All things considered, NASCAR has had a decently smooth return to action since a shutdown due to COVID-19 from a schedule standpoint. However, that may all change in the next few days.
According to a source within a NASCAR Cup Series team, who spoke to TobyChristie.com under the condition of anonymity, next weekend’s NASCAR events at Texas Motor Speedway are in question and the sanctioning body is looking at potential options of relocating the races to another facility.
According to the source, a plan for the upcoming weekend is expected to be in place and if there are changes that will be made, teams will be informed by Tuesday.
No potential replacement venues were indicated at this time and it is also important to note that the race weekend could still go on as planned next weekend at TMS. But this is confirmation that there is a conversation going on about the race weekend, and there is a chance that if it does go on, that it’ll be at a different track than TMS.
An attempt for comment from NASCAR has gone unanswered at the time of publishing.
Rumors began swirling about next weekend’s events at Texas Motor Speedway, when the Twitter account @MillNASCAR sent out the following Tweet on Sunday:
Hearing the Texas race this weekend is in serious jeopardy. NASCAR has until Tuesday to cancel/relocate the event…
— NASCARRumorMill (@MillNascar) July 12, 2020
The state of Texas has become a hot spot for COVID-19 in recent months (the state hit an all-time high of 10,351 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday) and Texas Governor Greg Abbott has begun to place more and more strict regulations in place over the last few weeks in an effort to slow the spread.
On July 3rd, Abbott mandated masks in business and in the general public in all counties with more than 20 new cases of COVID-19 and he even warned that the state may have to shut things down from an economic standpoint if worse gets to worse.
It’s important to note that just because there are discussions of moving the Texas race weekend to another venue, that until anything is announced officially, we must assume the race will go on as planned.
NASCAR is 17 races into the 36-race NASCAR Cup Series schedule, the latest event took place on Sunday at Kentucky Speedway and resulted in an electric finish for the win, which led to Cole Custer’s first career victory.