Racing set for return, putting NASCAR under a huge microscope

NASCAR is set to resume racing this weekend, becoming the country's first major sport to return to live action despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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May 12, 2020 - 9:49 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) — NASCAR’s season started with the Secret Service doing a security check on the firesuit-clad pole-sitter for the Daytona 500 and thousands of fans waiting hours in line to pass through a metal detector.

When the season resumes on Sunday some 13 weeks later, drivers will have their temperatures taken as they enter Darlington Raceway in South Carolina and they will be wearing masks as they leave their isolated motorhomes and make their way to their cars. There will be no fans allowed inside.

Faced with many of its teams falling into financial ruin, NASCAR is waving the green flag on a plan it believes allows the series to safely return to racing. Only essential personnel will be permitted into the infield with strict guidelines on social distancing, access and protective clothing.

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