Updated NASCAR 2020 Schedule: Everything you need to know about Cup Series races as the season resumes
As we entered the season, we knew that the NASCAR schedule for 2020 would include significant changes in terms of which tracks would host races on which dates. Yet no one could have predicted the amount of change 2020 NASCAR schedule has actually endured.
After shifting some dates and moving certain races to different tracks, NASCAR still has a full list of 36 races intact for 2020. Four Cup races were completed before the outbreak reached the United States, and NASCAR became the first American sports league that resumed the season – albeit without fans – starting with an unplanned race at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, May 17.
In an effort to squeeze a 36-race schedule into a short timeframe before the organization hopes it will be a regular playoff race schedule, NASCAR has scheduled all of the regular season Cup races to run through August.
The revised NASCAR schedule started with races in a relatively close area of the Charlotte, NC area, where the majority of race teams are based. That eliminated most of the travel-related logistics issues associated with running multiple races in a week. Four of the last six regular season races will be part of the doubleheaders in Michigan and Dover.
Below is what we know about the current status of the NASCAR Cup Series schedule.
NASCAR schedule 2020
NASCAR released the third edition of the revised Cup Series schedule for 2020 on July 8. The latest update confirmed the last six games in the regular season before the start of the Cup Series playoffs in September.
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.
The previously delayed races in Dover and Michigan are now part of the Saturday-Sunday doubleheaders on those respective circuits in August.
Because New York requires people to be quarantined for 14 days after traveling from one of the states had major consequences by COVID-19 (including North Carolina), the Watkins Glen race was moved to the Daytona road course on August 16. According to The Athletic, NASCAR tried to get a quarantine waiver for his Watkins Glen races, but was refused by the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The August 16 race is the first NASCAR Cup series on the road course in Daytona.
NASCAR playoff schedule 2020
NASCAR is said to be hoping to keep his playoff schedule intact with its original data and tracks. The only change currently 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|