The return of NASCAR

Pete Tubbs, Dispatch Editor in Chief

Interim Editor in Chief

For many, sports is one of the utmost joys of everyday life. It breaks up continuous monotony by allowing people to compete in events that are watched the world over.

Whether it be football, golf, baseball, or any other organized competitive event, humankind has always been interested in watching others either prevail or fail by way of superior or inferior gamesmanship.

In what seems to be a domino effect of cruelty, however, this past year has seen a significant drop in viewable sports with the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeing as no one could come in contact with anyone else, most sports have been sidelined out of health concerns.

One sports has roared back to life, though, and that is NASCAR. Darlington Raceway was host of NASCAR’s first race in over two months. The race, which took place at the aforementioned track in S.C. on Sunday, was a 400 mile bolt that served as the first race in an 11 part Cup Series.

While the Cup Series continued on Wed. with a 500 mile race in Darlington and is scheduled to continue over may other locations in the next couple of weeks, the Xfinity Series was also kicked off at Darlington on Tues. The Xfinity series will continue in Charlotte, NC on Mon. at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

The next race in the Cup Series can be watched on Fox this coming Sun. at 6 p.m. ET and will be followed with a 500 kilometer race on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET next Wed. It’s unclear when other sporting events will continue as different organizations and state governments all have their own process in deciding when to continue.

Mayor of Boston, Mass. Marty Walsh recently stated that he may be open to continuing professional sports events in the area while barring fan attendance, although there has been no confirmation of any such plans. While the opening of NASCAR is certainly a good sign, only time will tell when it comes to future sporting endeavors being reopened for public viewing.