DAYTONA BEACH, F.L. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - NASCAR has announced some significant changes to the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule on Tuesday, with shifts to both the regular season and the Playoffs.
To start, NASCAR’s championship will leave Miami and head to the desert near Phoenix next year following the renovation of ISM Raceway, and a champion will be crowned on Sunday, Nov. 8, one week earlier than in previous seasons.
The iconic Bristol Night Race will now be part of the 10-week title battle as the first cut-off race on Saturday, Sept. 19. Bristol will join the Charlotte Roval-- scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 11-- and Martinsville-- Sunday, Nov. 1-- as cut-off races.
The “Lady in Black,” Darlington Raceway, will be the first race of the NASCAR Playoffs on Sunday, Sept. 6 with Las Vegas becoming the first race of the second round on Sunday, Sept. 27.
“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,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “These changes are a result of unprecedented consensus-building with our race tracks and broadcast partners; something we look to continue into 2021 and beyond.”
The Daytona 500 will still open the NASCAR season during President’s Day weekend on Sunday, Feb. 16, but the second visit to Daytona-- the superspeedway-- will come on Saturday, Aug. 29 as the last regular season race of the year.
Following the Daytona 500, NASCAR will head west with stops in Las Vegas on Sunday, Feb. 23, Auto Club on Sunday, March 1 and ISM Raceway on Sunday, March 8. Atlanta will move to Sunday, March 15 followed by Miami on Sunday, March 22.
Martinsville will move back in the schedule to take the spotlight over Mother's Day weekend on Saturday, May 9.
Pocono Raceway will make history when it helps kick off NASCAR’s summer portion of the schedule, and on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, the Tricky Triangle will host back-to-back premier series events, creating a bucket-list, can’t miss destination weekend for NASCAR fans.
Lastly, Indianapolis Motor Speedway moves to a cornerstone weekend on the NASCAR calendar with a race at the Brickyard on July 5, a spot previously occupied by Daytona International Speedway.
You can view the schedule below: