NASCAR Unveils 2013 Sprint Cup Schedule

Jimmie Johnson (48) and Kyle Busch (18) lead the field during a restart at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Next year's race at Indianapolis will be July 28.(HHP/Brian Lawdermilk Photo)
Jimmie Johnson (48) and Kyle Busch (18) lead the field during a restart at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Next year's race at Indianapolis will be July 28.(HHP/Brian Lawdermilk Photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR has unveiled the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Though unveiled and tested throughout the 2012 season, new models — Chevrolet’s SS, Ford’s Fusion and Toyota’s Camry — will make their official entrance into NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition on Feb. 16 with the preseason non-points Shootout at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

Qualifying for the “Great American Race” will take place on Feb. 17, followed by the season-opening 55th running of the Daytona 500 Feb. 24.

“The new NASCAR Sprint Cup cars for next season have dominated fan conversation for more than a year, and the time is approaching to unleash them on the race track,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. “Next year’s schedule again will offer a strong mix of challenges for our talented drivers, and we believe fans will continue to enjoy what they’ve come to expect — the most exciting and competitive racing in the world.”

The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, marking the 65th season for NASCAR’s premier series, will have a familiar feel, opening with the Daytona 500 before moving west to Phoenix Int’l Raceway (March 3) and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 10) for races Nos. 2 and 3. For the third consecutive season, NASCAR’s playoffs — the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup — will start at Chicagoland Speedway, near one of the country’s biggest markets.

The Chase will conclude with the season finale on Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

With Kansas Speedway’s repave project now complete, next season’s Talladega Superspeedway autumn event will return to its traditional spot on the calendar. Talladega’s 2013 Chase race, No. 6 during the 10-race stretch, will run Oct. 20. Kansas will host its 2013 Chase event Oct. 6.

Feb. 16Daytona Int'l SpeedwayDaytona Beach, Fla.
Feb. 24Daytona Int'l SpeedwayDaytona Beach, Fla.
March 3Phoenix Int'l RacewayAvondale, Ariz.
March 10Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayLas Vegas, Nev.
March 17Bristol Motor SpeedwayBristol, Tenn.
March 24Auto Club SpeedwayFontana, Calif.
April 7Martinsville SpeedwayMartinsville, Va.
April 13Texas Motor SpeedwayFort Worth, Texas
April 21Kansas SpeedwayKansas City, Kan.
April 27Richmond Int'l RacewayRichmond, Va.
May 5Talladega SuperspeedwayTalladega, Ala.
May 11Darlington RacewayDarlington, S.C.
May 18Charlotte Motor SpeedwayConcord, N.C.
May 26Charlotte Motor SpeedwayConcord, N.C.
June 2Dover Int'l SpeedwayDover, Del.
June 9Pocono RacewayLong Pond, Pa.
June 16Michigan Int'l SpeedwayBrooklyn, Mich.
June 23Sonoma RacewaySonoma, Calif.
June 29Kentucky SpeedwaySparta, Ky.
July 6Daytona Int'l SpeedwayDaytona Beach, Fla.
July 14New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayLoudon, N.H.
July 28Indianapolis Motor SpeedwaySpeedway, Ind.
Aug. 4Pocono RacewayLong Pond, Pa.
Aug. 11Watkins Glen Int'lWatkins Glen, N.Y.
Aug. 18Michigan Int'l SpeedwayBrooklyn, Mich.
Aug. 24Bristol Motor SpeedwayBristol, Tenn.
Sept. 1Atlanta Motor SpeedwayHampton, Ga.
Sept. 7Richmond Int'l RacewayRichmond, Va.
Sept. 15Chicagoland SpeedwayJoliet, Ill.
Sept. 22New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayLoudon, N.H.
Sept. 29Dover Int'l SpeedwayDover, Del.
Oct. 6Kansas SpeedwayKansas City, Kan.
Oct. 12Charlotte Motor SpeedwayConcord, N.C.
Oct. 20Talladega SuperspeedwayTalladega, Ala.
Oct. 27Martinsville SpeedwayMartinsville, Va.
Nov. 3Texas Motor SpeedwayFort Worth, Texas
Nov. 10Phoenix Int'l RacewayAvondale, Ariz.
Nov. 17Homestead-Miami SpeedwayHomestead, Fla.