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3-way Sprint Cup shuffle confirmed

NASCAR announced the 2009 schedules for its Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck series on Tuesday, confirming some date shuffling previously reported by the Observer. Highlights of the changes include:

A three-way fall switch on the Cup schedule, with Atlanta Motor Speedway moving to Labor Day weekend (Sept. 6), Auto Club Speedway (California) sliding back to Oct. 11 into Talladega's current slot, and Talladega moving to No. 1 in Atlanta's old slot. That makes Talladega the seventh of 10 races in the 2009 Chase.

An additional off weekend in September for Cup cars, thanks to how the calendar falls. The Sunday before the new Atlanta race will be open, giving teams a break before the season's final 12 races.

Montreal's Nationwide race moving to Aug. 30, putting it on that new open Cup weekend.

Iowa Speedway getting a Nationwide race, on Aug. 1, replacing Mexico City.

Atlanta's Nationwide race moving from March to September and its fall Truck Series race moving to an Aug. 28 date at Chicagoland Speedway: