Amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Bowman Gray Stadium has postponed its season opener until Saturday, May 9.
The Hayes Jewelers 200 was originally scheduled for April 18. However, Bowman Gray Stadium officials have made the decision to postponed the event, citing both NASCAR's decision to postpone events until May 3 and government executive orders.
"Yesterday NASCAR and ARCA announced in official statements that all race events were postponed through May 3rd in accordance with safety protocols recommended by the CDC," reads Bowman Gray Stadium's statement.
"We have received numerous questions in regards to the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series and expectations for our weekly track owners and operators. We are extending this policy from our National Series all the way through our NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. NASCAR is mandating that there are not to be any NASCAR sanctioned races through May 3.
"This is in addition to prohibitions made by Governor Roy Cooper and the city of Winston-Salem, as well as recommendations from President Trump, the CDC, and the World Health Organization. In accordance with these mandates and recommendations, we are postponing the start of our 72nd season of racing action until May 9."
The Hayes Jewelers 200 is the traditional kickoff event for Modified racing at Bowman Gray Stadium, as well as its longest race of the season.
The announcement also postpones events scheduled for April 25 and May 2 at the famed quarter-mile. However, there is no word on when or if those events will be made up. In a previous announcement, Bowman Gray outlined how fans and competitors can stay in contact with the speedway for further updates.
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