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DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA - MAY 17: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Light YOURFACEHERE Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Cup Series The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway on May 17, 2020 in Darlington, South Carolina. NASCAR resumes the season after the nationwide lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19).  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Fans at Darlington in September?

Gov. Henry McMaster’s latest executive order, along with a possible clearance by the state Department of Commerce, could clear the way for this year’s Southern 500 weekend at Darlington Raceway to host fans.

McMaster’s current order instructs venues that, like sports stadiums, they can host either 250 people or 50% of their posted occupancy – whichever is smaller, and the fans must wear masks/face coverings. But those venues, like sports stadiums, can host even more fans if the Department of Commerce approves their request to host more fans if they show how social distancing can still take place with more people (masks still required).

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