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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.

DateKeep upTV channelStart time
So. May 17DarlingtonFOX3:30 PM ET
Wed. May 20thDarlingtonFS17:30 PM ET
Sun 24 MayCharlotteFOX6:00 PM ET
Wed May 27CharlotteFS120:00 ET
Sun 31 MayBristolFS13:30 PM ET
Sun 7 JuneAtlantaFOX3:00 p.m. ET
Wed June 10thMartinsvilleFS17 p.m. ET
Sun 14 JuneHomestead-MiamiFOX3:30 PM ET
Sun 21 JuneTalladegaFOX3:00 p.m. ET
Sat June 27PoconoFOX3:30 PM ET
So. June 28PoconoFS14 p.m. ET
So. July 5IndianapolisNBC4 p.m. ET
Sun 12 JulyKentuckyFS12:30 pm ET
Wed. July 15Bristol (All-Star Race)FS18:30 PM ET
So. July 19TexasNBCSN3:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, July 23KansasNBCSN7:30 PM ET
Sun 2 AugNew HampshireNBCSN3:00 p.m. ET
Sat August 8MichiganNBCSN4 p.m. ET
Sun 9 AugMichiganNBCSN4:30 PM ET
Sun 16 AugDaytona (road course)NBC3:00 p.m. ET
Sat 22 AugustDoverNBCSN4 p.m. ET
Sun. August 23DoverNBCSN4 p.m. ET
Sat 29 AugustDaytonaNBC7:30 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.

DateKeep upTV channelStart time
Sept 6DarlingtonNBCSN6:00 PM ET
Sat September 12thRichmondNBCSN7:30 PM ET
Sat. September 19thBristolNBCSN7:30 PM ET
27 Sept.Las VegasNBCSN7 p.m. ET
Sun 4 OctTalladegaNBC2:00 p.m. ET
Sun 11 OctCharlotte (ROVAL)NBC2:30 pm ET
Sun Oct 18KansasNBC2:30 pm ET
Sun 25 OctTexasNBCSN3:00 p.m. ET
Sun. November 1stMartinsvilleNBC2:00 p.m. ET
Sun. November 8Phoenix RacewayNBC3:00 p.m. ET

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