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Published on August 19th, 2010 | by NASCAR Media Group

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NASCAR Releases 2011 Sprint Cup Series Schedule

NASCAR announced yesterday the 2011 schedule for its three national series, highlighted by several key changes for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said:

The adjustments and realignment of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule will make for an exciting race season next year. The revised schedule provides better situated dates for the tracks, a more challenging lineup for the drivers and ultimately more intrigue for the fans.

One of those changes comes early, as the second race of the season will be held at Phoenix International Raceway on Feb. 27, a week after the season-opening Daytona 500. PIR replaces Auto Club Speedway in Week 2. Texas Motor Speedway fills in the vacated Phoenix spot on Saturday, April 9 for what will be an exciting night race in the Lone Star State.

Southern California’s Auto Club Speedway will now run its race date on March 27, providing the track and its fans an optimum point in the schedule.

The series’ 36-race schedule will feature two realigned events. A second Kansas Speedway date follows the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and will be held on Sunday, June 5. And for the first time in a decade the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series realigns to a new track with a race at Kentucky Speedway. The Kentucky race will be held under the lights on Saturday, July 9.

The 2011 “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup” – consisting of the season’s last 10 races, during which the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship is decided – will begin at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Chicagoland’s previous race date was in early July, a slot that went to the realigned event at Kentucky. New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which previously had the first Chase date, will now have the second, on Sept. 25.

Sprint Cup Schedule

2010 2011
Daytona International Speedway Daytona International Speedway
Auto Club Speedway Phoenix International Raceway
Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Atlanta Motor Speedway Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol Motor Speedway Auto Club Speedway
Martinsville Speedway Martinsville Speedway
Phoenix International Raceway Texas Motor Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway Richmond International Raceway
Richmond International Raceway Darlington Raceway
Darlington Raceway Dover International Speedway
Dover International Speedway Charlotte Motor Speedway (All-Star)
Charlotte Motor Speedway (All-Star) Charlotte Motor Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway Kansas Speedway
Pocono Raceway Pocono Raceway
Michigan International Speedway Michigan International Speedway
Infineon Raceway Infineon Raceway
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway Kentucky Speedway*
Chicagoland Speedway New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Pocono Raceway Pocono Raceway
Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen International
Michigan International Speedway Michigan International Speedway
Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol Motor Speedway
Atlanta Motor Speedway Atlanta Motor Speedway
Richmond International Raceway Richmond International Raceway

The Chase

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Chicagoland Speedway #
Dover International Speedway New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Kansas Speedway Dover International Speedway
Auto Club Speedway Kansas Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway Charlotte Motor Speedway
Martinsville Speedway Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway Martinsville Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway Texas Motor Speedway
Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix International Raceway
Miami-Homestead Speedway Miami-Homestead Speedway

Changes are highlighted in yellow.

* New to Sprint Cup Schedule

# New to Chase

Also released today were the 2011 schedule for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, highlighted by a second race at Iowa and Chicagoland speedways, and the 2011 schedule for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which will see nine races moved to different dates on the calendar.

All three national series – NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – will begin their seasons at Daytona International Speedway’s “Speedweeks,” with a weekend culminated by the Daytona 500. The traditional “non-points” Budweiser Shootout at Daytona will provide fans a NASCAR Sprint Cup preview, on Saturday night, Feb. 12, followed by qualifying for the “Great American Race” to be held on Sunday, Feb. 13.

All three series will end their seasons with another tradition – Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Nov. 18-20.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will consist of 34 races, all featuring the new car that is being run a total of four times this season.

Iowa Speedway, which joined the schedule in 2009, receives a second date in 2011. The series will visit the Newton, Iowa, facility for the first time on Sunday, May 22 and return on Saturday, Aug. 6.

A new date has been added at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, June 4. The series returns on Saturday, Sept. 17 as part of a NASCAR national series tripleheader featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, Sept. 18 and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday, Sept. 16.

Last season’s successful inaugural event at the Road America road course in Wisconsin returns in 2011 on Saturday, June 25, the weekend before the Friday, July 1 race at Daytona International Speedway.

A previous stand-alone event at Kentucky Speedway now will be part of the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup/NASCAR Nationwide Series weekend on Friday, July 8.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will be paired with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on three weekends, at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, April 23 and Saturday, July 23 and at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis on Saturday, July 30.

The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will consist of 25 races, one of which will be announced at a future date.

Phoenix International Raceway, which traditionally hosted the penultimate race in November, will host the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday, Feb. 25.

Darlington Raceway, which returned to the schedule in 2010 after an absence of six years, moves from August to Saturday, March 12.

Michigan International Speedway’s truck race, previously held in June, will accompany its late-summer NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Two additional date shifts in the fall have stand-alone events at Kentucky Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, moving a month later on the schedule. The series races at Kentucky on Saturday, Oct. 1 followed by Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Nationwide Series Schedule

2010 2011
Daytona International Speedway Daytona International Speedway
Auto Club Speedway Phoenix International Raceway
Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol Motor Speedway
Nashville Superspeedway Auto Club Speedway
Phoenix International Raceway Texas Motor Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway Nashville Superspeedway
Richmond International Raceway Richmond International Raceway
Darlington Raceway Darlington Raceway
Dover International Speedway Dover International Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway Iowa Speedway
Nashville Superspeedway Charlotte Motor Speedway
Kentucky Speedway Chicagoland Speedway
Road America Michigan International Speedway
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Road America
Daytona International Speedway Daytona International Speedway
Chicagoland Speedway Kentucky Speedway
Gateway International Raceway New Hampshire Motor Speedway
O’Reilly Raceway Park Nashville Superspeedway
Iowa Speedway O’Reilly Raceway Park
Watkins Glen International Iowa Speedway
Michigan International Speedway Watkins Glen International
Bristol Motor Speedway Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Montreal
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Montral Bristol Motor Speedway
Atlanta Motor Speedway Atlanta Motor Speedway
Richmond International Raceway Richmond International Raceway
Dover International Speedway Chicagoland Speedway
Kansas Speedway Dover International Speedway
Auto Club Speedway Kansas Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway Charlotte Motor Speedway
Gateway International Raceway  
Texas Motor Speedway Texas Motor Speedway
Phoenix International Raceway Phoenix International Raceway
Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead-Miami Speedway

Changes are highlighted in yellow.

 Camping World Truck Series Schedule

2010 2011
Daytona International Speedway Daytona International Speedway
Atlanta Motor Speedway Phoenix International Raceway
Martinsville Speedway Darlington Raceway
Nashville Superspeedway Martinsville Speedway
Kansas Speedway Nashville Superspeedway
Dover International Speedway Dover International Speedway
Charlotte Motor Speedway Charlotte Motor Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway Kansas Speedway
Michigan International Speedway Texas Motor Speedway
Iowa Speedway Iowa Speedway
Gateway International Raceway Nashville Superspeedway
O’Reilly Raceway Park O’Reilly Raceway Park
Pocono Raceway Pocono Raceway
Nashville Superspeedway Michigan International Speedway
Darlington Raceway Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol Motor Speedway Atlanta Motor Speedway
Chicagoland Speedway Chicagoland Speedway
Kentucky Speedway New Hampshire Motor Speedway
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Kentucky Speedway
Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Martinsville Speedway Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega Superspeedway Martinsville Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway Texas Motor Speedway
Phoenix International Raceway  
Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead-Miami Speedway

Note: One additional date to be added to schedule.

Changes are highlighted in yellow.

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One Response to NASCAR Releases 2011 Sprint Cup Series Schedule

  1. pat waugh says:

    can’t wait to get to new hampshire to see jeff gordon

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