NASCAR Considering The Daytona Road Course If Watkins Glen Gets Cancelled

Will NASCAR make their annual trip to upstate New York’s Watkins Glen International this summer?

There is a growing concern within NASCAR that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will deny NASCAR entrance into the state for their August 16th race date. If that happens NASCAR will once again be forced to pivot with its 2020 schedule like a generic tech startup.

If Watkins Glen is canceled NASCAR is reportedly looking at running a “roval” in the Southeast. A “roval” that is not in Charlotte, meaning the NASCAR Cup Series could be headed to a track configuration they’ve never raced on before.

The prevailing consensus is NASCAR will stage a road course race at Daytona International Speedway on the road course. If you need a refresher on what the Daytona infield road course looks like, here you go:

File:Daytona International Speedway - Road Course.svg - Wikimedia ...

Can’t visualize it? Here is the IROC Series running the road course, at night. NASCAR will not be running their race at night considering the headlights are merely stickers.


Daytona International Speedway makes complete and total sense should NASCAR consider going in this direction.

  • NASCAR owns Daytona International Speedway
  • Teams will already have a road course car built and ready to go
  • NASCAR will be back in Daytona August 29 for the Coke 400, NASCAR could swap dates with Dover and make Daytona a back to back weekend.
  • Chase Elliott fans will be furious on the internet and we’ll all get a good chuckle.

Not only does it logistically make sense if they swap dates with Dover, but it also allows NASCAR to do something new and exciting. We’ve seen the sport adapt as they go in 2020, adding an unexpected road course that no NASCAR Cup car has raced on would be wild.

Embrace the chaos.

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