2011 NASCAR Schedule

Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Truck series shake up the lineup

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August 18, 2010
05:06 PM EDT
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The 2011 NASCAR schedule has been realigned based on input from the track operators and the industry to better accommodate fan interest and competition in all three national series. The revised schedule provides better situated dates for the tracks, a more challenging lineup for the drivers and ultimately more intrigue for the fans.

Sprint Cup Series

• The series' 36-race schedule will feature two realigned events. A second Kansas date follows the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte and will be held on June 5.

• For the first time in a decade the Cup Series realigns to a new track with a race at Kentucky on July 9.

• And the Chase starts on Sept. 18 at Chicago -- NASCAR's second largest market -- and will lead to a big start to 10-race playoff system.

Nationwide Series / Camping World Truck Series

• The 2011 schedule for the Nationwide Series is highlighted by a second race at Iowa and Chicago.

• The 2011 schedule for the Truck Series will see nine updated events, including moving Phoenix to the spring from the fall; Darlington to March from August; and the Kansas event to June along with the new Cup Series date.

• One Truck Series date is still TBA.

• All three national series will begin the season with Speedweeks at Daytona with the weekend culminated by the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20. The traditional non-points Budweiser Shootout will provide fans a Cup Series preview on Feb. 12. Additionally, qualifying for the Daytona 500 returns to its traditional day on Sunday, Feb. 13.

• All three series will end their seasons with another tradition -- Ford Championship Weekend on Nov. 18-20 at Homestead.

  CUP SERIES     NATIONWIDE SERIES     TRUCK SERIES
Feb. 12 Budweiser Shootout *            
Feb. 17 Gatorade Duel *            
Feb. 20 Daytona   Feb. 19 Daytona   Feb. 18 Daytona
Feb. 27 Phoenix   Feb. 26 Phoenix   Feb. 25 Phoenix
March 6 Las Vegas   March 5 Las Vegas      
            March 12 Darlington
March 20 Bristol   March 19 Bristol      
March 27 Fontana   March 26 Fontana      
April 3 Martinsville         April 2 Martinsville
April 9 Texas   April 8 Texas      
April 17 Talladega   April 16 Talladega      
      April 23 Nashville   April 22 Nashville
April 30 Richmond   April 29 Richmond      
May 7 Darlington   May 6 Darlington      
May 15 Dover   May 14 Dover   May 13 Dover
May 21 All-Star Race *   May 22 Iowa   May 20 Charlotte
May 29 Charlotte   May 28 Charlotte      
June 5 Kansas   June 4 Chicago   June 4 Kansas
June 12 Pocono         June 10 Texas
June 19 Michigan   June 18 Michigan      
June 26 Sonoma   June 25 Road America      
July 2 Daytona   July 1 Daytona      
July 9 Kentucky   July 8 Kentucky      
July 17 Loudon   July 16 Loudon   July 16 Iowa
      July 23 Nashville   July 22 Nashville
July 31 Indianapolis   July 30 ORP   July 29 ORP
Aug. 7 Pocono   Aug. 6 Iowa   Aug. 6 Pocono
Aug. 14 Watkins Glen   Aug. 13 Watkins Glen      
Aug. 21 Michigan   Aug. 20 Montreal   Aug. 20 Michigan
Aug. 27 Bristol   Aug. 26 Bristol   Aug. 24 Bristol
Sept. 4 Atlanta   Sept. 3 Atlanta   Sept. 2 Atlanta
Sept. 10 Richmond   Sept. 9 Richmond      
Sept. 18 Chicago   Sept. 17 Chicago   Sept. 16 Chicago
Sept. 25 Loudon         Sept. 24 Loudon
Oct. 2 Dover   Oct. 1 Dover   Oct. 1 Kentucky
Oct. 9 Kansas   Oct. 8 Kansas      
Oct. 15 Charlotte   Oct. 14 Charlotte   Oct. 15 Las Vegas
Oct. 23 Talladega         Oct. 22 Talladega
Oct. 30 Martinsville         Oct. 29 Martinsville
Nov. 6 Texas   Nov. 5 Texas   Nov. 4 Texas
Nov. 13 Phoenix   Nov. 12 Phoenix      
Nov. 20 Homestead   Nov. 19 Homestead   Nov. 18 Homestead
* -- Non-points event

Related:
2011 Race Tickets | NASCAR Says ...: Realigned schedules, same great racingexternal link

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