NASCAR and Atlanta Speedway officials both released information earlier today about this weekend's Nascar events in Atlanta. The race will be held as scheduled, but the event will be closed to spectators.
“At this time, NASCAR will hold its race events at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway without fans in attendance," stated a Thursday-morning press release. "These events will be restricted to competitors, crews, officials and other necessary personnel to conduct the race. We will work with public health officials as we determine future scheduling beyond these events.”
"Ticketholders on file will receive a credit for the full amount paid towards any admissions including grandstand seating, infield, camping, fan hospitality, pit passes, etc. The credit can be used for the balance of the 2020 or 2021 seasons for a NASCAR sanctioned event at any Speedway Motorsports owned track, subject to availability," stated Atlanta Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison in a subsequent press release.
The decision to offer credits, instead of refunds, drew the ire of several fans on the Atlanta Speedway website and social media.
Details regarding ticket credits will be issued on the website, Hutchinson stated, adding that "The credit can be used for the balance of the 2020 or 2021 seasons for a NASCAR sanctioned event at any Speedway Motorsports owned track, subject to availability."
This weekend's FAST FRIDAY NASCAR event at the Atlanta Speedway was originally advertised as the "Kick-off NASCAR weekend with an action-packed day of practice sessions for all three national NASCAR touring series on Friday. The day culminates with an AMS Legends All-Star Qualifier."