Several North Carolina Republican senators have called on Governor Roy Cooper to allow May’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races to go ahead at Charlotte Motor Speedway behind closed doors.
The All Star race is the next race scheduled to take place on the NASCAR schedule on May 16 while the Coca-Cola 600 is due to take place on May 24, which was the original date for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge however it has been postponed until August 23 due to COVID 19.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series announced on Friday that the May 8th and 9th races which were due to take place at Martinsville have been postponed.
In a statement released by NASCAR on Friday they said:
NASCAR is postponing the scheduled events on May 8-9 at Martinsville Speedway. Our intention remains to run all 36 races, with a potential return to racing without fans in attendance in May at a date and location to be determined. The health and safety of our competitors, employees, fans, and the communities in which we run continues to be our top priority. We will continue to consult with health experts and local, state and federal officials as we assess future scheduling options.”
Paddock Eye has learned that Republican senators, Todd Johnson, Paul Newton and Vicki Sawyer have written to governor Cooper calling for the state to allow NASCAR to run.
North Carolina is under a stay at home order until April 29 however it is likely that the stay at home order will be extended. US President Donald Trump has revealed that it is up to individual state governors to decide when to lift their restrictions.
Even if the races in May go ahead it is not clear whether teams would want to travel to events given that the US is still struggling with COVID 19.