NASCAR announced on Friday that their weekend of racing at Martinsville Speedway (VA) on May 8-9 will be postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at the facility scheduled for May 8.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) April 17, 2020
NASCAR also said in the announcement it would consider a return to racing without fans at date and location to be determined during the month of May.
Martinsville Speedway also issued a statement announcing the postponement.
“As of a result of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 race weekend (May 8-9) at Martinsville Speedway has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date,” reads Martinsville’s statement.
“Martinsville Speedway will continue to work closely with NASCAR officials on a rescheduled race date, while maintaining contact with local and federal health officials for the latest information on the ongoing (COVID-19) coronavirus pandemic.”
“We want to thank all of our dedicated fans who were set to join us during our May race weekend and our first NASCAR Cup Series race under the lights,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “The well-being and safety of our patrons, NASCAR stakeholders, employees and our community continues to be our number one priority. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these challenging times and we look forward to having everyone back in the near future to help us make history once again at Martinsville Speedway.”
With the postponement, the next scheduled event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is the rescheduled Icebreaker weekend at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on May 16.
However, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont extended the state’s stay-at-home order until May 20 last Friday, and Thompson has acknowledged this order and promised further updates.
Statement from TSMP regarding our 2020 racing schedule. pic.twitter.com/HGcNjwWHtD
— Thompson Speedway (@ThompsonSpdwy) April 10, 2020
The following event on the NWMT schedule is the series’ return to Jennerstown Speedway on May 23.
Stay tuned to Speed51 for continued updates on the NWMT schedule, as well as other impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on short track racing.
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