NASCAR schedule released to teams as sports season prepares to resume

NASCAR is preparing to drop the green flag and a very unique schedule was sent to teams

In March, NASCAR was set to open the race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, without fans. As the span of the virus took shape, the weekend was postponed.

Now, eight NASCAR races have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. But, NASCAR intends to make up all these events.

Update: NASCAR officially releases the racing schedule for May

Last week, Gov. Roy Cooper declared NASCAR teams an essential business. The door is about to swing open for the green flag to drop.

NASCAR released the following tentative schedule to teams. If everything goes to script, NASCAR is set to resume on May 17th, 2020.

Related: NASCAR Race Teams declared an essential business; Race announcement pending

Tentative NASCAR schedule

Sunday, May 17
Darlington Raceway

Wednesday, May 20
Darlington Raceway

Sunday, May 24
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Coca-Cola 600

Wednesday, May 27
Charlotte Motor Speedway

Sunday, May 31
Martinsville Speedway

Wednesday, June 3
Bristol Motor Speedway

Sunday, June 7
Atlanta Motor Speedway

Sunday, June 14
Homestead-Miami Speedway

Update: NASCAR officially releases the racing schedule for May

NASCAR pits stops at Darlington Raceway - Southern 500 - NASCAR
DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 01: Cars pit during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 01, 2019 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Notes on NASCAR schedule

The most interesting part of this is Darlington was not a track that saw a postponement. This means NASCAR is going where they can, as soon as they can. It also means we’re likely to see a complete shakeup of the schedule going forward.

South Carolina has eased restrictions, giving the green light to NASCAR. Per the schedule above, they’d host the first race back.

The virus is still out there and it’s going to be for a long time. That’s going to bring restrictions to the race track.

The races aren’t likely to see live pit stops. That has the potential to see many crew members at home instead of the race track. Beyond that, NASCAR is expected to limit the number of team members allowed at the track.

Additionally, face masks are rumored to be required. Officials will also likely make regular temperature checks as spoken of by the promoter of Texas Motor Speedway.

An official announcement is expected this week.


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