NASCAR announces realignment to 2020 schedule; three tracks to lose dates
On Friday morning, NASCAR announced that races scheduled to be run at Chicagoland Speedway, Richmond Raceway and Sonoma Raceway will be realigned to Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
For the Cup Series, the June 21 race at Chicagoland and the April 19 race at Richmond will both be moved to Darlington, with the races being run May 17 and 20.
The June 20 Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland will also move to Darlington, with the race being run May 19.
Meanwhile, the June 14 race at Sonoma will be moved to Charlotte, with that race being run May 27.
Postponements for the April 18 Richmond and June 19 Chicagoland Gander RV & Outdoor Truck races, as well as for the June 18 Chicagoland ARCA race, are yet TBA.
Richmond Raceway’s September 11-12 race weekend, featuring the Cup and Xfinity Series, remains on the schedule.
Each of the three tracks announced that ticket holders will also receive a full refund or 120% credit toward a future event.
NASCAR has also said that any future adjustments to the season’s schedule “will be released in the near future”.
California (Sonoma), Illinois (Chicagoland) and Virginia (Richmond) remain under stay-at-home orders.
California’s stay-at-home order was issued March 19 and until further notice. Illinois’s order was issued March 21 with a May 31 expiration date and Virginia’s order was issued March 30 with a June 10 expiration date.
With this announcement, it’s likely that Illinois and California’s respective orders will remain in effect during the scheduled Cup Series weekends, but extensions of such orders are still unknown.
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