The original NASCAR Cup series schedule for 2020 had a weekend off July 26 for a short break before a four-race race for the playoffs. The revised NASCAR Cup Series schedule has technically replaced that off-weekend with a race weekend, but there is still no Cup Series race scheduled for Sunday, July 26.
NASCAR released the third edition of its revised Cup Series schedule for 2020 earlier this month after the COVID-19 pandemic ended live races for a few months in the spring. A total of 15 races have been completed since NASCAR returned to live racing, and seven more are scheduled before the playoffs begin in September.
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For the time being, NASCAR still has a 36-race Cup Series schedule intact for 2020, including a 10-race playoff slate that hasn’t changed.
Below are the details of that schedule and how NASCAR handled the July 26 race weekend.
Is there a NASCAR race today?
No. The Cup Series already completed this week’s race, a Thursday night event at the Kansas Speedway. Denny Hamlin won Thursday night’s race, his leading fifth win of the 2020 season.
The next Cup Series event scheduled is a week from today at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, August 2.
NASCAR planned the Kansas race for a Thursday night instead of a Sunday afternoon so NBC / NBCSN could experiment with a weekday night race like Fox / FS1 had so often done while airing its part of the 2020 Cup series schedule.
So instead of the top of the weekend, the Cup Series race led a full series of NASCAR races in Kansas from Thursday through Saturday. A Truck Series double head was held on the track Friday evening and Saturday, and the Xfinity Series race was concluded on Saturday evening.
Updated NASCAR schedule for 2020
Aside from Thursday night’s race in Kansas, seven NASCAR Cup Series races remain for the start of the 10-race playoff slate.
The original schedule included only four races in August prior to the playoffs, but with its revised schedule, NASCAR tackles two doubleheaders – in Michigan August 8-9 and Dover August 22-23 – in the schedule to keep a 36 race season intact .
NASCAR also moved the mid-August race in Watkins Glen to Daytona, where the Cup Series will race on the Daytona International Speedway track for the first time in its history.
Below is NASCAR’s schedule for the rest of 2020, starting with the Darlington races it ran in May.
|Date||Keep up||TV channel||Start time|
|So. May 17||Darlington||FOX||3:30 PM ET|
|Wed. May 20th||Darlington||FS1||7:30 PM ET|
|Sun 24 May||Charlotte||FOX||6:00 PM ET|
|Wed May 27||Charlotte||FS1||20:00 ET|
|Sun 31 May||Bristol||FS1||3:30 PM ET|
|Sun 7 June||Atlanta||FOX||3:00 p.m. ET|
|Wed June 10th||Martinsville||FS1||7 p.m. ET|
|Sun 14 June||Homestead-Miami||FOX||3:30 PM ET|
|Sun 21 June||Talladega||FOX||3:00 p.m. ET|
|Sat June 27||Pocono||FOX||3:30 PM ET|
|So. June 28||Pocono||FS1||4 p.m. ET|
|So. July 5||Indianapolis||NBC||4 p.m. ET|
|Sun 12 July||Kentucky||FS1||2:30 pm ET|
|Wed. July 15||Bristol (All-Star Race)||FS1||8:30 PM ET|
|So. July 19||Texas||NBCSN||3:00 p.m. ET|
|Thursday, July 23||Kansas||NBCSN||7:30 PM ET|
|Sun 2 Aug||New Hampshire||NBCSN||3:00 p.m. ET|
|Sat August 8||Michigan||NBCSN||4 p.m. ET|
|Sun 9 Aug||Michigan||NBCSN||4:30 PM ET|
|Sun 16 Aug||Daytona (road course)||NBC||3:00 p.m. ET|
|Sat 22 August||Dover||NBCSN||4 p.m. ET|
|Sun. August 23||Dover||NBCSN||4 p.m. ET|
|Sat 29 August||Daytona||NBC||7:30 PM ET|
The Darlington race on May 17 ran instead of the Chicagoland race originally scheduled for June 21. The Darlington race on May 20 ran instead of the postponed Richmond race originally scheduled for April 19. Instead, the Charlotte race ran on May 27 from the Sonoma race originally scheduled for June 14.
The Pocono doubleheader continued as planned for the last weekend of June, with the Cup Series racing on back-to-back days. Those races were presented on Fox (and FS1) instead of NBC. Fox closed its coverage with the All-Star Race in Bristol on July 15 before NBC took over this season, but NBC was still wearing the Brickyard 400 on July 5.
NASCAR playoff schedule 2020
NASCAR hopes to keep its playoff schedule intact with its original data and tracks. The only change under consideration is a flip-flop of the dates for the Las Vegas and Texas races (similar track types) to account for another event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Below is the original Cup Series playoff race schedule that NASCAR hopes to keep.
|Date||Keep up||TV channel||Start time|
|Sept 6||Darlington||NBCSN||6:00 PM ET|
|Sat September 12th||Richmond||NBCSN||7:30 PM ET|
|Sat. September 19th||Bristol||NBCSN||7:30 PM ET|
|27 Sept.||Las Vegas||NBCSN||7 p.m. ET|
|Sun 4 Oct||Talladega||NBC||2:00 p.m. ET|
|Sun 11 Oct||Charlotte (ROVAL)||NBC||2:30 pm ET|
|Sun Oct 18||Kansas||NBC||2:30 pm ET|
|Sun 25 Oct||Texas||NBCSN||3:00 p.m. ET|
|Sun. November 1st||Martinsville||NBC||2:00 p.m. ET|
|Sun. November 8||Phoenix Raceway||NBC||3:00 p.m. ET|