Governor Greg Abbott Gives NASCAR The "Green Flag To Race" In Texas

Josh Clark
April 20, 2020 - 2:51 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - While sports fans still sit at home during the Coravirus pandemic, there is some good news to report for the fans of motor sports. Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Twitter Monday that NASCAR is nearing a return. 

"Just spoke to NASCAR leaders. They’re working to return to Texas at Texas Motor Speedway very soon. I hope to announce the exciting details in the near future. To prevent spread of #COVID19 it will be without fans. But they will put on a great show for TV," Abbott said. 

Representatives for Texas Motor Speedway followed up Abbott's tweet with a statement. In it, they say they've been given "the green flag to race" by Abbott.

As acknowledged by Abbott, TMS says no fans will be present for the currently unscheduled race, but they hope it will give sports fans something to cheer for during this time of crisis. 

"A non-spectator event is not perfect because in our sport, the fans come first. But circumstances are such that this is a novel answer for the return of the sport for now. We are now working on a hard date," the statement read. "Our sport is unique because the competitors are inside the race cars with no body-to-body contact like most other sports. That is a distinct advantage now over other sports and why you will likely see auto racing as the first live sport returning to action."

The PGA Tour became the first sport to publicly announce a return date when they revealed a plan to resume the tour season beginning June 11-14 with the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth.