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NASCAR’s Cup Series returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday for the 27th Brickyard 400.

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown sports schedules into disarray, the Brickyard remains on its originally scheduled date. This year’s Brickyard is the first on Independence Day weekend. It was contested in early August or late July for its first 24 years, and in September the past two.

Because of Indiana’s response to COVID-19, Speedway officials couldn’t guarantee fan safety, so the race will be run to empty stands. The race also caps a weekend in which the top series of NASCAR and IndyCar will compete at the same track for the first time. IndyCar’s race is Saturday. 

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