ISM embraces “unimaginable alternative” as 2020 NASCAR finale host
ISM Raceway was fast to specific its enthusiasm at being designate the host of subsequent 12 months’s NASCAR season finale, a change that spearheads the considerably revised schedule unveiled on Tuesday.
“Internet hosting the NASCAR Championship Weekend in 2020 is an unimaginable alternative for ISM Raceway, the West Valley and your entire Phoenix metropolitan space,” mentioned monitor president Julie Giese. “This market has established itself as a sports activities and leisure vacation spot, internet hosting championship occasions throughout skilled and beginner sports activities for years, and we’re thrilled so as to add the NASCAR Championship to this lengthy listing of sporting occasions right here in Arizona.”
Elsewhere, Atlanta Motor Speedway is now race quantity 5 after the west coast swing. For the final 5 years, it has adopted the season-opening Daytona 500.
“This can be a huge win for our Speedway and its followers,” mentioned AMS govt vp and common supervisor Brandon Hutchison. “Our followers have been asking for a hotter race day, so taking the chance to maneuver our race weekend into spring was a no brainer. When March 15, 2020, rolls across the flowers and crops round our facility might be blooming, and our followers might be having fun with hotter, extra inviting climate as we have a good time our 60th 12 months.”
Martinsville can also be now getting its evening race after putting in lights in 2017. The spring race might be on the Saturday evening of Mom’s Day Weekend.
“This can be a very thrilling day for Martinsville Speedway,” monitor president Clay Campbell mentioned. “It’s a query we’ve gotten from followers actually each day since we put in the lights, and we at the moment are capable of say, ‘Could 9, 2020.’ So, this can be a very thrilling day for everybody concerned.”
Martinsville’s second race is staying within the playoffs, however has turn into the penultimate race on the schedule.
“We’re going to transfer to some of the essential races on the schedule, organising the Cup Collection finale,” Campbell mentioned. “Current historical past has proven us that drivers will do no matter it takes to safe a spot within the Championship Race, and now the urgency and depth will go to a different degree, because it’s the final shot for groups to have an opportunity on the championship.”
Throughout the summer time, Pocono Raceway may have only one weekend however will nonetheless maintain two Cup Collection races.
“Pocono Raceway might be a marquee, bucket-list occasion subsequent 12 months,” mentioned Pocono CEO Nick Igdalsky. “We would be the first monitor to host two, points-paying Cup races in consecutive dates in NASCAR’s fashionable period (1972-present.) Our household and employees stay dedicated to making sure followers see the identical worth for his or her tickets as they’ve in years previous. Youngsters, ages 12 and beneath, will nonetheless obtain free gate admission to each of those races subsequent summer time.
“Followers can nonetheless buy each ticket prematurely with confidence due to our Fear Free Climate Assure. We assure that if a Cup race is postponed attributable to climate, we are going to give you an automated refund on unused tickets! One of the best ways for a fan to make sure they will attend our 2020 race weekend is to have a 2019 ticket.”
The 16-driver playoff discipline goes to be set in late August on the excessive banks of Daytona.
“The Coke Zero Sugar 400 will proceed to be one of many cornerstone occasions on the NASCAR schedule and can now function the ultimate race of the common season,” mentioned monitor president Chip Wile. “Daytona Worldwide Speedway strives to ship essentially the most thrilling racing for our followers, and this date change provides one other layer of drama and pleasure with a possible walk-off dwelling run second for a driver to solidify a playoff berth.”
Darlington Raceway holds down its spot on Labor Day weekend however now opens the postseason.
“To have the ability to host our Labor Day throwback weekend as the primary race of the NASCAR Playoffs will create great pleasure and enthusiasm for our followers,” mentioned monitor president Kerry Tharp. “Darlington Raceway, thought-about one of many hardest tracks on the circuit, will certainly problem the drivers proper from the beginning of the postseason. To mix our throwback weekend, which celebrates the game’s previous, current, and future, with the preliminary begin to the championship run, ought to present loads of further pleasure, and vitality to your entire weekend.”
The primary elimination race within the playoffs would be the Bristol brief monitor.
“I’m actually excited concerning the 2020 season schedule, which guarantees to be a memorable one with the Meals Metropolis 500 returning to the schedule on a wonderful Sunday, April 5 spring afternoon and the Bass Professional Retailers NRA Evening Race transferring to Saturday, Sept. 19, as a key race within the NASCAR Playoffs,” mentioned Jerry Caldwell, BMS govt vp and common supervisor.
“If NASCAR followers thought they’ve seen tempers flare and sparks fly beneath the lights on the Bass Professional Retailers NRA Evening Race, simply wait till they expertise an actual pressure-packed NASCAR playoff elimination race at Bristol Motor Speedway. We’re grateful to the followers that voiced their opinions and rooted for extra short-track racing within the Playoffs, and appreciative of NASCAR collaborating with its many stakeholders to ship a schedule with many optimistic changes.”
Texas additionally stays within the postseason, nevertheless, pushed again per week from its typical date.
“The autumn date change solves the difficulty we’ve handled since 2005 in that it will get us off the normal early November opening week of the Texas common looking season,” mentioned monitor president Eddie Gossage. “That’s an enormous situation for a key faction of our race followers so this could please all of the white-tailed deer hunters who couldn’t make it out to the monitor. Now they will so we’re wanting ahead to them becoming a member of us for our new Oct. 25 race date.”