NASCAR plans a return to the track in the Carolinas

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Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, races Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Chocolate Bar Toyota, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: Jared C. Tilton / NASCAR)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)– NASCAR will resume its season without fans starting May 17 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.

The premier Cup Series will then race three more times in a 10-day span, with one more at Darlington and then two at the track outside Charlotte, North Carolina.

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NASCAR joins the UFC as the first major sports organizations to announce specific return to play plans since the coronavirus pandemic shut down U.S. sports in mid-March.