Stage lengths, at-track procedures released for Darlington, Charlotte races in May

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NASCAR officials released stage lengths and at-track schedules Friday for the revised Cup Series slate this month at Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway, including that the information for the mandatory drivers and crew chiefs meetings will be distributed electronically.

Competition officials revealed stage lengths for the three new races added to the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The events were developed as the sanctioning body seeks out one-day events close to the industry’s Charlotte-area hub in an effort to resume operations as stay-at-home orders related to the COVID-19 health crisis begin to loosen.

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Stage lengths for the seven new races added to the 2020 national series schedule:

Date Venue Series Distance Stages Network Start
Sun., May 17 Darlington Cup Series 400.2 miles 90-185-293 laps FOX 3:30 p.m. ET
Tue., May 19 Darlington Xfinity Series 200.1 miles 45-90-147 laps FS1 8 p.m. ET
Wed., May 20 Darlington Cup Series 311.4 miles 60-125-228 laps FS1 7:30 p.m. ET
Sun., May 24 Charlotte Cup Series 600 miles 100-200-300-400 laps FOX 6 p.m. ET
Mon., May 25 Charlotte Xfinity Series 300 miles 45-90-200 laps FS1 7:30 p.m. ET
Tue., May 26 Charlotte Gander Trucks 201 miles 30-60-134 laps FS1 8 p.m. ET
Wed., May 27 Charlotte Cup Series 312 miles 55-115-208 laps FS1 8 p.m. ET

Stage lengths for the Coca-Cola 600, which keeps its originally scheduled May 24 race date at the Charlotte track, will remain at 100, 200 and 300 laps with the full 600-mile distance set to end at 400 laps.

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Events in May for the Xfinity and Gander Trucks Series will follow the same stage lengths laid out in the preseason for each track. For the NASCAR Xfinity Series, that means stages of 45-90-147 laps at Darlington on May 19 and 45-90-200 for Charlotte on May 25. The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race scheduled for Charlotte on May 26 is set for stage lengths of 30-60-134 laps.

The revised race schedules include details on the at-track logistics of holding events with health-safety protocols in place. Those include information that would normally be presented in driver and crew chief meetings and rookie orientation meetings for each series to be distributed by electronic communication.

Access to the track will be restricted to essential personnel, with health screening procedures in place each day.

As previously announced, these events will have no practice or qualifying — except for Busch Pole Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600, which will be held at 2:05 p.m. ET on May 24. Teams will be allotted a 60- or 90-minute window for priming engines and making final adjustments to their cars from their spot on the pre-race starting grid.

NASCAR Cup Series haulers are set to enter Darlington on May 16 at 5:30 p.m. ET to set up for the first race back the next day. In subsequent Darlington events, the haulers for each series will load in and load out on race day. A similar schedule is in place for Charlotte events.