NASCAR Cup Series plans to resume season at Martinsville

The NASCAR Cup Series plans to resume its 2020 season Saturday, May 9 at Martinsville Speedway.

The NASCAR Cup Series announced Monday that it plans to make its 2020 return to on-track competition at Martinsville Speedway, Saturday, May 9.

Starting with Sunday’s event at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the series suspended its season in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Martinsville event marks the Cup Series’ first night race at the .526-mile Henry County oval. It is set for an 8 p.m. start. The track has staged night races in the Whelen All-American (Late Model Stocks) and Modified series in the past.

“The health and safety of our fans, industry and communities in which we race is our most important priority, so in accordance with recent CDC guidance, NASCAR is postponing all events through May 3 with plans to return to racing in Martinsville,’’ officials from the sanctioning body said in a prepared statement.

Also postponed are races in Homestead-Miami (Florida), Texas, Bristol (Tennessee), Richmond, Talladega (Alabama) and Dover (Delaware).

The statement said NASCAR “intends to hold all 36 races this season with future rescheduling soon to be determined.’’

The races in Bristol and Richmond were scheduled for April 5 and April 19.

“What is important now transcends the world of sports and our focus is on everyone’s safety and well-being as we navigate this challenging time toether,’’ the statement said.

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