Fans returning to stands for NASCAR races this weekend

Great News! A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend NASCAR events after months of coronavirus shutdowns that have largely banned events involving crowds.

The Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on June 14 and the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on June 21 will have fans in the stands.

The racetracks will implement new health protocols and attendance limits in coordination with public health officials, medical experts and government officials, NASCAR said in a statement.

NASCAR said the Homestead-Miami Speedway will invite 1,000 South Florida-based members of the military to the race as honorary attendees.

5,000 fans will be allowed into the front stretch grandstands and towers and 44 motorhome camping spots will be available outside the track at Talladega.

Only people who live within 150 miles of the track and had bought tickets for the postponed April race will be eligible to purchase Talladega tickets.

Fans can get more info on the Homestead-Miami Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway websites.

NASCAR will implement the following protocols:

–Social distancing of 6 feet at all times.

–Everyone 3 years old and older must wear a face covering

–No tailgating

–Staggered times for fan entry with screening including a non-contact temperature check.

–No coolers nor ice nor ice packs.

–Clear bags, maximum size of 18″ x 18″ x 14″, will be allowed. Fans can bring in pre-sealed and packaged food and beverages, including alcohol.

NASCAR will have limited concessions as well as merchandise at Talladega, and all transactions must be cashless.

The three race weekends that will follow – Pocono Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway – will have events without fans, the owners of those tracks have announced. So NASCAR will have a few weeks to see how their policies to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus are handled.

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