NASCAR resumes 2020 schedule

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U.S. Air Force photo by Larry McTighe / Public domain

DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY, Fla. — The Air Force Ford-sponsored Wood Brothers No. 21 Ford Taurus, driven by Ricky Rudd, is shown here during a practice run Feb 11. He is preparing for the Daytona 500 race, which will be held here Feb. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Larry McTighe)

Riley Miller, Staff Writer

NASCAR is the first of many American sports leagues to return back.  Four of their 36 races were completed before the coronavirus outbreak.  These races will not have any fans physically there, but will definitely have many watching on television.

NASCAR has scheduled nine cup races over the span of a little more than a month.  These races will be held within close proximity to Charlotte, N.C. to limit travel to other racetracks due to the short period of time these races will be taking place.  Also, this is where most of the racing teams are located.

Currently, only one of the nine races, the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24 is the only part of the original 2020 schedule.  Instead of the Chicagoland race on June 21, the Darlington race on May 17 will run.  Also, the Darlington race on May 20 will run instead of the Richmond race that was postponed which was originally scheduled for April 19.  And finally, the Charlotte race on May 27 will run instead of the Sonoma race that was scheduled for June 14.

Cup series races at Texas, Dover, Kansas, and Michigan will still be delayed and even canceled.  Their next challenge will be finding out dates and maybe even locations for the races for the rest of the 2020 schedule.  The races that have not been addressed yet include Pocono- June 27-28, Indianapolis- July 5, Kentucky- July 11, New Hampshire- July 19, Michigan- Aug. 9, Watkins Glen- Aug. 16, Dover- Aug. 23, and Daytona- Aug. 29.

NASCAR is optimistic to stay off of its playoff schedule and that it remains the same.  With that being said, if they want to complete their 36-race schedule, they will have to make sure that the postponed races into some midweek dates before September.  With NASCAR resuming their schedule, hopefully, many other American sports leagues will start to slow back into their schedules.

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