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Steve Phelps says NASCAR expects to allow fans “in the near future” UPDATE


UPDATE: NASCAR president Steve Phelps was a guest this morning on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio with hosts Mike Bagley and Pete Pistone. Phelps talked about NASCAR’s return to racing and when NASCAR may be able to have fans back at races.

ORIGINAL POST 5-23-2020: NASCAR officials remain hopeful that fans will soon be able to watch from the sidelines, rather than at home, with the head of the sport telling FOX Business on Friday he expected spectators would be allowed "sometime in the near future."

"Right now, we feel good about the policies and protocols we have in place for our drivers and crews and FOX production people – anyone who is at the racetrack," Steve Phelps told Dagen McDowell on "Mornings With Maria." "We need to make sure that we have the same protocols and make sure everyone is safe from a fan standpoint… I believe we will be back with fans sometime in the near future."

While a portion of the schedule has already been released, Phelps said there will be more to come for the remainder of the season once NASCAR gets approval from local governments.

Fox Business