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 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|