NASCAR announced on Thursdaythat it will return to racing on Sunday May 17 at Darlington Raceway starting with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series having a 400 mile race at 3.30PM ET.
On Tuesday May 19 the NASCAR Xfinity Series will have a 200 mile race which gets underway at 8PM ET. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will return to Darlington for a 500KM race which gets underway from 7:30PM.
The Coca-Cola 600 takes place as scheduled on May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway starting at 6PM. Monday May 25 will see the NASCAR Xfinity Series run a 300 mile race which will be at 7.30PM
The NASCAR Gander Truck Series will run an event on Tuesday May 26 at 8PM while the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will have a 500KM race on Wednesday May 27 at 8PM.
NASCAR’s races will all be held behind closed doors with No fans in attendance and speaking about today’s news, Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive vice president and chief racing development officer said:
NASCAR and its teams are eager and excited to return to racing, and have great respect for the responsibility that comes with a return to competition. “NASCAR will return in an environment that will ensure the safety of our competitors, officials and all those in the local community. We thank local, state and federal officials and medical experts, as well as everyone in the industry, for the unprecedented support in our return to racing, and we look forward to joining our passionate fans in watching cars return to the track.
DATE TRACK SERIES DISTANCE NET START (ET)
Sun, May 17 Darlington Cup 400 mi FOX 3:30 PM
Tue, May 19 Darlington Xfinity 200 mi FS1 8:00 PM
Wed, May 20 Darlington Cup 500 km FS1 7:30 PM
Sun, May 24 Charlotte Cup 600 mi FOX 6:00 PM
Mon, May 25 Charlotte Xfinity 300 mi FS1 7:30 PM
Tue, May 26 Charlotte Gander Trucks 200 mi FS1 8:00 PM
Wed, May 27 Charlotte Cup 500 km FS1 8:00 PM
The following strict conditions have been put in place for each event.
- One-day shows;
- Mandated use of personal protective equipment throughout the event;
- Health screenings for all individuals prior to entering the facility, while inside the facility and exiting the facility;
- Social distancing protocols throughout the event;
- Strict limits on the number of individuals who are granted access into each facility
Speaking about the announcement, Mark Silverman, President of National Networks with Fox Sports said:
We are excited to welcome back the FOX NASCAR season to our airwaves to provide a return to live sports, a move toward normalcy and a much-needed distraction during these unprecedented times. “While we are thrilled to return to the race track, the health and safety of our employees and all race participants is our top priority. We will continue working in lockstep with our partners at NASCAR and the race tracks to follow all national and local health guidelines.”