2020 NASCAR Cup Series (Simpsonverse)

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The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series is 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 began at Road America, with the Texaco 250, then at Daytona International Speedway with the Busch Clash and its qualifier, the Gatorade Duel qualifying races and the 62nd running of the Daytona 500. The season will end with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on December 14, 2020. Adam Petty enters as the defending series champion.

This season was scheduled to be the final year for the Strictly Stock Car II, with the Strictly Stock Car III debuting in 2021. However, when the coronavirus pandemic postponed all NASCAR racing (and therefore, testing) until the month of May, the sanctioning body announced that the debut of the car would be pushed back a year to 2022.

This is the final season for part-timer Brendan Gaughan, along with veterans Blaise Alexander and Jimmie Johnson. This is also the first Cup Series season without Jamie McMurray since 2001 and Paul Menard since 2004.

When the season was put on hold due to the coronavirus, drivers from all NASCAR series, including most Cup Series drivers, participated in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series during that time.

Teams and drivers

Complete schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief Model
BMW Germain Racing 13 Casey Mears Matt Borland M3
Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 01 Jeffrey Earnhardt Tony Eury Sr. Malibu
1 Martin Truex Jr. Matt McCall
8 Noah Gragson (R) Tony Eury Jr.
15 Alex Bowman Bruce Cook
81 Daniel Hemric Kevin Hamlin
Hendrick Motorsports 9 Chase Elliott Alan Gustafson Camaro ZL1 1LE
24 William Byron Chad Knaus
25 Brad Keselowski Greg Ives
48 Jimmie Johnson Cliff Daniels
84 Landon Cassill Lance McGrew
Premium Motorsports 49 Garrett Smithley (R) Pat Tryson 2019 Camaro ZL1
Richard Childress Racing 3 Austin Dillon Justin Alexander Malibu
30 Tyler Reddick (R) Luke Lambert
33 Ty Dillon Gil Martin
Spire Motorsports 87 Reed Sorenson 4 Tommy Baldwin Jr. 1
Peter Sospenzo 3
2019 Malibu
TBA 47
Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing 40 Bryan Clauson Jeff Vandermoss Challenger
41 Brennan Poole Billy Scott
42 Ross Chastain Chad Johnston
JTG Daugherty Racing 47 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Brian Pattie Charger
59 Ryan Preece Trent Owens
Petty Enterprises 7 Sam Hornish Jr. Kevin Manion Challenger
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Jerry Baxter
44 Chad McCumbee Mark Tudor
45 Adam Petty Billy Wilburn
46 Austin Petty Mike Ford
Ford Roush Fenway Racing 6 Chris Buescher Luke Lambert Roush Mustang
17 Ryan Newman Scott Graves
Team Penske 2 Blaise Alexander Jeremy Bullins Mustang
12 Ryan Blaney Todd Gordon
22 Joey Logano Paul Wolfe
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Clint Bowyer Greg Erwin Shelby GT500
Honda Favre-Orr Racing 16 Parker Kligerman Joey Knuckles Civic
37 Regan Smith Joe Lax
61 Jeb Burton Tim Steele
90 Johanna Robbins Darrell Bryant
Labonte Motorsports 09 Justin Allgaier Jay Guy Accord
52 Michael Annett Steve Addington
53 Dakoda Armstrong Jimmy Elledge
Lincoln Front Row Motorsports 34 Michael McDowell Drew Blickensderfer Continental
38 Hunter Nemechek (R) Seth Barbour
Go Fas Racing 32 Alex Labbé Ryan Sparks
Yates Racing 28 Ty Majeski Todd Parrott
88 Ryan Reed Kevin Manion
96 Jason Leffler Larry Carter
Nissan Gaunt Brothers Racing 96 D.J. Kennington (R) Phil Gould Sentra
Michael Waltrip Racing 51 Clint Bowyer Dax Gerringer
55 Brett Moffitt Chad Walter
Pontiac Leavine Family Racing 95 Matt DiBenedetto Mike Wheeler Firebird
StarCom Racing 05 Quin Houff Joe Williams Grand Prix
Stewart-Haas Racing 00 Cole Custer (R) Mike Shiplett Grand Prix
4 Kevin Harvick Rodney Childers
10 Aric Almirola Johnny Klausmeier
14 Kyle Larson 6 Mike Bugarewicz
Matt Kenseth 47
Toyota Furniture Row Racing 77 Christopher Bell (R) Jason Ratcliff Camry
78 Kurt Busch James Small
Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin Chris Gabehart
18 Kyle Busch Adam Stevens
19 Daniel Suárez Dave Rogers
20 Erik Jones Chris Gayle
Ford 3
Chevrolet 1
TBA 32
Rick Ware Racing 56 Joey Gase 5 Jason Houghtaling 2019 Mustang

