NASCAR released the 2020 NASCAR Xfinty and Truck Series schedules Wednesday afternoon. After the Cup schedule shake up everyone expected the two lower series to follow suit and toe the same calendar. For the most part they do.
Except for a few things.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series is headed back to Martinsville for the first time since 2006. The series will join a triple header next fall as the cutoff weekend before the championship race in Phoenix. Cramming all three series into Martinsville is going to a logistical nightmare. However adding a short track to the Xfinity schedule isn’t a bad thing.
Mid-Ohio is the other notable change on the schedule as it moves from August to late May. A welcomed change by many. The Xfinity Series previously crammed three road course races into the span of five weeks.
The Truck Series will be making their first return to Richmond since 2005 when April of 2020 rolls around. Adding a “short track” is a step in the right direction for the series. Unfortunately the powers are be decided because they added on borderline short track that meant they could drop a short track date.
Next spring the truck series will not be making their spring trip to Martinsville partnering the Cup Series. For some reason unbeknownst to anyone with a brain NASCAR decided to drop one of the Martinsville races while keeping Texas (TWO RACES), Chicagoland, Kansas, Pocono, Charlotte, and Kentucky on the schedule. All of those tracks should be dropped but instead they dropped one of the Martinsville races. For Richmond? No thank you.
Hopefully the 2021 schedule looks better for both series, more stand alone races would be nice as well. Of course the TV partners will say they need the series to be together to keep the cost down. However if Dirtvision and Speed 51 can do broadcasts there’s no reason FOX/NBC can’t as well.
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