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Hagerty Employee

Removing practice for NASCAR races is not a long-term solution

NASCAR returned to racing on May 17 after taking a break since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Racing looked a bit different as NASCAR enacted new regulations to promote social distancing and reduce the number of personnel at the track. One of the decisions implemented in order to minimize time at the race track was to cancel all practice sessions, which meant that drivers raced with whatever suspension configuration their crew set up at the shop. So far, the transition has been mostly successful, prompting drivers, fans, and officials to question whether practice sessions are essential to a race weekend.


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