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2020 NASCAR Cup Series
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The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series will be the 72nd season for NASCAR professional stock car racing in the United States and the 49th season for the modern era Cup Series. The season will begin at Daytona International Speedway with the Busch Clash[1], the Bluegreen Vacations Duel qualifying races, and the 62nd running of the Daytona 500. The regular season will end with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona on August 29. The NASCAR playoffs will end with the race at Phoenix Raceway on November 8.

This is slated to be the first season under NASCAR's new tiered sponsorship model after rejecting Monster Energy's offer to extend its title sponsorship.[2][3] On December 5, 2019, NASCAR announced Busch Beer, Coca-Cola, GEICO, and Xfinity as the Premier Partners of the NASCAR Cup Series, replacing the sole title sponsor of Monster Energy.[4]

This will also be the final year for the Gen-6 car, as the Next Gen car (formerly the Gen-7 car) is slated for a 2021 debut.[5]

It was announced that 2020 will be the last full-time season for seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson[6][7] as well as for part-timer Brendan Gaughan.[8] This will also be the first Cup Series season without Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard since they began racing during the 2002 and 2003 seasons respectively.

Teams and drivers

Chartered teams

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief
Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing 1 Kurt Busch Matt McCall
42 Kyle Larson Chad Johnston
Germain Racing 13 Ty Dillon Matt Borland
Hendrick Motorsports 9 Chase Elliott Alan Gustafson
24 William Byron Chad Knaus
48 Jimmie Johnson Cliff Daniels
88 Alex Bowman Greg Ives
JTG Daugherty Racing 37 Ryan Preece Trent Owens
47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Brian Pattie
Premium Motorsports 15 Brennan Poole (R) Pat Tryson
Richard Childress Racing 3 Austin Dillon Justin Alexander
8 Tyler Reddick (R) Randall Burnett
Richard Petty Motorsports 43 Bubba Wallace Jerry Baxter
Spire Motorsports 77 Ross Chastain 2 [N 1] TBA
TBA 34
StarCom Racing 00 Quin Houff (R) TBA
Ford Front Row Motorsports 34 Michael McDowell Drew Blickensderfer
38 John Hunter Nemechek (R) Seth Barbour
Go Fas Racing 32 Corey LaJoie Ryan Sparks
Roush Fenway Racing 6 Ryan Newman Scott Graves
17 Chris Buescher Luke Lambert
Stewart-Haas Racing 4 Kevin Harvick Rodney Childers
10 Aric Almirola Mike Bugarewicz
14 Clint Bowyer Johnny Klausmeier
41 Cole Custer (R) Mike Shiplett
Team Penske 2 Brad Keselowski Jeremy Bullins
12 Ryan Blaney Todd Gordon
22 Joey Logano Paul Wolfe
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Matt DiBenedetto Greg Erwin
Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin Chris Gabehart
18 Kyle Busch Adam Stevens
19 Martin Truex Jr. James Small
20 Erik Jones Chris Gayle
Leavine Family Racing 95 Christopher Bell (R) Jason Ratcliff
TBA Rick Ware Racing 51 Joey Gase TBA
52 J. J. Yeley TBA
Ford 1
TBA 35
53 David Ragan 1 [N 2] [9] TBA
TBA 35

Non-chartered teams

Complete schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief
Toyota Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 Daniel Suárez[10] Dave Winston

Limited schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief Rounds
Chevrolet Beard Motorsports 62 Brendan Gaughan Darren Shaw 4 [8]
Kaulig Racing 16 Justin Haley TBA 1 [11]
Ford MBM Motorsports 66 Timmy Hill Steve Idol 1
Toyota 49 Chad Finchum Doug Richert 1
TBA Jonathan Byrd's Racing
with Hayward Motorsports
TBA James Davison TBA 1
Rick Ware Racing 54 TBA TBA 1

Notes

  1. ^ Chastain's entries will be fielded in a collaboration with Chip Ganassi Racing.
  2. ^ Ragan's entry will be fielded in a collaboration with Front Row Motorsports.

