Dover Speedway will have fans in the stands next month

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After some initial confusion, Dover International Speedway announced it is permitted to host fans for its May 14-16 NASCAR race weekend.

State public health officials have allowed the Monster Mile to host fans after approving the track’s health and safety plans related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of fans allowed was not initially announced.

Delaware is seeing an elevated number of Covid-19 cases. However, outdoor spreading events have not been reported this spring, despite an easing of restrictions in many areas.

Those planning to attend races are asked to fill out a form acknowledging Dover Motorsports is not liable should an individual contract the virus.

Speedway officials acknowledged that Facebook Events and Ticketmaster postings had initially indicated the race was canceled.

All current ticket holders will have the opportunity to attend the races. Further details will be announced.

Dover International Speedway can accommodate guests who have already purchased tickets for the May 14-16 weekend, including for the “Drydene 400” NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, May 16.

All ticket sales for the “Drydene 400” will be paused starting Monday so purchased seats can be reassigned for social distancing.

Fans will receive direct communication from the track requiring them to submit an attendance decision and have been urged to respond quickly.

“We appreciate the confidence the state has displayed in our team to be allowed fans in our grandstands and on our property in May for these outdoor events,” said Mike Tatoian, Dover International Speedway’s CEO. “While hosting the most loyal fans in NASCAR public safety remains our top priority and we’ll be communicating specific tips and requirements to fans before and during our May 14-16 NASCAR weekend.”

Special fan procedures will include social distancing in grandstands and concession lines, the use of digital tickets for all grandstand seats, the required wearing of masks, staggered grandstand entrance times, enhanced cleaning in high-traffic areas, added hand sanitizer stations. Infield access prohibited except for race teams, track personnel and select media.

The “Drydene 400” NASCAR Cup Series race is the 103rd Cup Series race at Dover, one of only 10 tracks in the country to host 100 or more Cup Series events.

Tickets can still be purchased for the “General Tire 125” ARCA Menards Series East race (5 p.m.) on Friday, May 14 and the NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race (1:30 p.m., FS1) on Saturday, May 15.

The track will only have one NASCAR weekend in 2021, with the second race moving to parent company’s track near Nashville, TN.

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