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2018 NASCAR Schedules Released



The 2018 schedules for the NASCAR Cup, Xfinity, and Truck Series were released Tuesday afternoon. Change is a constant for the coming season, as several races have had their dates switched.

To kick off the season, the Daytona 500 will be moved a week earlier, back to its traditional President’s Day weekend. The 60th running of the Great American Race will be held on Sunday, February 18.

The spring race at Richmond International Raceway will move back to Saturday night. For the past 2 seasons, it has been a Sunday afternoon race. The Toyota Owners 400 will occur on April 21. Also, Richmond’s fall date has moved from the final regular season race to Race 2 in the Playoffs.

The Regular Season finale race will move to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Home to the Brickyard 400 for over 2 decades, IMS has moved its date from late July to September 9.

Chicagoland Speedway, home to Race 1 of the Playoffs since 2011, now moves to July 1, as it will kick off the NBC portion of the schedule. It preludes the Independence weekend Coke Zero 400 in Daytona.

The Playoffs are where the schedule sees major changes. Round 1 will consist of Las Vegas, Richmond, and Charlotte. The Charlotte Playoff race will run on the infield road course rather than the traditional oval. Round 2 of the playoffs will be Dover, Talladega, and Kansas. Round 3 remains unchanged: Martinsville, Texas, and Phoenix. The season will still conclude at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.

For the Xfinity Series, the schedule changes mirror the Playoff changes for the Cup Series. Their Playoffs consist of Richmond, Charlotte, Dover, Kansas, Texas, Phoenix, and Homestead.

The Truck Series Playoffs will also be reconfigured. The Truckers will contend at Mosport, Las Vegas, Talladega, Martinsville, Texas, and Phoenix before their finale in Homestead. The Truck Series will also add a race to their schedule, as they will join Cup and Xfinity at Las Vegas in March.

The revamped Playoff schedule shows great track diversity, as the 10 week postseason will no longer include 5 1.5 mile tracks. Adding another short track and a road course shows that NASCAR is more willing to listen to what the fans want. This new schedule is sure to bring unpredictability in the championship hunt to an all-time high. While the Charlotte road race is controversial to some, we should all be willing to give these changes the benefit of the doubt.