Changes

Teams

  • On September 24, 2019, in a Frontstretch article, Rick Ware Racing owner Rick Ware was interviewed and said that he would like to run three cars full-time in 2020.[12] This news was later confirmed by the team on November 14, 2019.[13]
  • On November 1, 2019, Go Fas Racing formed an alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing to receive chassis, data, and technical support from SHR starting in 2020.[14][15]
  • On December 12, 2019, Front Row Motorsports announced they will revert to a two-car operation in 2020, effectively shutting down the No. 36 Ford.[16] Despite this, they will field the No. 36 at the 2020 Daytona 500 in a collaboration with Rick Ware Racing, with David Ragan as its driver.[9] On January 21, 2020, FRM renewed its technical alliance with Roush Fenway Racing.[17]
  • On December 12, 2019, it was announced that Felix Sabates, co-owner of Chip Ganassi Racing's NASCAR division, would be retiring in 2020.[18]
  • On December 13, 2019, as part of the team's announcement that they would field two cars in the Daytona 500, MBM Motorsports owner Carl Long said that there is a chance they would field the No. 66 full time in 2020, with Timmy Hill as the primary driver of that car.[19]
  • On December 14, 2019, when it was announced that James Davison would be running the Daytona 500 this season, it was announced that he will be driving a car fielded together by Jonathan Byrd's Racing and Hayward Motorsports, which will be both teams' first forays into NASCAR. The former is an IndyCar Series team and the latter is a Sprint Car team (and both of whom Davison has previously driven for). Their car number, manufacturer, and crew chief have yet to be announced.[20]
  • On January 10, 2020, Kaulig Racing announced that they would be fielding a Cup Series team for the first time after running only in the Xfinity Series in their four years of operation. Justin Haley, one of their full-time Xfinity drivers and the defending summer Daytona Cup Series race winner, will drive the No. 16 Cup car for Kaulig in the Daytona 500.[11]

