NASCAR and Golf Return to TV, Paving Way for Pandemic-Friendly Sports

It was back to the races Sunday—but without any fans. After a 10-week hiatus, NASCAR resumed its season, one of the first major U.S. sports to do so since the COVID-19 shutdowns began.

With drivers, officials, and crew masked, with limited press access, and with no audience in the stands, yesterday’s race in Darlington, South Carolina, still seems to have been a hit.

The race “could have gone wrong in a lot of ways,” writes Scott Fowler at the Charlotte Observer. “Instead, it served as a symbol that things can still go right,” carrying “an air of welcome normalcy.”


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