NASCAR announces 2012 Cup schedule

Telladega is considered the wildcard of the Chase for obvious reasons

Talladega is considered the wildcard of the Chase for obvious reasons

NASCAR has announced its schedule for next year’s Sprint Cup, featuring several changes from the 2011 season.

Most notably, the Talladega and Kansas Chase races will swap dates in order to accommodate the repaving of the Kansas track.

Kansas’ spring date has also been moved to be the eighth race of the season on April 22, having hosted the 13th race this season.

Talladega’s spring event moves to May 6, while Dover International Speedway’s spring event returns to its traditional spot on June 3.

Other changes see the season’s first Phoenix International Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway races moved back a week, while the timing of the spring Texas and summer Daytona events have also been tweaked – the latter switching dates with Kentucky.

The changes join the previously announced Daytona Speed Weeks change, which will see the non-points shootout race and Daytona 500 run a week later than they were this year.

See below for the full 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule

Date  

Track                                                                                                

2/18  

Daytona International Speedway (Shootout)                                   

2/19  

Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 Qualifying)            

2/23  

Daytona International Speedway (Duel)                                          

2/26  

Daytona 500                                                                                     

3/4    

Phoenix International Raceway                                                       

3/11  

Las Vegas Motor Speedway                                                            

3/18  

Bristol Motor Speedway                                                                   

3/25  

Auto Club Speedway                                                                       

4/1    

Martinsville Speedway                                                                     

4/14  

Texas Motor Speedway                                                                   

4/22  

Kansas Speedway                                                                           

4/28  

Richmond International Raceway                                                    

5/6    

Talladega Superspeedway                                                              

5/12  

Darlington Raceway                                                                         

5/19  

Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race)      

5/27  

Charlotte Motor Speedway                                                              

6/3    

Dover International Speedway                                                         

6/10  

Pocono Raceway                                                                             

6/17  

Michigan International Speedway                                                    

6/24  

Infineon Raceway                                                                            

6/30  

Kentucky Speedway                                                                        

7/7    

Daytona International Speedway                                                     

7/15  

New Hampshire Motor Speedway                                                   

7/29  

Indianapolis Motor Speedway                                                          

8/5    

Pocono Raceway                                                                             

8/12  

Watkins Glen International                                                               

8/19  

Michigan International Speedway                                                    

8/25  

Bristol Motor Speedway                                                                   

9/2    

Atlanta Motor Speedway                                                                  

9/8    

Richmond International Raceway                                                    

9/16  

Chicagoland Speedway                                                                   

9/23  

New Hampshire Motor Speedway                                                   

9/30  

Dover International Speedway                                                         

10/7  

Talladega Superspeedway                                                              

10/13

Charlotte Motor Speedway                                                              

10/21

Kansas Speedway                                                                           

10/28

Martinsville Speedway                                                                     

11/4  

Texas Motor Speedway                                                                   

11/11

Phoenix International Raceway                                                       

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