Racing will return for Memorial Day classic

NASCAR is planning a return to the track in late May after given the OK from Gov. Roy Cooper to race the Coca-Cola 600.

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April 29, 2020 - 10:52 AM

NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski, center, leads Kyle Busch, top, and Kevin Harvick, bottom, down pit road at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the 60th Coca-Cola 600 in Concord, N.C. on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Photo by Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR can go forward with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway without fans in attendance at the end of May unless health conditions deteriorate in the state, the governor of North Carolina said Tuesday.

Gov. Roy Cooper said he and state public health officials have had discussions with NASCAR and the speedway located in Concord regarding safety protocols for staging the race. Cooper said the state offered input on NASCAR’s plan, but he believes the race can go forward on Memorial Day weekend for the 60th consecutive year.

“We believe that unless health conditions go down, we believe we can hold the Coca-Cola 600,” Cooper said. “I think NASCAR will be making that announcement, but that’s what will happen.”

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