William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports, Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR (Photograph by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Pictures)

Right here is how NASCAR plans to go about setting the beginning lineups for the 2 upcoming Cup Collection races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NASCAR formally received again underway at Darlington Raceway this previous Sunday, Might 17 and Wednesday, Might 20 following a 10-week hiatus attributable to the coronavirus pandemic. This previous week’s motion was the primary because the Cup Collection race at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, March eight.

Following the 2 scheduled races on the four-turn, 1.366-mile (2.198-kilometer) oval in Darlington, South Carolina this Sunday after which on Wednesday, Might 20, NASCAR is scheduled to go to Charlotte Motor Speedway for 2 extra races, together with the initially scheduled Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, Might 24.

The four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometer) oval in Harmony, North Carolina is then scheduled to host a second race, the Alsco Uniforms 500, on Wednesday, Might 27. Past that, the schedule for the 2020 season is just confirmed via Sunday, June 21, though NASCAR has made clear that they nonetheless plan to run 36 Cup Collection races this yr.

As a result of shortened weekend schedule, it goes with out saying that qualifying is not going to be conduced within the method that it might have been in a world with out the specter of COVID-19. So how will the beginning lineups be set for these two races?

The beginning lineup for the primary race, the initially scheduled 400-lap race, is definitely slated to be set by a qualifying session, the primary Cup Collection qualifying session since Saturday, March 7. That qualifying session is scheduled to be held earlier within the day on race day starting at 2:00 p.m.ET, with dwell TV protection offered by Fox Sports activities 1.

The beginning lineup for the second race is slated to be set the identical manner by which the second race at Darlington Raceway was set. The drivers who end within the high 20 within the first race are set to begin within the high 20 for the second race, however in reverse order. So the race winner will begin in 20th place whereas the 20th place finisher will begin from the pole place.

Nevertheless, the drivers who end exterior of the highest 20 within the first race will begin the second race the place they completed, so the 21st place driver will begin in 21st. Any new entries shall be added to the rear of the sector.

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These two races are set to be broadcast dwell from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Fox starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Might 24 and on Fox Sports activities 1 starting at eight:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Might 27.


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