2019 Camaro

TBA 31
57 B. J. McLeod 1 Lee Leslie 1

Mike Hillman Sr. 3

J. J. Yeley 3
TBA 32
36/58 David Ragan 1 Derrick Finley 1
Joey Gase 3 Lee Leslie 3
TBA 32
Ford 1
Toyota 6
MBM Motorsports 66 Timmy Hill Steve Idol 2019 Mustang 1
2019 Camry 6

Part-time teams

Note:

  • Only teams that have officially announced or mentioned that they hope to compete in 2020 are listed.
Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief Rounds Model
Chevrolet Beard Motorsports 62 Brendan Gaughan Darren Shaw 4 Camaro
Kaulig Racing 61 Justin Haley Billy Scott 1 Malibu
Dodge Premium Motorsports 27 Reed Sorenson Peter Sospenzo 1 Charger
Ford Rick Ware Racing 54 J.J. Yeley Mike Hillman Sr. 1 2019 Mustang
Toyota MBM Motorsports 49 Chad Finchum Doug Richert 1 2019 Camry

Manufacturer changes

  • Nissan will enter NASCAR competition with Gaunt Brothers Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing, fielding the Sentra.
  • JTG Daugherty Racing will switch to Dodge, marking the return of the Charger to the Cup Series; the Charger last ran in the Cup Series in 2012, and had been running in the Grand National Series (without factory support until 2017), as well as being the primary Dodge model in the K&N Pro Series and ARCA Racing Series.
  • Chevrolet upgraded the Camaro ZL1 to the ZL1 1LE model. The change was made primarily due to the pointed nose of the base ZL1 causing large multicar wrecks at Daytona and Talladega when attempting to push.

Schedule

No Race Title Track Date Time (ET) TV
1 Texaco 250 Road America, Lake Elkhart, Wisconsin January 27 1:30 p.m. Fox
Busch Clash Qualifier Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida February 9 12:00 p.m. CBS Sports Network
Busch Clash February 10 3:00 p.m. CBS
Gatorade Duel February 14 7:00 p.m. CBS Sports Network
2 Daytona 500 February 18 2:30 p.m. CBS
3 Subway 400 Rockingham Speedway, Rockingham, North Carolina February 23 3:30 p.m. Fox
4 Hickory 276 Hickory Motor Speedway, Hickory, North Carolina February 29 1:30 p.m. FS1
5 Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada March 3 3:30 p.m. Fox
6 Sherwin-Williams 300 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio March 7 1:35 p.m. Fox
7 Mansfield 300 Mansfield Motor Speedway, Mansfield, Ohio March 9 1:00 p.m. Fox
8 Eldora Dirt Derby Eldora Speedway, New Weston, Ohio March 10 3:00 p.m. Fox
9 Budweiser 400 Riverside Speedway, Moreno Valley, California March 17 3:30 p.m. Fox
10 Corona 350 Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, Mexico March 24 2:00 p.m. FS1
11 Jacob's Grand Prix Brands Hatch, West Kingsdown, Kent, England March 31 1:15 p.m.

1:30 p.m.

