NASCAR postpones June races at MIS

BROOKLYN — Michigan race fans got some news they were hoping not to hear Thursday as NASCAR announced it was postponing the June races at Michigan International Speedway.

Motorsport’s top circuit is planning to return to the track this weekend in Darlington, North Carolina, with the first of three races at Darlington Speedway on Sunday. Following three races there, NASCAR will head to Charlotte Motor Speedway in South Carolina for four races starting with the Coca Cola 600 on May 24.

Next up would have been the June 5 ARCA race at MIS, followed by the Xfinity race on June 6 and the FireKeepers Casino 400 Cup race on June 7.

“We want to thank our loyal fans who were set to attend our June race weekend,” MIS President Rick Brenner said in a news release. “The health and safety of our guests, stakeholders, employees and community are of the upmost importance. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these challenging times, and we look forward to racing again soon at Michigan International Speedway.”

Michigan International has hosted a NASCAR race twice a year since 1974. That streak may come to an end due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fans will be able to use their tickets if the event is rescheduled, or receive a 120-percent credit to use on tickets at any International Speedway Corporation tracks. Fans may also request a refund by going to MISpeedway.com for more information.

The August truck series and Cup event set for Aug. 7-9 are currently on the schedule, as NASCAR has not yet decided on those races.

Racing this season at Chicagoland Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Richmond Raceway have been canceled for the 2020 season, according to NASCAR.