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NASCAR announced Thursday it will return to action May 17 with a 400-mile event at Darlington Speedway. It's the first sport in America to resume amid the coronavirus (CVID-19) pandemic. 

The event will kick-off seven events in three series at two race tracks: Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be held on Memorial Day Weekend for the 60th straight year. 

Each of NASCAR's upcoming races will be held without fans in attendance. 

NASCAR will eliminate practice for all events as of now, as well as qualifying for all events outside of the Coca-Cola 600.

“NASCAR and its teams are eager and excited to return to racing, and have great respect for the responsibility that comes with a return to competition,” Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said Thursday in a statement. “NASCAR will return in an environment that will ensure the safety of our competitors, officials and all those in the local community.

"We thank local, state and federal officials and medical experts, as well as everyone in the industry, for the unprecedented support in our return to racing, and we look forward to joining our passionate fans in watching cars return to the track.”