Kingsport Postpones Season Opener Amid COVID-19 Concerns

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Kingsport Speedway is postponing it’s 2020 season opener scheduled for Saturday, March 21 due to concerns over the coronavirus.


The season-opening event will take place at a date to be announced later. With Governor Bill Lee declaring a state of emergency in Tennessee and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discouraging large gatherings, the speedway feels that postponing the event is the best for all parties involved until the situation improves.


“The well-being of our staff, fans, race teams and other stakeholders is our upmost priority,” said Karen Tunnell, general manager at Kingsport Speedway. “While we certainly don’t want to postpone the first race of the season, we feel it is the best thing to do at this time.”


Tunnell says the speedway will continue to monitor the coronavirus and follow advice of authorities.


“As we have been doing continually, we will monitor the situation and follow advice of the CDC and other authorities,” added Tunnell. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those effected by this virus, and we look forward to getting back to racing soon.”


Details about other scheduled racing events will be released soon. For the most up-to-date information, follow the speedway’s social media accounts and visit


About Kingsport Speedway

Kingsport Speedway has provided race fans in the Tri-Cities, Tennessee and surrounding areas with exciting short track racing since 1965. The speedway has undergone four surface changes in its 50 plus years of existence. Founded as a dirt track in 1965, the facility transitioned to an asphalt track in 1969, back to dirt track in 1984, and then to its current concrete surface in 1996. In 1968, Kingsport Speedway hosted its first NASCAR event. Currently, Kingsport Speedway is a NASCAR Home Track in NASCAR’s grassroots series. The series sanctions nearly 60 racetracks throughout the United States and Canada in which drivers compete for national, state, and track titles. The Kingsport Speedway facility also features an asphalt oval go-kart track. For more information on Kingsport Speedway, visit


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Kingsport Postpones Season Opener Amid COVID-19 Concerns