NASCAR is shaking up its schedule again.
After adding several new tracks to the Cup Series in 2021, next season will kick off with the first-ever Clash exhibition race held on a temporary track inside the LA Coliseum and will see the Worldwide Technology Raceway for the first time at the exterior of St. Louis.
California’s Auto Club Speedway also made a surprise comeback on February 27, the week after the Daytona 500. NASCAR believed it had its last race on the 2-mile oval in 2020, after which it was due to be upgraded to a short track. but the plans were put on hold. The Fontana, Calif., Track will take the spot held this year by Miami-Homestead, which will once again become a playoff venue as the second race of the Round of 8 on October 23. and moves the Kansas Raceway to its location on September 11.
Changes to the 39-race slate also include the double-title Pocono Raceway weekend becoming a single-race event, the Bristol Dirt race taking place on the evening of Easter Sunday, April 17, and the road race. at Watkins Glen becoming the penultimate race of the regular season.
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The Daytona Road Course is the only 2021 venue that will not return.
Along with the updated schedule, the Cup Series will also launch its all-new Next Gen car in 2022.
Here’s a look at the full 2022 schedule with all the changes:
Sunday February 6 – Clash (LA Memorial Coliseum)
Thursday February 17 – Duel in Daytona
Sunday February 20 – DAYTONA 500
Sunday February 27 – Auto Club
Sunday March 6 – Las Vegas
Sunday March 13 – Phoenix
Sunday March 20 – Atlanta
Sunday March 27 – COTA
Sunday April 3 – Richmond
Saturday April 9 – Martinsville
Sunday April 17th – Bristol Dirt
Sunday April 24 – Talladega
Sunday May 1 – Dover
Sunday May 8 – Darlington
Sunday May 15 – Kansas
Sunday, May 22 – All-Star (Texas)
Sunday May 29 – Charlotte
Sunday June 5 – World Wide Technology Raceway
Sunday June 12 – Sonoma
Sunday June 26 – Nashville Superspeedway
Sunday July 3 – Road America
Sunday July 10 – Atlanta
Sunday July 17 – New Hampshire
Sunday July 24 – Pocono
Sunday July 31 – Indianapolis Road Course
Sunday August 7 – Michigan
Sunday August 14 – Richmond
Sunday August 21 – Watkins Glen
Saturday August 27 – Daytona
Sunday September 4 – Darlington
Sunday September 11 – Kansas
Saturday September 17 – Bristol
Sunday September 25 – Texas
Sunday October 2 – Talladega
Sunday October 9 – Charlotte Roval
Sunday October 16 – Las Vegas
Sunday October 23 – Homestead-Miami
Sunday October 30 – Martinsville
Sunday November 6 – Phoenix