NASCAR Returns To TV, Grabs 6.3 Million Viewers On Fox 05/19/2020

NASCAR Returns To TV, Grabs 6.3 Million Viewers On Fox 05/19/2020”

That's up 38 percent from the last NASCAR race in Phoenix on March 8, before the series took a 10-week hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and makes it the most-watched sports event in the US since the Daytona 500 in February.

NASCAR will be back at Darlington Raceway, the iconic SC oval known as the "Track Too Tough to Tame" on Tuesday for an Xfinity Series race while Harvick will try to make two wins in row on Wednesday when the super speedway hosts its second Cup race in four days.

The figure means that the Nascar Cup Series is averaging 5.83 million viewers in 2020, which represents a two per cent decrease compared to previous year but comes despite the interruption of the season and a rain-affected Daytona 500.

The forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday does not look good, however. If both the Xfinity and Cup races are postponed, Xfinity will run at noon ET Thursday and Cup will run at 7 p.m. ET Thursday. All races will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

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Despite the global health pandemic, the association has assured its fans that it intends to run a full 36-race NASCAR Cup Series in 2020.

The "Heroes" race aired with no fans in the stands - in keeping with COVID-19 promised restrictions of live sports leagues/programmers for the return of sports to TV.

Five other teams - the winning No. 4 of Kevin Harvick, the No. 11 of Denny Hamlin, the No. 22 of Joey Logano, the No. 42 of Matt Kenseth and the No. 95 of Christopher Bell - were found with one lug nut not safe and secure during post-race inspection Sunday evening.

Sunday's race - and all scheduled NASCAR events through June 21 - are scheduled to be held without fans in attendance.

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