Welcome to the new era of NASCAR.
For years, racing media and fans have clamored for changes to the schedule. Whether it be moving Atlanta to a later date, Martinsville getting a night race or adding more short tracks and road courses, changes needed to be made to a Cup schedule that has been expired for several years now. The best way to describe the current Cup Series schedule is like forgetting that you have an old can or box of food in your pantry, then one day you go to eat that food, you discover that it’s stale and finally, you find out that the food has been expired for months. It was finally time to make a change to this expired schedule and the heads of NASCAR are giving us just that.
Notable changes for 2020 Cup Schedule:
- For the first time since 2002, Homestead-Miami Speedway will no longer be hosting the season finale. That honor now belongs to ISM Raceway while Homestead will now take place in late March.
- The Daytona night race will be the cutoff race before the playoffs on August 29th; swapping dates with the Brickyard 400, which will now be on Fourth of July weekend.
- Darlington will open the NASCAR playoffs with Bristol, Charlotte Roval, and Martinsville being the elimination races!!
- Pocono Raceway will host a doubleheader with a Cup race on Saturday and Sunday.
- NASCAR will have the West Coast Swing a week earlier with the series heading to Las Vegas after the Daytona 500. Auto Club and ISM Raceway also swap dates for that portion of the schedule
What does it all mean for the future of NASCAR?
This is going to be a much-anticipated test to the new era of NASCAR. An era where NASCAR has many tough decisions to make with how the Gen 7 car will look and drive come 2021. What tracks will gain and lose dates for 2021? What tracks will be added to the schedule in 2021? NASCAR has never had bigger years than next year and 2021. These upcoming seasons will shape what the future of NASCAR will look like for years to come and every racing fan around the world should be open to the new ideas. Lastly, if fans and media are not for this change and are not open to the new dates of races, then they might as well leave the sport. If you are not going to adapt and accept change, then you have no business being involved in a sport that is going through an overhaul phase. With Brian France gone, NASCAR is going to everything it can to make the sport as great as it was before him. I am open to the changes. The real question is whether everyone else will be.