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NASCAR sets schedules through June 21

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 01: William Byron, driver of the #24 HendrickAutoguard/CityChvrltThrwbck Chev, and Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, lead the field to the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 01, 2019 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

NASCAR has set its national series schedule through June 21. The stock-car racing sanctioning body is returning to real world racing Sunday with a Cup Series event at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. Scheduled races include Darlington, Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. The modified schedule includes a couple of NASCAR Xfinity and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck series doubleheaders and midweek racing.

Below, is the new schedule:

DATE, TRACK, SERIES, RACE DISTANCE, TV NETWORK, START TIME (ET)

May 17, Darlington, Cup, 400 miles, FOX, 3:30 p.m.

May 19, Darlington, Xfinity, 200 miles, FS1, 8 p.m.

May 20, Darlington, Cup, 500 km, FS1, 7:30 p.m.

May 24, Charlotte, Cup, 600 miles, FOX, 6 p.m.

May 25, Charlotte, Xfinity, 300 miles, FS1, 7:30 p.m.

May 26, Charlotte, Truck, 200 miles, FS1, 8 p.m.

May 27, Charlotte, Cup, 500 km, FS1, 8 p.m.

May 30, Bristol, Xfinity, 160 miles, FS1, 3:30 p.m.

May 31, Bristol, Cup, 266 miles, FS1, 3:30 p.m.

June 6, Atlanta, Truck, 200 miles, FS1, 1 p.m.

June 6, Atlanta, Xfinity, 251 miles, FOX, 4:30 p.m.

June 7, Atlanta, Cup, 500 miles, FOX, 3 p.m.

June 10, Martinsville, Cup, 263 miles, FS1, 7 p.m.

June 13, Homestead, Truck, 201 miles, FS1, 12:30 p.m.

June 13, Homestead, Xfinity, 250 miles, FOX, 3:30 p.m.

June 14, Homestead, Xfinity, 250 miles, FS1, 12 p.m.

June 14, Homestead, Cup, 400 miles, FOX, 3:30 p.m.

June 20, Talladega, Xfinity, 300 miles, FS1, 5:30 p.m.

June 21, Talladega, Cup, 500 miles, FOX, 3 p.m.

Additional races beyond June 21 will be announced at a later date.

“As we prepare for our return to racing at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, the industry has been diligent in building the return-to-racing schedule,” NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said. “We are eager to expand our schedule while continuing to work closely with the local governments in each of the areas we will visit. We thank the many government officials for their guidance, as we share the same goal in our return – the safety for our competitors and the communities in which we race.” 

All races scheduled, so far, will not have fans in attendance and race teams will operate with minimal crew members in attendance. Also, schedules will be modified from the norm, allowing for little to no practice times and sometimes with no qualifying. Race fields will be set by a drawing when qualifying is not held.

“NASCAR and its teams are eager and excited to return to racing and have great respect for the responsibility that comes with a return to competition,” O’Donnell said. “NASCAR will return in an environment that will ensure the safety of our competitors, officials and all those in the local community. We thank local, state and federal officials and medical experts, as well as everyone in the industry, for the unprecedented support in our return to racing, and we look forward to joining our passionate fans in watching cars return to the track.” 

Team members in attendance at tracks will be put through health screenings and will be required to use personal protective equipment. Social distancing also will be required.

The above modified schedule results in the cancellation of one of two originally-scheduled race weekends at Richmond (Va.) Raceway, the 2020 race weekend at Chicagoland Speedway and all NASCAR national-level events at Iowa Speedway and the postponement of races at Kansas Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and a Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

NASCAR racing has been on a hiatus as a result of the coronavirus pandemic since mid-March. NASCAR announcement postponement of the 2020 season March 13, ahead of the originally-scheduled Atlanta Motor Speedway race weekend. The Cup Series has completed four of 36 points-paying races. Race winners, so far, include Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Alex Bowman. Logano is a two-time winner, already, in 2020.

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