Previously, Bowman Gray Stadium had announced its season would start with the Hayes Jewelers 200 on May 9. On Sunday, the venue announced that will not be the case, as governing bodies still maintain their restrictions on mass gatherings.
Bowman Gray Stadium has postponed its season opener, with no rescheduling date at this time as they await further detail on when they will be allowed to host racing events.
“During this quickly changing situation, governing bodies have not given any definitive dates for resuming public activity,” said the track in a release. “But the guidelines do make it clear that certain milestones will have to be met weeks before any racing events can be held at Bowman Gray Stadium.
“Therefore, our season opener is no longer scheduled for May 9. At this point, we have no definitive date for the start of our 2020 racing season. We will continue to monitor the situation and the evolving policies of our governing bodies.”
Along with North Carolina’s Stay at Home order effective through April 29, Winston-Salem has a Stay at Home order in place through Thursday, May 7. That order was extended in the past week, as it was previously set to expire on April 16.
Bowman Gray Stadium emphasized in the release that they would adhere to any such governing statements, and they do not plan to host racing events without fans in attendance even if provided the opportunity to do so legally at a later date.
“Some professional sporting organizations may be holding events without fans. We, however, have no plans or desire to hold events without our fan base in the stands.”
Stay tuned to Speed51 for ongoing updates during the COVID-19 pandemic in regards to short track racing.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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