NASCAR Unveils Remainder of 2020 Schedule

AVONDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 08: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 UniFirst Chevrolet, leads the field during the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 08, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NASCAR announced the final races the 2020 schedule Thursday. It includes a 30-race stretch for all three national series that starts with the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Sept. 5 at Darlington Raceway and ends with the NASCAR Cup Series championship race on Nov. 8 at Phoenix Raceway.

After a season upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 10-race schedule in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs remains as originally planned, beginning on Sept. 6 at Darlington. However, there are changes to the Xfinity Series and Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series schedules.

For the Xfinity Series, a regular-season race on Sept. 12 at Richmond Raceway and a Round of 12 playoff race on Oct. 3 at Talladega Superspeedway have been added — the events are realigned from Michigan International Speedway and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, respectively. The Xfinity Series has made Talladega an annual stop on the schedule since 1992, but this year will mark the first time the Alabama track has hosted two races in each season.

In addition, the Xfinity Series playoff opener has been moved to Sept. 26 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, changes include a regular-season race on Sept. 6 at Darlington Raceway and the Round of 8 opener on Oct. 16 at Kansas Speedway, with those races realigned from Canadian Tire Motorsports Motorsport Park and Eldora Speedway, respectively. The Gander Trucks playoffs will kick off Sept. 17 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The addition of Darlington to the Gander Trucks schedule marks the series’ first event at the historic track in more than nine years. The tour has run six times at the South Carolina oval (2001-04; 2010-11).

The final schedule also includes two ARCA Menards Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway, plus an ARCA Menards West Series race at Phoenix Raceway.

“The one fortunate part of this latter part of the season and the playoffs is we were able to keep the original tracks and dates intact when it came to the Cup Series, but definitely they have had to be flexible with integrating some of the other series into those events so that they had a good championship schedule as well,” said Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition. “It has been again, just like everything else, just a lot of great teamwork between the teams, NASCAR and the venues.”

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.

The NASCAR season was postponed in March due to the pandemic and restarted in late May at Darlington. Since then the series has raced in limited markets with doubleheaders at some tracks to come up with the original number of races on the schedule.  It will run doubleheaders in the Cup series this month in Michigan and at Daytona.

(Start of Playoffs in bold)

Date Track Series Distance Network Start Time (ET)
Sat., Sept. 5 Darlington Xfinity 200 mi NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 6 Darlington Gander Trucks 200 mi FS1 2 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 6 Darlington Cup 501 mi NBCSN 6 p.m.
Thu., Sept. 10 Richmond Gander Trucks 187 mi FS1 8 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 11 Richmond Xfinity 187 mi NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 12 Richmond Xfinity 187 mi NBCSN 2:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 12 Richmond Cup 300 mi NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Thu., Sept. 17 Bristol Gander Trucks 107 mi FS1 7:30 p.m.
Thu., Sept. 17 Bristol ARCA Menards 107 mi FS1 9:30 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 18 Bristol Xfinity 160 mi NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 19 Bristol Cup 266 mi NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 25 Las Vegas Gander Trucks 201 mi FS1 9 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 26 Las Vegas Xfinity 300 mi NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 27 Las Vegas Cup 400 mi NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 3 Talladega Gander Trucks 250 mi FS1 1 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 3 Talladega Xfinity 300 mi NBCSN 4:30 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 4 Talladega Cup 500 mi NBC 2 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 10 Charlotte Roval Xfinity 155 mi NBC 3:30 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 11 Charlotte Roval Cup 253 mi NBC 2:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 16 Kansas Gander Trucks 200 mi FS1 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 16 Kansas ARCA Menards 150 mi FS2 10 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 17 Kansas Xfinity 300 mi NBCSN 3 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 18 Kansas Cup 400 mi NBC 2:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 24 Texas Xfinity 300 mi NBCSN 4:30 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 25 Texas Gander Trucks 220 mi FS1 Noon
Sun., Oct. 25 Texas Cup 501 mi NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 30 Martinsville Gander Trucks 105 mi FS1 8 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 31 Martinsville Xfinity 131 mi NBC 4:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 1 Martinsville Cup 263 mi NBC 2 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 6 Phoenix Gander Trucks 150 mi FS1 8 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 7 Phoenix ARCA Menards West 100 mi TrackPass 2 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 7 Phoenix Xfinity 200 mi NBCSN 5 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 8 Phoenix Cup 312 mi NBC 3 p.m.