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Published: May. 19, 2020

NASCAR Returns To Racing

Start your engines! After a successful (albeit unique) return to live racing on 5/17 in Darlington, we’re looking forward to all the upcoming races of the NASCAR season! (We'll be updating this as races finish and as more races are finalized)

Upcoming TV Schedule 

 Date

 Series

 Track 

 Distance  

 Network 

 Start (ET)

 June 10

 Cup

 Martinsville 

 263 miles 

 FS1

 7 p.m.

 June 13

 Gander Trucks

 Homestead  

 201 miles 

 FS1

 12:30 p.m. 

 June 13

 Xfinity

 Homestead 

 250 miles 

 FOX

 3:30 p.m. 

 June 14

 Xfinity

 Homestead 

 250 miles 

 FS1

 Noon

 June 14

 Cup

 Homestead 

 400 miles 

 FOX

 3:30 p.m.

 June 20

 ARCA

 Talladega 

 202 miles 

 FS1

 2 p.m.

 June 20

 Xfinity

 Talladega 

 300 miles 

 FS1

 5:30 p.m.

 June 21

 Cup

 Talladega 

 500 miles 

 FOX

 3 p.m.

 June 26   ARCA Menards   Pocono   200 mi   FS1   6 p.m. 
 June 27   Gander Trucks   Pocono   150 mi   FS1   12:30 p.m. 
 June 27   Cup   Pocono   325 mi   FOX   3:30 p.m. 
 June 28   Xfinity   Pocono   225 mi   FS1   12:30 p.m. 
 June 28   Cup   Pocono   350 mi   FS1   4 p.m. 
 July 4   Xfinity   Indianapolis   151 mi   NBC   3 p.m. 
 July 5   Cup   Indianapolis   400 mi   NBC   4 p.m. 
 July 9   Xfinity   Kentucky   200 mi   FS1   8 p.m. 
 July 10   Xfinity   Kentucky   300 mi   FS1   8 p.m. 
 July 11   Gander Trucks   Kentucky   225 mi   FS1   1 p.m. 
 July 12   Cup   Kentucky   400 mi   FS1   2:30 p.m. 
 July 15   ARCA Menards   Charlotte   150 mi   FS1   4 p.m. 
 July 15   Cup (All-Star Open)   Charlotte   TBA   FS1   7 p.m. 
 July 15   Cup (All-Star Race)   Charlotte   TBA   FS1   8:30 p.m. 
 July 18   Xfinity   Texas   300 mi   NBCSN   3 p.m. 
 July 18   Gander Trucks   Texas   250 mi   FS1   8 p.m. 
 July 19   Cup   Texas   501 mi   NBCSN   3 p.m. 
 July 23   Cup   Kansas   400 mi   NBCSN   7:30 p.m. 
 July 24   Gander Trucks   Kansas   200 mi   FS1   7 p.m. 
 July 24   ARCA Menards   Kansas   150 mi   FS1   10 p.m. 
 July 25   Gander Trucks   Kansas   200 mi   FS1   1:30 p.m. 
 July 25   Xfinity   Kansas   250 mi   NBCSN   5 p.m. 
 Aug. 2   Cup   New Hampshire   318 mi   NBCSN   3 p.m. 



FAQ

What does NASCAR stand for?

National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing



What are the different types of series? 

NASCAR Cup Series: The top division, where the best of the best drive.

NASCAR Xfinity Series: Think of this series as the "minor leagues" of NASCAR. Typically held as a support race the day before a Cup Series racing event. 

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series: Yup, it's exactly what you're thinking: pickup truck racing

ARCA Menards Series: Considered a minor, semi-professional league, and used as a feeder series into the above three national touring series.

Fun fact: Top drivers are actually allowed to compete in both the Cup Series and the Xfinity or Gander Truck series. These guys are called...Buschwackers! (As of 2016, new rules have been implemented to limit participation and to better highlight up and coming/future stars of the sport).  But still, why would drivers still want to participate in the other series? Well, since the Xfinity series event is usually the day prior to a Cup Series event, drivers can use it as practice around the track with similar equipment (though Xfinity cars have less horsepower), and... for the love of racing of course! 



What's everyone competing for?

Drivers' Championship: awarded to the most successful Cup Series driver over a season, as determined by a points system based on race results and victories

Owners' Championship: operates in the same manner as the Driver's Championship, except that points are awarded to each individual car (i.e. Penske, Stewart-Haas Racing, etc.) If an owner enters more than one car, each car is viewed and scored as a separate entity.

Manufacturers' Championship: scored the same as the Owners' Championship, and exactly as it sounds – awarded to the manufacturer with the most points over a season. Currently all NASCAR cars are manufactured by one of the following: Toyota, Ford, and Chevrolet.



And last but certainly the most frequent of questions:

What happens if drivers need go to the bathroom during a race?

While drivers relieve themselves before a race starts, these races can be long (3-4 hours), and sometimes you just gotta go. And they do, right there, in their suit. Luckily, this doesn't seem to happen too often, at least according to Dale Earnhardt Jr.



Hope this was helpful, more resources can be found at nascar.com

Looking forward to when we can get fans back out there! But in the meantime... vroom vroom. 

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