Although only 4 races have been conducted in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR plans to run all 36 scheduled events this year.
Until now 4 events have been organized in Daytona International Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway and Phoenix Raceway. NASCAR intended to run races in Atlanta Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway but it was postponed due to coronavirus pandemic. NASCAR also postponed all the events that were supposed to be organized until early May.
However, according to NASCAR president Steve Phelps, they plan to organize all 36 scheduled events in the year. He explained in a teleconference:
“Most importantly we intend to race all our 36 points races as well as the All‑Star event. What those look like at this particular point we’re looking broadly about what our options are. At this particular point we would like to finish the season at Phoenix [as scheduled] and keep the playoff portion intact. With that said, it will require a lot of different opportunities for us to look at. We’re in the process of doing that.”
According to the president, NASCAR would like the new dates to not interfere with the playoffs for which they have a number of options.
“No specifics around midweek races. I’ve heard about doubleheaders, different things,” he continued. “At this particular point a lot of things on the table for us to look at, working with our race teams, working with our racetracks to make sure the things that we’re putting on the table are feasible for us to do.”
The president also explained that they are considering organizing the races without fans attending them.
“Would we consider racing without fans at some point to get back racing more quickly? That’s in the consideration set. I don’t know,” Phelps stated. “It’s changing so rapidly and what it means for mass gatherings and what is that number. We’ll work with our health officials and we’re working with a number of infectious disease professionals that are going to help us through what that looks like and whether it makes sense to race without fans or have our first race be back with fans.”