NASCAR is back and New Jersey sportsbooks are taking bets

After more than two months off due to the coronavirus outbreak, NASCAR is back in action on Sunday, May 17. There are also races scheduled for May 19 and 20, with all three events to be held at the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.

There are now 20 races planned for NASCAR, including Cup Series events. All of the races, which will be held without fans, in the month of June will be staged at tracks in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and Virginia.

“As we prepare for our return to racing at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, the industry has been diligent in building the return-to-racing schedule,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer.

“We are eager to expand our schedule while continuing to work closely with the local governments in each of the areas we will visit. We thank the many government officials for their guidance, as we share the same goal in our return – the safety for our competitors and the communities in which we race.”

While racing is back, it is not a full schedule. Postponed events include:

• Ones Held at Kansas Speedway
• Ones Held at International Speedway
• NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio
• Gander Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway

Several other races were canceled outright:

• All NASCAR national series races
• NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event

Through the first four races this season, Kevin Harvick leads the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series standings with 164 points. While he has not captured the checkered flag, he has finished in the top 10 every time. Joey Lagano has 163 points and won two of the four races.

New Jersey sportsbooks have started posting odds on upcoming races as well as futures markets for the NASCAR Cup Series. Here is the full schedule of races:

May 17 – Cup Series – Darlington, SC
May 19 – Xfinity Series – Darlington, SC
May 20 – Cup Series – Darlington, SC
May 24 – Cup Series – Charlotte, NC
May 25 – Xfinity Series – Charlotte, NC
May 26 – Trucks Series – Charlotte, NC
May 27 – Cup Series – Charlotte, NC
May 30 – Xfinity Series – Bristol, TN
May 31 – Cup Series – Bristol, TN
June 6 – Trucks Series – Atlanta, GA
June 6 – Xfinity Series – Atlanta, GA
June 7 – Cup Series – Atlanta, GA
June 10 – Cup Series – Martinsville, VA
June 13 – Trucks Series – Homestead, FL
June 13 – Xfinity Series – Homestead, FL
June 14 – Cup Series – Homestead, FL
June 20 – ARCA Series – Talladega, AL
June 20 – Xfinity Series – Talladega, AL
June 21 – Cup Series – Talladega, AL

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