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NASCAR releases 2017 schedule – including some changes

Brad Keselowski won last week’s race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Brad Keselowski won last week’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. AP

NASCAR announced its 2017 race schedules Thursday with a few notable changes in the Sprint Cup season:

▪ Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and Kansas Speedway will switch places in the Chase’s second round, with Talladega being the second race on Oct. 15 and Kansas the round’s third race on Oct. 22.

▪ Texas Motor Speedway’s spring race will move from its traditional Saturday night slot to Sunday, April 9.

▪ Dover’s spring date will move to June 4, the week after the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

▪ Michigan International Speedway’s second race will return to its Aug. 13 slot.

With NASCAR’s new charter system, the schedule was announced earlier than usual.

“Announcing the 2017 national series schedules this early in the season is another example of the collaborative spirit across the NASCAR industry,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “It is an exciting time in NASCAR, with some of the most intriguing racing we’ve seen in years. With the 2017 schedule solidified, the industry can now concentrate on the remainder of this season, while planning for the future much earlier than in previous years.”

2017 NASCAR Cup Series Schedule

2/ 18 – Daytona International Speedway (Unlimited)

2/ 19 – Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 qualifying)

2/ 23 – Daytona International Speedway (Duel)

2/ 26 – Daytona 500

3/ 5 – Atlanta Motor Speedway

3/ 12 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

3/ 19 – Phoenix International Raceway

3/ 26 – Auto Club Speedway

4/ 2 – Martinsville (Va.) Speedway

4/ 9 – Texas Motor Speedway

4/ 23 – Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway

4/ 30 – Richmond (Va.) International Raceway

5/ 7 – Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway

5/ 13 – Kansas Speedway

5/ 20 – Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR All-Star Race)

5/ 28 – Charlotte Motor Speedway

6/ 4 – Dover (Del.) International Speedway

6/ 11 – Pocono (Pa.) Raceway

6/ 18 – Michigan International Speedway

6/ 25 – Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway

7/ 1 – Daytona International Speedway

7/ 8 – Kentucky Speedway

7/ 16 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

7/ 23 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway

7/ 30 – Pocono Raceway

8/ 6 – Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International

8/ 13 – Michigan International Speedway

8/ 19 – Bristol Motor Speedway

9/ 3 – Darlington (S.C.) Raceway

9/ 9 – Richmond International Raceway

9/ 17 – Chicagoland Speedway

9/ 24 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

10/ 1 – Dover International Speedway

10/ 7 – Charlotte Motor Speedway

10/ 15 – Talladega Superspeedway

10/ 22 – Kansas Speedway

10/ 29 – Martinsville Speedway

11/ 5 – Texas Motor Speedway

11/ 12 – Phoenix International Raceway

11/ 19 – Homestead-Miami Speedway

2017 NASCAR Xfinity Series Schedule

2/ 25 – Daytona International Speedway

3/ 4 – Atlanta Motor Speedway

3/ 11 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

3/ 18 – Phoenix International Raceway

3/ 25 – Auto Club Speedway

4/ 8 – Texas Motor Speedway

4/ 22 – Bristol Motor Speedway

4/ 29 – Richmond International Raceway

5/ 6 – Talladega Superspeedway

5/ 27 – Charlotte Motor Speedway

6/ 3 – Dover International Speedway

6/ 10 – Pocono Raceway

6/ 17 – Michigan International Speedway

6/ 24 – Iowa Speedway

6/ 30 – Daytona International Speedway

7/ 7 – Kentucky Speedway

7/ 15 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

7/ 22 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway

7/ 29 – Iowa Speedway

8/ 5 – Watkins Glen International

8/ 12 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

8/ 18 – Bristol Motor Speedway

8/ 26 – Road America

9/ 2 – Darlington Raceway

9/ 8 – Richmond International Raceway

9/ 16 – Chicagoland Speedway

9/ 23 – Kentucky Speedway

9/ 30 – Dover International Speedway

10/ 6 – Charlotte Motor Speedway

10/ 21 – Kansas Speedway

11/ 4 – Texas Motor Speedway

11/ 11 – Phoenix International Raceway

11/ 18 – Homestead-Miami Speedway

2017 NASCAR Truck Series Schedule

2/ 24 – Daytona International Speedway

3/ 4 – Atlanta Motor Speedway

4/ 1 – Martinsville Speedway

5/ 12 – Kansas Speedway

5/ 19 – Charlotte Motor Speedway

6/ 2 – Dover International Speedway

6/ 9 – Texas Motor Speedway

6/ 17 – Gateway Motorsports Park

6/ 23 – Iowa Speedway

7/ 6 – Kentucky Speedway

7/ 19 – Eldora Speedway

7/ 29 – Pocono Raceway

8/ 12 – Michigan International Speedway

8/ 16 – Bristol Motor Speedway

8/ 27 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

9/ 15 – Chicagoland Speedway

9/ 23 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

9/ 30 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

10/ 14 – Talladega Superspeedway

10/ 28 – Martinsville Speedway

11/ 3 – Texas Motor Speedway

11/ 10 – Phoenix International Raceway

11/ 17 – Homestead-Miami Speedway

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