Chicagoland Speedway Announces NASCAR Weekend Canceled

Sonoma Raceway's NASCAR race weekend has been canceled

Sonoma Raceway's NASCAR race weekend has been canceled

Races at Sonoma, California; Joliet, Illinois and Richmond, Virginia were named those moved to ovals without spectators this month to jumpstart the U.S. revival of sport in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic shutdown.

U.S. stock auto racing series Nascar has removed races from Chicagoland Speedway, Sonoma Raceway, and Richmond Raceway as part of its revised 2020 season amid the global Covid-19 pandemic.

"Due to the current pandemic, NASCAR has faced several hard decisions, including realigning race dates from several race tracks", the series said in a statement. However, those added races have forced officials to trim the three events from the original schedule. These decisions were made following thorough collaboration with local and state government officials from across the country, including the areas of the affected race tracks.

The Chicagoland race, set for June 21, was reassigned to Darlington on May 17; the Richmond spring race on April 19 will be replaced by the May 20 Darlington race; and the June 14 Sonoma race is now the May 27 Charlotte race.

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"We will miss the roar of the engines at Chicagoland Speedway this season, but we will be rooting for and supporting our NASCAR colleagues at Darlington Raceway as competition returns on Sunday, 17 May". There were no other Cup races scheduled for Chicago or Sonoma prior to the cancelations, but the 0.75-mile Richmond, Va., track will maintain its originally scheduled September 11-12 race weekend.

The intermediate speedway has had a place on the schedule every year since 2001.

The 120% event credit can be used in a single transaction during the remainder of the 2020 season and entire 2021 season for a NASCAR sanctioned event at any NASCAR-owned tracks, subject to availability. Baldwin will field the No. 7 Chevrolet, for the first race back, after a two month break in the 2020 NASCAR season.

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