Today, NASCAR unveiled its rejigged 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, which will see the season finale event moved from Miami-Homestead Speedway to ISM Raceway in Phoenix.
The 36-race NASCAR 2020 Schedule includes a number of other changes in addition to the season finale change. The regular season finale has been moved to Daytona International Speedway, Pocono will play host to a double header race, Indianapolis has been moved to the July 4th weekend, Martinsville will now race under the lights in May and Darlington will serve as the playoff opener.
Highlights of new schedule: New season finale, new playoff races. Daytona ends regular season. Round 1: Darlington-Richmond-Bristol. Round 2: Vegas-Talladega-Charlotte Roval. Round 3: Kansas-Texas-Martinsville. Title: Phoenix. #nascar pic.twitter.com/npvzr3xaAJ
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) March 26, 2019
Additionally, the Bristol Night Race will move from its usual August date to September 19th. Round 8 of the playoffs, formerly ISM, will now be occupied by an event at Martinsville, which NASCAR says is “sure to amp up even more with drivers having just one final chance to clinch a spot in the Championship 4,” due to the track being the shortest and oldest on the NASCAR calendar.
“The fans and the industry as a whole have been vocal about the desire for sweeping changes to the schedule, and the 2020 slate is a reflection of our efforts to execute against that feedback,” NASCAR executive vice president Steve O’Donnell said in a statement. “These changes are the result of unprecedented consensus-building with our race tracks and broadcast partners; something we look to continue into 2021 and beyond.”
NASCAR collaborated with NBC Sports and its track partners on the schedule, with Jon Miller, president of programming at NBC Sports and NBCSN, saying the company believes ” this innovative schedule will be a benefit to everyone in the industry, and, most importantly, the fans.”
The first points-paying race of the NASCAR 2020 schedule will be the Daytona 500, as usual, set to be held on Sunday, February 16th. You can click here to view the entire schedule.