Fox
12 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas April 7 2:00 p.m. FS1
13 GEICO 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, Alabama April 13 6:30 p.m. Fox
14 Pinky Malinky 400 Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth, Pennsylvania April 20 5:30 p.m. FS1

Nickelodeon

15 STP 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia April 28 2:00 p.m. Fox
16 Gander RV 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware May 6 1:45 p.m. FS1
17 Digital Ally 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas May 11 8:00 p.m. FS1
NASCAR Open Oxford Speedway, Oxford, Maine May 18 6:00 p.m. FS1
NASCAR All-Star Race May 18 8:00 p.m. FS1
18 Myers Brothers 250 Bowman Gray Stadium, Winston-Salem, North Carolina May 22 5:00 p.m. Fox
19 World 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina May 26 6:00 p.m. Fox
20 FireKeepers Casino 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan June 2 2:00 p.m. FS1
21 Old Spice 400 World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Madison, Illinois June 10 4:30 p.m. Fox
22 McDonald's 400 Chicago Motor Speedway, Cicero, Illinois June 22 3:00 p.m. FS1
23 Camping World 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois June 23 2:30 p.m. MGM
24 U.S. Cellular 400 Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa June 27 3:15 p.m. NBC
25 BlackBerry 300 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec, Canada June 30 1:00 p.m. NBC
26 McCormick 350 Delaware Speedway, Delaware, Ontario, Canada July 1 3:00 p.m. NBC
Daytona Late Model Classic Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida July 5 1:00 p.m. TBS
27 Firecracker 400 July 7 7:00 p.m. MGM
28 Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky July 13 7:30 p.m. MGM
29 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, New Hampshire July 21 4:15 p.m. TBS
30 Gander Outdoors 400 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania July 28 2:30 p.m. MGM
31 Go Bowling at The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York August 4 2:30 p.m. NBC
32 Howard Johnson's 400 Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain, Colorado August 11 2:30 p.m. MGM
33 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee August 17 6:30 p.m. MGM
Circuit City Summer Shootout Evergreen Speedway, Monroe, Washington August 21 1:00 p.m. TBS
34 Dollar Tree 400 South Boston Speedway, South Boston, Virginia August 24 3:30 p.m. NBC
35 Greenville 200 Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Easley, South Carolina August 31 1:00 p.m. NBC
36 Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington, South Carolina September 1 7:00 p.m. MGM
37 Hoosier Lottery 400 Lucas Oil Raceway, Brownsburg, Indiana September 7 2:00 p.m. MGM
38 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana, (Roval) September 8 5:30 p.m. MGM
39 Tyson Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina September 15 7:00 p.m. MGM
40 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway, Richmond, Virginia September 21 7:30 p.m. TBS
41 Bank of America Roval 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, North Carolina, (Roval) September 29 2:00 p.m. NBC
42 TNN 420 Fairgrounds Speedway, Nashville, Tennessee October 6 2:30 p.m. TNN
43 Nürburgring Grand Prix Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany October 13 2:00 p.m. TBS
44 Metrolina 250 Metrolina Speedway, Charlotte, North Carolina October 16 1:00 p.m. TBS
45 Talladega 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, Alabama October 20 2:00 p.m. NBC
46 TicketGuardian 500 ISM Raceway, Avondale, Arizona October 27 2:00 p.m. NBC
47 Keystone Light 400 Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin November 3 2:30 p.m. NBC
48 Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California November 10 2:30 p.m. TBS
49 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California November 17 3:00 p.m. TBS
50 Ford EcoBoost 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Miami, Florida November 24 2:30 p.m. MGM
51 Sega 350 Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan December 1 2:30 p.m. MGM
52 Myrtle Beach 200 Myrtle Beach Speedway, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina December 8 1:00 p.m. NBC
53 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia December 11 3:30 p.m. MGM
NASCAR Thunder Christmas Special 100 Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, Pays de la Loire, France December 15 1:00 p.m. TBS

