No Fans For NASCAR Events At Dover

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NASCAR's upcoming weekend at Dover Int'l Speedway will be run without fans in the stands due to COVID-19. (HHP/Alan Marler Photo)
NASCAR's upcoming weekend at Dover Int'l Speedway will be run without fans in the stands due to COVID-19. (HHP/Alan Marler Photo)

DOVER, Del. – The upcoming NASCAR weekend at Dover Int’l Speedway on Aug. 21-23 will take place without fans amid growing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The track is scheduled to host six races during a three-day period, none of which will be seen by in-person spectators after state officials chose not to approve the track’s request to host a limited number of fans.

“We submitted a comprehensive plan to state officials outlining our planned procedures and protocols for keeping our fans safe throughout our August race weekend,” said Mike Tatoian, Dover International Speedway’s president and CEO. “Unfortunately, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, the decision was made to not allow fans. We understand it, and while we are disappointed, we also realize that we need to err on the side of caution and yield to the opinions of public health experts to help reduce the further spread of COVID-19.”

The Aug. 21-23 NASCAR weekend includes the Drydene Doubleheader Weekend on Aug. 22-23, featuring a NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series race on each day, with all four races on NBCSN.

On Saturday, Aug. 22, the Drydene 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race takes the green flag at 12:30 p.m., followed by the Drydene 311 NASCAR Cup Series race at 4 p.m. On Sunday, Aug. 23, the Drydene 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race begins at 1 p.m., followed by the Drydene 311 NASCAR Cup Series race at 4 p.m.

On Friday, Aug. 21, the General Tire 125 ARCA Menards Series East race begins at 2 p.m., followed by the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at 5 p.m. (FS1).