NASCAR moves 2020 All-Star Race from Charlotte to Bristol

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WJHL) — NASCAR announced Monday that this year’s All-Star Race, which traditionally takes place at Charlotte Motor Speedway, has been moved to Bristol Motor Speedway.

The race will still take place at its original time slot of Wednesday, July 15 at 7 p.m and will be televised on FS1.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Sullivan County officials have given Bristol the green light to host up to 30,000 fans, according to the speedway. Tickets are available on BMS’s website.

The race was moved from Charlotte to Bristol due to “the current data surrounding the pandemic in North Carolina,” according to Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith.

Bristol Motor Speedway’s modified event procedures, protocols and number of attendees will be finalized with continued guidance from public health officials, medical experts, local, state and federal officials, and in coordination with NASCAR. Protocols will include social distancing amongst groups of fans in the grandstands and individually in concession lines; enhanced cleaning and sanitation in high-touch, high-traffic public areas; added hand-sanitizer stations; limited guests in suites; and infield admission for race team and operation personnel only. Fans will be allowed to bring in one soft-sided clear bag with food and beverage. Coolers will be prohibited to reduce checkpoint contact between spectators and speedway staff, and souvenirs will be sold only from concourse areas. Campground shower facilities will be closed. Speedway Motorsports and NASCAR will continue to adapt and improve procedures to ensure they are effective and can be scaled to support increasing the number of fans in the future.

Bristol Motor Speedway

The first All-Star Race took place in 1985 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where it has been held every year except 1986 when it was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The driver’s will still compete for a $1 million prize as usual.

NASCAR says additional details on the race’s format will be announced at a later data.

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