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NASCAR Announces Mid-June Return to Homestead, Without the Fans

NASCAR, which had announced last year that it planned to move its season finale from Homestead-Miami Speedway after an 18-year run from 2002-19, announced Thursday that it will return to that track on the weekend of June 13-14.

Over the course of those two days, NASCAR will run four races across all three of its national series, with the event-concluding NASCAR Cup Series Dixie Vodka 400 taking place on Sunday, June 14. The weekend lineup also includes NASCAR Xfinity Series Races, and a NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race.

Kyle Busch won the most recent NASCAR Cup race that took place at the track back on Nov. 17. He also won there in 2015.

The Xfinity Series event was originally scheduled for June 13 at Iowa Speedway.

All races will be run without fans in the stands, to follow CDC guidelines regarding the coronavirus.

In addition, the races will be televised nationally, either on FOX or FS1.

The schedule:

Saturday, June 13: NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (201 miles), 12:30 pm (FS1)

Saturday, June 13: NASCAR Xfinity Series (250 miles), 3:30 pm (FOX)

Sunday, June 14: NASCAR Xfinity Series (250 miles), Noon (FS1)

Sunday, June 14: NASCAR Cup Series Dixie Vodka 400 (400 miles), 3:30 pm (FOX)

Homestead-Miami Speedway’s 2020 NASCAR weekend was originally scheduled to be run March 20-22.

“We are excited that NASCAR is back up and running and that we have the chance to host four races in one weekend. Commemorating our 25th anniversary in 2020, we certainly would have liked our fans to be able to join us for this milestone, but we hope they are able to enjoy four outstanding races from the comfort and safety of their homes,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Al Garcia in a statement.

He continued, “We view this as a tremendous opportunity to show off the unbridled beauty of our track and Miami to a national audience, as sports fans across the country are eager to watch live events once again. We look forward to playing an integral role in the return of professional sports to South Florida.”