Drivers

  • On June 7, 2019, Daniel Suárez was reportedly working on extending his one-year contract with Stewart-Haas Racing.[21] On October 5, Suárez stated that he and Stewart-Haas were getting close to an agreement.[22] On November 14, it was officially announced that Suárez would not return to the No. 41 car in 2020.[23] On December 6, it was reported that Richard Childress Racing was interested in hiring Suárez either for a third team or as the driver of the No. 2 Chevrolet in the Xfinity Series.[24] On January 6, 2020, Adam Stern of Sports Business Journal reported that Suárez is still working on a deal for 2020, with the Gaunt Brothers Racing No. 96 car being his top option.[25] On January 21, Motorsport.com reported that Suárez will race for Gaunt Brothers Racing full-time.[10]
  • On June 10, 2019, Richard Childress Racing was reportedly working on getting Tyler Reddick a full-time Cup Series ride in 2020, either with the team or its alliances.[26] Later, on July 30, team owner Richard Childress said that Reddick would not be in the Xfinity Series next year as long as he stays with his team, and that the Cup Series was the only option.[27] On September 4, it was reported that RCR is unclear if they can afford a third team for Reddick, and that Reddick has been talking to other teams such as Roush Fenway Racing.[28] On October 2, RCR officially announced Reddick as the driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet for the 2020 season. In addition, Reddick will compete for the 2020 NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors.[29][30]
  • On June 28, 2019, Christopher Bell signed a contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing, but had stated he was unsure if he will stay in the Xfinity Series or advance to the Cup Series.[31] On August 15, when asked about the rumors of him replacing Matt DiBenedetto in the Leavine Family Racing No. 95 Toyota in 2020, Bell said that no deals had been signed yet.[32] On September 24, 2019, LFR officially announced Bell as the driver of the No. 95 in 2020. In addition, Bell will compete for the 2020 Rookie of the Year honors.[33][34]
  • On August 13, 2019, it was reported that Matt DiBenedetto may not return to Leavine Family Racing in 2020, with rumors that the No. 95 Toyota will be vacated for either Christopher Bell or Erik Jones, with the other driver in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20.[35] Two days later, DiBenedetto confirmed that he would not be back with LFR after the end of the 2019 season.[36]
  • On August 14, 2019, it was announced that David Ragan would be retiring from full-time competition following the 2019 season.[37] However, it was announced on January 10, 2020 that Ragan would return to run the Daytona 500 in the Front Row's No. 36 car in a collaboration with Rick Ware Racing.[9]
  • On August 16, 2019, Ryan Preece confirmed he would return to JTG Daugherty Racing for the 2020 season.[38] However, this year, he will drive the No. 37, with his new teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (who replaced Chris Buescher) in the No. 47 which Preece drove in 2019.[39]
  • On August 17, 2019, Aric Almirola confirmed that he is signed with the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 Ford for the 2020 season.[40][41]
  • On August 17, 2019, Daniel Hemric stated he was "iffy" about his status for 2020, with Tyler Reddick likely moving to Cup and if Richard Childress Racing is not able to find sponsorship to run a third car full-time, Hemric may lose his ride to Reddick despite having signed a two-year contract with the team last year.[42] On September 17, RCR announced that Hemric would not return to the team following the 2019 season.[43][44]
  • On August 19, 2019, it was reported that Corey LaJoie's status with Go Fas Racing in 2020 is uncertain, as Xfinity driver Cole Custer has been mentioned as an option for the No. 32 Ford while the Front Row Motorsports No. 38 car may be an option for LaJoie with David Ragan not returning to that ride next year. If Custer ends up in the No. 32, the team would start a partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing, the team he competes for currently in the Xfinity Series and where his father serves as a team executive. Specifically, it was reported that SHR discussed the possibility of offloading many of their cars to GFR to make room for the Gen-7 car which will debut in 2021.[45] On November 15, Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Custer will replace Suárez in the No. 41 Ford and compete for the 2020 Rookie of the Year honors.[46] On December 3, 2019, it was confirmed that LaJoie had signed a deal to return to the No. 32 in 2020.[47]
  • On August 21, 2019, it was reported that Rick Ware Racing was considering Garrett Smithley to drive the No. 51 full-time (in every race) in 2020.[48] When asked about his future with RWR, Smithley replied: "I’m going to take it one race at a time."[49] On September 24, Smithley was interviewed about those rumors and he stated that if he could do what he wanted, he would try to do something similar to what Ross Chastain did in 2019 and run as many races as possible in all three series (Cup, Xfinity, and Truck). In the same article, RWR team owner Rick Ware said that he anticipated Smithley would run several races with his team in 2020, whether it was full-time or part-time.[50]
