only return to action in May.
The famous 24 Hours of Le Mans will also be postponed to September, moving over from its regular date in June.
In the U.S., Indycar and the NASCAR-owned IMSA Weathertech Championship were also forced to either cancel or postpone races.
Indycar organizers still want to run the Indianapolis 500 following the usual schedule in May.
NASCAR Still Evaluating Gen 7 Introduction in 2021
The coronavirus outbreak has also affected testing for the new gen 7 cars, set to debut in 2021.
NASCAR officially suspended all testing activities with the new models.
While the series still plans on following through with the original plans, it will further evaluate the situation over the coming months.
The delays in testing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to a delay in the gen 7’s implementation.
Who is the Current NASCAR Cup Series Points Leader?
Kevin Harvick is currently sitting at the top of the standings after four rounds.
Despite not winning a race, he is at 164 points, only one more than Joey Logano.
Logano leads all drivers with two race wins this season.
Who is the Reigning NASCAR Cup Series Champion?
Kyle Busch is the current NASCAR Cup Series champion.
Busch won his second title in 2019, repeating his feat from the 2015 season.