NASCAR’s Daytona 500 Headed for Another Potential Clash of Dates with the Super Bowl in 2022

Published 12/28/2020, 8:04 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JULY 06: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)


Owing to the COVID-19 global crisis, many things have been thrown into jeopardy. First and foremost is the possibility of a clash between the Daytona 500 and the NFL Super Bowl. In light of this, the NFL plans to expand its regular season to 17 games in 2021, as per reports. This will already drastically impact the NASCAR season in 2021 and possibly 2022 as well.

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The 2021 edition of the Daytona 500 is set to kick off on February 14 while the 2021 NFL Super Bowl begins just a week before it. However, the pandemic may force schedule changes.

Obviously, a clash between two of the biggest American sporting events will be a massive headache for TV networks.

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However, there is also a huge possibility of the situation becoming worse in 2022. An extra game in the 2021 season may push the 2022 Super Bowl back, by a week. In that scenario, it would mean that the Super Bowl could be held on the same day as the Daytona 500.

How will the NFL and NASCAR organizers sort out the mess?

Truthfully speaking, this is a fine pickle that the NFL and NASCAR have waded into. According to NASCAR president Steve Phelps, both series are trying their utmost to ensure the season’s smooth sailing amid a pandemic. He even acknowledged that the NFL has done a fine job of staging most of their games.

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DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 17: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

In spite of this, he kept quiet on the prospect of a potential clash between the two major events. For now, all anyone can do is wait and see if there are any more developments. Hopefully, the COVID-19 pandemic does not threaten either sport, as it could seriously hurt many parties in a financial sense.

This is because a lot of money would have been invested in hosting these events. Of course, things would be a whole lot worse if either event has to be canceled due to the pandemic.

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