Coke Zero Sugar 400 to shift race date beginning in 2020

Coke Zero Sugar 400 to shift race date beginning in 2020

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

The Spring Texas Motor Speedway NASCAR races will be held Thursday through Sunday, and they will attract more than 100,000 race fans to southern Denton County, causing extra traffic and some road/lane closures in the Northlake/Roanoke area.

Also revealed in the 2020 schedule release, Dover's spring Cup race will take place May 3. "This market has established itself as a sports and entertainment destination, hosting championship events across professional and amateur sports for years, and we are thrilled to add the NASCAR Championship to this long list of sporting events here in Arizona".

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be in action October 25-27 for the First Data 500 race weekend.

It's unclear if NASCAR could start rotating the championship race between cities like the National Football League does with its Super Bowl.

One of Dover International Speedway's 2020 race weekends is also a beach weekend. He would have done a doubleheader, but said he believes it should be a unique event and special to Pocono. Bristol is now the first elimination race of the playoffs, and the roval at Charlotte is the eliminating race of the second round of the playoffs.

"To be able to host our Labor Day throwback weekend as the first race of the NASCAR Playoffs will create tremendous excitement and enthusiasm for our fans", said Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp. "Darlington Raceway, considered one of the toughest tracks on the circuit, will definitely challenge the drivers right from the start of the postseason".

Another change is Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway's fall event on September 19 will become a playoff cutoff race.

Atlanta Motor Speedway's annual race, which has been the second race on the schedule since 2015, will now be held on March 15. Las Vegas also follows the February 16 Daytona 500 as the first race of NASCAR's annual trip west.

NASCAR made the announcement Tuesday as it unveiled its 2020 schedule. "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".

Pocono Raceway will be the site of a historic weekend in 2020 as part of NASCAR's revamped schedule.

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