Is there a NASCAR race today? Schedule updates for postponed Cup Series racesSporting News — (Tadd Haislop)
What channel is the NASCAR race on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? These are the questions were supposed to plague race fans every Sunday, when each NASCAR Cup Series race was scheduled be on either Fox or FS1 for the first half of the 2020 season with differing start times.
Now there is only one question to ask — Is there a NASCAR race today? — and until May 9 at the earliest, the answer will be "no."
The Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which was supposed to start at 2 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox, is one of seven NASCAR Cup Series races that have been postponed due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.
It's important to note the NASCAR races at Atlanta, Homestead, Texas, Bristol, Richmond, Talladega and Dover have been postponed, not canceled — at least not yet. NASCAR still intends to hold all 36 Cup Series races in 2020.
"We have a commitment to our fans that we're going to run all the races," NASCAR president Steve Phelps said during a recent teleconference. "We have a commitment to all our competitors that we run all the races. We have a commitment to the stakeholders broadly, that we're going to run all the races.
"We are going to do everything in our power to get these races in. If there are other variables that happen that would suggest we can't do that, we'll look at those at that time."
The coronavirus outbreak has brought an unpredictability factor in terms of how all sports, racing included, can proceed. Which is why NASCAR in a statement noted it "will continue to monitor this dynamic situation as we assess future race events.” In other words, more changes can and likely will come.
For now, below is what we know about the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule as it stands.
NEW NASCAR SCHEDULE:
Tracking canceled & postponed Cup races
|Date||Race||Track||Start time||TV channel||Radio||Winner|
|Feb. 16||Daytona 500||Daytona International Speedway||2:30 p.m. ET||Fox||MRN||Denny Hamlin|
|Feb. 23||Pennzoil 400||Las Vegas Motor Speedway||3:30 p.m. ET||Fox||PRN||Joey Logano|
|March 1||Auto Club 400||Auto Club Speedway||3:30 p.m. ET||Fox||MRN||Alex Bowman|
|March 8||FanShield 500||Phoenix Raceway||3:30 p.m. ET||Fox||MRN||Joey Logano|
|March 15||Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500||Atlanta Motor Speedway||Postponed||Postponed||Postponed||-|
|March 22||Dixie Vodka 400||Homestead-Miami Speedway||Postponed||Postponed||Postponed||-|
|March 29||O’Reilly Auto Parts 500||Texas Motor Speedway||Postponed||Postponed||Postponed||-|
|April 5||Food City 500||Bristol Motor Speedway||Postponed||Postponed||Postponed||-|
|April 19||Toyota Owners 400||Richmond Raceway||Postponed||Postponed||Postponed||-|
|April 26||Geico 500||Talladega Superspeedway||Postponed||Postponed||Postponed|
|May 3||NASCAR Cup Series Race at Dover||Dover International Speedway||Postponed||Postponed||Postponed||-|
|May 9 (Sat.)||NASCAR Cup Series Race at Martinsville||Martinsville Speedway||8 p.m. ET||FS1||MRN||-|
|May 16 (Sat.)||All-Star Race||Charlotte Motor Speedway||9 p.m. ET||FS1||MRN||-|
|May 24||Coca-Cola 600||Charlotte Motor Speedway||6 p.m. ET||Fox||PRN||-|
|May 31||Kansas 400||Kansas Speedway||2 p.m. ET||FS1||MRN||-|
|June 7||FireKeepers Casino 400||Michigan International Speedway||2 p.m. ET||FS1||MRN||-|
|June 14||Toyota / Save Mart 350||Sonoma Raceway||3 p.m. ET||FS1||PRN||-|
|June 21||Chicagoland 400||Chicagoland Speedway||2:30 p.m. ET||NBCSN||MRN||-|
|June 27 (Sat.)||Kids Free 325||Pocono Raceway||3 p.m. ET||NBCSN||MRN||-|
|June 28||Worry-Free Weather Guarantee 350||Pocono Raceway||3:30 p.m. ET||NBCSN||MRN||-|
|July 5||Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||3:30 p.m. ET||NBC||IMS Radio||-|
|July 11 (Sat.)||Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart||Kentucky Speedway||7:30 p.m. ET||NBCSN||PRN||-|
|July 19||Foxwoods Resort Casino 301||New Hampshire Motor Speedway||3 p.m. ET||NBCSN||PRN||-|
|Aug. 9||Consumers Energy 400||Michigan International Speedway||3 p.m. ET||NBCSN||MRN||-|
|Aug. 16||Go Bowling at The Glen||Watkins Glen International||3 p.m. ET||NBCSN||MRN||-|
|Aug. 23||Drydene 400||Dover International Speedway||3 p.m. ET||NBCSN||MRN||-|
|Aug. 29 (Sat.)||Coke Zero Sugar 400||Daytona International Speedway||7:30 p.m. ET||NBC||MRN||-|
|Sept. 6*||Southern 500||Darlington Raceway||6 p.m. ET||NBCSN||MRN||-|
|Sept. 12 (Sat.)*||Federated Auto Parts 400||Richmond Raceway||7:30 p.m. ET||NBCSN||MRN||-|
|Sept. 19 (Sat.)*||Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race||Bristol Motor Speedway||7:30 p.m. ET||NBCSN||PRN||-|
|Sept. 27*||South Point 400||Las Vegas Motor Speedway||7 p.m. ET||NBCSN||PRN||-|
|Oct. 4*||Alabama 500||Talladega Superspeedway||2 p.m. ET||NBC||MRN||-|
|Oct. 11*||Bank of America ROVAL 400||Charlotte Motor Speedway||2:30 p.m. ET||NBC||PRN||-|
|Oct. 18*||Hollywood Casino 400||Kansas Speedway||2:30 p.m. ET||NBC||MRN||-|
|Oct. 25*||Texas 500||Texas Motor Speedway||3 p.m. ET||NBCSN||PRN||-|
|Nov. 1*||NASCAR Cup Series Fall Race at Martinsville||Martinsville Speedway||2 p.m. ET||NBC||MRN||-|
|Nov. 8*||NASCAR Cup Series Championship||Phoenix Raceway||3 p.m. ET||NBC||MRN||-|
NASCAR has some options with the seven races currently postponed. Not including the April 12 Easter break, the 2020 schedule features two open weekends (July 26 and Aug. 2), so the postponed races could be rescheduled in any of those slots. They also could be scheduled in the middle of any given week, although the Homestead, Texas and Dover races in particular would present logistics/travel issues for teams.
For what it's worth, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Richmond Raceway have lights.
"At this particular point, we would like to finish the season at Phoenix and keep the playoffs portion (of the schedule) intact," Phelps said. "With that said, it will require a lot of different opportunities for us to look at. We're in the process of doing that.
"No specifics about midweek races. I've heard about doubleheaders, different things. At this particular point a lot of things on the table for us to look at, working with our race teams, working with our race tracks to make sure the things that we're putting on the table are feasible for us to do."