2020 NASCAR Cup Series Schedule

MARTINSVILLE, VA - MARCH 24: A general view of the action during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 24, 2019 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

NASCAR is trying to become relevant again by loosening the ties on its scheduling prior to its new agreements scheduled to begin in 2021 after agreements are signed next year. There wasn’t a lot of shuffling the sanctioning body could do with its MENSC (Cup) series, but shuffle it did.

For the 2020 season, Homestead-Miami Speedway is out as season closer and ISM Speedway outside Phoenix gets the nod. No longer will Daytona International Speedway host a race on July 4th weekend; rather, that nod goes to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, hoping to put some sparks back into its Brickyard 400 with a Fourth of July weekend date.

Martinsville, one of every competitor’s favorite short tracks is the penultimate contest on the 36-race points-paying schedule, while the final “regular” season race will be held at Daytona, making it a far more relevant date. It might have been nice – and might be after next season – for NASCAR to do as NHRA does, which is begin and end its seasons at its “home” track, in this case, Daytona. There would be issues with hurricane season in early November, but weather is an issue for every race.

MARTINSVILLE, VA – MARCH 24: A general view of the action during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 24, 2019 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

NASCAR fans, bred on short-track racing are getting their wish in the 10-race playoffs next year, with four races in that span on tracks of one mile or less. The playoffs begin at Darlington Raceway on September 6, then go to Richmond Raceway a week later, followed by a Saturday night Bristol Motor Speedway race, then Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval, Kansas Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and on to ISM.

Of note during the regular season, the Cup Series heads west as soon as NASCAR completes its stay in Daytona, with consecutive contests at Las Vegas, Fontana, and ISM. NASCAR’s Memorial Day race on May 24th again makes it difficult for any driver wanting to do “The Double” at the Indianapolis 500, and Pocono’s two races are on the same, late June weekend, one on Saturday and the second scheduled for Sunday, June 27-28.

After celebrating Independence Day in Indianapolis, the haulers have a short trip to Kentucky Speedway. Road course races at Sonoma (June 14) and August 16 at Watkins Glen International are near their traditional spots.

While these schedule changes are – or could be – enticing for fans, NASCAR needs to look at more than race dates to bring interest back to their products. But it’s a good start. Better than many of us thought it would be.

2020 NASCAR CUP SERIES SCHEDULE

DATE RACE/TRACK
Sunday, Feb. 9 The Clash
Thursday, Feb. 13 Duel at Daytona
Sunday, Feb. 16 Daytona 500
Sunday, Feb. 23 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Sunday, March 1 Auto Club Speedway
Sunday, March 8 ISM Raceway
Sunday, March 15 Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sunday, March 22 Homestead-Miami Speedway
Sunday, March 29 Texas Motor Speedway
Sunday, April 5 Bristol Motor Speedway
Sunday, April 19 Richmond Raceway
Sunday, April 26 Talladega Superspeedway
Sunday, May 3 Dover International Speedway
Saturday, May 9 Martinsville Speedway
Saturday, May 16 All-Star Race, Charlotte
Sunday, May 24 Charlotte Motor Speedway
Sunday, May 31 Kansas Speedway
Sunday, June 7 Michigan International Speedway
Sunday, June 14 Sonoma Raceway
Sunday, June 21 Chicagoland Speedway
Saturday, June 27 Pocono Raceway
Sunday, June 28 Pocono Raceway
Sunday, July 5 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Saturday, July 11 Kentucky Speedway
Sunday, July 19 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sunday, Aug. 9 Michigan International Speedway
Sunday, Aug. 16 Watkins Glen International
Sunday, Aug. 23 Dover International Speedway
Saturday, Aug. 29 Daytona International Speedway
  PLAYOFFS BEGIN
Sunday, Sept. 6 Darlington Raceway
Saturday, Sept. 12 Richmond Raceway
Saturday, Sept. 19 Bristol Motor Speedway
Sunday, Sept. 27 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Sunday, Oct. 4 Talladega Superspeedway
Sunday, Oct. 11 Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval
Sunday, Oct. 18 Kansas Speedway
Sunday, Oct. 25 Texas Motor Speedway
Sunday, Nov. 1 Martinsville Speedway
Sunday, Nov. 8 ISM Raceway

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Anne Proffit 325 Articles
Anne Proffit traces her love of racing - in particular drag racing - to her childhood days in Philadelphia, where Atco Dragway, Englishtown and Maple Grove Raceway were destinations just made for her. As a diversion, she was the first editor of IMSA’s Arrow newsletter, and now writes about and photographs sports cars, Indy cars, Formula 1, MotoGP, NASCAR, Formula Drift, Red Bull Global Rallycross - in addition to her first love of NHRA drag racing. A specialty is a particular admiration for the people that build and tune drag racing engines.

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