April 28, 2020 / 5:24 PM / 4 months ago

NASCAR aims for May 17 return at Darlington, midweek races

NASCAR sent teams a schedule for the next two months that starts with a return to racing on May 17 at Darlington, S.C., Autoweek reported on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Nov 9, 2019; Avondale, AZ, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Riley Herbst during the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 200 at ISM Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The race would be one of five in May and among four held near most of the NASCAR team’s home bases to restart the 2020 schedule.

NASCAR officials said in March when the season was suspended that their goal would be to complete the season. Initial thoughts focused on getting the season rolling in Texas with one or two events.

South Carolina has relaxed coronavirus restrictions and Charlotte, N.C., is following suit. Charlotte will host the third and fourth races after the return to racing.

It is expected NASCAR initially will operate without live pit stops, reducing the number of team pit crew members by at least five. The exact number of team personnel and officials deemed essential has not been decided.

The schedule obtained by Autoweek is as follows:

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: Atlanta

Sunday, June 14: Miami

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