As the NASCAR Cup Series enters the second half of the 2022 regular season, scheduling changes for 2023 have already been talked about. Let’s take a look at some of the changes we’d like to see.
NASCAR as an organization has made it clear that reaching new markets and traveling more places to reach new fans has been a key strategy in shaping their schedules from year to year over the past half decade.
New tracks in new states and long-familiar tracks have become part of the series’ premiere schedule in past seasons, and with preparations for 2023 beginning soon, fans are already wondering, “What’s next?”
Last year we created a mockup table for 2022. This article will take a look at the 2023 Cup tournament schedule created by beyond science Which updates the table with some key differences from this season.
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Exhibition – February 5 – The Clash, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Daytona 500 Qualifiers – Thursday, February 16th – Daytona Deals
Race 1 – Sunday, February 19 – Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500)
Race Two – Sunday, February 26 – Texas Motor Speedway
Race 3 – Sunday 5 March – International Technology Raceway at the Gate
Race 4 – Sunday 12 March – Phoenix Racecourse
Race 5 – Sunday, March 19 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Race 6 – Sunday, March 26 – Sonoma Racecourse
Race 7 – Sunday 2 April – Bristol Motor Speedway
Race 8 – Saturday 15th April – Martinsville Speedway (overnight)
Race 9 – Sunday 23rd April – Talladega High Speed طريق
RACE 10 – SUNDAY 30 APRIL – Dover Motor Speedway
Race 11 – Sunday 7 May – Darlington Racecourse (weekend)
Race 12 – Saturday 13 May – Richmond Racecourse (Night)
Race 13 – Sunday, May 21 – Circuit of the Americas
Race 14 – Sunday, May 28 – Charlotte Motor Speedway (Coca-Cola 600)
Race 15 – Sunday 4 June – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Race 16 – Saturday 10 June – Auto Club Speedway (Night)
Race 17 – Saturday 17 June – Atlanta Speedway (Night)
Race 18 – Sunday, June 25 – Michigan International Speedway
Race 19 – Sunday 2 July – Rhode America
Race 20 – Saturday, July 8 – Kansas Speedway (Night)
Race 21 – Sunday 16 July – Pocono Racecourse
Race 22 – Sunday 23 July – Watkins Glen International Airport
Race 23 – Saturday 5 August – Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Grand Prix Circuit)
Race 24 – Sunday, August 6 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Oval)
Race 25 – Sunday 13 August – Chicagoland Speedway
Race 26 – Saturday 19 August – Daytona International Speedway (Night)
Gallery – August 27 – The All-Star Open Race and All-Star Race
PLAYOFFS – Round of 16
Race 27 – Sunday 3 September – Darlington Raceway (South 500)
Race 28 – Sunday 10 September – Dover Motor Speedway
Race 29 – Saturday 16 September – Bristol Motor Speedway (Night)
PLAYOFFS – Round 12
Race 30 – Sunday 24 September – Homestead – Miami Speedway
Race 31 – Sunday 1 October – Talladega High Speedway
Race 32 – Sunday, October 8 – Charlotte Motors Speedway Roval
PLAYOFFS – Round 8
Race 33 – Sunday 15 October – Auto Club Speedway
Race 34 – Sunday, October 22 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Race 35 – Sunday 29 October – Martinsville Speedway
PLAYOFFS – Championship 4
Race 36 – Sunday, November 5 – Nashville Superspeedway
A typical timeline contains some new dates and new features, as well as some ideas returning from the past few years.
The season will begin again at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with Busch Light Clash before Daytona Speedweeks. The Daytona 500 will officially begin the 2023 season on President’s Day weekend, one week after Super Bowl LVII.
The first major schedule change will occur immediately after the Daytona 500. The West Coast swing will be delayed by two weeks to give the teams more time before they travel west.
Texas Motor Speedway and the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway will fill in the gap. When the teams roll into the West Coast swing, it will include the series’ only trip to the Phoenix racetrack, the first of two trips to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and a trip to Sonoma Racetrack when the grass is still green, something NASCAR has rarely seen.
The teams will return from the West Coast with a one-day race on the concrete deck of Bristol Motor Speedway. The dirt race will be removed from the schedule entirely, and Easter weekend will follow for the series. Next, Martinsville Speedway will host the first night race of the season.
About a month after the first Saturday night shoot will be the second. This will be at Richmond Raceway, which will lose its second date later in the season.
This early summer stretch will look very different than it did in years past. Races will take place at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway in the summer.
The first two races at Auto Club Speedway, as well as the only race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on the schedule, will become night races. Atlanta Motor Speedway will be using the same aero package from its Spring 2022 race weekend, so with its loss of race history, the number of package races will be reduced from six to five races for this year.
Midsummer through late summer will see familiar tracks like Road America and Watkins Glen International, as well as a night race at Kansas Speedway, but will also bring back two previous episodes.
The Chicagoland Speedway will have a history going back to absorbing the crowd’s cries to reclaim the track after a series of great races there before losing its races during the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.
In addition, fans will be able to see a historic double weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with a race at the Grand Prix circuit on Saturday and then the return of the Brickyard 400 on the 2.5-mile rectangle on Sunday.
Having two races in one weekend will not only draw attention to the sport at one of the world’s most famous racetracks, but will also provide teams an extra week of rest during the season, which will happen right before the double header.
After the end of the regular season at Daytona International Speedway, the All-Star race, which usually takes place in May or June, will move to the last weekend of August and will interrupt the regular season and the playoffs.
This change will be made to try to showcase the talent of all the stars who will compete for the championship over the next 10 weeks. Ideally, the place will rotate from year to year.
The qualifiers will also see some adjustments. In the first qualifying round, Dover Motor Speedway will have a playoff race once again. Homestead-Miami Speedway will be moving a few weeks to open accommodation for the sport for one final trip west to open round eight with races at Auto Club Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The championship race will also be hosted at the Nashville Superspeedway for the first time. This will allow a quick jump to the award ceremonies that are also taking place in Nashville, Tennessee.
Perhaps the highlight of this table is not the paths that return, but the path lost. A little over a month ago, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) that racing will return to North Wilkesboro Speedway later this year, with the track hosting asphalt and dirt races before being repaved in 2023.
SMI President Marcus Smith has already dampened hopes of the NASCAR main series returning to the 0.625 mile oval next year, noting that the earliest possible year for that to happen would be 2024, likely with the Truck Series.
What are your thoughts on these schedule changes? What changes would you like to see implemented? While some definitely won’t happen and some are unlikely, we want to know your thoughts!