The novel coronavirus has brought about a complete change in the NASCAR schedule.
First, the races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway were scheduled to take place behind closed doors. However, with the growing safety concern regarding the pandemic, NASCAR decided to postpone these races.
NASCAR then released a new schedule in which the series was supposed to continue at Martinsville Speedway on May 9. However, NASCAR’s plan to return to action might not come to fruition as a stay-at-home order has been announced by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam which runs through June 10. The ban applies to all the non-essential business. The governor has also banned the gathering of 10 or more people.
NASCAR, aware of the situation, issued a statement regarding the order. They announced:
NASCAR is aware of the stay-at-home order issued for Virginia. We will continue discussions with public health officials and medical experts as we assess rescheduling options.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) March 30, 2020
For now, NASCAR has been entertaining its fans with the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series.
Two events have been conducted so far, and the third event is scheduled to take place at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 5.