NASCAR announced its second installment of events in its return to racing on Thursday. The announcement revealed the planned date and location for the return of the ARCA Menards Series, as well as two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events which have been cancelled.
Along with a dozen events for its national series, including five NASCAR Cup Series dates, the updated schedule includes an ARCA Menards Series event at Talladega Superspeedway (AL) on Saturday, June 20. That event will be the first for the series since its season opener at Daytona International Speedway (FL) in February.
It will be contested as part of a two-day race weekend at Talladega, with the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series also competing at the speedway that weekend.
However, NASCAR also confirmed a pair of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events which will not take place.
The Modifieds’ return to Martinsville Speedway (VA), originally scheduled for May 8 as part of a NASCAR Cup Series weekend at the historic facility, has been cancelled. Furthermore, the series’ first trip to Iowa Speedway has also been removed from the schedule. That race was originally scheduled for Friday, July 31.
According to the announcement, all NASCAR national series races at Iowa Speedway have been cancelled for the 2020 season. The NASCAR Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway scheduled for June 13 has been realigned to Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, June 14.
NASCAR is continuing to work with track & government officials to reschedule events on the 2020 schedule.
— NASCAR Roots (@NASCARRoots) May 14, 2020
The next event scheduled for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is Saturday, June 6 at Seekonk Speedway. This is subject to change based on other scheduling adjustments or further postponements. The Spring Sizzler at Stafford had initially been rescheduled for May 30-31, but has since been postponed until further notice, with no announced date on their schedule.
Stay tuned to Speed51 for continued updates regarding short track racing events during the COVID-19 pandemic.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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