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NASCAR hits near home run with 2020 schedules

during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on March 31, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas.

With Wednesday’s release of the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck series 2020schedules, all three of NASCAR’s national schedules for next year are known, and for the most part, I’m happy with him.

First of all, I applaud the return of the Xfinity Series to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and the Truck Series to Richmond (Va.) Raceway. Of course, I’m a short-track girl, so I may be a little biased. Anyway, that tripleheader at Martinsville to determine the championship four in all three series sure is going to be exciting from start to finish. Or at least it should be.

Now, to the big show — the 2020 Cup Series schedule.

I only have one gripe — Indianapolis Motor Speedway taking Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway’s traditional July 4 weekend date. The traditional side of me is screaming, “July 4 weekend IS Daytona!”

IMS’ placement on the schedule has been a head scratcher to me for the last couple of years. I’m not happy with the Cup regular-season cutoff there, and July 4 weekend there doesn’t do it for me, either. Do I think Indy should be taken off the schedule? No, even though stock-car racing at the iconic track leaves a lot to be desired from an excitement standpoint. But, again, NASCAR on July 4 weekend IS Daytona!

Now, that I’ve gotten that out of the way, kudos, NASCAR, on the 2020 Cup schedule.

Although Homestead-Miami Speedway has done a beyond stand-up job on Ford Championship Weekend the last several years, I’m all for a move of the championship race, maybe not every year, but at least every few years or so.

Then, there’s that doubleheader weekend at Pocono Raceway. It’s definitely something different, but something worth trying. I admit, I used to consider the two Cup Series races at Pocono snoozers, but since those races were shortened, they somehow seem to be somewhat better, at least to me. For those folks who still aren’t took keen on Pocono, look at it this way — one weekend gets Pocono out of the way.

Add in the Xfinity and Truck series companion races to that Pocono doubleheader and you have four races in a span of two days — a NASCAR lover’s paradise, unless you are still one of those Pocono haters I referred to in the previous paragraph. If you’re one of them, back to that “one weekend gets Pocono out of the way” mantra.

Back to my short-track love-fest. I’m happy to see all three short tracks — Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Richmond (Va.) Raceway and Martinsville all in the playoffs. Three short-track races in the playoffs sure break up that 1.5-mile monotony. Then, throw in the return of the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway “Roval,” and there’s your playoff road-course race.

Oh, and speaking of Martinsville, another thing that has me excited — Martinsville under the lights!

Okay, I’ll just leave it with that and cross my fingers for at least one of the national series at the fairgrounds in Nashville in 2021 or ASAP.

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Posted by on April 5, 2019. Filed under Blog by Amanda Vincent,Camping World Truck Series,Cup Series,Featured,NASCAR,Xfinity Series. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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