Thrills and spills back at NASCAR Weekend



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Las Vegas NASCAR weekend with fans Image: LV Review-Journal & @csstevensphoto

The thrills and spills of auto racing during the March 5th-7th 2021 National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) Weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) (US) will spill over to the stands with fans once again back in attendance, albeit in lesser numbers, due to the tenacious grip of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and the necessitated precautions.

The 80,000-capacity Las Vegas Motor Speedway, located in Clark County, Las Vegas in the US State of Nevada, is a 1,200-acre complex of multiple tracks for motorsports racing. The complex is owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, US.

NASCAR – the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) – is an American auto racing sanctioning and operating company that is best known for stock car racing.

reviewjournal.com sources stated that the speedway track had sought permission from the Southern Nevada Health District and from the State’s COVID-19 Task Force for allowing 20 percent occupancy or 16,000 fans and the county and State health officials had approved the plans recently. However, LVMS is awaiting word on how many fans will be allowed per day and were hopeful of at least 15,000 fans being allowed entry for each of the three race days.

The speedway has already decided that there will be no fan access to the pit or garage areas of the arena during the races.

reviewjournal.com sources added that this would be the first NASCAR Weekend since the pandemic in which spectators would be permitted to watch their favorite drivers speed across the tracks. The South Point 400 playoff stock car race at the Las Vegas in October 2020 was run in front of empty grandstands.

“We’re excited that we’ll have race fans in attendance for all three days of our March 5th-7th NASCAR Weekend,” said LVMS President Chris Powell.

The three race days fixtures will kick off with the 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event followed by the Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity stock car race on March 6th and the weekend will conclude with the marquee 24th annual Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube NASCAR Cup Series event on March 7th.

“Given what our State and community have been through in the face of this terrible pandemic, we can only hope that this announcement represents some semblance of a return to normalcy,” Powell added.

Spectators hoping to witness the edge-of-the-seat spins and maneuvers and nail biting finishes will be required to maintain proper social distancing, wear face coverings and undergo temperature checks at the gate.

Maintained Powell, “There are no higher priorities than the health and safety of every race fan that is fortunate enough to attend our events. The same goes for every competitor, official, sponsor and staff member. Everyone has my personal assurance that we will follow every protocol in our zealous effort to keep everyone safe.”

Fans who wish to see their favorite drivers up close have been asked to purchase tickets soon as seating will be extremely limited.

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