NASCAR revamps '20 schedule; finale to Phoenix

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

The 2020 NASCAR schedule is seeing plenty of shuffling - from a new championship race location to a Cup Series doubleheader weekend.

Since 2002, the track has played host to the NASCAR season finales, but reorganization of the schedule means this year's Ford 400 will be the final fall event at the facility.

Also revealed in the 2020 schedule release, Dover's spring Cup race will take place May 3.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway and NASCAR announced in 2017 that the Brickyard would move to September in 2018 and 2019.

Taking Daytona's traditional July 4 weekend date will be Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Brickyard 400.

"We know from experience that racing here puts on exciting races", said NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton.

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ISC shoved a race there in March, a month few track operators want because of weather concerns that shouldn't be as big an issue in the Miami area.

During the summer, Pocono Raceway will have just one weekend but will still hold two Cup Series races.

Daytona Int'l Speedway's second race of the season will shift its race date to August 29 and become the regular-season finale.

"Pocono Raceway will be a marquee, bucket-list event next year", said Pocono CEO Nick Igdalsky. "It's a question we've gotten from fans literally every day since we installed the lights, and we are now able to say, 'May 9, 2020.' So, this is a very exciting day for everyone involved".

The first elimination race in the playoffs will be the Bristol short track.

Elsewhere, Atlanta Motor Speedway is now race number five after the west coast swing. "Now they can, so we're looking forward to them joining us for our new race date". Las Vegas also follows the February 16 Daytona 500 as the first race of NASCAR's annual trip west.

The complete Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule can be found on the next page.

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