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NASCAR schedule 2020: Dates, TV channels, start times for all Cup Series races

Sporting News — (Tadd Haislop)

The NASCAR Cup Series schedule for 2020 is notable simply because of the massive changes that have been made and will continue to be made. Multiple races have moved dates for 2020, creating a scheduling shakeup that is sure to impact how the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion is decided.

The biggest change as it pertains to the Cup Series playoffs, many say, is the fact that Daytona's second date on the schedule is now the last race of the regular season. Such an unpredictable and wide-open event being the last chance for teams to make the playoffs is a formula for made-for-TV chaos.

Among the other big changes, which are detailed below: Pocono Raceway hosts a doubleheader in June — one race on Saturday and one on Sunday. Homestead-Miami Speedway no longer hosts the championship race; now Phoenix Raceway gets that honor. The Bristol night race is now a playoff race. The Brickyard 400 is now the series' July 4th weekend showcase.

“The fans and the industry as a whole have been vocal about the desire for sweeping changes to the schedule, and the 2020 slate is a reflection of our efforts to execute against that feedback,” NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell said when the schedule was announced last March. “These changes are the result of unprecedented consensus-building with our race tracks and broadcast partners; something we look to continue into 2021 and beyond."

Below is the complete NASCAR Cup Series schedule for 2020, including start times, TV channels, radio stations and the winners of each race.

NASCAR schedule 2020

DateRaceTrackStart timeTV channelRadioWinner
Feb. 16Daytona 500Daytona International Speedway2:30 p.m. ETFoxMRNDenny Hamlin
Feb. 23Pennzoil 400Las Vegas Motor Speedway3:30 p.m. ETFoxPRNJoey Logano
March 1Auto Club 400Auto Club Speedway3:30 p.m. ETFoxMRN-
March 8FanShield 500Phoenix Raceway3:30 p.m. ETFoxMRN-
March 15Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500Atlanta Motor Speedway2 p.m. ETFoxPRN-
March 22Dixie Vodka 400Homestead-Miami Speedway2 p.m. ETFoxMRN-
March 29O’Reilly Auto Parts 500Texas Motor Speedway2 p.m. ETFS1PRN-
April 5Food City 500Bristol Motor Speedway2 p.m. ETFS1PRN-
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April 19Toyota Owners 400Richmond Raceway2 p.m. ETFoxMRN-
April 26Geico 500Talladega Superspeedway2 p.m. ETFoxMRN-
May 3NASCAR Cup Series Race at DoverDover International Speedway2 p.m. ETFS1MRN-
May 9 (Sat.)NASCAR Cup Series Race at MartinsvilleMartinsville Speedway8 p.m. ETFS1MRN-
May 16 (Sat.)All-Star RaceCharlotte Motor Speedway9 p.m. ETFS1MRN-
May 24Coca-Cola 600Charlotte Motor Speedway6 p.m. ETFoxPRN-
May 31Kansas 400Kansas Speedway2 p.m. ETFS1MRN-
June 7FireKeepers Casino 400Michigan International Speedway2 p.m. ETFS1MRN-
June 14Toyota / Save Mart 350Sonoma Raceway3 p.m. ETFS1PRN-
June 21Chicagoland 400Chicagoland Speedway2:30 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-
June 27 (Sat.)Kids Free 325Pocono Raceway3 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-
June 28Worry-Free Weather Guarantee 350Pocono Raceway3:30 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-
July 5Big Machine Vodka 400 at the BrickyardIndianapolis Motor Speedway3:30 p.m. ETNBCIMS Radio-
July 11 (Sat.)Quaker State 400 Presented by WalmartKentucky Speedway7:30 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN-
July 19Foxwoods Resort Casino 301New Hampshire Motor Speedway3 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN-
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Aug. 9Consumers Energy 400Michigan International Speedway3 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-
Aug. 16Go Bowling at The GlenWatkins Glen International3 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-
Aug. 23Drydene 400Dover International Speedway3 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-
Aug. 29 (Sat.)Coke Zero Sugar 400Daytona International Speedway7:30 p.m. ETNBCMRN-

NASCAR schedule 2020: Playoff races

DateRaceTrackStart timeTV channelRadioWinner
Sept. 6Southern 500Darlington Raceway6 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-
Sept. 12 (Sat.)Federated Auto Parts 400Richmond Raceway7:30 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-
Sept. 19 (Sat.)Bass Pro Shops NRA Night RaceBristol Motor Speedway7:30 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN-
Sept. 27South Point 400Las Vegas Motor Speedway7 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN-
Oct. 4Alabama 500Talladega Superspeedway2 p.m. ETNBCMRN-
Oct. 11Bank of America ROVAL 400Charlotte Motor Speedway2:30 p.m. ETNBCPRN-
Oct. 18Hollywood Casino 400Kansas Speedway2:30 p.m. ETNBCMRN-
Oct. 25Texas 500Texas Motor Speedway3 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN-
Nov. 1NASCAR Cup Series Fall Race at MartinsvilleMartinsville Speedway2 p.m. ETNBCMRN-
Nov. 8NASCAR Cup Series ChampionshipPhoenix Raceway3 p.m. ETNBCMRN-

NASCAR race schedule changes for 2020

Below are the major changes for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule compared to prior seasons.

— Phoenix Raceway hosts the championship race, marking the first time since 2002 that the Cup Series will finish its season somewhere other than Homestead-Miami Speedway.

— Homestead's Cup Series date moves to the spring (March 22), making the Dixie Vodka 400 the sixth race of the season rather than the last.

— For the first time in the modern era, the Cup Series has a doubleheader on the schedule. Pocono Raceway hosts the Kids Free 325 on Saturday, June 27 and the Worry-Free Weather Guarantee 350 on Sunday, June 28.

— The Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona, which had been an early July staple on the Cup Series schedule, is now the regular-season finale. It's scheduled for Aug. 29.

— The Southern 500 at Darlington, one of the most prestigious races on the schedule, is now the first race of the playoffs. It's scheduled for Sept. 6.

— The famous Bristol night race, which previously had been run in August, is now a playoff race scheduled for Sept. 19. It will be the first cut-off race of the postseason.

— The Brickyard 400 moves up to July 4th weekend, replacing Daytona at that point of the schedule.

— The first night race of the season is ... Martinsville? The short track that recently installed lights gets its first ever 8 p.m. ET start time on May 9.