NASCAR Cup Series drivers will race under the lights for the next month. The next five races in the Cup Series are all night races, starting this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway. Three of those races are on Saturday and the other two are on Sunday.
The Coke Zero Sugar 400 race at Daytona Beach is the last race of the regular season before the playoffs begin. It will be held on August 29th at the iconic track.
The first race in the Round of 16 of the playoffs is the highly anticipated Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, September 6th.
The 367-lap race is part of NASCAR’s throwback weekend, where drivers will run paint schemes in honor of legendary drivers.
After Darlington’s Southern 500 race, the Federated Auto Parts 400 race at the Richmond Raceway is next. The 400-lap race is on September 12th, in the second installment of the Round of 16.
The final Round of 16 race is on the following weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway. The Bass Pro Shops Night Race is on Saturday, September 19th.
The final night race of the season is on Sunday, September 27, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The South Point 400 is the first race in the Round of 12 playoff stage for the Cup Series.
Five different tracks will hold the remaining night races. The first night race at the track in Bristol was held 42 years ago in 1978, and Cale Yarborough won the race.
The first-ever night race at the Daytona International Speedway was 22 years ago. In the 1998 Cup Series race, Jeff Gordon dominated the race from start to finish for the victory.
Whereas, Darlington Raceway’s first race under the lights was barely 16 years ago. Jimmie Johnson won the race that was held in the fall of 2004.
The Richmond Raceway hosted its first-ever night race back in 1991, almost thirty years ago. Harry Gant won the race, which was the second of his four consecutive victories. And the Las Vegas Motor Speedway held its maiden night race just last year.