NASCAR tackling how to reschedule races

NASCAR is currently figuring out how to reschedule its 2020 racing season amid the COVID-19 breakout across the United States.

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March 20, 2020 - 3:32 PM

An overview of the track during the 70th Annual running of the STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on March 24, 2019 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. The NASCAR season might be on hold until at least early May, but NASCAR president Steve Phelps remains determined to run the 2020 schedule in full. Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon SMI/Zuma Press/TNS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR plans to reschedule the seven Cup Series races already postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Figuring out how to cram the events and the All-Star race into the crowded 36-race schedule could be difficult.

NASCAR has already postponed its season until May 9 at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. IndyCar suspended its start to the season through the end of April last week, while Formula One has postponed or canceled several events, including last weekend’s opener in Australia.

“These clearly are unprecedented times with information changing by the hour,” NASCAR President Steve Phelps said Tuesday. “Collectively, our industry has made several difficult decisions, all with one thought in mind — the health and safety of our fans, our competitors, employees and everyone in the industry. The situation we are facing transcends the world of sports.”

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