NASCAR Cup Series: Schedule released for 2022 season

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The process of revising the NASCAR Cup Series scheduling over the past few years has become more than a one-off change, but standard practice for production car racing. The NASCAR calendar looks very different now than it did three years ago and continues to change with the release of the 2022 Series Cup schedule.

On Wednesday, NASCAR released the full schedule for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series, featuring two new race tracks as well as various race date changes. The new schedule is highlighted by two new race tracks:

  • The season-opening Clash Show Race has been moved from Daytona International Speedway to a purpose-built quarter-mile circuit in the Los Angeles Coliseum.
  • The World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in St. Louis, long a part of the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series schedule, will host a cup race for the first time and replace one of two Pocono Raceway events.

The Colosseum clash will mark the first time in decades that NASCAR will race within the stadium, and its time in one of America’s largest media markets is impeccable. The race will take place a week before Super Cup LVI in Los Angeles – and two weeks before the Daytona 500.

“As we demonstrated last year, we strive to create the most dynamic timetable for our fans in the long term,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’s senior vice president of strategy and innovation. “With the addition of new and unique venues such as the Coliseum and World Wide Technology Raceway, each of which are in markets with dedicated NASCAR fans, we continue to make bold changes to deliver the best racing in the world.”

Other schedule changes include:

  • The Bristol Motor Speedway Mud Race will be rescheduled for Easter Sunday evening, April 17th. This will be the first Easter Cup Series race since 1989, when a blizzard caused the Richmond race to be postponed from February to the next weekend.
  • Homestead-Miami Speedway will return to its traditional spot on the schedule this fall, moving to October 23rd for the second race in Round 8 of the playoffs.
  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway changed the playoff dates: Texas (September 25) was the first race of Round 12, and Vegas was the first race of Round 8, respectively. The Texas Motor Speedway All-Star Game will also be rescheduled from early June to May 22nd.
  • The Fall Kansas Speedway will be pushed back to September 11th, becoming the second race in the 1/8 finals. The second race of the Richmond Raceway, which traditionally took place on this day, will be postponed to August 14th. Spring Race Richmond will be postponed to the beginning of April. make it the first short track race of the season
  • The Circuit of the Americas race has been postponed from mid-May to late March. The first weekend of the COTA Cup Series in 2021 was plagued by rain and stagnant water, leading to several serious accidents and ending the race outside of the planned distance.
  • The penultimate race before the end of the regular season will be on the highway, as the race at Watkins Glen International will be postponed to 21 August. The Michigan International Speedway race will be postponed to August 7th.
  • Pocono Raceway will host only one Cup Series race for the first time since 1981. NASCAR’s annual Pocono trip will take place on July 24th.
  • There will only be one week for the entire season, with the Cup streak starting on Father’s Day week on June 19.

Schedule 2022 NASCAR Cup Series

(* denotes a race without points)

  • Sunday February 6th – The Clash * – Los Angeles Coliseum
  • Thursday 17 February – Daytona 500 Duels – Daytona International Raceway
  • Sunday 20 February – Daytona 500 – Daytona International Raceway
  • Sunday February 27th – Speedway Auto Club.
  • Sunday March 6th – Las Vegas Race Track.
  • Sunday March 13th – Phoenix Raceway
  • Sunday 20 March – Atlanta Motor Speedway.
  • Sunday March 27th – Autodrome of America
  • Sunday 3rd April – Richmond Raceway.
  • Saturday 9 April – Martinsville Raceway (night)
  • Sunday, April 17 – Dirt on the Bristol Freeway (night)
  • Sunday 24 April – Talladega Superspeedway
  • Sunday 1st May – Dover International Speedway.
  • Sunday May 8th – Darlington Raceway
  • Sunday May 15 – Kansas Speedway.
  • Sunday May 22 – All-Star Open * – Texas Motor Speedway
  • Sunday May 22 – All-Star Game * – Texas Motor Speedway
  • Sunday May 29 – Coca-Cola 600 – Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Sunday June 5th – World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway
  • Sunday June 12th – Sonoma Raceway
  • Sunday 19 June – OFF
  • Sunday, June 26 – Nashville Superspeedway.
  • Sunday 3rd July – Road America
  • Sunday 10 July – Atlanta Motor Speedway.
  • Sunday July 17th – Autodrome in New Hampshire.
  • Sunday 24 July – Pocono Raceway
  • Sunday July 31st – Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road.
  • Sunday, Aug 7 – Michigan International Raceway.
  • Sunday 14 August – Richmond Raceway.
  • Sunday, August 21 – Watkins Glen International Airport.
  • Saturday August 27 – Coke Zero Sugar 400 – Daytona International Raceway (Night)

NASCAR Cup Playoffs

1/8 finals

  • Sunday 4th September – Southern 500 – Darlington Race Track.
  • Sunday September 11th – Kansas Speedway.
  • Saturday, September 17 – Bristol Motor Speedway (night)

1/8 finals

  • Sunday 25 September – Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Sunday 2nd October – Talladega Superspeedway.
  • Sunday 9th October – Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

1/8 finals

  • Sunday, October 17th – Las Vegas Race Track.
  • Sunday, Oct 23 – Homestead-Miami Raceway.
  • Sunday 30 October – Martinsville Racetrack.

Champion race

  • Sunday November 6th – Phoenix Raceway.

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