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LONG POND, PENNSYLVANIA - JULY 28: A general view of racing during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway on July 28, 2019 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Pocono races to run without fans

Pocono Raceway will hold its NASCAR races without fans in attendance, track officials announced Friday.

The NASCAR Cup Series is scheduled to head to the 2.5-mile racetrack in Long Pond for the series’ first doubleheader weekend with a 325-mile race on Saturday, June 27, and a 350-mile event on Sunday, June 28.

The decision to move forward with no fans in attendance comes as Monroe County shifts into the yellow phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s reopening strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Cup Series doubleheader marks the first time the sport’s top division will complete two separate events in consecutive days at the same facility.

Procedures for the events at Pocono Raceway have yet to be announced.

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