NASCAR heads home to Charlotte: When is it and how to watch

NASCAR will attempt to run four races in as many days, starting with the longest event on the schedule this Sunday – the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

NASCAR heads home to Charlotte: When is it and how to watch

After a successful return to action at Darlington Raceway, NASCAR will race from home for the next four days with two Cup races, one Xfinity and one Truck race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

How did things go at Darlington?

No positive cases of COVID-19 were reported from the track following NASCAR's return at Darlington, which included two Cup races and one Xfinity Series event.

The Cup races were won by Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin with Chase Briscoe taking an emotional victory in the NXS race.

Kyle Busch was in the spotlight, and not just for his late-race duel with Briscoe in Thursday's NXS race. On Wednesday, he collided with Chase Elliott in the closing laps of the NCS show while battling for second, resulting in a middle finger from NASCAR's Most Popular Driver.

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Ratings for NASCAR's return were very promising with 6.323 million viewers tuning in for the first race. It was the most watched Cup Series race (excluding the Daytona 500) in nearly three years. The sport's first midweek race since 1984 was hindered by rain from start to finish, but still boasted 2.087 million viewers on Wednesday.

Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry leads Ryan Newman, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Mustang

Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry leads Ryan Newman, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Mustang

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When is the action at Charlotte?

Unlike most events on the schedule at the moment, the Coca-Cola 600 will include live qualifying. The session will take place at 2 p.m. EST with the race following at 6 p.m. EST. 

FOX will carry all events with the 600 broadcasted on the main channel with the other three races on Fox Sports 1. 

The second Cup race on Wednesday evening will be just over 300 miles. 

Date Track Series Distance Network Start (ET)
Sun, May 24 Charlotte Cup 600mi FOX 6:00 PM
Mon, May 25 Charlotte Xfinity 300mi FS1 7:30 PM
Tue, May 26 Charlotte Trucks 200mi FS1 8:00 PM
Wed, May 27  Charlotte Cup 500km FS1 8:00 PM

Staying safe?

The protocols in place at Darlington remain in effect for the Charlotte race week as NASCAR moves to prevent any COVID-19 cases appearing in the garage. This means no fans will be permitted to attend and PPE is mandatory for all present at the track.

NASCAR has collaborated with public health officials, medical experts and state and federal officials, and implemented a comprehensive health and safety plan. In accordance with CDC, OSHA and state and local government recommendations, almost every aspect of how the event is conducted will be significantly modified, including the following provisos:

  • One-day shows
  • Mandated use of personal protective equipment throughout the event
  • Health screenings for all individuals prior to entering the facility, while inside the facility and exiting the facility
  • Social distancing protocols throughout the event
  • Strict limits on the number of individuals who are granted access into each facility, including a cap of 16 members per Cup team (including driver)

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Race Winner Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang

Race Winner Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang

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Where is NASCAR heading after Charlotte?

NASCAR released more of its revised schedule earlier this month, detailing plans up until June 21. Follow the four days of racing at CMS, the series will head to Tennessee for two events at Bristol Motor Speedway.

DATE      
TRACK
SERIES
DISTANCE
TV
START (ET)
Sat, May 30 Bristol Xfinity 160 mi FS1 3:30 PM
Sun, May 31 Bristol Cup 266 mi FS1 3:30 PM
Sat, June 6 Atlanta Trucks 200 mi FS1 1:00 PM
Sat, June 6 Atlanta Xfinity 251 mi FOX 4:30 PM
Sun, June 7 Atlanta Cup 500 mi FOX 3:00 PM
Wed, June 10 Martinsville Cup 263 mi FS1 7:00 PM
Sat, June 13 Miami Trucks 201 mi FS1 12:30 PM
Sat, June 13 Miami Xfinity 250 mi FOX 3:30 PM
Sun, June 14 Miami Xfinity 250 mi FS1 12:00 PM
Sun, June 14 Miami Cup 400 mi FOX 3:30 PM
Sat, June 20 Talladega ARCA 202 mi FS1 2:00 PM
Sat, June 20 Talladega Xfinity 300 mi FS1 5:30 PM
Sun, June 21 Talladega Cup 500 mi FOX 3:00 PM

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