Racing fans rejoice. The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race schedule is about to begin.
Joey Logano enters the 2019 season as the man to beat after winning his first Cup Series championship in 2018.
Jimmie Johnson, under a new paint scheme and sponsorship, will look to become the first eight-time Cup champion in NASCAR history following the worst season of his career. Gone is familiar face Kasey Kahne, who retired amid health issues in 2018, but you’ll be seeing more of Dale Earnhardt Jr. as a commentator and studio analyst under NBC Sports’ revamped NASCAR America programming (as well as driving in at least one Xfinity race).
There’s also a dramatic rule change for NASCAR’s 71st season in the escalation of what used to be minor wrist slaps for inspection violations. Rather than merely being docked points in the standings for failing post-race inspections, teams and drivers will face automatic race disqualification along with the loss of points, trophies and prize money. The race runner-up would be declared the new winner should a driver fail an inspection.
Following the debut of a new playoff format in 2018, the Cup champion will again be determined by a 16-driver, 10-race playoff that consists of four cut-down rounds, with each round narrowing the championship-eligible drivers by four.
Below is the schedule for every Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in 2019, including the playoffs, complete with information about how to watch live on TV and stream online.
|Feb. 10||Advance Auto Parts Clash||Daytona International Speedway||Jimmie Johnson|
|Feb. 14||Gander RV Duel 1 at Daytona||Daytona International Speedway||Kevin Harvick|
|Feb. 14||Gander RV Duel 2 at Daytona||Daytona International Speedway||Joey Logano|
|Feb. 17||Daytona 500||Daytona International Speedway||Denny Hamlin|
|Feb. 24||Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500||Atlanta Motor Speedway||Brad Keselowski|
|March 3||Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube||Las Vegas Motor Speedway||Joey Logano|
|March 10||TicketGuardian 500||ISM Raceway||Kyle Busch|
|March 17||AutoClub 400||Auto Club Speedway||Kyle Busch|
|March 24||STP 500||Martinsville Speedway||Brad Keselowski|
|March 31||O’Reilly Auto Parts 500||Texas Motor Speedway||Denny Hamlin|
|April 7||Food City 500||Bristol Motor Speedway||Kyle Busch|
|April 13||Toyota Owners 400||Richmond Raceway||Martin Truex Jr.|
|April 28||Geico 500||Talladega Speedway||Chase Elliott|
|May 5||Cup Series Race at Dover||Dover International Speedway||Martin Truex Jr.|
|May 11||Cup Series Race at Kansas||Kansas Speedway||Brad Keselowski|
|May 18||Monster Energy Open||Charlotte Motor Speedway||–|
|May 18||Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race||Charlotte Motor Speedway||Kyle Larson|
|May 26||Coca-Cola 600||Charlotte Motor Speedway||Martin Truex Jr.|
|June 2||Pocono 400||Pocono Raceway||Kyle Busch|
|June 10||FireKeepers Casino 400||Michigan International Speedway||Joey Logano|
|June 23||Toyota/Save Mart 350||Sonoma Raceway||Martin Truex Jr.|
|June 30||Camping World 400||Chicagoland Speedway||Alex Bowman|
|July 6||Coke Zero Sugar 400||Daytona International Speedway||Justin Haley|
|July 13||Quaker State 400||Kentucky Speedway||Kurt Busch|
|July 21||Foxwoods Resort Casino 301||New Hampshire Motor Speedway||Kevin Harvick|
|July 28||Gander Outdoors 400||Pocono Raceway||3 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTV|
|Aug. 4||Go Bowling at The Glen||Watkins Glen International||3 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTV|
|Aug. 11||Consumers Energy 400||Michigan International Speedway||3 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTV|
|Aug. 17||Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race||Bristol Motor Speedway||7:30 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTV|
|Sept. 1||Bojangles’ Southern 500||Darlington Raceway||6 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTV|
|Sept. 8||Big Machine Vodka 400||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||2 p.m., NBC/fuboTV|
|Sept. 15||South Point 400||Las Vegas Motor Speedway||7 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTV|
|Sept. 21||Federated Auto Parts 400||Richmond Raceway||7:30 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTV|
|Sept. 29||Bank of America ROVAL 400||Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Coarse||2:30 p.m., NBC/fuboTV|
|Oct. 6||Cup Series Race at Dover||Dover International Speedway||2:30 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTV|
|Oct. 13||1000Bulbs.com 500||Talladega Superspeedway||2:30 p.m., NBC/fuboTV|
|Oct. 20||Hollywood Casino 400||Kansas Speedway||2:30 p.m., NBC/fuboTV|
|Oct. 27||First Data 500||Martinsville Speedway||3 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTV|
|Nov. 3||AAA Texas 500||Texas Motor Speedway||3 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTV|
|Nov. 10||Cup Series Race at ISM||ISM Raceway||2:30 p.m., NBC/fuboTV|
|Nov. 17||Ford EcoBoost 400||Homestead-Miami Speedway||3 p.m., NBC/fuboTV|