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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!

TV Schedule 

 Date

 Series

 Track 

 Distance  

 Network 

 Start

 Sat, May 30

 Xfinity

 Bristol 

 160 miles 

 FS1

 3:30 p.m. ET

 Sun, May 31

 Cup

 Bristol 

 266 miles 

 FS1

 3:30 p.m. ET

 Sat, June 6

 Gander Trucks

 Atlanta 

 200 miles 

 FS1

 1 p.m. ET

 Sat, June 6

 Xfinity

 Atlanta 

 251 miles 

 FOX

 4:30 p.m. ET

 Sun, June 7

 Cup

 Atlanta 

 500 miles 

 FOX

 3 p.m. ET

 Wed, June 10

 Cup

 Martinsville 

 263 miles 

 FS1

 7 p.m. ET

 Sat, June 13

 Gander Trucks

 Homestead  

 201 miles 

 FS1

 12:30 p.m. ET

 Sat, June 13

 Xfinity

 Homestead 

 250 miles 

 FOX

 3:30 p.m. ET

 Sun, June 14

 Xfinity

 Homestead 

 250 miles 

 FS1

 Noon ET

 Sun, June 14

 Cup

 Homestead 

 400 miles 

 FOX

 3:30 p.m. ET

 Sat, June 20

 ARCA

 Talladega 

 202 miles 

 FS1

 2 p.m. ET

 Sat, June 20

 Xfinity

 Talladega 

 300 miles 

 FS1

 5:30 p.m. ET

 Sun, June 21

 Cup

 Talladega 

 500 miles 

 FOX

 3 p.m. ET



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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