NASCAR Announces Final Regular Season Races, Adds Daytona Road Course

BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 11: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Discount Tire Ford, takes the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 11, 2019 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

NASCAR announced its schedule of events through August for all three national series and the ARCA Menards Series Wednesday. The schedule includes two additional NASCAR Cup Series doubleheaders, and two separate stops – on two different courses – at Daytona International Speedway.

The races will finish up the regular season and meet NASCAR’s goal of making up all the races that had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic which shut down racing and other professional sports in March.

The first weekend will have the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series at Michigan International Speedway Aug. 7-9, and will feature a Cup Series doubleheader on Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9 Meanwhile, the NASCAR Xfinity Series will visit Road America on Saturday, Aug. 8

For the first time, the NASCAR Cup Series will race on the road course at Daytona International Speedway during the August 14-16 weekend. The road course-oval hybrid, most noted for the annual running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, will feature races across all three national series and the ARCA Menards Series. The races will replace NASCAR’s annual visit to Watkins Glen International.

FS1 will continue to carry coverage of the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series throughout the balance of the season. As part of the 2020 revised schedule, World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, which was originally slated to host the first race of the Gander Trucks playoffs, will now become race number 14 of the regular season on Sunday, Aug. 30 at noon ET

NASCAR’s modified event procedures and protocols have been finalized in accordance with public health officials, medical experts and local, state and federal officials. NASCAR will determine if fans are allowed entrance to NASCAR Cup Series races on a market-by-market basis, in accordance with local and state guidelines.

In a statement NASCAR said more details on additional NASCAR national series events, including the playoffs, will be announced at a later date.

Greg Engle