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NASCAR Hears Fans’ Voices

By on May 1, 2019

RK MJ 2019_Main_Part 2.inddRK MJ 2019_Main_Part 2.inddDramatic 2020 Cup Series Schedule Changes

NASCAR has introduced major changes to its 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule with intriguing date changes during the regular season, as well as the Playoffs.

Most notably, the NASCAR championship finale transitions from the beaches of Miami to the desert near Phoenix, following the recent renovation and reconfiguration of ISM Raceway. As part of the new schedule, the champion will be crowned on Sunday, November 8 —a week earlier than in previous seasons.

Fans have expressed their desire for more short tracks in the Playoffs. The iconic Bristol Night Race joins the Charlotte Roval and the fall Martinsville events as cut-off races during the 10-week title battle, creating some of the most intense and pressure-packed “win-or-go-home” scenarios. 

Another history-rich race joins the post-season as Darlington Raceway, the “The Lady in Black,” becomes the first race of the NASCAR Playoffs with Las Vegas becoming the first race of the second round.

The Great American Race, the Daytona 500, opens the 2020 NASCAR season during President’s Day weekend. NASCAR’s second Daytona visit comes with much more on the line as the superspeedway hosts the 26th regular-season race, setting the field for the Playoffs under the lights. “Quite fittingly, the birthplace of NASCAR hosts the 2020 regular-season bookend races,” O’Donnell said.

Following the Daytona 500, the NASCAR West Coast swing has stops at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway and ISM Raceway. Atlanta and Miami move to fifth and sixth spots on the schedule during March.

Martinsville moves back in the schedule to take the spotlight—quite literally—on Mother’s Day Weekend when cars hit the track under the lights for primetime racing on Saturday, May 9.

Pocono Raceway will make history when the Tricky Triangle kicks off NASCAR’s summer portion of the schedule with back-to-back premier series events on June 27 and 28, creating a bucket-list destination weekend.

Finally, a tradition continues, with a passing of the baton from one iconic race track to another as Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts the July 5 race at the Brickyard, a spot previously occupied by Daytona. 

All races will air on the FOX or the NBC family of networks, and on MRN, PRN, IMS Radio, and SiriusXM 90 NASCAR Radio. Specific times, networks and the companion race events will be released at a later date. 

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