NASCAR moves All-Star race out of Charlotte citing COVID-19

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46) — NASCAR is moving the All-Star race out of Charlotte, the organization will formally announce Monday night, WFLA’s sister station Fox 46 has confirmed.

Citing North Carolina’s troubling increase in coronavirus cases, officials say the race will be moved to Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee and that the race will keep its original time slot of Wednesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. FS1 will carry the broadcast.

NASCAR will make a formal announcement during a news conference Monday night at 7:15 p.m.

Charlotte has been home to the All-Star race since 1985.

The All-Star race had already been altered when NASCAR indefinitely postponed races right in the middle of the season due to the pandemic. It was scheduled to take place for May 16 and then moved to July 15 with the altered schedule.

Sunday’s race from Miami-Homestead was the first race that was held with fans, which included about 1,000 military personnel. It is unclear if NASCAR and North Carolina state leaders had any dialogue following Sunday’s successful race in Miami.

This is now the second major event to be moved out of Charlotte. Last week, the GOP confirmed the Republican National Convention would move from Charlotte to Jacksonville, Florida.

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