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NASCAR cancels end-of-year banquets due to COVID-19

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By Matt Courson, Staff Writer

NASHVILLE — NASCAR announced Monday (June 29) that the 2020 Cup Series awards banquet in Nashville has been cancelled due to the Novel Coronavirus.

The sanctioning body also confirmed the cancellation of the Xfinity and Truck banquets as well, which has taken place in Charlotte the past few years.

NASCAR said that they will still celebrate this year’s champions, with more details that will be announced at a later date.

Nashville hosted the banquet for the first time in 2019, and was a success with events like Burnout on Broadway and NASCAR Night at the Opry.

The city will also get a Cup Series race in 2021, as Nashville Superspeedway will host a Cup Series race for the first time. The last time a Cup Series race was in Nashville was in 1984, which was won by Geoff Bodine at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.

NASCAR will return to Nashville for the banquet in 2021, per the statement released.

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