NASCAR to ditch outdoor mask mandate at Dover, track offers vaccines

The mask mandate for NASCAR drivers and crews is coming to an end.

Beginning this weekend at Dover International Speedway, NASCAR is lifting the mask mandate inside the garage and pit areas for competitors.

Last weekend NASCAR allowed 350 vaccinated sponsors and guests into the garage area at Darlington Raceway. The garage at Dover will be closed to outside guests but the following race at Circuit of the Americas in Texas will be open to 550 sponsors and guests.

NASCAR is requring guests and media members in the garage area to be vaccinated, but not drivers or crew members.

Track offering vaccines

Dover International Speedway will host walk-up COVID-19 vaccinations on Saturday and Sunday as part of a race weekend that features NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series races.

In order to give out the vaccines, a walk-up tent will be set up near Monster Monument at Victory Plaza where anyone 18 and older to receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The track will give out vaccines between 9 am and 2 pm ET with up to 500 offered per race day.

Dover announced this weekend that they had sold out for Sunday’s Cup Series race where the state of Delaware is allowing up to 20,000 fans. There are still tickets available for Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.

Over 77,000 people have been vaccinated at the track since late February.

“We certainly appreciate all the effort and work that our agency friends put into these events,” said Jim Hosfelt, Dover International Speedway’s assistant vice president for public safety and track operations, in a statement. “Throughout the pandemic we’ve seen this community come together to help each other and the Speedway is proud to be able to assist with those events.”

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