Richmond

While NASCAR shelved the spring race in Richmond, it still has a September event on the schedule.

NASCAR has canceled the spring race at Richmond Raceway originally scheduled for Sunday, May 17. The cancelation was part of NASCAR’s revised schedule as they go back to racing on Sunday at Darlington.

The original spring race date was March 17, and that was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic as well. The fall race at Richmond is still scheduled for Sept. 12. That race will be the second race in the first round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, and the Xfinity Series will race on Sept. 11 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season championship race.

“As a sport, we continue to be united in the best interests of the safety and well-being of our fans, competitors, stakeholders, and track personnel,” said Richmond Raceway track president Dennis Bickmeier in a statement released by Richmond Raceway. “There will be brighter and healthier days ahead in the greater Richmond region when NASCAR returns to Richmond Raceway for the NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend on Sept. 11-12. We look forward to NASCAR’s best getting back on the track at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, May 17 as we launch a new countdown to the return of racing in RVA this fall,” he added.

The spring race at Richmond Raceway was realigned to Darlington Raceway when NASCAR made the announcement that they were returning to racing and laid out their plans to hold multiple races at one track in a week, and then move to another track in close proximity.

As of right now NASCAR has two races scheduled at Darlington beginning on Sunday, and two races at Charlotte following them. NASCAR announced on Thursday their next batch of races on the schedule following the four already scheduled, but as of press time those tracks and dates had not been released.

NASCAR will be the first major sports organization in the country to go back to live events after everything was shut down months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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