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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke May 12, 2021

No, NASCAR hasn’t postponed an upcoming race in Delaware

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  • What looked like a tweet from a Fox Sports reporter is fake. 
     
  • The real reporter says the race is on.
 

The grandstands are sold out for a NASCAR race scheduled for the afternoon of May 16 at Dover International Speedway in Delaware, but a rumor spreading on social media suggests it doesn’t matter, because the event has been canceled due to the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack. 

"Due to the Colonial Pipeline issue causing a fuel shortage on the east coast, Nascar has decided to postpone this weekend’s Dover race to a later date," reads what looks like a tweet from Fox Sports’ NASCAR reporter, Bob Pockrass. 

But it’s not really his account, and this rumor isn’t accurate. 

A Facebook post sharing an image of the tweet was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

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The supposed tweet sharing the misinformation looks like it comes from Pockrass’ verified Twitter account. But the fake has an extra S: @bobpockrasss. We couldn’t find that account on Twitter

So what does the real Pockrass have to say? 

"The Dover race is on this weekend," he tweeted after seeing an image of the fake tweet. 

We rate this post False.

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