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UPDATE: Texas Motor Speedway watching but ready for NASCAR action

By Jerry Jordan, Editor

Less than 24-hours after declining to comment on whether racing would resume in two weeks at Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR announced Monday afternoon that it was halting the season for the next eight weeks.

The decision comes after advice from the CDC that ending mass gatherings of people could help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The sanctioning body will now have to make up race at Atlanta, Homestead, Texas, Bristol, Richmond, Talladega and Dover speedways.

 

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NASCAR fans concerned over how things will play out in the Lone Star State following a two-week hiatus from racing – an effort to control the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus – might have a sliver of hope as Texas Motor Speedway is ready for action.

As it stands, the races are expected to run on the weekend of March 29, the week after NASCAR’s two-week moratorium. Eddie Gossage, TMS track president, said, his track’s event is two weeks away and, at this time, he is expecting to see cars on the track.

“We’ve been talking throughout the weekend,” Gossage told Kickin’ the Tires. “Current plans are to race just as always planned. Nothing to talk about otherwise.”

As part of its statement, on March 13, NASCAR stated, “We will continue to monitor this dynamic situation as we assess future race events.”

On the same day, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in response to the virus and opened up federal funds to help combat the spread and make testing readily available to those who need it. The move also called for expanded travel bans to Europe and later the UK and Ireland, as well as, allowing state governments to make decisions that could limit mass gatherings.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has not called for a ban on gatherings; however, the city of Austin has. Additionally, the city of Houston has canceled the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The city of Justin, where Texas Motor Speedway is located, has not implemented a ban on mass gatherings at this time.

There are currently 63 cases of COVID-19 in Texas, which has a population of 28.7 million people. There have been no deaths in Texas related to the virus as of Sunday.

In the US there are 327.2 million people and of those, there are 3,244 confirmed cases of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus. The death toll in the US is 62, with a cluster of 37 deaths in the state of Washington.

“It’s like with rain, nothing to talk about otherwise until necessary to do so,” Gossage said. “So, until otherwise necessary, we plan to open the campgrounds next Saturday and all plans remain in place to race March 27, 28, and 29.”

A spokesperson for NASCAR referred to the sanctioning body’s statement and declined further comment on when racing would resume and whether it would be at Texas Motor Speedway. At this time, NASCAR has also not scheduled make-up dates for the two races already postponed.

“We have no additional comment beyond our statement,” the spokesperson said.

5 Comments

  1. Donna Littrell

    March 15, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Good to hear there really is a chance of NASCAR racing at Texas Motor Speedway at the end of the month. Good article Mr. Jordan.

  2. Thurman m Whiteley

    March 16, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    What will be the money back policy if cancelled.

  3. Donna Littrell

    March 16, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Good to hear there really is a chance of NASCAR racing at Texas Motor Speedway at the end of the month. Good article Mr. Jordan.

    • Jerry Jordan

      March 16, 2020 at 10:07 pm

      Well, that has been decided now. When asked the sanctioning body did not want to comment. – Jerry Jordan, Editor

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