Short tracks abound in 2020 schedules for Xfinity and Gander Outdoor Trucks



NASCAR officially unveiled the 2020 schedules for both the Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Wednesday. 
 
Perhaps the most interesting nugget will be all three of NASCAR’s top national tours holding the penultimate race of the season—and the Championship 4 cut-off event—at Martinsville Speedway, the oldest track on the circuit. 
 
The Gander Outdoors Truck Series race will be held on Oct. 30 under the lights at The Paperclip, while the Xfinity Series returns the half-miler after a three-year absence.
 
“Last week I was able to answer the most popular question I get, which is about a night race and this week I get to answer the second most popular question we get, ‘When will you bring back the Xfinity Series,’” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “I remember that series fondly from their time here in the past and fans will now be able to see drivers from all three national touring series at Martinsville Speedway over one weekend, which I know they will enjoy.”
 
The truck series returns to Richmond Raceway on April 18.  The NGOTS hasn't competed at the .75-mile oval since 2005. Richmond was one of the original tracks on the truck schedule when the series debuted in 1995.
 
“Since I came to Richmond in 2011, I have been asked one question more than any other, ‘When are the trucks coming back,’” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “We have actively pursued a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race for years, so we look forward to welcoming the Gander Trucks back home to Richmond next spring.”
 
Both series will wrap up the season at ISM Raceway along with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series the first weekend of November. The tours will also join Cup for the inaugural doubleheader at Pocono Raceway on the last weekend in June. Gateway Motorsports Park will now host the trucks Playoff opener on Aug. 21. 
 
“The NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series were both built on short track racing, and it is important that short tracks remain a prominent part of our series schedules,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR managing director of racing operations and international development.
 
“We returned to our roots in many ways with today’s announcement. Martinsville and Richmond were part of the original Xfinity and Gander Trucks schedules, and we’re excited for their return as part of a strong overall slate.”
 
Perhaps the most popular news to come out of the schedule announcement is NASCAR filling the Cup and Xfinity void left created during NBCSports’ two-week departure to cover the 2020 Olympics. The Gander Outdoor Truck Series should quench the thirst for racing with two short tracks—Eldora Speedway on Thursday, July 30 and Iowa Speedway on August 1.
 

 

2020 NASCAR XFININTY SERIES SCHEUDLE

DATE     TRACK

Saturday, Feb. 15              Daytona International Speedway
Saturday, Feb. 22              Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Saturday, Feb. 29              Auto Club Speedway
Saturday, March 7            ISM Raceway
Saturday, March 14         Atlanta Motor Speedway
Saturday, March 21         Homestead-Miami Speedway
Saturday, March 28         Texas Motor Speedway
Saturday, April 4               Bristol Motor Speedway
Saturday, April 25             Talladega Superspeedway
Saturday, May 2                Dover International Speedway
Saturday, May 23              Charlotte Motor Speedway
Saturday, May 30              Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Saturday, June 6               Michigan International Speedway
Saturday, June 13             Iowa Speedway
Saturday, June 20             Chicagoland Speedway
Sunday, June 28                Pocono Raceway
Saturday, July 4                 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Friday, July 10                  Kentucky Speedway
Saturday, July 18               New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Saturday, Aug. 1                Iowa Speedway
Saturday, Aug. 8                Road America
Saturday, Aug. 15             Watkins Glen International
Saturday, Aug. 22             Dover International Speedway
Friday, Aug. 28                  Daytona International Speedway
Saturday, Sept. 5              Darlington Raceway
Friday, Sept. 11               Richmond Raceway
Friday, Sept. 18               Bristol Motor Speedway
Saturday, Sept. 26            Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Saturday, Oct. 10              Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval
Saturday, Oct. 17              Kansas Speedway
Saturday, Oct. 24              Texas Motor Speedway
Saturday, Oct. 31              Martinsville Speedway
Saturday, Nov. 7               ISM Raceway

 

2020 NASCAR GANDER OUTDOORS TRUCK SERIES SCHEDULE

DATE     TRACK

Friday, Feb. 14                  Daytona International Speedway
Friday, Feb. 21                  Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Saturday, March 14         Atlanta Motor Speedway
Friday, March 20               Homestead-Miami Speedway
Friday, March 27               Texas Motor Speedway
Saturday, April 18             Richmond Raceway
Friday, May 1                    Dover International Speedway
Friday, May 15                   Charlotte Motor Speedway
Saturday, May 30              Kansas Speedway
Friday, June 5                   Texas Motor Speedway
Friday, June 12                Iowa Speedway
Friday, June 19                 Chicagoland Speedway
Saturday, June 27             Pocono Raceway
Thursday, July 9               Kentucky Speedway
Thursday, July 30              Eldora Speedway
Saturday, Aug. 8                Michigan International Speedway
Friday, Aug. 21                 Gateway Motorsports Park
Sunday, Sept. 6               Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Thursday, Sept. 17           Bristol Motor Speedway
Friday, Sept. 25               Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Saturday, Oct. 3                Talladega Superspeedway
Friday, Oct. 30                  Martinsville Speedway
Friday, Nov. 6                    ISM Raceway

 

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