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.
Memorial Day weekend has always been bookmarked for racing. It's a Sunday trifecta that starts with the Grand Prix of Monaco (Formula One), jumps to the Indianapolis 500, open-wheel racing's American Super Bowl, and ends with NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It's every motorsports fan's wildest dream.
But COVID-19? It's an expert these days at smashing your dreams to pieces.
It's twice the fun this week for the NASCAR Cup Series at the Track Too Tough To Tame. Darlington Raceway, three days removed from ending the NASCAR COVID-19 quarantine, is set to host a second race on its 1.366-mile oval on Wednesday night (6 p.m. ET start).
Seventy days. That's how long in between races for the NASCAR Cup Series in an unprecedented stoppage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sunday, May 17 marks their first race back with a 400-mile affair at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.
eNASCAR iRacing Fantasy Picks: GEICO 70 at Talladega Superspeedway
It's time for Talladega Superspeedway racing, baby! Fantasy eNASCAR iRacing heads to the virtual Alabama track for the GEICO 70 on Sunday, April 26 at 1 p.m. ET. It's the latest race in the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series, featuring NASCAR Cup Series regulars and a few blasts from the past as real-life racing continues to be sidelined due to COVID-19.
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.