  • On September 6, 2019, Ty Dillon posted a video to his Instagram in which he denied the rumors that he would be retiring after the 2019 season to move into a management role at his grandfather's team, Richard Childress Racing, which has an alliance with the Germain Racing No. 13 team he drives for. The rumor was that either Tyler Reddick would take his place in the No. 13, moving up from the RCR No. 2 car in the Xfinity Series, or that Reddick would bump Daniel Hemric out of the No. 8 car and Hemric would be in the RCR-aligned No. 13 for Germain.[51]
  • On September 10, 2019, Paul Menard announced he will retire from full-time racing after the 2019 season and at the same time, Wood Brothers Racing signed Matt DiBenedetto to drive for the No. 21 Ford full-time for the 2020 season.[52] It was previously reported on July 12, 2019 that Menard had re-signed with WBR and was expected to return to the No. 21 team in 2020 with speculation that he had been considering retiring within the next few years after 2020.[53]
  • On September 13, 2019, it was reported that Chris Buescher and JTG Daugherty Racing were "in progress" in negotiating Buescher's contract renewal.[54] However, on September 25, it was announced that Buescher would be returning to Roush Fenway Racing and would drive the No. 17 Ford, replacing Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who was released from the team despite having signed a contract extension through 2021 on August 1.[55][56][57][58]
  • On October 16, 2019, JTG Daugherty Racing announced that they signed Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to a multi-year deal starting in 2020.[59] Stenhouse replaces Chris Buescher as a driver for JTGD, although he will drive the No. 47 this season, replacing his new teammate Ryan Preece who will be in the No. 37.[39]
  • On November 7, 2019, it was reported that John Hunter Nemechek may be close to signing a deal with Front Row Motorsports for the 2020 season. Nemechek replaced Matt Tifft in the No. 36 Ford for the final three races of the 2019 season.[60] On December 12, Nemechek was announced as the new driver of the No. 38 Ford, replacing David Ragan and competing for the 2020 Rookie of the Year honors.[16]
  • On November 13, 2019, it was announced that Matt Tifft and Front Row Motorsports have mutually parted ways after Tifft started having health issues towards the end of the 2019 season.[61]
  • On November 14, 2019, it was announced that J. J. Yeley would run the full season for Rick Ware Racing in 2020 after running part-time for them last year. The exact car he will drive has not been announced.[62]
  • On November 27, 2019, it was announced that Quin Houff would drive the No. 00 Chevrolet for StarCom Racing full-time in 2020 and 2021, replacing Landon Cassill, who is likely to still remain with the team in some other way. Houff had driven part-time for Spire Motorsports and Premium Motorsports last year in the Nos. 15, 27, and 77 cars. In addition, Houff will compete for the 2020 Rookie of the Year honors.[63][64]
  • On December 11, 2019, it was announced that Brennan Poole would be running the full season in the No. 15 for Premium Motorsports and compete for the 2020 Rookie of the Year honors. In 2019, he drove most of the Truck Series schedule for On Point Motorsports. He has also driven full-time in the Xfinity Series for Chip Ganassi Racing.[65]
  • On December 14, 2019, it was announced that Australian James Davison would make his Cup debut at the Daytona 500 in an entry jointly fielded by Jonathan Byrd's Racing, an IndyCar Series team he has driven for in the past, and Hayward Motorsports, a Sprint Car team he has driven for in the past. The car will come from Rick Ware Racing. He has made four Xfinity Series starts as a road course ringer. Davison primarily drives in IndyCar, and will attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 this year, meaning he will run both marquee races in the same year.[20]
  • On December 20, 2019, Rick Ware Racing announced that Joey Gase will drive one of their cars full-time in 2020. After many years running full-time in the Xfinity Series, this is Gase's first full season in Cup.[66]
  • On December 21, 2019, Brendan Gaughan announced that he will retire from racing after the 2020 season.[67]
  • On January 9, 2020, it was announced that Ross Chastain would drive the No. 77 Chevrolet for Spire Motorsports at the Daytona 500 as well as the Coca-Cola 600 in a partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing, the same way how the two teams jointly fielded Jamie McMurray's entry at the 2019 Daytona 500.[68]
  • On January 10, 2020, Justin Haley, a full-time Xfinity Series driver for Kaulig Racing, was announced to pilot Kaulig's new part-time Cup Series car, the No. 16 Chevrolet, in the Daytona 500. He ran three races last year driving the No. 77 for Spire Motorsports, including at the summer Daytona race where he pulled off an upset win in his third series start.[11]
  • On January 17, 2020, Parker Kligerman announced that he has no plans to return to the No. 96 of Gaunt Brothers Racing or in any of NASCAR's three national series.[69]

