Pocono Raceway marks another first for NASCAR in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic. But unlike some of the other changes in the midst of a topsy-turvy 2020, this quirk in the schedule was planned in advance.
Talladega Superspeedway has a history of being NASCAR's most unpredictable track. Literally any one of the 40 drivers in the field can push to the front at any moment, regardless of equipment, experience or circumstances. So it's only fitting that setting the starting lineup for this race would be a random draw.
NASCAR's Cup Series midweek racing experiment comes to an end — at least for now — with the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Wednesday's race will mark the first time in the 71-year history of the track it'll host a Cup event under the lights.
NASCAR's Cup Series return from COVID-19 quarantine comes full circle with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Set for Sunday, it's a return to the 1.54-mile speedway whose March 13-15 race weekend was abruptly postponed. Crews and haulers traveled down to Georgia only to turn right back with a decision that sparked the sport's two-month coronavirus suspension.
Sunday’s Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway kicks off the short track schedule for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series. This half-mile, lightning-fast oval nicknamed Thunder Valley is home to the shortest lap times on the circuit. You can run four laps here in under a minute, hitting average speeds of over 120 mph while danger lurks around every high-banked turn.
Charlotte Motor Speedway wraps up four races in four days with Wednesday night's Alsco Uniforms 500 for the NASCAR Cup Series. It's a sprint race compared to Sunday, the sport's longest race of the year, as teams will only run 208 laps around the 1.5-mile oval.
On Sunday, the NASCAR COVID-19 quarantine officially comes to a close. The Real Heroes 400 from Darlington Raceway will mark the first Cup Series since March 8, a historic 70-day suspension that lifts on this 1.366-mile oval.
It took four weeks, but it looks like the NASCAR Cup Series will finally run a race this season that isn't affected by weather. As the series descends on Phoenix Raceway, Chase Elliott, who used the traction compound put down on the one-mile oval, posted a 138.116 mph lap, good enough for his ninth career pole.
Three races into the NASCAR season and the sport is hoping it will finally get a break in the weather department. And of all the stops on the Cup series schedule, you would think that Fontana, California, would offer respite from the elements. However, that may not be the case with rain in the forecast for Sunday's Auto Club 400 from Auto Club Speedway.
Two 2020 NASCAR Cup Series races, two times where rain has interfered with the competition. Less than a week after the sport's Daytona 500 was rain-delayed until Monday, a persistent drizzle wiped out Saturday afternoon qualifying for Sunday's (Feb. 22) Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.