NASCAR Cup Series race at NHMS postponed to Aug. 2

  • FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2015, file photo, Aric Almirola heads for the track during a NASCAR Sprint Cup auto racing practice session at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. When it resumes this Sunday, May 17, 2020, at Darlington, drivers will have their temperature taken as they enter the track and they will be wearing masks as they leave their isolated motorhomes and make their way to their cars. There will be no fans. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File) Terry Renna—AP

Monitor staff
Published: 6/4/2020 6:40:45 PM

The NASCAR race scheduled for July 19 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been postponed to Aug. 2. The move was part of a large-scale rescheduling NASCAR announced on Thursday.

It’s still unclear if fans will be allowed at the NHMS race on Aug. 2, the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, which is the only Cup Series race for the Loudon track. Since it resumed on May 17, NASCAR has run five Cup Series races with no spectators due to ongoing considerations with the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ll be very disappointed if fans can’t join us, but in these unprecedented times, we understand that the health and safety of our fans, the competitors and our staff is of the utmost importance,” NHMS general manager David McGrath said in a statement. “Once we have more information regarding access, we’ll inform our fans as soon as possible.”

With or without fans, that Aug. 2 weekend at NHMS is going to look very different than the originally planned July 19 weekend. The Xfinity Series race that was scheduled for July 18 at NHMS has been moved from New Hampshire all together. That race will now be held in Kentucky on July 9 as part of the sport’s schedule shift. And the Modified race that was supposed to be part of the July 19 weekend in Loudon has been canceled.

NASCAR has been releasing its schedule in chunks since it returned in May and there were already races planned through June 21. Thursday’s release confirmed dates from June 26 through the Aug. 2 race in Loudon.

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