Crew chiefs

  • On September 24, 2019, it was announced that Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Jason Ratcliff will replace Mike Wheeler as the crew chief of the Leavine Family Racing No. 95 Toyota, to be driven by Christopher Bell in 2020. Both Ratcliff and Bell worked together in the Xfinity Series in the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Wheeler will move to the position of LFR's competition director.[33][34]
  • On October 7, 2019, Rodney Childers confirmed that he agreed to a multiyear contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing as the crew chief of the No. 4 Ford driven by Kevin Harvick.[70]
  • On October 17, 2019, Roush Fenway Racing announced that Brian Pattie would not return as the crew chief for their No. 17 car, which will now be driven by Chris Buescher. He had worked for the team for the past four years, in 2016 with Greg Biffle and then since 2017 with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.[71] On November 5, Luke Lambert was announced as Pattie's replacement at Roush Fenway Racing, moving over from Richard Childress Racing after many years there, most recently as the crew chief for their No. 31/8 car, working with Jeff Burton, Ryan Newman, and Daniel Hemric.[72][73]
  • On October 28, 2019, Danny Stockman announced he will step down as the crew chief of the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 car, driven by Austin Dillon at the end of the 2019 season. Justin Alexander will return as the No. 3 team's crew chief in 2020 after having served that position in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.[74]
  • On November 5, 2019, it was announced that Richard Childress Racing crew chief Randall Burnett would be moving up with Tyler Reddick from RCR's Xfinity Series No. 2 team to the No. 8 Cup car. He replaces Luke Lambert, who on the same day was announced to be leaving to join Roush Fenway Racing in 2020 as the No. 17 crew chief.[75][73]
  • On November 25, 2019, Joe Williams announced that he has left the StarCom Racing No. 00 team. StarCom Racing has yet to announce his replacement for 2020.[76]
  • On December 2, 2019, it was announced that Brian Pattie would move with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to JTG-Daugherty Racing, where he will crew chief the No. 47 car, which Stenhouse will drive.[39]
  • On December 4, 2019, Stewart-Haas Racing announced a change in their crew chief lineup. Mike Shiplett will replace Billy Scott as the crew chief of the No. 41 Ford, to be driven by Cole Custer in 2020. Both Shiplett and Custer worked together during the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series. In addition, Johnny Klausmeier and Mike Bugarewicz will switch teams, with Klausmeier going to the No. 14 team of Clint Bowyer and Bugarewicz going to the No. 10 team of Aric Almirola.[77] Scott later tweeted the following day that he had joined Richard Childress Racing as the head of engineering, replacing Justin Alexander, who is returning to crew chiefing at RCR full-time in 2020 with Austin Dillon's No. 3 team.[78]
  • On December 6, 2019, reporter Bob Pockrass tweeted that Mike Kelley has left Front Row Motorsports and started working at JTG Daugherty Racing, overseeing their fabrication shop. He worked a portion of the 2019 season with Matt Tifft's No. 36 team and the remainder with David Ragan's No. 38 team after a swap with Seth Barbour.
  • On December 9, 2019, Cole Pearn announced he had parted ways with Joe Gibbs Racing to pursue opportunities outside of NASCAR. Pearn served as Martin Truex Jr.'s crew chief at Furniture Row Racing from 2014 to 2018 and at JGR in 2019.[79] On December 19, 2019, James Small was announced as Truex's new crew chief for 2020. He previously worked with him as an engineer at both JGR and Furniture Row. He was also interim crew chief for Erik Jones' No. 77 FRR team in 2017 for two races.[80]
  • On January 6, 2020, Team Penske announced that all crew chiefs would be seeing a move to different teams within the organization. Paul Wolfe would be moving from the No. 2 of Keselowski to the No. 22 of Logano, Todd Gordon would be moving from Logano to the No. 12 of Blaney, and Bullins would be moving to join Keselowski.[81]
  • On January 6, 2020, Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Jerry Baxter would be the crew chief for Bubba Wallace in 2020, replacing first-year crew chief Derek Stamets, who worked with the No. 43 team last season.[82] He previously was a crew chief for GMS Racing in the Truck Series, working with drivers Cody Coughlin, Timothy Peters, Tyler Dippel, and Brett Moffitt for the last two years. Baxter worked with Wallace Jr. in 2013 and 2014 in the Truck Series at Kyle Busch Motorsports, earning five wins paired together.
  • On January 7, 2020, Go Fas Racing announced that Ryan Sparks would be the crew chief for the No. 32 car, driven by Corey LaJoie. Sparks previously served as a race engineer at Richard Childress Racing for the No. 3 of Austin Dillon.[83]
  • On January 22, 2020, it was reported that Dave Winston would be the crew chief for the Gaunt Brothers Racing No. 96 car, driven by Daniel Suárez. Winston previously served as a race engineer for Richard Childress Racing.[84]
  • On January 23, 2020, it was announced that Steve Idol would be the crew chief of the MBM Motorsports No. 66 Cup Series team, after previously having been a car chief for the organization.

