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NASCAR set to allow fans to return to Florida, Alabama races

Kevin Harvick celebrates with crew members after winning a NASCAR Cup Series race June 7 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Kevin Harvick, third from left, celebrates with crew members after winning a NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
(Brynn Anderson / Associated Press)

NASCAR is set to allow fans back at the track for races this month at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

NASCAR will allow up to 1,000 Florida service members, representing the Homestead Air Reserve Base and U.S. Southern Command in Doral, to attend the Cup Series race Sunday as honorary guests and view the race from the grandstands.

Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama will allow up to 5,000 guests in the frontstretch grandstands/towers for the June 21 Cup race. There will be limited motorhome/camping spots available outside the track.

NASCAR says all fans will be screened before entering, required to wear face coverings, mandated to social distance at six feet, and will not have access to the infield, among other revised operational protocols.

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Bubba Wallace, the first full-time African American driver in the NASCAR Cup Series since 1971, says there’s no place for the Confederate flag in the sport.

NASCAR has returned to racing, but had not allowed fans inside the tracks in North Carolina, South Carolina or Georgia.

“We have tremendous respect and appreciation for the responsibility that comes with integrating guests back into our events,” said Daryl Wolfe, NASCAR executive vice president and chief sales and operations officer. “We believe implementing this methodical process is an important step forward for the sport and the future of live sporting events. The passion and unwavering support of our industry and fans is the reason we race each weekend and we look forward to slowly and responsibly welcoming them back at select events.”


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