Fox NASCAR reporter Bob Pockrass is reporting NASCAR will move from Charlotte to Bristol and be held July 15 with an attendance of up to 30,000 permitted to attend. It will mark the first time the all-star race has been held at a short track and it’ll also mark the largest attendance at a U.S. sporting event since Covid-19 closed the sports world in March.
“The NASCAR All-Star Race is an event known for making history, and we will enhance that legacy by hosting the event at Bristol Motor Speedway,” Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith said in a release.
“While Charlotte will always be recognized as the birthplace and traditional home for the All-Star Race, the current data surrounding the pandemic in North Carolina makes Bristol a better option for fan access this summer,” Smith added.
Drivers will compete for a $1 million prize starting at 7 p.m. ET on FS1.
NASCAR allowed 1,000 military personnel to attend Sunday’s race at Homestead and will allow 5,000 fans who reside within 150 miles of the track to attend this Sunday’s race at Talladega. NASCAR added in its release: The state of Tennessee has given us approval to host up to 30,000 NASCAR fans at this year’s NASCAR All-Star Race. We are thrilled and for us, it’s all about us bringing fun and building memories that last a life time, and we think you can do it at Bristol.”