NASCAR's most famous race under the lights takes center stage Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 60th Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race will mark the first time Thunder Valley's short track runs a race during the Cup Series postseason.
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.
This has been a year in sports unlike any other. But Saturday night, NASCAR will hold its regular-season finale, on schedule, at Daytona International Speedway. The Coke Zero Sugar 400, moved this year from its traditional July 4th weekend, will still provide fireworks as the remainder of the sport's 16-driver field will be determined by the parity and unpredictability of a superspeedway draft.
The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different ones and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, Athlon Sports wanted to offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on a specific date.
With that in mind, August 18 is a day in which a beaning cut short a promising baseball career and A-Rod extended his career grand slam record.
After clawing for lobsters up in New Hampshire, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Irish Hills of Michigan for a double-dose of DraftKings contests. The FireKeepers Casino 400 airs Saturday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. ET, while the Consumers Energy 400 is the following day at 4:30 p.m. ET. Both will air on NBC Sports Network, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
The NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Irish Hills of Michigan International Speedway this weekend for a stock car doubleheader. A total of 624 miles will be run over two days, starting with the Firekeepers Casino 400 on Saturday, Aug. 8. It's the first time in MIS history they'll run two Cup races in a single weekend.
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.
The NASCAR Cup Series moves to Kentucky Speedway this week for the 2020 Quaker State 400. The 1.5-mile oval is just 130 miles southeast of Indianapolis as the sport continues its trek around the Ohio Valley.
It’s just the 10th Cup race at a track that was added to the schedule in 2011. At first, drivers loved the aging asphalt that created multiple grooves and wore tires to shreds. But a recent repaving, in 2016, has upped speeds while making passing more difficult under the current handling package.