NASCAR announced on Monday that they are postponing the next six races over the next seven weeks. The governing body hopes to return May 9th at Martinsville, the inaugural night race.
In a statement released on Monday NASCAR stated that they intend to contest the full 36-race schedule. According to Adam Stern, a number of options are on the table from mid-week races to doubleheaders, to even extending the season a week two at the end of November into December.
So what could the schedule look like when we get back to racing?
Possible Schedule Changes
It appears that tracks that only have one date are the prime candidates for mid-week races. That means Atlanta and Homestead could become midweek races.
If we’re looking at the schedule it would make sense to run Atlanta on Wednesday, May 13th between Martinsville and the All-Star Race in Charlotte. (More on the All-Star Race later). The Homestead race is more difficult to fit in when you consider how far south it is, basically the very bottom of Florida. However there is an opportunity between Dover and Daytona in August. It would be tight but it’s possible.
Doubleheaders seem like they are inevitable if NASCAR is going to get 36 races in this season. Stern’s tweet mentioned tracks with 2 dates could become doubleheader races.
Of the postponed races, a number have two dates. Dover, Texas, Bristol, Richmond, and Talladega all could theoretically hold doubleheaders. However, four of those tracks have a race in The Playoffs. So will NASCAR run a double header in The Playoffs? It is unlikely.
A Dover doubleheader at either of the tracks dates would free up a weekend to host one of the other dates. Another thing we could possibly see is a track like Michigan condenses their two races into a doubleheader freeing up another weekend for a postponed race.
Here is what we think a potential schedule could look like. Keep in mind NASCAR has two weekends off in July for NBC to cover the Olympics so we’re using those off weekends for races on this schedule.
May 9 – Martinsville
May 13 – Atlanta (Midweek)
May 17 – Bristol (originally All-Star Race 5/16)
May 21- All Star Race (Midweek)
May 24- Coke 600
May 31 – Kansas
June 7 – Richmond (originally Michigan)
June 14 – Sonoma
June 21 – Chicagoland
June 27 & 28 – Pocono Doubleheader
July 5 – Indianapolis
July 11 – Kentucky
July 19 – New Hampshire
July 26 – Talladega
August 2 – Texas
August 8 & 9 – Michigan Doubleheader
August 16 – Watkins Glen
August 22 & 23 – Dover Doubleheader
August 26 – Homestead (No practice, ensures the backup car can be the primary car for Daytona)
August 29 – Daytona (Playoff Cutoff Race)
Sept. 6 – Darlington
Sept. 12 – Richmond
Sept. 19 – Bristol
Sept. 27 – Las Vegas
Oct. 4 – Talladega
Oct. 11 – Roval
Oct. 18 – Kansas
Oct. 25 – Texas
Nov. 1 – Martinsville
Nov. 8 – Phoenix.
It would be a tight and hectic schedule but it’s logistically possible and it would allow the season to finish on time. Finishing on time is key for the introduction of the Gen 7 car in 2021.
NASCAR is expected to update its schedule later in the week. When that happens we’ll bring it to you.
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