Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR (Picture by Streeter Lecka/Getty Pictures)
Amid a season filled with modifications to the NASCAR Cup Sequence schedule, the Coca-Cola 600 is a diamond within the tough, scheduled to go on as deliberate from the very starting.
The primary 4 races of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Sequence season befell as deliberate at Daytona Worldwide Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Auto Membership Speedway and Phoenix Raceway.
Then the coroanvirus pandemic struck, and there have been no races after Sunday, March eight till the season resumed this previous Sunday, Could 17 with a beforehand non-scheduled race at Darlington Raceway to finish this 10-week hiatus that noticed iRacing dominate the racing scene.
A complete of eight races had been postponed by the pandemic initially. Due to the 2 installments of the brand new schedule which had been lately launched, extra races have been booted from their authentic dates.
In engaged on the brand new schedule, NASCAR confirmed 9 Cup Sequence race dates from Sunday, Could 17 to Sunday, June 21, a 36-day span that’s slated to convey the 2020 season’s race complete from 4 to 13, midway to what’s nonetheless desired to be a 26-race common season schedule main into the 10-race playoffs.
The primary two of those 9 races befell at Darlington Raceway. The second two are scheduled to happen at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with one this Sunday, Could 24 and the opposite subsequent Wednesday, Could 27.
Then there are races scheduled to happen at Bristol Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway from Sunday, Could 31 to Sunday, June 21.
However this Sunday’s race across the four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometer) Charlotte Motor Speedway oval in Harmony, North Carolina is a real diamond within the tough, the tough being the pandemic that has swept throughout the globe and wreaked havoc on most plans from March up till now.
When NASCAR launched the 2020 schedule again on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, Charlotte Motor Speedway was scheduled to host the Coca-Cola 600 on its conventional date: Memorial Day Sunday.
This yr, that date is Sunday, Could 24.
This 400-lap race remains to be scheduled to occur on Sunday, Could 24, and it’s the solely race on NASCAR’s newly confirmed nine-race calendar that didn’t see its date modified in any means at any level throughout this pandemic.
There’s additionally the component of Memorial Day Weekend which this lack of change carries. This upcoming weekend is understood for racing, historically internet hosting crown jewel races throughout NASCAR, Formulation 1 and IndyCar. The three races contested throughout these three collection complete 1,261.772 miles in size at a number of the most iconic venues on the planet.
However Formulation 1’s Monaco Grand Prix was canceled altogether for 2020, and IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 was postponed to Sunday, August 23.
NASCAR’s Coke 600, nonetheless, stands robust — even with out followers within the grandstands.
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It’s ironic in itself that NASCAR’s “diamond within the tough” is, the truth is, a crown jewel race, one you don’t need to miss this Sunday, Could 24. Remember to tune in to Fox starting at 6:00 p.m. ET for the reside broadcast of the Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway.