NASCAR reveals schedule through end of Cup regular season
NASCAR has revealed its updated schedule through the end of the Cup regular season, plus dates for the Xfinity, Trucks and the ARCA Menards series.
The stretch of announced races begins Aug. 7 and ends on Aug. 30.
The Cup Series schedule includes doubleheaders at Michigan International Speedway (Aug. 8-9) and Dover International Speedway (Aug. 22 - 23) and two visits to Daytona International Speedway.
While the Cup regular season will end on Daytona’s 2.5-mile oval (Aug. 29), the first visit to the track will be for a race on Daytona’s road course (Aug. 16), which replaces the originally scheduled race at Watkins Glen International that was canceled because of COVID-19 quarantine restrictions in New York.
All three national series and ARCA will hold races on the 3.56-mile Daytona road course.
“Daytona International Speedway has a storied history like no other in motorsports,” track president Chip Wile said in a release. “The sport of NASCAR gets to add a surprise chapter of road course racing to the venue’s legacy. Throughout the years, we have had many memorable moments with sports cars and motorcycles, but now NASCAR will take center stage on the road course at the World Center of Racing.”
Complete details on the road-course weekend, including fan attendance, are being finalized and will be announced in the near future.
These will be the first NASCAR points races held on Daytona’s road course. The Cup Series originally was set to debut on the road course with next year’s Busch Clash.
This will be the first season without a NASCAR race at Watkins Glen International since the Cup Series returned there in 1986 after a 21-year absence.
“This is an unprecedented time in the history of our nation and Watkins Glen International,” WGI President Michael Printup said in a release. “The dynamic situation we are all confronting is impacting our daily lives and activities in unimaginable ways. While we are disappointed we will not experience NASCAR in New York this year, as we look broadly at the current pandemic in our country and around the world, we must focus first on everyone’s safety and well-being as NASCAR seeks the best way to continue delivering a remarkable on-track product week after week.”
The Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Daytona (Aug. 16) has been realigned from Iowa Speedway. The Truck Series also will not race at Eldora Speedway (originally scheduled for July 30) and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (originally scheduled for Sept. 6). Those races will be realigned to dates and locations to be determined.
“As a community, racers and race fans need to heed the advice of our local doctors and nurses: practice social distancing; wear a cloth face covering, bandana or mask; wash your hands; and keep sanitizer at the ready,” Roger Slack, general manager of Eldora Speedway, said in a release. “The virus knows no county line or state border and it’s on all of us to do our part to stop the spread. Until we do so, Eldora and a lot of speedways are going to sit empty.”
The Xfinity Series will not race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (originally scheduled for May 30) and Michigan (originally scheduled for June 6). Those races will be realigned to dates and locations to be determined.
The Truck Series race at Gateway at WWT Raceway on Aug. 30 will be part of a same-day doubleheader with IndyCar. Fans will be allowed to attend the event.
Below is the full schedule slate announced by NASCAR.
(ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN)
Aug. 7 at Michigan: Truck race (6 p.m. on FS1)
Aug. 8 at Road America: Xfinity race (Noon on NBCSN)
Aug. 8 at Michigan: Cup race (4 p.m. on NBCSN)
Aug. 9 at Michigan: ARCA race (1 p.m. on MavTV)
Aug. 9 at Michigan: Cup race (4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN)
Aug. 14 at Daytona road course: ARCA race (5 p.m. on MavTV)
Aug. 15 at Daytona road course: Xfinity race (3 p.m. on NBCSN)
Aug. 16 at Daytona road course: Truck race (Noon on FS1)
Aug. 16 at Daytona road course: Cup race (3 p.m. on NBC)
Aug. 21 at Dover: ARCA race (2 p.m. on Trackpass)
Aug. 21 at Dover: Truck race (5 p.m. on FS1)
Aug. 22 at Dover: Xfinity race (12:30 p.m. on NBCSN)
Aug. 22 at Dover: Cup race (4 p.m. on NBCSN)
Aug. 23 at Dover: Xfinity race (1 p.m. on NBCSN)
Aug. 23 at Dover: Cup race (4 p.m. on NBCSN)
Aug. 28 at Daytona: Xfinity race (7:30 p.m. on NBCSN)
Aug. 29 at WWT Raceway: ARCA race (6 p.m. on MavTV)
Aug. 29 at Daytona: Cup regular season finale (7:30 p.m. on NBC)
Aug. 30 at WWT Raceway: Truck race (Noon on FS1)