|}Crown Jewel races in bold

Changes due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

  • On March 16, 2020, NASCAR announced all race events through May 3 have been postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. CEO Trevor J. Simpson ultimately decided to run doubleheaders later in the season. To facilitate this, he ordered Talladega Superspeedway to install a lighting system so the GEICO 500 could be run after the Sugarland Shine 250 Truck Series race, then run the 1000Bulbs.com 500 the next day.
  • On April 30, 2020, it was announced that racing would recommence on May 17. Races will be run at Darlington, Charlotte, and North Wilkesboro, and will see the revival of the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400, TranSouth 500 (as the Bugs Bunny 500, due to the character's 80th anniversary, as well as the 90th anniversary of the Looney Tunes franchise, being celebrated in 2020), Bank of America 500, and First Union 400 (as the Daffy Duck 400). Consideration is also being given for running races at Daytona, Homestead, and New Smyrna (which has never hosted a NASCAR race outside of the Sears All-American Racing Series). All races will be held without fans and, except for the World 600, the field will be set by owners points instead of heat races. To facilitate this, the U.S. Cellular 400 and Camping World 400 were cancelled, and it was also announced that the Toyota Owners 400 would not be made up; further cancellations may follow.
Revised Schedule
No. Race Title Track TV
1 Texaco 250 Road America, Lake Elkhart Fox
Busch Clash Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach CBS Sports Network
Gatorade Duels CBS Sports Network
2 Daytona 500 CBS
3 Subway 400 Rockingham Speedway, Rockingham, North Carolina Fox
4 Hickory 276 Hickory Motor Speedway, Hickory, North Carolina FS1
5 Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada Fox
6 Ticket Guardian 500 Phoenix Speedway, Avondale Fox
7 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Darlington Speedway, Darlington MGM
8 Bugs Bunny 500 FS1
9 World 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte MGM
10 Bank of America 500 FS1
11 Daffy Duck 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro MGM
Cancelled Races
Race Title Track TV
Toyota Owners 400 Richmond Raceway, Richmond MGM
U.S. Cellular 400 Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa NBC
Camping World 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet MGM


Results


No Race Title Pole position Most laps led Winner Model
1 Texaco 250 Blaise Alexander Jeffrey Earnhardt William Byron Chevrolet Camaro
Busch Clash Qualifier Ryan Preece Ross Chastain Christopher Bell Toyota Camry
Busch Clash Ryan Newman Brad Keselowski Erik Jones Toyota Camry
Gatorade Duel #1 Jeffrey Earnhardt Brad Keselowski Adam Petty Plymouth Superbird
Gatorade Duel #2 Chase Elliott Austin Dillon Blaise Alexander Ford Mustang
2 Daytona 500 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Denny Hamlin Ryan Newman Ford Mustang
3 Subway 400 Kyle Busch Alex Bowman Adam Petty Plymouth Superbird
4 Hickory 276 Matt DiBenedetto Chase Elliott Blaise Alexander Ford Mustang
5 Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Kyle Larson Ryan Blaney Alex Bowman Chevrolet Camaro
6 Ticket Guardian 500
7 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400
8 Bugs Bunny 500
9 Coca-Cola 600
10 Bank of America 500
11 Daffy Duck 400
12 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500
13 GEICO 500
14 Pinky Malinky 400
15 STP 500
16 Gander RV 400
17 Digital Ally 400
NASCAR Open
NASCAR All-Star Race
18 Myers Brothers 250
19 World 600
20 FireKeepers Casino 400
21 Old Spice 400
22 McDonald's 400
23 SpongeBob SquarePants 400 presented by Camping World
24 U.S. Cellular 400
25 BlackBerry 300
26 McCormick 350
Daytona Late Model Classic
27 Firecracker 400
28 Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart
29 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301
30 Gander Outdoors 400
31 Go Bowling at The Glen
32 Howard Johnson's 400
33 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
Circuit City Summer Shootout
34 Dollar Tree 400
35 Greenville 200
36 Southern 500
37 Hoosier Lottery 400
38 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard
39 Tyson Holly Farms 400
40 Federated Auto Parts 400
41 Bank of America Roval 500
42 TNN 420
43 Federated Auto Parts 400
44 Metrolina 250
45 Talladega 500
46 TicketGuardian 500
47 Keystone Light 400
48 Auto Club 400
49 Toyota/Save Mart 350
50 Ford EcoBoost 400
51 Sega 350
52 Myrtle Beach 200
53 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
NASCAR Thunder Christmas Special 100