US stock car racing series Nascar has called off its Champion’s Week and Cup Series Awards, which were scheduled to take place in Nashville, Tennessee, in early December, in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Nascar said the week-long, end-of-year celebrations will return to the city in 2021.
Last year marked the first time that Nascar Champion’s Week was held in Nashville in the first year of a two-year deal, with an option for a third year.
The organization said in a statement: “With the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus and the impact on the industry, this year’s Nascar Champion’s Week and Nascar Cup Series Awards originally scheduled to take place in Nashville will not occur. The 2020 Nascar Cup Series, Nascar Xfinity Series and Nascar Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champions will be celebrated at the end of the season with more details to come. We look forward to returning to Nashville in 2021.”
Nascar will make its long-awaited on-track return to Nashville next year. Nashville Superspeedway in Gladeville is scheduled to host a Nascar Cup Series race on June 20, 2021. Dover Motorsports, which owns the track, will move one of its two races at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware, to allow the race to happen.
Nashville used to be a fixture on the Nascar schedule for many years, with Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway hosting Cup Series races from 1958 until 1984.
There have been plans for Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway to host a Nascar race again in the coming years but no deal has yet been reached.
This weekend Nascar will stage a historic doubleheader with the NTT IndyCar Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All races will be broadcast by NBC Sports.