By: Kyle Souza
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event originally scheduled for Saturday, March 21, at South Boston Speedway, has been postponed, NASCAR announced on Friday afternoon.
The event was slated to open the 2020 season for NASCAR’s oldest touring series. The postponement is the next step NASCAR is taking in response to the coronavirus outbreak across the United States.
Earlier in the afternoon, NASCAR announced they had postponed events slated to take place at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead Miami Speedway over the next two weeks.
Officials did not immediately announce a new date for South Boston. On Thursday, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced a ban of gatherings with more than 250 people, which may play a role in the second and third NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races of the season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (April 4-5) and Stafford Motor Speedway (April 25-26). Specifics are unclear at this time.
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park released the following statement on Thursday regarding the Governor’s order:
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is aware of Connecticut Governor Lamont’s Executive order which bans gatherings of more than 250 people and will abide by it. Today’s announcement will obviously impact some of our 2020 schedule and we will have more information about the affected events as soon as it is available. The safety of our fans and racers is paramount in this situation, and we will continue to work with health officials going forward. Thank you for your understanding.
MyRaceNews will have more on the situation as it develops in the coming days.