If all goes well, the NASCAR Cup Series season will return on May 17 at Darlington Raceway, despite a new-look makeshift schedule primarily in the Southeast because of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.
The campaign has been suspended since March 13 when President Donald Trump declared a national state of emergency just before the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Daytona 500 and West Coast events at Las Vegas, Fontana & Phoenix are the only races that have taken place so far.
Due to the outbreak, a limited number of states close to the race shops in Charlotte, North Carolina, with lessen restrictions, the first six races back will take place in the Carolinas and Virginias without supporters in the stands.
According to a copy obtained by Autoweek this is the schedule disseminated to teams this week.
- Sunday, May 17 | Darlington 400
- Wednesday, May 20 | Darlington 310
- Sunday, May 24 | Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte
- Wednesday, May 27 | Charlotte 310
- Sunday, May 31 | Martinsville
- Wednesday, June 3 | Bristol
- Sunday, June 7 | Atlanta
- Sunday, June 14 | Miami
This schedule will not resemble its original complexion due to the shutdown. The first four races taking place at Darlington and Charlotte is a matter of logistical convenience. South Carolina has loosened restrictions compared to rest of the country, and it’s a two-hour trip from most of the team shops in the greater Charlotte area.