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Grassroots Racing Returns to ISM Raceway in 2020

Earlier this year, it was announced that NASCAR’s championship weekend would move from the sandy beaches of Homestead-Miami Speedway to the valley of the sun at ISM Raceway. The desert jewel continues making waves with track president Julie Giese revealing that grassroots racing would be making a return to Avondale, Arizona – and in a big way.

The ARCA Menards Series will be making its inaugural debut at Zoomtown U.S.A on March 6, 2020. For those unfamiliar with this series, it’s essentially the final stage of racing for developmental drivers spanning from the East and the West hoping to compete in one of NASCAR’s three premier series.

The currently unsponsored ARCA race is scheduled to kick off the Spring race weekend, along with the Gatorade Pole Day for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FanShield500. Following Pole Day, the NASCAR Xfinity Series will make its return to the one-mile tri-oval on March 7, with the Cup Series on March 8.

In what could be deemed the most exciting news from Giese’s statement, it was announced that ISM Raceway would be host to four of NASCAR’s championship series. The NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the Lucas Oil 150 on November 6, 2020. Saturday will now feature a championship double header with the Xfinity Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. Finally, the Cup Series will see a new champion, basking in the glory of the Arizona sun on November 8.

“I’m extremely pleased to add these grassroots races to our historic 2020 race season at ISM Raceway,” Giese said. “We are committed to delivering to our ticket holders as much-on track action as possible during our race weekends and these races provide a great opportunity to showcase so many up-and-coming drivers in our sport.”



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By Cole Cusumano

Cole Cusumano is currently attending The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication for a degree in sports journalism. In addition to providing content for POPULAR SPEED, he worked for Pit Notes at ISM Raceway. He is also currently writing for the school's magazine "The Cronkite Journal", which is affiliated with Arizona PBS. Cole was born and raised in Staten Island, N.Y. but has been living in Arizona for 13 years.