NASCAR announces rescheduled events at five tracks in June

BRISTOL, TENNESSEE - AUGUST 17: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, leads the field into turn one at the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 17, 2019 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

NASCAR announced its rescheduled race calendar for June Thursday.  After all events were postponed prior to the Atlanta race on March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after running the first four races of the season.  In April NASCAR released a schedule for May to return to the track starting this Sunday at Darlington Raceway.

The first seven races will be held over the course of 10 days at Darlington and Charlotte, both tracks within driving distance of the home base for most teams, Charlotte.  Each of the makeup races will be one day events without fans.

To meet their commitment of 36 point paying races for a full season, NASCAR had to realign the makeup dates and had already said three tracks will lose dates. Three tracks will lose their races for the 2020; Chicagoland, Richmond and Sonoma fell victims to the realignment of the schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting in June NASCAR will run at Bristol Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. The slate of races include events in the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Series and the ARCA Menards Series.

The second installment is as follows:
All the above dates will continue to be run without fans in attendance. The remainder of the adjusted schedule for all NASCAR series will be announced at a later date.

“As we prepare for our return to racing at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, the industry has been diligent in building the return-to-racing schedule,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “We are eager to expand our schedule while continuing to work closely with the local governments in each of the areas we will visit. We thank the many government officials for their guidance, as we share the same goal in our return – the safety for our competitors and the communities in which we race.”

In addition, NASCAR announced the postponement of events at Kansas Speedway (May 30-31); Michigan International Speedway (June 5-7), the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio (May 30) and the Gander Trucks Series race at Texas Motor Speedway previously scheduled for June 5, as well as the cancelation of all NASCAR national series races and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Iowa Speedway for the 2020 season.

The NASCAR Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway scheduled for June 13 has been realigned to Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, June 14. Officials said further Iowa Speedway realignment dates will be announced in the future.


Greg Engle