NASCAR return date and race schedule
NASCAR is returning May 17th, but without fans in the stands. Barry Sweet/EPA.

Ladies and gentlemen start your engines. After a two-month postponement due to COVID-19, NASCAR is slated to get back on the track May 17th when the Cup Series resumes at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.

But everything won’t be back to the way it was on March 8th when Joey Logano won in Phoenix. Practice sessions will not occur and fans will not be in attendance to witness their favorite drivers take the checkered flag.

“NASCAR and its teams are eager and excited to return to racing, and have great respect for the responsibility that comes with a return to competition,”

said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president, and chief racing development officer in an official statement on NASCAR.com.

“NASCAR will return in an environment that will ensure the safety of our competitors, officials, and all those in the local community.”

The Cup Series at Darlington will be the first of seven races scheduled for the month of May which will take place over the course of eleven days, at both Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

All races will be streaming live on fuboTV.

NASCAR Race Schedule:

Sun, May 17 at 3:30 pm – Monster Energy Cup Series (FOX, FOX Deportes)

Tue, May 19 at 8 pm – Xfinity Series, Darlington (FS1, FOX Deportes)

Wed, May 20 at 7:30 pm – Monster Energy Cup Series (FS1, FOX Deportes)

Sun, May 24 at 6 pm – Coca-Cola 600 (FOX, FOX Deportes)

Mon, May 25 at 7:30 pm – Alsco 300 (FS1)

Tue, May 26 at 8pm – North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (FS1)

Wed, May 27 at 8 pm – Monster Energy Cup Series (FS1)

All times Eastern

The Coca-Cola 600 returns Memorial Day Weekend and is the first of four races slated for Charlotte Motor Speedway and only one in which qualifying will take place. For history fans out there, the race was first contested sixty years back, in 1960, when it was known as the World 600. The name has since changed from the Coca-Cola World 600, then to the Coca-Cola Racing 600 in 2002, and on to its current name one year later.

NASCAR races will have live pit stops, but crew teams are limited to sixteen members. In addition, they will adhere to social distancing practices and abide by CDC guidelines. While no schedule is set beyond May, the statement adds that officials do plan to complete the 36 race NASCAR Cup Series in 2020.