Texas Motor Speedway has always had a bigger crowd for its NASCAR weekend in the spring compared to the fall.
Part of the reason is the track’s fall date always coincided with the start of general white-tail deer hunting season in North Texas.
Well, that won’t be an issue in 2020.
NASCAR released its 2020 schedule on Tuesday, and TMS’ fall race has been pushed up a week.
The spring race will stay in its current spot, running on Sunday, March 29, 2020 (the seventh race of the season), and the fall race will now be held on Oct. 25.
The fall race had been held the first weekend of November for the last 14 years since TMS got a second Cup race, causing headaches for the track with it being hunting season in Texas.
“That’s a big issue for a key faction of our race fans so this should please all the white-tailed deer hunters who couldn’t make it out to the track,” TMS president Eddie Gossage said. “Now they can, so we’re looking forward to them joining us for our new Oct. 25 race date.”
NASCAR has been hesitant to change dates in the past. Heck, when the Final Four was held at AT&T Stadium in 2014 and coincided with TMS’ spring race, NASCAR didn’t move it. Racing’s sanctioning body has softened that stance for 2020.
The championship race is being moved from Homestead-Miami Speedway to ISM Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. The Daytona 500 remains the signature kickoff event, and will be run on Feb. 16.
It’s unclear if NASCAR could start rotating the championship race between cities like the NFL does with its Super Bowl. If so, TMS is surely a track that would be interested in hosting it.
For now, Texas is pleased with the 2020 shuffle and focused on its opening race weekend.
TMS has its first triple-header spring race weekend with the NASCAR truck series on Friday night, the Xfinity Series on Saturday and the Cup race on Sunday.
Tickets are available through the track’s website, or by calling 817-215-8500.