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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper States NASCAR Teams Can Return to Work at Race Shops As Essential Businesses

AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 08: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast Rewards Ford, leads during the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 08, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The biggest potential road block to a return to NASCAR racing has officially gone by the wayside.

On Thursday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper stated that although the state’s stay at home order will continue thru at least May 8th, that NASCAR teams can resume working at their race shops as they have officially been deemed essential businesses.

“From the information I have now, already, under our state’s executive order (race teams) can begin working in their garages as an essential business defined under our executive order,” said Cooper.

Still, there is no official word on when NASCAR Racing will resume, but the hottest rumor has swirled around getting the Coca-Cola 600 ran on it’s scheduled Memorial Day weekend.

Whether that, or any other race at another track — such as Darlington, Atlanta, Homestead or Texas — in the weeks leading up to that, becomes reality remains to be seen, but Tuesday’s announcement from Governor Cooper was a huge step for NASCAR returning to the real-life race track.

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Toby is the Founder, Editor and go-to man for He is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed NASCAR as a fan since 1993.

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