NASCAR Cup Series: Top 5 races to watch in 2020

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 29: Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Nationwide Retirement Plans Chevrolet (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series schedule realignment was one of the biggest schedule changes in a while and is expected to produce arguably the most hyped schedule of the century. Here are the top five races to watch in the upcoming season.

As usual, the upcoming NASCAR Cup Series season starts with the Super Bowl of stock car racing with the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in mid-February.

But this year, it ends out west in the desert at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, November 8, and it features several other changes along the way.

Besides the obvious change to the location of the championship race, the other big changes include a doubleheader at Pocono Raceway as well as the Coke Zero Sugar 400 and Brickyard 400 at Daytona International Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, respectively, switching dates.

The second Daytona race has moved to the regular season finale slot at the end of August and the Brickyard 400 has moved to Fourth of July weekend.

What are some of the races that fans should watch out for?

Before I outline the top five, here are a few honorable mentions.

  • Martinsville Night Race (Saturday, May 9)
    • Martinsville Speedway
  • Pocono Doubleheader (Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28)
    • Kids Free 325 and Worry-Free Weather Guarantee 350
  • Southern 500 (Sunday, September 6)
    • Darlington Raceway
  • Bank of America Roval 400 (Sunday, October 11)
    • Charlotte Motor Speedway roval

Now here are the top five.

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