CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR made the initial significant changes to its schedule in a years by shuffling the 2020 season into a freshened sequence that tries to give the fans what they wish to the very best of its present ability.
The 2020 schedule released Tuesday moved the summer season finale into the Phoenix area, and iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway got July 5, gives it back-to-back summer holiday weekends. Daytona quit its original however usually rain-wrecked July 4th weekend for the last race of the normal season, once the playoff field will soon probably be completed.
Pocono Raceway will run both 400-mile races on back-to-back June afternoons, also Martinsville Speedway got a Mother’s Day race under the lights in addition to a slot at the playoffs — certainly one of three short tracks featured in NASCAR’s 10-race playoffs. Even better for Martinsville, it’s the penultimate race for the championship finale.
Bristol and Richmond short tracks both combined the playoffs, as did Darlington Raceway.
The growing season ends seven days sooner in the day than usual, but still comprises 38 events that run by a Feb. 9 exhibition race at Daytona through the finale on Nov. 8 renovated ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix. That includes successive weekends off for the first time in today’s era therefore that NBC Sports will focus on the Tokyo Olympics.
Charlotte Motor Speedway retained the All Star Race, but Speedway Motorsports chairman Marcus Smith told The Associated Press that he was amenable to moving the occasion to Nashville at 2021.
Smith said IndyCar was also advised to negotiate doubleheader weekends with a couple of SMI-owned paths, among them are vegas during its fresh playoff date in late September that gives cooler temperatures compared to last year’s sun-roasted playoff basket. IndyCar has not raced at Las Vegas since Dan Wheldon’s fatal 2011 injury there.
Smith also welcomed talks with IndyCar on the”roval” at Charlotte Motor Speedway and as a NASCAR company to Texas throughout its fall occasion. IndyCar goals every year to end its season earlier than any one of Smith’s thoughts for SMI-owned tracks.
Although he’s receptive to doubleheaders with IndyCar as soon as next season, Smith has been a strong”No” on midweek parties. Fans have asked for more short tracks, road paths and even dirt trail Eldora Speedway to become inserted into the stagnant yearly schedule. NASCAR was handcuffed by five-year sanction agreements with its current track spouses and wont have the flexibility to put in new places to the schedule prior to the contracts expire intime for the 2021 schedule.
It supposed NASCAR could only swap its present spouses into the pursuits which suited all the parties involved. There have been demands midweek races, but Smith was firm as it was not really just a financial risk he was ready to take with any of the eight SMI places with Cup parties. He’d did a double header, however he considers that it should be a exceptional event and special into Pocono. SMI scored victories in moving Atlanta into a weather-friendlier date in March, in addition to the first trip to Texas moving per week later after hunting season opens. Bristol is currently the first elimination race of the playoffs, and the roval at Charlotte may be the eliminating race of this next round of the playoffs. Las Vegas also follows the Feb. 16 Daytona 500 as the very first race of NASCAR’s yearly trip west.
International Speedway Corp., the company controlled by the NASCAR-owning France household, moved the year finale into ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix. The business simply spent more than $175 million renovating the centre, also there hasn’t been enough of a buzz to make it worth keeping the event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Florida course has hosted the last race since 2002, and the Cup series champion has been the race winner considering that the present format has been introduced in 2014.
ISC shoved a race to March, per few track operators desire due to climate concerns that must not be as big a concern from the Miami region.
Martinsville is possibly the major winner with not only a race under its new lights system however a race that may decide the championship field of four.
The playoffs currently begin at Darlington on Sept. 6, go to Richmond, Bristol, Las Vegas, Talladega, Charlotte, Kansas, Texas, Martinsville then finally ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix.