NASCAR stops engines at Atlanta

Reversing course from its decision to hold events without spectators, NASCAR decided against racing this weekend in Atlanta.

The postponement is expected to be part of a broader shutdown in the sport as the world responds to the coronavirus pandemic, but NASCAR is taking it a week at a time.

“We believe this decision is in the best interest of the safety and well-being of our fans, competitors, officials and everyone associated with our sport,” NASCAR said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor this dynamic situation as we assess future race events.”

The last time NASCAR postponed a race for non-weather-related reasons was the 2001 New Hampshire race following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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