North Carolina governor Roy Cooper has announced an extension of his state’s COVID 19 stay at home order which was due to end on April 29 has been extended until May 8.

The stay at home order is due to end just eight days before NASCAR is due to head to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the All Star Open.

The Coca-Cola 600 is due to take place on Sunday 24 May at Charlotte Motor Speedway but only time will tell as to what will happen given the continuing fluidity of the COVID 19 global pandemic.

Cooper has confirmed that he is in regular contact with NASCAR, speedway officials, and local health officials.

The governor also confirmed that he will make a decision on whether or not the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24 can go ahead behind closed doors in the coming days.

Cooper has also indicated that as far as he is aware NASCAR teams based in Charlotte can reopen their race shops provided they adhere to social distancing despite the stay at home order because they are classed under state regulations as essential businesses.

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