UPDATE – NASCAR Statement:
“With the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus and the impact on the industry, this year’s NASCAR Champion’s Week and NASCAR Cup Series Awards originally scheduled to take place in Nashville will not occur. The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champions will be celebrated at the end of the season with more details to come. We look forward to returning to Nashville in 2021.”
ORIGINAL POST: NASCAR has canceled the ’20 Champion’s Week and Cup Series Awards banquet in Nashville due to the coronavirus pandemic, sources say, and it will find another way to honor this year’s season winner. The sanctioning body will formally announce the move to the public later today after informing industry partners about it in recent days.
The series is planning to still honor the ’20 champion of the Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series in some way at the end of the season, but it is not announcing how or when today. It is possible some form of a celebration could take place in November at Phoenix Raceway, the new site of NASCAR’s championship weekend where it will decide the winner of all three series.
NASCAR plans to return to Nashville for the ’21 Champion’s Week and Cup Series banquet, and it is adding to its presence in the city by giving a race to Nashville Superspeedway on next year’s slate.