DOVER, DE - MAY 06:  Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John's Ford, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway on May 6, 2018 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images) | Getty Images

NASCAR alters Dover stage lengths, updates 2020 race package

NASCAR has announced updates to the 2020 Cup Series race package for road courses and tracks 1-mile or shorter, as well as new stage lengths for several tracks, including Dover International Speedway.

The race package changes include:

  • Spoiler – 2.75" (from 8")
  • Splitter – 0.25" overhang (from 2"); approx. 2" wings (from approx. 10.5")
  • Radiator pan – vertical fencing removed (dimensions of pan remain the same)

    Martin Truex Jr. won the "Gander RV 400" at Dover International Speedway on May 6, 2019.

Stage lengths at Dover in 2020 for NASCAR Cup Series races will be 75 laps for Stage 1, 162 laps for Stage 2, and 163 laps for Stage 3. The previous breakdown was 120-120-160.

All NASCAR Cup Series races in 2020 will also be official after half the laps are completed. For Dover, that is after 200 laps. In recent years, races were not official until after Stage 2 was complete.

The Monster Mile hosts two NASCAR tripleheader weekends in 2020, on May 1-3 and Aug. 21-23, including a NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, May 3 and the "Drydene 400" NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 23.




Other tracks impacted by the race package changes include Bristol, Charlotte (Roval), Martinsville, New Hampshire, Phoenix, Richmond, Sonoma and Watkins Glen.

"Our goal has always been to provide the best possible racing for our fans, regardless of venue," said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "The 2019 Cup Series race package delivered some of the most exciting races on intermediate and larger tracks that our sport has seen, however we felt we could make improvements to short tracks and road courses.

"We believe we have found the right balance for 2020 that will allow teams to build off their previous knowledge of this package and showcase exciting side-by-side racing at tracks of all sizes."