For only the second time in NASCAR history, the annual NASCAR All-Star Race will not be hosted in Charlotte Motor Speedway.
NASCAR announced on Wednesday night that the 2020 All-Star Race will be moved to Bristol Motor Speedway. The announcement came due to to the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina. This is the first time that Bristol Motor Speedway has ever hosted an All-Star Race.
Despite the concerns of a second wave of COVID, NASCAR officials brushed those concerns off and announced spectators will be allowed in the stands.
NASCAR is set to allow up to 30,000 fans to attend this years All-Star race in upper East Tennessee. If the expected attendance does hold, it will be the largest gathering of sports fans in the U.S. since the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, this will not be the first NASCAR race since the pandemic to have spectators in the stands. NASCAR allowed 1,000 fans in the stands this past weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The majority of the 1,000 in attendance were military personnel.
4,000 fans are expected to be in the stands this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.
The first time the NASCAR All-Star Eace was moved out of Charlotte was when Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted it in 1986.
The race will remain on the July 15 date with a 7 p.m. ET start time.