NASCAR Returns: Resetting the Season
NASCAR Returns: Resetting the Season

After an eight-race layoff due to the Coronavirus pandemic, NASCAR returns to action next weekend with a series of makeup races.  The nation's premier stock car racing association is the first major sport to return from the shutdowns of March and April.  

First up on the new schedule is Darlington Raceway.  The South Carolina oval will play host to the first of two events in the revamped schedule.  Sunday, May 17, will be the Darlington 400 and then the following Wednesday, May 20, will be the Darlington 310.  This unique approach of NASCAR holding doubleheaders will help the sanctioning body maintain it's typical 36-event regular schedule.  

New Schedule

Here is a quick look at the revamped short-term schedule so you can get a feel for where the races are being held.  You'll notice quickly that most of these dates are close to where most of NASCAR's teams are headquartered (North Carolina) and make for easy doubleheader style events due to the much more simplified logistics and reduced travel. 

Race Event                  Track                                          Date / Time                              
Darlington 400           Darlington Raceway                Sunday, May 17 – 3:30 p.m.
Darlington 310           Darlington Raceway                Wednesday, May 20 – 7:30 p.m.
Coca-Cola 600            Charlotte Motor Speedway    Sunday, May 24 – 6 p.m.
Charlotte 310             Charlotte Motor Speedway    Wednesday, May 27 – 8 p.m.

This updated schedule carries the sport through the end of May.  NASCAR will make further announcements about June racing as the schedule unfolds.  Certainly, states that are relaxing some of their shutdown guidelines and their

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Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A nine-time FSWA finalist, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017. He is also a military historian, focused specifically on World War II and the U.S. Navy's efforts in the Pacific.
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