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Texas won’t host NASCAR, IndyCar doubleheader in June

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Texas Motor Speedway will not host a NASCAR/IndyCar doubleheader next month, track president Eddie Gossage confirmed to NBC Sports’ Nate Ryan on Thursday.

The confirmation comes as the track announced it will host an IndyCar race without fans on June 6.

NASCAR is scheduled to return to competition May 17 at Darlington Raceway, hosting a total of seven races through May 27 at either Darlington and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

No NASCAR schedule changes have been announced beyond the Darlington and Charlotte races. Series officials said earlier this month it plans to announce additional changes before May 17. NASCAR officials have stated a desire to hold as many as three additional Cup races after May 27 within a reasonable driving distance of the team shops in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area.

Gossage said his assumption is Texas, which was supposed to host NASCAR at the end of March before its postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will instead host its first Cup race “later this summer. Since we’re virtually in the summer now.”

As late as April 21, Gossage was open to the idea of hosting a doubleheader.

The Truck Series race scheduled for June 5 at Texas also has been postponed.

“That will be postponed to one of our two Cup weekends later this season,” Gossage told NBC Sports. “We will get all of our 2020 races in, the only one that we can talk about specifics now is (the IndyCar race).”

Gossage said he hopes to have fans attend both of Texas’ Cup weekends in 2020 and said that once NASCAR teams are comfortable with flying to races, it will be easier to schedule races outside the Carolinas.

“Hopefully, those kinds of things for all of us change as we get more comfortable with travel,” Gossage said. “I get that. But there’s no doubt that they’re going to make that race up in March, and we’ll run (the playoff race weekend in October). So I don’t have any doubt about that, barring some change to everything in this country. (The pandemic) getting worse, that kind of thing.”

While a Texas doubleheader is off the table, NASCAR and IndyCar are both scheduled to compete at Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the July 4 weekend.