NASCAR hosting first Wednesday Cup race in 36 years

Tanya Simon
May 21, 2020

There also will be radio coverage from MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Like the Cup Series, the Xfinity Series hadn't raced in over 10 weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Real Heroes 400, run without spectators, averaged a 3.71 household rating and 6.3 million viewers on FOX Sunday, which made it the highest rated and most-watched Cup Series race outside of the Daytona 500 since Atlanta in 2017 (3.8/6.6m). The race needs to reach only the halfway point (Lap 114) to be considered official.

Should NASCAR not be able to complete the Cup race, it would try again Thursday night in a doubleheader.

According to, there is a 90 percent chance of precipitation in the Darlington, S.C., area on Wednesday night.

In recent weeks, the state governments in North and SC have loosened their stay-at-home orders which allowed NASCAR to schedule several race events at Darlington and Charlotte Motor Speedway over the next two weeks but without fans in attendance.

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Some have wondered why NASCAR won't move the start of Wednesday's race to an even earlier time.

The Xfinity Series will compete at Darlington at noon ET Thursday (Fox Sports 1), a race that was postponed from Tuesday night, also due to persistent heavy rain.

The Toyota 200 was scheduled for a 6 p.m. ET start, a time moved up Monday by two hours because of the threat of inclement weather.

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