NASCAR Officials set the date to drop the Green Flag
By Jason Paglia
NASCAR officials finally released a revised May schedule on Thursday afternoon, signaling that racing is on its way back. A welcome surprise to many race fans throughout the country, and one step closer to normalcy. Cup series racing is set to return on May 17th at Darlington Raceway. It will be the first of seven races in eleven days, proving that NASCAR is back and in a big way.
A sanctioning body decided that the 11 races would take place at two racetracks in May. Unfortunately for race fans, they will not be able to attend the races. They will be forced to watch and stream the races on the internet or television, but considering its been almost two months since NASCAR has seen on-track action, I don’t think the fans will care all that much.
Critics believe that the move to come back this early is irresponsible. NASCAR will join only The Ultimate Fighting Championship as the second sports league/organization to resume sanctioned event in the United States of America. NASCAR has already said they will take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all NASCAR staff and race teams. They have collaborated with medical experts, health officials, and federal officials to create an in-depth health and safety plan. There are new mandates until the virus is completely under control.
The first race scheduled for May 17th will be 400 miles and broadcast live on FOX and SiriusXM Radio. There will be two Cup series races at Darlington Raceway, however, it will not be the only track they visit on the revised May schedule. All race fans know that one of the true NASCAR traditions happens every Memorial Day Weekend when NASCAR rolls into Charlotte, North Carolina for the Coca-Cola 600. This year, that tradition will stay intact. Charlotte Motor Speedway is the second racetrack that NASCAR will hold multiple events in May.
NASCAR, USA sports, and more importantly the world at large may not fully be back to normal for a while, but having the sports leagues slowly start to open their doors certainly helps. Below is a look at the races that were released on Thursday for NASCAR’s revised May Schedule.
Sunday, May 17 – Cup Series @ Darlington Raceway: 400 Miles. 3:30 pm
Tuesday, May 19 – Xfinity Series @Darlington Raceway: 200 Miles 8:00pm
Wednesday, May 20 – Cup Series @ Darlington Raceway: 500 Miles 7:30pm
Sunday, May 24 – Cup Series @ Charlotte Motor Speedway: 600 miles 6:00pm
Monday, May 25 – Xfinity Series @ Charlotte Motor Speedway: 300 Miles 7:30pm
Tuesday, May 26 – Truck Series @ Charlotte Motor Speedway: 200 Miles 8:00pm
Wednesday, May 27 – Cup Series @ Charlotte Motor Speedway: 500 Miles 8:00pm