The NASCAR postseason is typically an all-encompassing event. If you're not in that group of 16, chances are your name is forgotten until the 2021 Daytona 500 in February. I'm not saying that's fair; it's just the way it is in the playoff era of stock car racing. The Federated Auto Parts 400 is typically no different, the short track that helps separate the championship contenders from early pretenders.
It's hard to believe but the NASCAR postseason has arrived, on schedule despite a two-month COVID-19 suspension. One of the sport's crown jewel events, the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, will serve as the playoff opener on Sunday night (Sept. 6) as the Cup Series begins its 10-race championship chase.
We're halfway through the Monster Mile doubleheader at Dover International Speedway. NASCAR's grand experiment of back-to-back Cup Series races concludes with a second straight Drydene 311 on Sunday.
Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag first in Saturday's Act I. A dream season for the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver now includes his first win in 29 career starts at one of his worst tracks on the circuit.
Since 1974, Michigan International Speedway has been a mainstay on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, playing host to two races per year. But this two-mile oval will break new ground in 2020 by hosting those races about 24 hours apart.
The 2020 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway jumpstarts the final portion of the NASCAR Cup Series regular season after a 10-day layoff. It's a break stock car racing's top level desperately needed after squeezing 16 races into a little over 10 weeks, an exhausting schedule even for the most well-funded teams.
After a 10-day layoff, the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series returns to racing this weekend for the Foxwoods Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The 1.058-mile, flat-shaped oval also welcome fans back to the track; they’ll allow up to 12,000 to attend the event on Sunday as stock car racing resumes its late summer sprint to its 10-race playoff.
The 2020 Super Start Batteries 400 kicks off the second half of the NASCAR Cup Series season. Kansas Speedway will host the third 1.5-mile oval in a row on the schedule before a much-needed 10-day breather. It'll be the longest time off for the Cup level since its return from a two-month COVID-19 suspension in mid-May.
March 29, 2020 was the original date of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. NASCAR chose to postpone that event due to the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the country. On that day, there were 341 total coronavirus cases reported in all of Texas.
This July 4th was supposed to be a fresh start for NASCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Officials hoped a new 2020 race date for one of the sport's crown jewel events would breathe fresh life into a racetrack that's gotten stale for stock car racing. There was hope, just a few months ago, a holiday weekend could recharge attendance and get 100,000 people back into the stands.