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Is there a NASCAR race today? Schedule updates for postponed Cup Series races

Sporting News — (Tadd Haislop)

What channel is the NASCAR race on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? These are the questions were supposed to plague race fans every Sunday, when each NASCAR Cup Series race was scheduled be on either Fox or FS1 for the first half of the 2020 season with differing start times.

Now there is only one question to ask — Is there a NASCAR race today? — and until May 9 at the earliest, the answer will be "no."

The Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which was supposed to start at 2 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox, is one of seven NASCAR Cup Series races that have been postponed due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

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It's important to note the NASCAR races at Atlanta, Homestead, Texas, Bristol, Richmond, Talladega and Dover have been postponed, not canceled — at least not yet. NASCAR still intends to hold all 36 Cup Series races in 2020.

"We have a commitment to our fans that we're going to run all the races," NASCAR president Steve Phelps said during a recent teleconference. "We have a commitment to all our competitors that we run all the races. We have a commitment to the stakeholders broadly, that we're going to run all the races.

"We are going to do everything in our power to get these races in. If there are other variables that happen that would suggest we can't do that, we'll look at those at that time."

The coronavirus outbreak has brought an unpredictability factor in terms of how all sports, racing included, can proceed. Which is why NASCAR in a statement noted it "will continue to monitor this dynamic situation as we assess future race events.” In other words, more changes can and likely will come.

For now, below is what we know about the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule as it stands.

NEW NASCAR SCHEDULE:
Tracking canceled & postponed Cup races

DateRaceTrackStart timeTV channelRadioWinner
Feb. 16Daytona 500Daytona International Speedway2:30 p.m. ETFoxMRNDenny Hamlin
Feb. 23Pennzoil 400Las Vegas Motor Speedway3:30 p.m. ETFoxPRNJoey Logano
March 1Auto Club 400Auto Club Speedway3:30 p.m. ETFoxMRNAlex Bowman
March 8FanShield 500Phoenix Raceway3:30 p.m. ETFoxMRNJoey Logano
March 15Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayPostponedPostponedPostponed-
March 22Dixie Vodka 400Homestead-Miami SpeedwayPostponedPostponedPostponed-
March 29O’Reilly Auto Parts 500Texas Motor SpeedwayPostponedPostponedPostponed-
April 5Food City 500Bristol Motor SpeedwayPostponedPostponedPostponed-
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April 19Toyota Owners 400Richmond RacewayPostponedPostponedPostponed-
April 26Geico 500Talladega SuperspeedwayPostponedPostponedPostponed
May 3NASCAR Cup Series Race at DoverDover International SpeedwayPostponedPostponedPostponed-
May 9 (Sat.)NASCAR Cup Series Race at MartinsvilleMartinsville Speedway8 p.m. ETFS1MRN-
May 16 (Sat.)All-Star RaceCharlotte Motor Speedway9 p.m. ETFS1MRN-
May 24Coca-Cola 600Charlotte Motor Speedway6 p.m. ETFoxPRN-
May 31Kansas 400Kansas Speedway2 p.m. ETFS1MRN-
June 7FireKeepers Casino 400Michigan International Speedway2 p.m. ETFS1MRN-
June 14Toyota / Save Mart 350Sonoma Raceway3 p.m. ETFS1PRN-
June 21Chicagoland 400Chicagoland Speedway2:30 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-
June 27 (Sat.)Kids Free 325Pocono Raceway3 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-
June 28Worry-Free Weather Guarantee 350Pocono Raceway3:30 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-
July 5Big Machine Vodka 400 at the BrickyardIndianapolis Motor Speedway3:30 p.m. ETNBCIMS Radio-
July 11 (Sat.)Quaker State 400 Presented by WalmartKentucky Speedway7:30 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN-
July 19Foxwoods Resort Casino 301New Hampshire Motor Speedway3 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN-
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Aug. 9Consumers Energy 400Michigan International Speedway3 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-
Aug. 16Go Bowling at The GlenWatkins Glen International3 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-
Aug. 23Drydene 400Dover International Speedway3 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-
Aug. 29 (Sat.)Coke Zero Sugar 400Daytona International Speedway7:30 p.m. ETNBCMRN-
Sept. 6*Southern 500Darlington Raceway6 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-
Sept. 12 (Sat.)*Federated Auto Parts 400Richmond Raceway7:30 p.m. ETNBCSNMRN-
Sept. 19 (Sat.)*Bass Pro Shops NRA Night RaceBristol Motor Speedway7:30 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN-
Sept. 27*South Point 400Las Vegas Motor Speedway7 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN-
Oct. 4*Alabama 500Talladega Superspeedway2 p.m. ETNBCMRN-
Oct. 11*Bank of America ROVAL 400Charlotte Motor Speedway2:30 p.m. ETNBCPRN-
Oct. 18*Hollywood Casino 400Kansas Speedway2:30 p.m. ETNBCMRN-
Oct. 25*Texas 500Texas Motor Speedway3 p.m. ETNBCSNPRN-
Nov. 1*NASCAR Cup Series Fall Race at MartinsvilleMartinsville Speedway2 p.m. ETNBCMRN-
Nov. 8*NASCAR Cup Series ChampionshipPhoenix Raceway3 p.m. ETNBCMRN-

NASCAR has some options with the seven races currently postponed. Not including the April 12 Easter break, the 2020 schedule features two open weekends (July 26 and Aug. 2), so the postponed races could be rescheduled in any of those slots. They also could be scheduled in the middle of any given week, although the Homestead, Texas and Dover races in particular would present logistics/travel issues for teams.

For what it's worth, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Richmond Raceway have lights.

"At this particular point, we would like to finish the season at Phoenix and keep the playoffs portion (of the schedule) intact," Phelps said. "With that said, it will require a lot of different opportunities for us to look at. We're in the process of doing that.

"No specifics about midweek races. I've heard about doubleheaders, different things. At this particular point a lot of things on the table for us to look at, working with our race teams, working with our race tracks to make sure the things that we're putting on the table are feasible for us to do."