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Bowman Gray Stadium cancels 2020 racing season

The Madhouse will sleep until 2021. Bowman Gray Stadium confirmed on Thursday morning that the wildly successful and popular short track will not host racing events in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The track released the following statement on its social media pages: “On July 14, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper extended “Phase […]

The Madhouse will sleep until 2021.

Bowman Gray Stadium confirmed on Thursday morning that the wildly successful and popular short track will not host racing events in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The track released the following statement on its social media pages:

“On July 14, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper extended “Phase 2” of COVID-19 restrictions for another three weeks until August 7. During this phase, events such as the racing at Bowman Gray Stadium are not permitted to have more than 25 spectators. We believe it is highly unlikely that Governor Cooper will significantly relax these restrictions in August or even September.

Some professional sporting organizations may be holding events without fans. We, however, have no plans or desire to hold events without our fan base in the stands.

This unprecedented situation has unfortunately forced us to cancel any plans for racing during the 2020 season. We have no plans to race in the fall or winter. We do not know how the COVID-19 situation will continue to evolve over the coming months, but we are planning to return to racing in the spring of 2021 – and we are hopeful that we will be able to do so at full capacity.

Again, we are thankful for the patience and understanding of our fans, drivers, crew members, sponsors, officials, employees, friends, and family. We hope that everyone stays healthy and well during this time. We look forward to seeing you all again at the Madhouse in the spring of 2021.”

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

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