By: Julio Olmo
NASCAR is reintroducing guests at select Cup Series races and the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Father’s Day, June 21 is next.
NASCAR said the plan was finalized after receiving guidance from public health officials, medical experts, and local, state, and federal officials. To adhere to social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, no more than 5,000 guests will be allowed to sit in the front-stretch grandstands for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race. In addition, 44 motor home/fifth-wheel camping spots will be available outside the track high atop the Alabama Gang Superstretch.
“Our front-stretch grandstands and towers are massive, measuring an incredible eight-tenths of a mile long,” said Talladega Superspeedway President Brian Crichton. “That provides us ample room to be able to welcome race fans back with plenty of safe distancing between guests. NASCAR and the track staff will continue to work with health and government officials, and be ready to provide a safe experience for the NASCAR fans in attendance.”
The offer is open exclusively on a first-come, first-served basis to fans who purchased tickets or reserved camping for the originally scheduled GEICO 500 on April 26 and who live within 0-150 miles of the track in Alabama. The geographical limitations are being implemented to limit travel and reduce risk. Eligible fans may use their April event credit to select new seats or may purchase seats if preferred.
The GEICO 500 marks the 102nd race hosted by Talladega Superspeedway in Cup Series history. Sunday’s GEICO 500 will be the first Supers-Speedway event since the return to racing in May. The 2.66-mile oval located in Lincoln, Alabama is known as the largest oval on the NASCAR schedule. With 33 degrees of banking in the turns, 16.5 degrees of banking on the tri-oval, and 3 degrees on the backstretch, drivers have to work together in the draft to succeed.
Hall of Fame driver, Dale Earnhardt, is known as one of the most successful drivers at this track with 10 wins, 23 top 5’s, and 27 top 10 finishes. The track first opened in 1969, the Cup Series held its inaugural race in 69′ and Richard Brickhouse won.
The revamped 2020 NASCAR schedule rolls on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET when the green flag drops for the 2020 Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Talladega is the longest course on the NASCAR circuit at 2.66 miles. It’ll be the first stop at a Supers-Speedway since opening the season at Daytona. It’ll also mark the first Cup Series race that is open to the public on a limited basis.
The latest 2020 Geico 500 odds list Chase Elliott and Joey Logano as the co-favorites at 8-1. Other top 2020 NASCAR at Talladega contenders include Denny Hamlin (10-1), who just won at Miami, Brad Keselowski (10-1), Ryan Blaney (11-1), and Kyle Busch (11-1).
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