Bryce Miller: Del Mar racetrack moves opener to July 10, adjusts racing and safety protocols
SAN DIEGO — You think the logistics of a normal opening day at Del Mar racetrack are tricky? Try putting it on … without fans … during a chilling, unprecedented health crisis … in an industry still squirming in the public-relations spotlight.Judging hats the size of apartment buildings and pouring an ocean’s worth of Del Margaritas hardly matter when you’re simply trying to open the gates.The track will open its iconic summer meet July 10, eight days earlier than planned. Horses will race three days each week, instead of five. Only essential workers will be allowed, which — coupled with no fan...
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6 things you may not know about NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 is going to be always known as the first (and hopefully last) race at Charlotte Motor Speedway held without fans, due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the 600 — the longest race on NASCAR’s Cup circuit — has had plenty of other unique and memorable moments.Here are a few of them:———NAP TIMEIn 1959, track owner Bruton Smith and colleague Curtis Turner (who was also a top NASCAR driver) began construction of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Smith worked long hours to have the 1.5-mile track in Concord ready for the track’s inaugural World 600 on June 19, 1960.Sm...
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Daytona track president hopes NASCAR enjoys smooth racing restart at Darlington Sunday
ORLANDO, Fla. — Track president Chip Wile’s office at Daytona International Speedway was a beehive of activity not long ago.The buzz of the racetrack was the soundtrack of Wile’s life. Each day, a packed calendar greeted him. Rarely were there enough hours in a day.An iconic venue capable of housing a quarter-million fans now has an attendance of one.“I’ve been the only person here,” Wile said. “Obviously, there’s not a lot going on.“It’s a little bit eerie.”Wile arrives each day to an empty facility, sits in relative silence and re-calibrates his and the track’s role during a pandemic.But Wil...
NASCAR's schedule gets another update, three tracks lose races
NASCAR announced Friday that races at Chicago, Richmond and Sonoma have been replaced by events at Darlington and Charlotte due to the changes in NASCAR’s 2020 schedule caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Cup and Xfinity races originally scheduled to run at Chicagoland Speedway from June 18-21 have been realigned to Darlington Raceway on May 17 and May 19.Richmond Raceway’s spring event, a Cup race originally scheduled for April that was previously postponed, has now been realigned to Darlington on May 20.Sonoma Raceway’s Cup Series event, originally scheduled for June 14, has been realigned to...
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