2020 NASCAR All-Star Race Moved to Bristol Motor Speedway; 30K Fans Permitted

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 18: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #14 Toco Warranty Ford, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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Marcus Smith, president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, announced Monday night that NASCAR’s All-Star Race has been moved from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, where up to 30,000 fans will be permitted to attend:

FOX Sports @FOXSports

The 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race has been moved to Bristol Motor Speedway. 30,000 fans will be allowed to attend. July 15th on FS1! https://t.co/VAqgB0FoQl

Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass outlined why NASCAR may have relocated the All-Star Race:

Bob Pockrass @bobpockrass

NC’s COVID-19 numbers, especially in the Charlotte area, are going up and with Tennessee willing to allow 30,000 fans, the move was made of the all-star race from Charlotte to Bristol. https://t.co/oT3iHhcHFI

FOX: NASCAR @NASCARONFOX

“Drivers are going to be on the chip!” The 2020 #AllStarRace is happening at @BMSupdates with up to 30k fans in the stands.

Fast Thoughts with @bobpockrass: https://t.co/8m4mgG77k5

NASCAR resumed this season May 17, and every race to this point has been held without fans as a safety precaution during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This will be the first All-Star Race hosted outside of Charlotte since 1986, per the Charlotte Observer, the only other time it was held elsewhere since the event’s inception in ’85.

Along with the new location, which has a capacity of 162,000, will be new car designs:

Jeff Gluck @jeff_gluck

NASCAR has informed teams it will use a “new paint scheme concept” for the All-Star Race. The number is slid back to just in front of the rear wheel. This is the example they sent to teams. https://t.co/VHSIwveo10

Per Pockrass, the following drivers are eligible for the All-Star Race: Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Justin Haley, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr.

The NASCAR Cup Series will resume action Sunday for the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Up to 5,000 fans will be allowed at the Alabama track. Harvick leads the Cup Series standings and holds an eight-point lead over Elliott.

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