Although the 2019 NASCAR racing season has barely started, NASCAR officials have released the Monster Energy Cup Series schedule for the 2020 racing season and for the first time in over a decade, the schedule includes some major changes including a new finale, a doubleheader, a new night race, and a race on Mother’s Day – traditionally a day off for the racers.
The 36 race race season includes only three off weekends with the remainder of the races crisscrossing the country. The 10 playoff races have also been reworked.
For the first time the regular season will begin and end in Daytona with the summer race moved from the Fourth of July weekend to the end of August.
The night race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the road course race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the new night race at Martinsville will all end each round of the playoffs and serve as an elimination race.
The round of 16 begins at Darlington Raceway, the round of 12 begins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the round of eight begins at Kansas Speedway, and the final four will battle it out at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.
But perhaps the most notable change to the schedule a doubleheader race at Pocono. Previously the racers ran Pocono six weeks apart. In 2020 the Monster Energy Cup Series will race at Pocono on Saturday and then again on Sunday in the same weekend.
The 2020 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series schedule:
Feb. 9 – The Clash
Feb 13 – the Duels at Daytona
Feb 16 – Daytona 500
Feb 23 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 1 – Auto Club Speedway
March 8 – ISM Raceway
March 15 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
March 22 – Homestead-Miami Speedway
March 29 – Texas Motor Speedway
April 5 – Bristol Motor Speedway
April 19 – Richmond Raceway
April 26 – Talladega Superspeedway
May 3 – Dover International Speedway
May 9 – Martinsville Speedway
May 16 – All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 24 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 31 – Kansas Speedway
June 7 – Michigan International Speedway
June 14 – Sonoma Raceway
June 21 – Chicagoland Speedway
June 27 – Pocono Raceway
June 28 – Pocono Raceway
July 5 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
July 11 – Kentucky Speedway
July 19 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Aug 9 – Michigan International Speedway
Aug 16 – Watkins Glen International
Aug 23 – Dover International Speedway
Aug 29 – Daytona International Speedway
Sept 6 – Darlington Raceway
Sept 12 – Richmond Raceway
Sept 19 – Bristol Motor Speedway
Sept 27 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Oct 4 – Talladega Superspeedway
Oct 11 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
Oct 18 – Kansas Speedway
Oct 25 – Texas Motor Speedway
Nov 1 – Martinsville Speedway
Nov 8 – ISM Raceway