Martinsville Speedway to host NASCAR Cup Series night race in 2020

Martinsville Speedway to host NASCAR Cup Series night race in 2020

Beginning in 2020, the NASCAR season will not end in South Florida, breaking a run of almost two decades hosting Championship Weekend.

"I am really excited about the 2020 season schedule, which promises to be a memorable one with the Food City 500 returning to the schedule on a attractive Sunday, April 5 spring afternoon and the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race moving to Saturday, Sept. 19, as a key race in the NASCAR playoffs", said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager for Bristol Motor Speedway.

The 2020 schedule was released Tuesday at ISM Raceway outside Phoenix, which got the season finale following a $175 million renovation to ISM Raceway.

The NASCAR Cup Series will once again open the 2020 season with the prestigious DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 16.

The 2020 Cup season will end at a different site for the first time in almost two decades, one of many changes that includes a doubleheader weekend, date swapping among iconic tracks and the season concluding earlier.

# Martinsville's fall race becomes the cutoff race for the third round of the playoffs on November 1.

Last year, Joey Logano captured his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title by winning in Homestead.

"We are going to move to one of the most important races on the schedule, setting up the Cup Series finale", Campbell said.

The July 4 holiday had belonged to Daytona International Speedway, but it gave up the traditional and often rain-wrecked event to claim the final race of the regular season, August 29 when the championship field is finalized.

The Daytona International Speedway announced the Coke Zero Sugar 400 in Daytona will no longer be scheduled for Independence Day Weekend after the 2019 race.

Pocono Raceway will hold a doubleheader weekend next year, running its 400-mile races on June 27 and 28. "It's a question we've gotten from fans literally every day since we installed the lights, and we are now able to say, 'May 9, 2020.' So, this is a very exciting day for everyone involved".

Bristol and Richmond short tracks both joined the playoffs, as did Darlington Raceway.

The playoffs now begin at Darlington on September 6, go to Richmond, Bristol, Las Vegas, Talladega, Charlotte, Kansas, Texas, Martinsville then finally ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix.

Elsewhere, Atlanta Motor Speedway is now race number five after the west coast swing. "These changes are the result of unprecedented consensus-building with our race tracks and broadcast partners; something we look to continue into 2021 and beyond".

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