Manufacturers

Sponsorship

  • On June 13, 2019, Nationwide Insurance announced the end of their five-year sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports' No. 88 Chevrolet driven by Alex Bowman after the 2019 season.[86][87]
  • On June 15, 2019, Richard Childress Racing announced Dow would be back for the 2020 season.[88]
  • On August 7, 2019, Team Penske announced Discount Tire renewed and expanded their commitment to the No. 2 car for 2020. Discount Tire who has been associated with Team Penske since 2010 will sponsor 15 races as the main sponsor, including the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 and the season finale in Phoenix.[89]
  • On September 3, 2019, it was reported that Monster Energy is considering increasing its sponsorship of the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 1 Chevrolet in 2020, as it will no longer become the title sponsor of the Cup Series after 2019. As Monster Energy has spent an estimated US$5 million on the team in 2019, the deal could give CGR close to US$10 million in the next year.[90]
  • On September 19, 2019, Liberty University reached a two-year agreement to extend the sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports' No. 24 Chevrolet driven by William Byron. Under the agreement, the No. 24 will carry Liberty University sponsorship in 12 races annually in 2020 and 2021.[91]
  • On September 20, 2019, Cincinnati Inc. signed a partnership deal with Hendrick Motorsports that runs from 2019 to 2028. The deal makes the tool manufacturer an associate sponsor for all four teams and a primary sponsor of the No. 88 Chevrolet driven by Alex Bowman.[92][93]
  • On October 4, 2019, Ally Financial extended its sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports' No. 48 Chevrolet for three more years through the 2023 season.[94][95]
  • On October 10, 2019, Stewart-Haas Racing announced that they signed a contract extension with Smithfield Foods to sponsor the No. 10 Ford driven by Aric Almirola.[96][41]
  • On October 23, 2019, Hertz extended its sponsorship of the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet driven by William Byron through 2021. This deal includes four primary sponsorships per season and a full-time associate sponsorship.[97]
  • On October 30, 2019, Oscar Mayer extended its sponsorship of the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford driven by Ryan Newman through 2021.[98] On January 8, 2020, Wyndham Rewards announced a multi-year extension of its sponsorship of the No. 6 team.[99] On January 22, Castrol signed up as the official motor oil of RFR and a primary sponsor of the No. 6 team in select events.[100] A day later, Acorns announced that it will no longer sponsor the team.[101]
  • On October 31, 2019, Mars, Incorporated signed a multi-year contract extension as the official chocolate of NASCAR. The company has sponsored the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota driven by Kyle Busch since 2008.[102]
  • On November 4, 2019, HotelPlanner signed a multi-year deal as the official online booking partner of NASCAR.[103]
  • On December 2, 2019, NASCAR announced that the organization will not allow CBD sponsorships partly due to restrictions from its media rights partners and also because of FIA regulations (cannabinoids, which CBD is part, is a Prohibited Substance in the WADA Code that is used by the FIA; NASCAR is a member of the ASN of the FIA in the United States, the Automobile Competition Committee for the United States).[104]
  • On January 9, 2020, Chip Ganassi Racing announced that AdventHealth would return to the team in 2020 and increase their sponsorship, with two races on the No. 42 of Kyle Larson and two races on the No. 77 Spire Motorsports car of Ross Chastain (which will have an alliance with Ganassi in those races). In 2019, they sponsored Jamie McMurray's No. 40 Spire/Ganassi car in the Clash, Larson in the All-Star Race (which he won), and Kurt Busch's No. 1 at Kansas in October.[68]
  • On January 14, 2020, it was reported that NASCAR was in advanced discussions with Verizon Communications on a new partnership, which includes upgrading the tracks with 5G technology.[105]
  • On January 27, 2020, it was announced that UniFirst will sponsor the Hendrick Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet driven by Chase Elliott for Phoenix, the NASCAR All-Star Race, and Las Vegas.[106]

Rule changes

2020 package

  • On October 1, 2019, NASCAR released the 2020 rules package. Among the changes to the rules is the reduction of road crew members from 12 to 10. Teams with three or more cars are limited to three roster spots. Wind tunnel testing is limited to 150 hours per team and will only be permitted at four wind tunnel facilities (three in North Carolina and one in Indiana). Each car number is allowed a maximum chassis quantity of 12 units. Teams must compete with long block and short block sealed engines in a minimum of eight races each.[107][108][109]
  • On January 14, 2020, NASCAR announced a reduced downforce package for short tracks and road courses. The new aero package consists of the following changes:[110]
  • The rear spoiler will be reduced from 8 inches to 2.75 inches in height.
  • The front splitter's overhang will be reduced from 2 inches to a quarter-inch, with its wings trimmed from 10.5 inches to 2 inches.
  • The radiator pan's vertical fencing will be removed to reduce front-end downforce.

