Monday 3rd August 2020

Is there a NASCAR race today? Updated schedule, start times for Cup Series in 2020

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The unique NASCAR Cup Series schedule for 2020 featured an off weekend round July 26 for a fast break earlier than a four-race stretch forward of the playoffs. The modified NASCAR Cup Series schedule technically changed that off weekend with a race weekend, however there continues to be no Cup Series race scheduled for Sunday, July 26.

NASCAR earlier this month launched the third version of its revised Cup Series schedule for 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down stay racing for a couple months in the spring. A complete of 15 races have been accomplished since NASCAR returned to stay racing, and 7 extra are on the schedule earlier than the playoffs start in September.

For now, NASCAR nonetheless has a 36-race Cup Series schedule intact for 2020, together with a 10-race playoff slate that has not but been modified.

Under are the main points of that schedule and the way NASCAR dealt with the July 26 race weekend.

Is there a NASCAR race today?

Nope. The Cup Series already accomplished this week’s race, a Thursday evening occasion at Kansas Speedway. Denny Hamlin gained Thursday evening’s race, his series-leading fifth victory of the 2020 season.

The following Cup Series occasion on the schedule is one week from today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, Aug. 2.

NASCAR scheduled the Kansas race for a Thursday evening moderately than a Sunday afternoon so NBC/NBCSN might experiment with a weekday evening race as Fox/FS1 had carried out so many times whereas broadcasting its portion of the 2020 Cup Series schedule.

So moderately than the cap of the weekend, the Cup Series race led a full slate of NASCAR racing at Kansas from Thursday by way of Saturday. The monitor hosted a Truck Series doubleheader Friday evening and Saturday, and a Saturday night Xfinity Series race closed the weekend.

Updated NASCAR schedule for 2020

Not together with Thursday evening’s race at Kansas, there are seven NASCAR Cup Series races left earlier than the start of the 10-race playoff slate.

The unique schedule featured simply 4 races in August forward of the playoffs, however with its modified schedule, NASCAR is packing two doubleheaders — at Michigan Aug. 8-9 and at Dover Aug. 22-23 — into the schedule in order to maintain a 36-race season intact.

NASCAR additionally moved the mid-August race at Watkins Glen to Daytona, the place the Cup Series will run on Daytona Worldwide Speedway’s street course for the primary time in its historical past.

Under is NASCAR’s schedule for the remainder of 2020, beginning with the Darlington races it ran in its return in Could.

Date Monitor TV channel Start time
Solar., Could 17 Darlington FOX 3:30 p.m. ET
Wed., Could 20 Darlington FS1 7:30 p.m. ET
Solar., Could 24 Charlotte FOX 6 p.m. ET
Wed., Could 27 Charlotte FS1 8 p.m. ET
Solar, Could 31 Bristol FS1 3:30 p.m. ET
Solar, June 7 Atlanta FOX 3 p.m. ET
Wed, June 10 Martinsville FS1 7 p.m. ET
Solar, June 14 Homestead-Miami FOX 3:30 p.m. ET
Solar, June 21 Talladega FOX 3 p.m. ET
Sat., June 27 Pocono FOX 3:30 p.m. ET
Solar., June 28 Pocono FS1 4 p.m. ET
Solar., July 5 Indianapolis NBC 4 p.m. ET
Solar., July 12 Kentucky FS1 2:30 p.m. ET
Wed., July 15 Bristol (All-Star Race) FS1 8:30 p.m. ET
Solar., July 19 Texas NBCSN 3 p.m. ET
Thurs., July 23 Kansas NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET
Solar., Aug. 2 New Hampshire NBCSN 3 p.m. ET
Sat., Aug. 8 Michigan NBCSN 4 p.m. ET
Solar., Aug. 9 Michigan NBCSN 4:30 p.m. ET
Solar., Aug. 16 Daytona (street course) NBC 3 p.m. ET
Sat., Aug. 22 Dover NBCSN 4 p.m. ET
Solar. Aug. 23 Dover NBCSN 4 p.m. ET
Sat., Aug. 29 Daytona NBC 7:30 p.m. ET

The Darlington race on Could 17 ran as an alternative of the the Chicagoland race that was initially scheduled for June 21. The Darlington race on Could 20 ran as an alternative of the postponed Richmond race that was initially scheduled for April 19. The Charlotte race on Could 27 ran as an alternative of the Sonoma race that was initially scheduled for June 14.

The Pocono doubleheader remained as beforehand scheduled for the ultimate weekend of June, with the Cup Series racing on back-to-back days. These races have been introduced on Fox (and FS1) moderately than on NBC. Fox closed its protection this season with the All-Star Race at Bristol on July 15 earlier than NBC took over, however NBC nonetheless carried the Brickyard 400 on July 5.

NASCAR playoff schedule 2020

NASCAR is hoping to maintain its playoff schedule intact with its unique dates and tracks. The one change being thought of is a flip-flop of the dates for the Las Vegas and Texas races (related forms of tracks) to account for one other occasion at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Under is the unique Cup Series playoff race schedule NASCAR hopes to protect.

Date Monitor TV channel Start time
Solar., Sept. 6 Darlington NBCSN 6 p.m. ET
Sat., Sept. 12 Richmond NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET
Sat., Sept. 19 Bristol NBCSN 7:30 p.m. ET
Solar, Sept. 27 Las Vegas NBCSN 7 p.m. ET
Solar., Oct. 4 Talladega NBC 2 p.m. ET
Solar., Oct. 11 Charlotte (ROVAL) NBC 2:30 p.m. ET
Solar., Oct. 18 Kansas NBC 2:30 p.m. ET
Solar., Oct. 25 Texas NBCSN 3 p.m. ET
Solar. Nov. 1 Martinsville NBC 2 p.m. ET
Solar. Nov. 8 Phoenix Raceway NBC 3 p.m. ET
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