DARLINGTON, SC (WBTW) – On Tuesday, the 2020 NASCAR schedule was released and there are some major shakeups to the races and the playoffs.
The biggest occurs in the Pee Dee as the Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway will now host the first round of the Monster Energy Series playoffs on Labor Day weekend in 2020.
Typically, the race has been just a couple weeks before the postseason has begun, but now the Pee Dee will be in the spotlight to kick off the NASCAR playoffs.
“To be able to host our Labor Day throwback weekend as the first race of the NASCAR Playoffs will create tremendous excitement and enthusiasm for our fans,” said track President Kerry Tharp in a press release. “Darlington Raceway, considered one of the toughest tracks on the circuit, will definitely challenge the drivers right from the start of the postseason. To combine our throwback weekend, which celebrates the sport’s past, present and future, with the initial start to the championship run, should provide plenty of additional excitement, and energy to the entire weekend.”
The 2019 race will take place on Sunday, September 1 at 6 p.m.