NASCAR Cup Series Not Racing This Weekend: Here’s Why

by Quentin Blount

Don’t worry NASCAR fans, we’re as sad as you are that there won’t be any Cup Series racing action over the weekend. But we will be back to seeing our favorite drivers hit the asphalt in just a couple of weeks.

You have probably heard by now that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are officially underway. Unfortunately for NASCAR fans, that means that NBC will take a two-week break from covering racing as they turn their attention to the global Olympic stage.

For NASCAR drivers themselves, the two-week break certainly does come with interesting timing. There are only four races left of the Cup Series regular season and then it is on to the Cup playoffs. So, for our favorite drivers, do you think the break would help them relax and wind down as they prepare to finish out the season? Or is it more of a hindrance in that it breaks up the momentum some of the drivers had?

At least one driver can probably argue toward the latter. That would be Aric Almirola, the driver of the No. 10 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing. He is coming off of a surprising but impressive win last Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

As it currently stands, there are still three playoff spots up for grabs in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

The Road Ahead for NASCAR Cup Series Drivers

As we mentioned above, NASCAR drivers have four races left in the Cup Series regular season. These next four races will most certainly make — and break — several drivers.

The four-race stretch will begin on August 8 at Watkins Glen. That will be followed up by a race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 15. The stop at Indianapolis is a first for the Cup Series. The back-to-back road courses coming off of the two-week Olympic break are certainly interesting.

After that, drivers will head to the two-mile oval at Michigan on August 22. And finally, they will close out the season at the 2.5-mile superspeedway at Daytona. We’ve seen it plenty of times before — anyone can win at Daytona.

But who exactly has the edge when looking at the next three races out of the break? Well, most eyes will probably be on Chase Elliott, the driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Hendrick Motorsports. And rightfully so — Elliott has an impressive track record when it comes to running on-road courses. As a matter of fact, he has an incredible seven wins in the last 11 races on road courses.

Other than the obvious choice of Chase Elliott, veteran driver Joey Logano figures to be a contender as well. Besides Elliott, Logano is the only other driver who has three top-five finishes on the four road course races so far this year.