Martinsville

Pole winner Joey Logano (22) leads the field down the frontstretch during the second lap of STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in April 2016 at Martinsville Speedway.

n a change of course from what was previously announced in August, Martinsville Speedway will host limited fans during the NASCAR Playoff Weekend on Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

All three races held over that weekend will have limited fans in attendance.

The weekend will begin on Oct. 30 with the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Playoff, followed by the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff race on Oct. 31 and culminating in the Xfinity 500 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race on Nov. 1.

“Martinsville Speedway is home to some of the most competitive and dramatic racing in NASCAR, so we look forward to welcoming fans back to be a part of the experience,” said Martinsville President Clay Campbell in a news release. “The roar of the engines combined with the return of fans’ cheers will make the intense battle to set the field for the NASCAR Championship that much greater. After successfully hosting a June NASCAR Cup Series race Martinsville will be ready to welcome fans back for a safe race experience in the commonwealth.”

The limited number of fans will be admitted in accordance with public health officials and local, state and federal authorities. To ensure social distancing between groups, the track will be reseating fans who have already purchased tickets in new locations, as comparable as possible to their original seats. New, lower ticket pricing will be applied.

Everyone will be screened before entering the track, required to wear face coverings and maintain 6-feet of social distancing throughout the venue. Coolers will not be permitted, but clear bags up to 18x18x14 inches in size will be allowed.

More information will be made available to fans closer to the race on fan protocols and camping.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV