In the new development regarding the postponed NASCAR Cup Series, there has been some positive news as racing could return as early as May.
Texas Motor Speedway’s President and General Manager Eddie Gossage said in a statement that “Texas Governor Greg Abbott has given NASCAR the green flag to race, and our sport is eager to get back on track.”
A word from TMS President/GM @eddiegossage on the tweet earlier from Texas Governor @GregAbbott_TX #NASCAR | #NLTX pic.twitter.com/t6t3tMJRPa
— Texas Motor Speedway (@TXMotorSpeedway) April 20, 2020
Abbot confirmed the news by posting a message on twitter:
Just spoke to @NASCAR leaders. They’re working to return to Texas Motor Speedway very soon. I hope to announce the exciting details in the near future. To prevent the spread of #COVID19 it will be without fans. But they will put on a great show for TV.
Just spoke to @NASCAR leaders.
They’re working to return to Texas at Texas Motor Speedway very soon.
I hope to announce the exciting details in the near future.
To prevent spread of #COVID19 it will be without fans.
But they will put on a great show for TV.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 20, 2020
However, Gossage is not very happy with the idea of running races without the fans. But, he admits that this might be the only way that NASCAR racing can return and conclude the season.
It’s not a good alternative for NASCAR or IndyCar. But it may be the only option we have, and that’s important for teams and the sport.
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As per the president, organizing a shared weekend with IndyCar on June 5-6 could be the way going forward. He said:
To me that one [date] stands out. It may not mean anything to NASCAR because they’ve got nine [postponed] races to replace. Just because it makes sense to me doesn’t mean it makes sense to them because they got more to deal with.