On Thursday Talladega Superspeedway revealed plans to feature a limited number of fans at the upcoming NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race on Sunday, October 4.
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the decision to allow a limited number of fans to attend the Cup race at Talladega was made while the facility continues to adhere towards the guidelines of safety and health from medical professionals, public safety officials and state/local government. In addition, seating and camping capacities around the superspeedway venue will be reduced. zzzz
While the fans will be welcome to attend the Cup Series Playoff race on October 4, the grandstands will not be open for them to attend the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and Xfinity Series doubleheader Playoff races on October 3. In addition, on October 1, NASCAR president Steve Phelps noted that access to pit road and garage areas will remain prohibited and closed for fans, select team members, sponsor guests and the media until a vaccine to treat COVID-19 will be available for the public. Phelps’ announcement was made as the sport continues to work on outlining its racing schedule for the 2021 season.
The Cup Series Playoff race at Talladega in October, the YellaWood 500, is scheduled to be the fifth Playoff race of the 2020 season and the second of three events featured in the Round of 12.
This marks the second time this season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic where Talladega Superspeedway will open its facilities to a limited number of fans. On June 22, approximately 5,000 guests attended the Cup Series’ first race of this season at the superspeedway venue while scattered across the frontstretch and grandstands.