Racing off until May

Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, NASCAR is currently putting its season on hold until May for the safety of drivers, crew members, and fans.

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March 17, 2020 - 10:26 AM

Ryan Newman crashes in the tri-oval coming down to the checkered flag at the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Monday. Photo by N-J/Nigel Cook

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has suspended its season until May as part of the CDC’s recommendation to postpone gatherings for the next eight weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic

The decision came after at least two Monday conference calls between the sanctioning body and its team owners. It affects seven total races — Atlanta and Homestead had already been postponed.

“The health and safety of our fans, industry and the communities in which we race is our most important priority,” NASCAR said.

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