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Atlanta Motor Speedway To Host Georgia’s First Professional Sporting Event Since The Pandemic Began

Atlanta Motor Speedway is preparing to host NASCAR’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on June 7.
Atlanta Motor Speedway is preparing to host NASCAR’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on June 7.
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Gov. Brian Kemp gave NASCAR the green light to return to Georgia earlier this month. On May 14, the Governor announced a new plan to bring back some live sporting events this summer.

The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 will be the first professional sporting event in Georgia since the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, which was previously scheduled for March 15, will now take place on June 7 at 3 p.m.

Brandon Hutchison is executive vice president and general manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway.

But, now, there’s still one major difference in this year’s race — no spectators will be allowed at the track.

“We’re not thrilled about having a race with no fans in the stands, but we are thrilled about the opportunity that has been presented to us to be an industry that is the first to bring live sports back to our country and back to countries across the globe,” said executive vice president and general manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway Brandon Hutchison.

Hutchison joined “Closer Look” host Rose Scott on Wednesday’s edition of the program to discuss the logistics of the race, the impact to the Speedway’s revenue and the current. Plan to protect the drivers, crew and broadcast team.

To listen to the full conversation, click on the audio player above.