Pocono weekend

  • For the doubleheader weekend at Pocono Raceway, practice and single-car qualifying will take place on Friday, June 26, with drivers using the same cars for both races. The starting order of the Sunday race will be determined by an inversion of the remaining cars on the lead lap at the end of the Saturday race. For example, if the Saturday race ends with 23 cars on the lead lap, the race winner will start in 23rd place while the 23rd-place finisher will have pole position on the Sunday race. All drivers who do not finish the Saturday race on the lead lap will start the Sunday race at the back of the field.[111][112][113]
  • On October 29, 2019, NASCAR announced that Cup Series qualifying will be held on Saturday, June 27, prior to the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race and the 325-mile Saturday Cup race. The 350-mile Sunday Cup race will take place after the Xfinity Series race.[114]

Schedule

NASCAR unveiled the 2020 schedule on March 26, 2019.[115]

No Race Title Track Date Time ET TV Radio
Busch Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida February 9 3:00 PM FS1 MRN
Bluegreen Vacations Duel February 13 7:00 PM
1 Daytona 500 February 16 2:30 PM Fox
2 Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada February 23 3:30 PM PRN
3 Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California March 1 MRN
4 FanShield 500 Phoenix Raceway, Avondale, Arizona March 8
5 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia March 15 2:00 PM PRN
6 Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead–Miami Speedway, Homestead, Florida March 22 MRN
7 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas March 29 FS1 PRN
8 Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee April 5
9 Toyota Owners 400 Richmond Raceway, Richmond, Virginia April 19 Fox MRN
10 GEICO 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, Alabama April 26
11 TBA Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware May 3 FS1
12 TBA Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia May 9 8:00 PM
NASCAR All Star Open Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina May 16 7:00 PM
NASCAR All-Star Race 9:00 PM
13 Coca-Cola 600 May 24 6:00 PM Fox PRN
14 Kansas 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas May 31 2:00 PM FS1 MRN
15 FireKeepers Casino 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan June 7
16 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California June 14 3:00 PM PRN
17 Camping World 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois June 21 2:30 PM NBCSN MRN
18 Kids Free 325 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania June 27 3:00 PM
19 Worry-Free Weather Guarantee 350 June 28 3:30 PM
20 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard
Powered By Florida Georgia Line
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana July 5 3:30 PM NBC PRN &
IMS Radio Network
21 Quaker State 400 Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky July 11 7:30 PM NBCSN PRN
22 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire July 19 3:00 PM
23 Consumers Energy 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan August 9 MRN
24 Go Bowling at The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York August 16
25 Drydene 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware August 23
26 Coke Zero Sugar 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida August 29 7:30 PM NBC
Cup Championship Playoffs
Round of 16
27 Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington, South Carolina September 6 6:00 PM NBCSN MRN
28 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway, Richmond, Virginia September 12 7:30 PM
29 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee September 19 PRN
Round of 12
30 South Point 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada September 27 7:00 PM NBCSN PRN
31 Alabama 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, Alabama October 4 2:00 PM NBC MRN
32 Bank of America Roval 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina, (Roval) October 11 2:30 PM PRN
Round of 8
33 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas October 18 2:30 PM NBC MRN
34 Texas 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas October 25 3:00 PM NBCSN PRN
35 TBA Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia November 1 2:00 PM NBC MRN
Championship 4
36 TBA Phoenix Raceway, Avondale, Arizona November 8 3:00 PM NBC MRN

Bolded races indicate a NASCAR Major also known as Crown Jewel race

Changes

Further information: History of NASCAR schedule realignments

The 2020 schedule for the NASCAR Cup Series will undergo a series of significant changes.[116]

See also

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