NASCAR adds five more Cup races to schedule
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR released updates to its 2020 schedule on Thursday afternoon, adding Cup Series races at five more tracks through late-June. All additional events will run without fans in attendance.
Those events include newly scheduled races at Bristol, Atlanta, Martinsville, Homestead-Miami and Talladega following the Wednesday night race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27.
"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 Steve O'Donnell said in a statement. "We are eager to expand our schedule while continuing to work closely with the local governments in each of the areas we will visit."
The updated Cup Series events will replace previously scheduled races at Kansas Speedway (originally scheduled for May 30-31) and Michigan International Speedway (originally scheduled for June 5-7). Events at those tracks have been postponed.
Updates to the Xfinity and Truck Series schedules were also announced on Thursday. The Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio (originally scheduled for May 30) and the Trucks race at Texas Motor Speedway (originally scheduled for June 5) have also been postponed. NASCAR also announced it will cancel its national series races and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at Iowa Speedway for the 2020 season.
"We thank the many government officials for their guidance," O'Donnell's statement continued. "As we share the same goal in our return _ the safety for our competitors and the communities in which we race."
NASCAR said that further Iowa Speedway realignment dates will be announced in the future, as will the remainder of the adjusted schedule for all NASCAR series, which were postponed for two months due to COVID-19.
UPDATED NASCAR CUP SCHEDULE
May 31: Bristol Motor Speedway (266 mi)
June 7: Atlanta Motor Speedway (500 mi)
June 10: Martinsville Speedway (263 mi)
June 14: Homestead-Miami Speedway (400 mi)
June 21: Talladega Superspeedway (500 mi)