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.
Date Track Location Feb. 16 Daytona Int'l Speedway Daytona Beach, Fla. Feb. 24 Daytona Int'l Speedway Daytona Beach, Fla. March 3 Phoenix Int'l Raceway Avondale, Ariz. March 10 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, Nev. March 17 Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, Tenn. March 24 Auto Club Speedway Fontana, Calif. April 7 Martinsville Speedway Martinsville, Va. April 13 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas April 21 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kan. April 27 Richmond Int'l Raceway Richmond, Va. May 5 Talladega Superspeedway Talladega, Ala. May 11 Darlington Raceway Darlington, S.C. May 18 Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord, N.C. May 26 Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord, N.C. June 2 Dover Int'l Speedway Dover, Del. June 9 Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pa. June 16 Michigan Int'l Speedway Brooklyn, Mich. June 23 Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, Calif. June 29 Kentucky Speedway Sparta, Ky. July 6 Daytona Int'l Speedway Daytona Beach, Fla. July 14 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. July 28 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Ind. Aug. 4 Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pa. Aug. 11 Watkins Glen Int'l Watkins Glen, N.Y. Aug. 18 Michigan Int'l Speedway Brooklyn, Mich. Aug. 24 Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, Tenn. Sept. 1 Atlanta Motor Speedway Hampton, Ga. Sept. 7 Richmond Int'l Raceway Richmond, Va. Sept. 15 Chicagoland Speedway Joliet, Ill. Sept. 22 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. Sept. 29 Dover Int'l Speedway Dover, Del. Oct. 6 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kan. Oct. 12 Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord, N.C. Oct. 20 Talladega Superspeedway Talladega, Ala. Oct. 27 Martinsville Speedway Martinsville, Va. Nov. 3 Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas Nov. 10 Phoenix Int'l Raceway Avondale, Ariz. Nov. 17 Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Fla.