NASCAR debates when racing should return

With no money coming in, NASCAR is hopeful to find a track usable for racing even if it without fans.



April 21, 2020 - 10:05 AM

Chase Elliot (9) and Brad Keselowski (2) lead at a restart during the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., on March 8, 2020. Photo by hristian Petersen/Getty Images/TNS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The virtual racing has been cute and kept everyone entertained but NASCAR needs to get back to the real thing, quickly, for the financial and mental health of the sport.

NASCAR — really, almost all levels of professional racing — is not built to withstand a shutdown of any sort. Team owners are on their own to figure out how to pay the bills. If someone wants to race, they find whatever sponsorship they can and try to spread it over the longest season in sports at nearly 11 months.

NASCAR does have a 10-year, $8.2 billion television deal with Fox and NBC Sports, but the teams get just 25% of that money and the checks come only after a race is completed.

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