NASCAR revises schedule as races restart this weekend

NASCAR has canceled races at Richmond Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway and Sonoma Raceway in California, as it revises its schedule to restart the season.

NASCAR plans to race at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on May 17 and May 20. Since those races weren’t originally scheduled, NASCAR forfeited events at its Richmond and Chicago tracks. Richmond was originally scheduled for April 19 and Chicagoland was scheduled for June 21

Speedway Motorsports traded its road course race in Sonoma scheduled for June 14 for a Cup race at Charlotte on May 27.

NASCAR is attempting to race at tracks within driving distance of its North Carolina-based teams as it resumes competition following the sports shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway will reportedly be raced June 7. NASCAR has only officially announced races through May.

According to Autoweek, the upcoming schedule is: 
• Sunday, May 17 | Darlington 400
• Wednesday, May 20 | Darlington 310
• Sunday, May 24 | Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte
• Wednesday, May 27 | Charlotte 310
• Sunday, May 31 | Martinsville
• Wednesday, June 3 | Bristol
• Sunday, June 7 | Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Atlanta
• Sunday, June 14 | Miami

The canceling of the Chicago race is an ominous sign for workers at the track in Joliet, Ill. The track staff was hit this week with a second round of layoffs by NASCAR since the pandemic.

Speedway Motorsports, owner and operator of Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Charlotte track hosting races this month, had previously announced plans to lay off 180 employees and furlough 100 more.